[Ads-l] off-mike 'unguarded'

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 15 12:40:21 EDT 2016


The use of the phrase "off-mike comments" given by JL fits the OED
extended sense of "takes place behind the scenes", but it conflicts
with the other OED sense of "distant from, or not facing, a
microphone".

[Begin OED excerpt]
off-mike, adv. and adj.
B. adj.
  Not employing or speaking directly into a microphone; that is
distant from, or not facing, a microphone; (hence, in extended use)
that takes place behind the scenes; that is not part of a performance.
[End excerpt]

Garson


On Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 12:25 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> "he made a mistake."
>
> How do you know?  "Off-mike" makes perfect figurative sense.
>
> Stay tuned.
>
> JL
>
>
> On Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> ...or he meant "off-air" and made a mistake.
>>
>> On Oct 15, 2016 11:34 AM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > CNN speaks of T---p's lewd "off-mike comments."
>> >
>> > Of course, they were very much "on-mike."
>> >
>> > JL
>> > --
>> > "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
>> truth."
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