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As somebody used to say:

Does research. Smokes. Battles administration. Smokes. Wishes he could stop battling administration so that he could have more time to do research. Smokes some more.

The same. Except I do not smoke.


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comment Exact meaning of “You must be kidding”?
Thanks for the post. Your graph is amazing. It seems that a kind of phase transition occurred at some time around 1970 and I cannot help to wonder why. Or are there some different biases in Google Books library pre-1970 and post-1970? Or, or, or... :-) Anyway, thanks again.
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comment How do I spell a word that sounds like “reh-par-tay” and often used with “witty”?
The word "repartée" does not exist in French. @GEdgar: the French original is "répartie".
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comment Exact meaning of “You must be kidding”?
Of course. I should have known... :-)
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comment Exact meaning of “You must be kidding”?
@Joe: Thanks for your two comments. (But I should confess not knowing how to recognize that a native is (or is not) very native... :-))
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comment Exact meaning of “You must be kidding”?
Thanks for the theoretical answer and for the examples.
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comment Exact meaning of “You must be kidding”?
Thanks. Examples of situations where the locution arises are just what I need, I think.
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comment Exact meaning of “You must be kidding”?
Or, "You must be kidding..." is like saying "You could not possibly fail to find the answer to this question unless you did not spend one minute thinking about it before asking". Anyway, it seems that "being called a dummy", if these words were not written by B, would be at best an extrapolation from A.
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