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Re: "Nation" terms

Posted by R. Berg on December 28, 2001 at

In Reply to: Oh my, not an ethnic slur! posted by Alex on December 28, 2001

: I think i'm getting confused here but isn't a mexican stand-off a situation like that at the climax of "The Good the Bad and the Ugly" where there are 3 people all against each other.
: or was that called something else?

: was wondering about some others too:
: american doubles
: glasgow kiss
: viennese waltz

My reference books don't have "Mexican standoff," but I believe two parties suffice to create the encounter so named. As far as I know, a Viennese waltz is just a Viennese waltz, and there's no more hidden meaning in its name than in "India ink," "French windows," or "German chocolate cake."