gives good camera

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jul 28 14:32:40 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 9:40 AM, Baker, John <JMB at> wrote:
> Current use is probably heavily influenced by the 1990 Madonna song Vogue:  They had style, they
> had grace | Rita Hayworth gave good face.
> I don't see any earlier "give good face," but from the 11/7/1988 L.A. Times there is:  Face it, Jerome
> knows how to give good meeting.

1981 _Globe and Mail_ 11 Apr. E3 (Factiva) But moviemaking and
interview-giving are two different art forms, and Boorman, in current
Hollywood parlance, gives good interview and lousy movie.

--Ben Zimmer

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