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To: DMaA who wrote (101)11/6/2019 11:35:43 AM
From: goldworldnet
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Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

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To: DMaA who wrote (96)11/7/2019 12:02:57 AM
From: Stan
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Because TP was already taken?

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To: goldworldnet who wrote (102)11/7/2019 12:46:28 AM
From: Stan
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There is a line in Oliver! that baffles me when Oliver has been taken by the rich man to his upper class townhouse. Oliver, who's gone from rags to riches overnight, literally, comes out on the balcony after getting up on his first day there.

It's a brilliant early morning. He looks down with wonder at vendors below who form a growing dancing/singing routine. He begins to sing "Who will buy?" It's a beautiful song, but the sentence I've underlined that the vendors sing doesn't make sense. It takes a little (only a little really) away from the song for me.

Who will buy this wonderful morning?
Such a sky you never did see!
Who will tie it up with a ribbon
And put it in a box for me?

They'll never be a day so sunny
It could not happen twice
Where is the man with all the money?
It's cheap at half the price!

Who will buy this wonderful feeling?
I'm so high I swear I could fly
Me, oh my! I don't want to lose it
So what am I to do
To keep a sky so blue?
There must be someone who will buy...

I get it that it's an idiom, but it seems misplaced because of course, anything is cheap[er] at half the price. But the vendors are reflecting Oliver's sense of joy and wonder, so if they're going to use the idiom at all, IMO it should be reworded to "cheap at twice the price."

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To: Stan who wrote (104)11/7/2019 1:23:10 AM
From: goldworldnet
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"Cheap at half the price" is original, but a dated expression.



yourdictionary.com

I didn't know this either.

Best -- Josh :)

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To: goldworldnet who wrote (105)11/7/2019 9:37:54 AM
From: Stan
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Well then, they should have sung "Cheep at half the price." <ggg>

Okay, seriously, thanks for the article.

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From: DMaA11/7/2019 11:25:49 AM
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I've been red pilled.

Fascinating how important that one has become in a short time.

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From: DMaA11/7/2019 3:08:27 PM
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Your topic is part of a larger linguistics study.

Phraseology

In linguistics, phraseology is the study of set or fixed expressions, such as idioms, phrasal verbs, and other types of multi-word lexical units (often collectively referred to as phrasemes), in which the component parts of the expression take on a meaning more specific than or otherwise not predictable from the sum of their meanings when used independently. For example, ‘Dutch auction’ is composed of the words Dutch ‘of or pertaining to the Netherlands’ and auction ‘a public sale in which goods are sold to the highest bidder’, but its meaning is not ‘a sale in the Netherlands where goods are sold to the highest bidder’. Instead, the phrase has a conventionalized meaning referring to any auction where, instead of rising, the prices fall.

(I never heard of a Dutch Auction before)

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To: DMaA who wrote (108)11/7/2019 4:54:13 PM
From: Shoot1st
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go Dutch

phrase of Dutch

INFORMAL
share the cost of something, especially a meal, equally.


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To: Shoot1st who wrote (109)11/7/2019 5:00:33 PM
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From: goldworldnet11/8/2019 8:04:25 PM
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Bite the bullet

en.wikipedia.org

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