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#8761 - 10/26/00 01:32 PM Re: Mogambo  
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jack squat to do with gorillas

I rest my case.

"Mogambo" = "Let's get the hell out of here!"
(this translation for under 18s)


#8762 - 10/26/00 01:46 PM Re: Mogambo  
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I hope you'll credit your co-translator?


#8763 - 10/26/00 06:29 PM Re: Mogambo  
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... none of which has jack squat to do with gorillas or mogambo.

Ain't no one never told ya nothin' about it being wrong for to be using double negatives?


#8764 - 10/26/00 07:50 PM Re: Mogambo  
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Max says it is "wrong for to be using double negatives."

One assumes this a critique of the construction "jack squat." One assumes that his objection is that "jack" has the same meaning as squat, permitting one to say "He don't know jack" and "He don't know squat" without altering the meaning of either. Not so, learned one. The clause "You don't know jack" is a shortening of "You don't know jack shit" where the last word is omitted for decency's sake. Squat is a colloquial verb meaning "to defecate" and a noun meaning "defecation." Thus, the construction "jack squat" restores the entirety of the clause, using a synonym in the last position. Eh?





#8765 - 10/26/00 07:54 PM Re: Mogambo  
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Oh how good it is to be amongst true intellectuals!


#8766 - 10/26/00 08:10 PM Intellectuals  
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Agreed. The recent rise in the number of false intellectuals is a cause for great concern.


#8767 - 10/26/00 08:10 PM Re: discalced  
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this too shall pass
tsuwm>more links than a dozen discalced nuns.
jackie>what does being discalced have to do with posting links, she said with the
distinct feeling of walking straight into a trap?

exactly nothing. and don't go walking discalced near any traps.

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#8768 - 10/26/00 08:14 PM Re: Mogambo  
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Actually it was the use of "none of which" that prompted my jocular correction. I understood the phrase "Jack squat", and greatly appreciated the bowdlerisation. Since it seems that "Jack squat" means basically "nothing" I read the line to say "none of which has nothing to do with ..." I am of course rushing in where angels fear to tread, as my grasp of grammar could most flatteringly be called rudimentary. If I am as mistaken as I expect to be, your occupation, and my Mickey heritage would seem to make mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa doubly apt.


#8769 - 10/26/00 11:28 PM Re: Intellectuals  
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The recent rise in the number of false intellectuals

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!






#8770 - 10/27/00 03:37 AM Re: Intellectuals  
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Misereatur vestri omnipotens Deus, et dimissis peccatis, perducat vos ad vitam aeternam. Amen.


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