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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)


Feb
4
accepted Capitalization: “ondes Martenot” is, while “theremin” isn't — why?
Feb
2
comment Variant pronunciation of “obesity”
He's just “taking the piss out of“ Americans? : ) (No - never heard that pronunciation before.)
Feb
2
comment Why is it “From Dublin to Los Angeles” in the Western world, that has left the church moribund in 20 century culture wars?
Yes. Los Angeles has also been called “the end of the world”, relative to modern human expansion – so the expression half-works on that level too. (”Los Angeles is like a beauty parlor at the end of the universe.” - Emily Mortimer)
Feb
1
asked Capitalization: “ondes Martenot” is, while “theremin” isn't — why?
Jan
8
awarded  Yearling
Dec
25
revised What does this “expose” mean?
I tried to improve the wording for clarity
Dec
25
suggested suggested edit on What does this “expose” mean?
Dec
22
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
11
comment What's the origin of the idiom “bust one's chops”?
For what it's worth, I've always thought of it as metaphor for taking body-blows from a boxer - the 'chops' being your ribs or gut. Someone who verbally berates you (say your wife, for you gazing at a younger girl), might "bust your chops" over it. That's how it's always been used in my life experience – a few generations after 'mutton chops' are seen day to day. Info here - phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/12/messages/156.html – but that's not how I've seen it used in generations. A colorful alternative is: "breaking your balls" over something.
Dec
4
comment Why is “back-” used in “back-order”?
...backed-up (like a sink or a freeway) makes perfect sense to me. : )
Dec
4
comment Is this event ironic or a funny coincidence: (explain why as well)
@Paradox - I believe the character's intentions can absolutely be inferred from his ridicule – – but if you really want to irritate your friend, start calling anything even remotely funny, "ironical" : )
Dec
4
comment What is the word for a certain melodramatic pose?
"Woe-is-me" is another good descriptor for what I believe is a specific archaic word that exists out there: hiding, waiting.
Dec
4
comment What is the word for a certain melodramatic pose?
@jwpat7 - "hand-staple-forehead" - funny. Very good; but they too don't know the 'correct' word. : )
Dec
4
comment What is the word for a certain melodramatic pose?
"Glossary of theatrical poses" sounds promising! Great ideas you throw out! Thank you. Still looking...
Dec
4
revised What is the word for a certain melodramatic pose?
added 100 characters in body
Dec
4
comment What is the word for a certain melodramatic pose?
It was a word I had to look up years ago, and I remember being struck that there was a specific word for such a pose. 'Swoon' is a good suggestion, but I believe there is a more exacting one to be found. Thanks.
Dec
4
comment Is this event ironic or a funny coincidence: (explain why as well)
@Kristina - The guy intended to differentiate himself as smug-superior, but quite the 'opposite' happened; it seems to me.
Dec
4
answered Is this event ironic or a funny coincidence: (explain why as well)
Dec
4
asked What is the word for a certain melodramatic pose?