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1. an amused expression ----the pitch of "amused" is higher than expression (pitch的高度跟它的语言逻辑的位阶一致)
an admiring look-----the pitch of "admiring" is lower than look;
2. attribute A to B----the "to" as "belonging to"
B is attributive;
A is attributed to B;
A is attributabke to B---A is able to be the thing which is attributed to B
B is an accompaniment to A ----the "to" as directed towards / as far as reaching / in addition to
A is to the accompaniment of B---the "is" = exists ; the "to" = within / connected with
3. one might expect, to royalty ----It is about royalty that one might expect; royalty in which one might expect
4. "a legend in her own imagination"----It is a satire on her that means not in her own lifetime but imagination
5. "Daggers' Thatcher"
6. barking / hopping mad-----the pitch of barking and hopping is lower than 'mad'
7. mad keen-----the pitch of 'mad' is heigher than 'keen';
Look, What expression! A slang. "Shotgun Wedding" or a gun's wedding (I see : the wedding under shotgun)A term for a forced marriage after an unexpected pregnancy.Originating from when the father of the pregnant girl would force the baby's daddy to marry his daughter at gunpoint. This gun was most likely a shotgun as many fathers in the United States were hunters.Bill knocked up Suzie and now they're having a shotgun wedding
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We are not amused
A quotation, attributed to Queen Victoria.Origin
This supposed quotation was attributed to Queen Victoria by Caroline Holland in Notebooks of a Spinster Lady, 1919. Holland attests that Victoria made the remark in 1900, but supplies no details of the circumstances. Other reports have suggested that the line wasn't an example of the 'royal we', but that Victoria was speaking on behalf of all the ladies present at court.
See also: "We have become a grandmother".
We are a grandmother
'We have become a grandmother' was UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's statement to the press in 1989, on the birth of her first grandchild, Mark Thatcher's son Michael.Origin
The use of the 'royal we' (the 'pluralis majestatis' or 'majestic plural') had previously been restricted, as one might expect, to royalty; for example, Queen Victoria's celebrated 'we are not amused'. Its use by a mere prime minister and Thatcher's imperious personal manner were the source of considerable disdain at the time. Thatcher's apparent conceit lead to her being described as 'a legend in her own imagination' and to some linguistic jokes at her expense:
- Why is Margaret Thatcher like a pound coin?
- Because she is thick, brassy and thinks she's a sovereign.
Another quip came in the explanation from an aide as to why she had the nickname of 'Daggers' Thatcher. An interviewer asked, 'Is that because she has a reputation for stabbing colleagues in the back?' 'No, its because she's three stops past Barking.'Beyond Barking
[Dagenham is three stops past Barking on the London Underground]
June 24, 2008 @ 4:55 pm · Filed by Geoffrey K. Pullum under Syntax, prepositions
« previous post | next post » Adrian Morgan pointed out to me a Usenet comment in which someone says of some course of action that it "can hardly be a sane policy for anyone who is not evincing signs of heading distinctly dagenham". In this context dagenham is apparently to be taken as a synonym for "insane", by a rather devious etymological route. Dagenham is a town in Essex, England. On the District Line of the London Underground, Dagenham is three stops beyond the town of Barking (after Barking are Upney, Becontree, Dagenham Heathway, and Dagenham East). To be barking mad is to be crazy; and being dagenham is therefore being three steps beyond barking. The allegation of being beyond barking was leveled at Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, according to this page at phrases.org. And [url=http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Transwikiist_of_British_idioms]this list of British idioms[/url] says a parallel use is made of the place name Becontree (two stops beyond Barking on the District Line).