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Language Questions / Re: ---- drafting
« Last post by Darryl on Today at 11:37:49 am »
Technical drawing.
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Language Questions / Re: muttered Bismarck to himself
« Last post by admin on Today at 10:26:13 am »
He is using it as a mild expletive - and expression of impatience.
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Language Questions / ---- the ninety-eighth way
« Last post by t k on September 22, 2018, 06:08:23 pm »
            At times when he is restless he has a bad habit of spending an evening with his bachelor friends.

            Bachelor Folklore: The only thing I got against marriage is people are just too disinteresting to be forced to spend their lives together.

            Brown: You don't know what you're sayin'. Wait'll it's there for you, nice and steady, an' not worryin' about gettin' caught. The thing to do with women is to try it. . .

            Folklore (dirty jokes): Sacrebleu, the ninety-eighth way.
  (from The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "the ninety-eighth way".  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / ---- Lesbian truth
« Last post by t k on September 22, 2018, 06:03:51 pm »
I wish I could tell you boys (slightly drunk) just what the hell this is all gonna mean to us years from now. We're storin' up memories, and that's a fact. They ain't, all right I said ain't even if I am in college, but shit I'm just plain folks, they ain't a one of you I'll ever forget, that's the goddam Lesbian truth.  (from The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "Lesbian truth".  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / ---- drafting
« Last post by t k on September 22, 2018, 06:00:09 pm »
He never means to slip, he has the best intentions in the world, but somehow drafting, freshman trig, freshman physics, etc., etc., is a little less vital than he has imagined. He tries to study, but there are better things.  (from The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "drafting".  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / muttered Bismarck to himself
« Last post by kraphs on September 22, 2018, 11:28:07 am »
Quoted below is from W. Somerset Maugham's novel <Of Human Bondage>:

. . . . . He made up his mind now that nothing Josiah Graves said would induce him to remove the candlesticks from the altar, and he muttered Bismarck to himself once or twice irritably. . . . . .

I have problem with the underlined part. Of course, I know the meaning of "mutter" and "Bismarck" when they stand independently. My question: Why did he--the Vicar, William Carey--mutter 'Bismarck', that is, what does his muttering signify? What does 'Bismarck' connote in this context?
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Café / Re: What Have You Learned Today?
« Last post by admin on September 22, 2018, 10:52:08 am »
Welcome to the form. We are all here to help each other :)
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Café / What Have You Learned Today?
« Last post by hismaimai2000 on September 22, 2018, 09:14:49 am »
I learned that I use passive verbs too much. In addition, I learned that there are roughly 185 active verbs that are useful.
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Language Questions / Re: position and posture
« Last post by admin on September 20, 2018, 12:01:03 pm »
Position - the place where the animal is
Posture - the shape in which the animal holds itself
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Language Questions / Re: jeweler's or jewelers
« Last post by Takashi on September 17, 2018, 03:15:56 pm »
Thank you very much indeed, Mr Baker!
I really appreciate it.

Takashi
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