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Posted: 12 December 2013 06:41 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Slender or crafty?

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Posted: 13 December 2013 02:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Most interesting and a real surprise to me.

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Posted: 14 December 2013 10:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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It brings new meaning to “slim customer.”

There’s a great scene in Lawrence of Arabia in which the American journalist uses it speaking to the Arab played by Alec Guinness. It’s a nice teachable moment in that Guinness demonstrates how one naturally assimilates a foreign phrase.

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Posted: 15 December 2013 04:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I actually mentioned that scene in a draft of the entry. But I cut it as it doesn’t seem to fit the usage pattern. If someone was using the phrase slim customer in the early twentieth century, it would most likely be a South African, not an American. While it is certainly possible for an American to have used the phrase, it seems more likely to be the invention of a Hollywood screenwriter than a case of actual usage.

Still, it is a good scene. (Despite the problematic nature of casting Alec Guinness as an Arab.)

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