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comment Do you still pronounce the “g” in “language” and “English”?
This doesn't answer the OP's question.
Jan
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revised What does “passion-tearing” mean?
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Jan
26
comment What does “passion-tearing” mean?
I wonder if there is synonym to it. Since "passion-tearing" doesn't seem so popular, there should be some other word/phrase that means more or less the same...
Jan
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revised What does “passion-tearing” mean?
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26
accepted What does “passion-tearing” mean?
Jan
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Jan
26
comment What does “passion-tearing” mean?
@JohnLawler "voluntearing" sounds very reasonable, but the story wa written around 1945-1947 and "voluntearing" sounds fairly new (1983) compared to that. I'll also add that detail to the question.
Jan
26
reviewed Edit suggested edit on What does “passion-tearing” mean?
Jan
26
revised What does “passion-tearing” mean?
Added details about when the story is written.
Jan
26
asked What does “passion-tearing” mean?
Jan
20
accepted What does 'turn things over his fingers' mean?
Jan
20
comment What does 'turn things over his fingers' mean?
Interesting point. So, how do we relate this to shoes turning up? Was he trying to reach at high things on his toes and then feel/examine them with his fingers?
Jan
20
comment What does 'turn things over his fingers' mean?
@Kris, quite a reasonable explanation. But, in that case wouldn't it be "to turn the things over his fingers"? I feel, 'to look at things' and 'to turn things over his fingers' are two things he does when he leans forward.
Jan
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revised What does 'turn things over his fingers' mean?
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Jan
20
comment What does 'turn things over his fingers' mean?
Apart from this whole paragraph, there is no mention of the deformed shoes in the story. But, you can find the whole story here .
Jan
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asked What does 'turn things over his fingers' mean?
Dec
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revised What is a “blue card” in this context?
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answered What is a “blue card” in this context?
Dec
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comment What is a “blue card” in this context?
Very good point @Rebecca. The date of the story is not clear from the reports. Many of them talk about it being withdrawn from publication, but I haven't seen any which specifies a date. According to this article, though, it must be early 50s. One thing bothers me with this interpretation: in the story, "blue card" is singular; but in the case of pin-up pictures, it's a deck of cards (53 of them in a box). Little bit confused here :)