Posted by ESC on November 13, 2003
In Reply to: Blue-eyed boy posted by Bob on November 12, 2003
: : : : : Wonder what the origin of this phrase is:
: : : : : BLUE-EYED WORLD - "Whatever in the blue-eyed world gave you the idea that 'National Geographic' readers like artsy, out-of-focus photographs? Josiah Manning, Aurora, Missouri." Irate letter-to-the-editor in National Geographic, October 2003.
: : : : : It reminds me of:
: : : : : WIDE, WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS - "What in the wide, wide world of sports is a-goin' on here?" Taggart, played by Slim Pickens, anachronistically referring to ABC's "Wide World of Sports," hosted by Jim McKay, which premiered in 1961. "Blazing Saddles" .
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: : : : The French guy may help you out !!!!
: : : : Here is what I found in the Merriam-Webster online :
: : : : Main Entry: blue-eyed
: : : : Pronunciation: 'blü-"Id
: : : : Function: adjective
: : : : Date: 1610
: : : : 1 : having blue eyes
: : : : 2 : performed by whites ; also : WHITE
: : : : Could it be just a way of naming White people ? Well, I hope I'm not just making a fool of myself !
: : : I don't know. It's a curious phrase.
: : In Britain, a blue-eyed boy would be a favourite, just as a fair-haired boy would be a favorite in the US.
: And nobody's quoted e e cummings yet, about Buffalo Bill? the memorable last line was
: how do you like
: your blue-eyed boy
: mr death?
I'm thinking maybe it's a politically correct version of "cross-eyed" world: "Reading Jeff Walt's The Danger in Everything reminded me a bit of a child growing up in a messed up, cross-eyed world and yet recognizing their own strength to survive." (Review on Amazon.com)