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LIGHTPIE7 09-11-2008 02:15 AM

I don't understand this quote at all...
 
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

Mind Boggling
 
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

Yale quote
 
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

Enigma Variations
 
'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

Ambiguity
 
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?)


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