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LIGHTPIE7
09-11-2008, 02:15 AM
I don't get it... what the heck does this mean?

(it had 10 out of 10 stars under 'confusing')

"Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all. "

bansaisequoia
09-11-2008, 03:08 AM
LIGHTPIE, it becomes even more confusing. The larger quote (attributed to F Scott Fitzgerald) reads: "But scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all. Or else eleven bought iron men and 3,000 ninnies. God preserve you from that vacuum factory."

Here's another surreal quote I learned in childhood that I don't really understand: "Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni."

LIGHTPIE7
09-11-2008, 03:50 AM
actually, that one I can explain.

In whole, this quote is part of 'Yankee Doodle' which was written by the British during the revolutionary war. 'Yankee' meaning the colonists, and 'doodle' as an old phrase meaning 'foolish' or 'dumb'

Now, 'macaroni' is an old phrase meaning 'stylish' or 'trendy'

The intention is to say that he was foolishly stating that the feather he stuck in his hat was stylish.

flutefish
09-11-2008, 05:40 AM
Personal opinion only, but I'd interpret that quote as basically saying that Yale guys are idiots and without substance.

LIGHTPIE7
09-11-2008, 05:56 AM
lol, I only understand that it has something to do with Yale... lol.

It's like just something random... like how it's always been my dream to grow up, become famous, and say 'all that glitters is not 7, for the 8 is more than an angry procupine'

bansaisequoia
09-11-2008, 03:16 PM
'all that glitters is not 7, for the 8 is more than an angry procupine'

LIGHTPIE, you think F Scott Fitzgerald quotes are ambiguous!?!:eek:

LIGHTPIE7
09-12-2008, 12:03 AM
ummm... I dunno...

What does ambiguous mean again? (^:



...I'm serious

bansaisequoia
09-12-2008, 01:21 AM
Enigmatic, perplexing, puzzling.

Or refer to this link:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ambiguous

LIGHTPIE7
09-12-2008, 04:53 AM
lol, thank you for explaining that.

And no, I don't think that his quotes are ambiguous... just that one...

(P.S. don't you think that my quote would be fun to do in a cryptogram?)