ancestor = "descendant"

FRITZ JUENGLING juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US
Fri Mar 2 19:16:46 UTC 2007

That's the whole point.

>>> wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM 3/2/2007 10:03 AM >>>
I doubt that _Casablanca_ has much to do with it. The line is ironic,
but it does not mean "mildly or pleasantly surprised."

  Furthermore, many of the people using the word in that way wouldn't
be caught dead watching a black and white movie.


FRITZ JUENGLING <juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US> wrote:
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"I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here." I
part of that quote, i.e. 'shocked, (shocked)' has now entered
use and for many has nothing to do with the movie. To what degree does
Capt. Renault's agree with the semantic drift, if at all? Maybe the
phrase has just been used so much that it has just become watered
just like the bland 'awesome' (which now means anything but
was in Best Buy a while back and one of the employees asked if he
help me. "No, I'm just browsing" to which he replied 'awesome'. I
never thought that when I'm suffling thru Cd's it's awesome, but to
his own).
Fritz J

>>> wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM 3/1/2007 2:39 PM >>>
Oh, Barbara, pleease do.

BTW, more semanticdrift: newspersons and others are increasingly
using "shocked" (which for most of us has strong overtones of
disturbance and dismay) to mean "surprised" in neutral or even

More of tomorrow's Inglish.


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