Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Conversation of Concatenated Cliches


Two old blokes finishing Friday coffees...
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Heinrich: Aach. Going to the dogs, things are.
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Heimi: Life sure ain’t no bowl of cherries nowadays, is it.
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Heinrich: Well, I’d better be making tracks. Time and tide, you know. Forget how it goes.
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Heimi: That’s the way the cookie crumbles. What’s the rush?

Un cafe per amico
.Heinrich: Got to see a man about a dog. Pressing matter, not a moment to lose.
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Heimi: Rescue, huh? A stitch in time? Horse might have bolted?
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Heinrich: Dog. Dog. Keep telling you.
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Heimi: Okay. Penny dropped. Weather might be nice for the weekend again.
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Heinrich: Garden looks dry as a chip at the moment. Report is for cats and dogs. But don’t count your chickens.
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Voice-over
Phrases we fall back on. When words fail us. As they can, if the morning coffee isn’t strong enough to stand up a spoon in.
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Juxtaposed antonyms


Rebuffing inquiries...
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Leo: Hey, George, where you been these days?
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Geo: Oh. Been coming and going, you know. Back and forth between here and there.
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Leo: On the project, I take it?
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Geo: Yeah, the project. Seeing to this and that and attending to odds and ends.
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Leo: How’s Bro feel it’s going?
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Geo: He blows hot and cold, ebbs and flows.
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Leo: Up and down, huh? So will it be finished by the end of June?
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Geo: Hmm. Fifty-fifty, I’d say.
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Leo: Touch and go?
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Geo: I’d say so. Yes. So-so.
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Voice-over
Norman Rockwell
Coming and Going, 1947
Juxtaposed antonyms. Effective enough used alone. But concatenated into a replicated pattern, that’s obscure. Hard to get what’s being got at. It’s hemming and hawing. It’s antisocial.
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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Linguistic decipherment (1)


Where is she from?
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Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
Lerner: How about... “Oozing charm from every pore, he oiled his way about the floor...”
And when at last the dance was done, he glowed as if he knew he’d won. And with a voice too eager and a smile too broad...”
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Lowe: He announces to the hostess, “She is a fraud!”
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Lerner: That’s it. Zoltan Caparthy, the Hungarian linguist. “I can tell, that she was born... HUNGARIAN!”
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Lowe: “Not only Hungarian, but of ROYAL BLOOD. She is a PRINCESS.”
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Voice-over
Often listened to the long playing record of My Fair Lady in the 1950s, and the songs are still imprinted on my memory.
And was Zoltan Caparthy correct? As Professor Higgins said, that blackguard was up to to his old tricks, using the science of speech to swindle and teach. But the old fraud was fooled. Liza was Cockney.
That incomparable team, lyricist Lerner and composer Lowe. Wouldn’t you you have liked to be in the room while they composed?
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