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#123521 - 02/21/04 05:07 PM Re: Sprezzatura  
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I remember a bit of "sprezzatura" in the Disney production of Peter Pan, in which Captain Hook (a cartoon copy of Basil Rathbone) lights a cigarette with left hand while nonchalanontly fencing with an opponent he isn't even looking at .


#123522 - 02/22/04 03:25 PM Re: Sprezzatura  
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That might have been Hook's lightszatura wwh.

There are other forms:

writeszzatura
jazzzzatura
or closely related improvisazzatura
balletzzatura
rodeozzatura or closely relted barrel-racezzatura
for of troy, knittszzatura
for faldo, knitpickszzatura
for jackie, doubleentendrezzatura or not-related bardophobiazzatura
for Dame Joan Sutherland, coloraturazzatura
for Sunday afternoon couched potatoes, snoozzzatura

Any other notable zzaturas?



#123523 - 02/22/04 04:38 PM Re: Sprezzatura  
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jazzzzatura

Poetzzatura



#123524 - 02/22/04 05:51 PM Re: Sprezz  
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My mum always said that the best way to get a new word into your vocabulary was to use it.

A performance sublime
That's sprezzatura
The best after that
Is only bravura.

Case in point:
Secretariat in the Belmont, 1973.
Who remembers any Triple Crown winner since?

Other Sprezzaturissimo Moments?

Miracle on Ice
Nadia's perfect "10"

Simply sprezz!




#123525 - 02/22/04 06:18 PM Re: Sprezzatura  
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GREAT sex --Kama zzatura



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#123526 - 02/22/04 06:23 PM Re: Sprezzatura  
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kama sutra

Kama sutra is great sex without the sprezz.


#123527 - 02/22/04 06:43 PM Re: Sprezzatura  
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The epitome of studied casualness; the absolute icon of Sprezzatura - James Bond! No!?

Am also thinking....women down the ages have always had this quality haven't they? Somehow, they always exuded a certain strength, confidence, vim; were the bulwarks of their families, managed SO many things in a day, children, homes, finances, social relationships, food, farms and still made it all look so effortless. ....distinct and definite erosion of sprezzatura methinks; at least certainly at this end; one job seems too much at times

And now...I shall await the brickbats that are certain to come


#123528 - 02/22/04 07:40 PM Re: Sprezzatura  
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the bulwarks of their families

You can still find those "bulwarks" in Third World countries, but there isn't much sprezz in their existence.

P.S. What is your historical reference anyway? Vivian Leigh in "Gone with the Wind"?


#123529 - 02/22/04 07:54 PM Re: Sprezzatura  
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I am *Third* World-ian by race Grapho, but that is not the reason for the lack of the 'Sprezz', I assure you


#123530 - 02/22/04 08:05 PM Re: Sprezzatura  
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I am *Third* World-ian by race

Third World-ian isn't "a race", Maahey. It's a condition. A truly unfortunate condition.

Fortunately, you escaped it.


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