[Ads-l] Biopic - rhymes with myopic?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 22 19:43:21 EST 2017


> On Nov 22, 2017, at 6:58 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> We discussed this not too long ago.
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> I long thought it rhymed with "myopic," because I wasn't swift enough to
> see that it was a blend.
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> But, of course, I wasn't a movie critic.
> JL

And as I may have mentioned when we were ensconced in that thread, a number of contributors to my cancer list are under the impression that the procedure we go in for periodically is the dreaded “biospy”.  Which makes an eggcornish sense when you think about it.  

LH
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> On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 6:49 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:
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>> Heard on local (Los Angeles) NPR movie criticism show:
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>> "biopic" (biographical film) rhymed with myopic, instead of with "bio" and
>> then "pick," as I would have expected.
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