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#123561 - 02/27/04 07:31 PM Re: clumsy  
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Naw. It can be done very adroitly. So far maahey has the lead with 'complicate'.


#123562 - 02/27/04 07:32 PM Re: tour-de-force  
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Faldage: best I can come up with is "grandstanding", in
baseball, a fielder indulging in histrionics.


#123563 - 02/27/04 07:34 PM Re: grandstanding  
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Good'n Dr Bill. It's Dr Bill and maahey neck and neck.


#123564 - 02/27/04 07:38 PM Re: grandstanding  
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"Good'n Dr Bill. It's Dr Bill and maahey neck and neck."

Oh, to be 75 again.


#123565 - 02/27/04 07:46 PM adroitless  
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clumsy ... can be done very adroitly

You're thinking of "adroitless", Faldage.

The American Heritage Dictionary lists these synonyms for "adroit":

"Dexterous; skillful; expert; ready; clever; deft; ingenious; cunning; ready-witted"

"Clumsy" isn't among them.

Adroitless of those lexicographers!





#123566 - 02/27/04 08:19 PM Re: clumsy  
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Dear Faldage: after thinking about it, I have to admit
that "grandstanding" could be either way. A fielder could
pretend to have misjudged a ball, and then dramatically
correct and make a spectacular catch. Of course, his coach
would not be amused. In either case.


#123567 - 02/27/04 08:28 PM Re: grandstanding  
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Presumably, if he hadn't pretended to misjudge, he would have made an easy catch. Of course, he might have been trying to fool a baserunner into thinking he wouldn't catch it, thus catching him off base for the double play.


#123568 - 02/27/04 08:30 PM Re: grandstanding  
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#123569 - 02/27/04 08:32 PM easy appearing difficult  
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If I understand aright, a good example of this would be the reaction of a contractor, for example, when you ask him to do something: he pulls a face, thinks about it, tells you it's possible but won't be easy, takes his time doing it (even though he knows how to do it and the parts are cheap), then overcharges you and you cheerfully pay him because you're so grateful.


#123570 - 02/27/04 08:33 PM Re: easy appearing difficult  
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Ooh, good example. Got a word for it?


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