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#168392 - 05/22/07 07:30 PM Re: Bird-derived words and phrases *DELETED* [Re: Aramis]
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Foreign languages and dictionaries can lead to better , but also to misunderstanding. Cameo at first came out of the search as :carving or scratching. Only later I found cameo in the meaning of gem, precious stone with relief carving. Sorry , Aramis. One of the many little cultural shocks.


Edited by BranShea (05/23/07 12:44 PM)

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#168393 - 05/23/07 03:44 AM Re: Bird-derived cameo [Re: BranShea]
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Though I must admit and post script that it is a beautiful bird cameo.

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#168400 - 05/23/07 01:36 PM Re: Bird-derived words and phrases *DELETED* [Re: BranShea]
Aramis Offline
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No, this was cameo as in a brief walk-on appearance in a movie. Is that usage rather obscure, gang?

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#168406 - 05/23/07 04:04 PM Re: cameo [Re: Aramis]
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Originally Posted By: Aramis
No, this was cameo as in a brief walk-on appearance in a movie. Is that usage rather obscure, gang?


Not to native speakers, probably. Note BranShea's provenance.

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#168413 - 05/23/07 07:58 PM Re: cameo [Re: AnnaStrophic]
Zed Offline
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but I can't hear that use of cameo without thinking of Hitchcock who always managed to appear somewhere in his film.

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#168418 - 05/24/07 10:10 AM Re: cameo [Re: Zed]
Jackie Offline

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And M. Night Shyamalan.

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#168426 - 05/24/07 04:59 PM Re: cameo [Re: Jackie]
olly Offline
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Cameo cremes are some of my favourite Kiwi Bikkies

yummy

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#168433 - 05/25/07 10:59 AM Re: cameo [Re: olly]
Jackie Offline

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! Bikkies = biscuit! Here's what we (Edit: we in the States) know as Cameo cookies.


Edited by Jackie (05/25/07 10:59 AM)

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#168440 - 05/25/07 02:56 PM Re: cameo [Re: Zed]
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Exactly; that is the way I think of it. It was a very clever device, among many attributed to that genius.

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