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#123551 - 02/25/04 12:55 AM Re: Vatican sopranos  
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They were often thought the best. Some were quite capable of the effort, but without the consequences.


#123552 - 02/25/04 01:01 AM Re: Vatican sopranos  
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Dear Faldage: Vatican sopranos were deprived of posterity at a very early age. I doubt very much that they ever had
a "tilt to the kilt".


#123553 - 02/25/04 04:29 AM Gelding the lilt  
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I doubt very much that they ever had a "tilt to the kilt".

Alas, performance at the expense of performance.

To geld the lilt is a crime against posterity. Or at least it should be.





#123554 - 02/25/04 12:21 PM Re: Gelding the lilt  
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Google castrati lovers and you'll find some sites that claim that they were sought after by discriminating women.


#123555 - 02/25/04 01:24 PM Re: Gelding the lilt  
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Dear Faldage: I had searched, and those were idiots who were
castrated after reaching maturity.The Vatican types were
like the young man from Samoa,Who had one inch, and no more...


#123556 - 02/25/04 03:48 PM Re: Gelding the lilt  
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The Vatican types were like the young man from Samoa, who had one inch, and no more...

Let's not put too fine a point on it, wwh.

Let's just call it what it is: mutilation ... a low note in the history of chasing high notes.

Some chords are better lost than severed.





#123557 - 02/27/04 06:38 PM Re: back to sprezzatura  
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An antonym to "sprezzatura" from a Sherlock Holmes adventure:
""You remember," said he, "that some little time ago when I read you the passage in one of Poe's sketches in which a close reasoner follows the unspoken thoughts of his companion, you were inclined to treat the matter as a mere tour-de-force of the author. On my remarking that I was constantly in the habit of doing the same thing you expressed incredulity."

A "tour de force" is a master-stroke, a striking display of skill and power.


#123558 - 02/27/04 06:41 PM Re: tour-de-force  
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That might qualify as making the difficult look difficult. I'm still (the Good Father's noble effort notwithstanding) looking for a word that means making the easy look difficult.


#123559 - 02/27/04 06:51 PM Re: tour-de-force  
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making the easy look difficult.

complicate?


#123560 - 02/27/04 07:28 PM Re: tour-de-force  
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I'm still ... looking for a word that means making the easy look difficult

How about "clumsy"?





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