[Ads-l] reindeer games

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 3 19:00:00 EDT 2017


> a pun on the use of the word "games" to refer to the activities of spies

Who knew? I had no idea what the connection was supposed to be.

TFTI

On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 1:44 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> The movie, which came out and took place at Xmas, is a pun on the use of
> the word "games" to refer to the activities of spies.
>
> On Aug 3, 2017 1:30 PM, "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> "Reindeer Games" is also the title of a movie.
>
> On Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 9:12 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Stephanie Ruhle, MSNBC:
> >
> > "Kelly...isn't going to stand for *any* reindeer games."
> >
> > 'Actions that are silly, petty, deceitful, etc.'
> >
> > I had a grad student friend in 1974-75 who didn't have this usage but
> > occasionally and humorously observed, "They wouldn't let [him] play in
> > their reindeer games."
> >
> > The Rudolph song appeared in 1949, though the character is a decade older
> > acc. to Wackipedia.
> >
> > JL
> >
> >
> >
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-Wilson
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All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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