[Ads-l] Heard: “rose-scented glasses”

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Sep 15 14:39:37 UTC 2017

With at least one well-documented precedent:


…although Robbie Savage's rose-scented glasses lose out in the gaffe parade to, inter alia, 

"If that had gone in, it would have been a goal.”

Another occurrence-- 

Despite the efforts of Whole Foods management to view the situation through rose-scented glasses, and a lot of air freshener, raw sewage is neither an aromatic nor safety enhancement.

—likely involves an intentional permutation rather than a gaffe on Barfblog’s part, but is in any case remarkable for an impressive nominal compound you don’t hear every day, viz. “Miami Beach poop leak whistle blower”.


> On Sep 15, 2017, at 10:13 AM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Presumably from a mishearing of "rose-tinted".
> Mark
> On Sep 14, 2017 3:02 PM, "Wilson Gray" wrote:
> Spoken by the sixteen-year-old, sixth-grade-dropout daughter of
> middle-class parents guesting on Dr. Phil, as she berated her mother for
> being divorced from the harsh realities of teen-age life, noting that she
> was not “just some rich white girl,” but, rather, someone who had suffered
> the slings and arrows of outrageous hanging out at the skate-park.
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