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Re: British convertibles paradox

Posted by Acme on October 14, 2004

In Reply to: British convertibles paradox posted by Word Camel on October 13, 2004

: : : : : : : : : : : Fiona may be 18 but she barely looks it.
: : : : : : : : : : : Shouldn't that be she barely looks like one?

: : : : : : : : : : : Does the "she barely looks it* make sense

: : : : : : : : : : : thanks

: : : : : : : : : : Yes.

: : : : : : : : : Do we get a photo of this bare 18 year old Fiona or am I on the worng shelf of the internet?

: : : : : : : : : You could make the meaning clearer by saying "Fiona bare, hardly looks 18"...

: : : : : : : : Harrumph. This is not the Phrase Finders I know. On the other hand, we quote e.e. cummings: "A pretty girl who naked is, is worth a million statues."

: : : : : : : To answer the original question: the quoted sentence means that Fiona looks very young, perhaps younger than 18.

: : : : : : As Ms. Berg says, "barely" here means "scarcely" or "only just".

: : : : : it's not fair - stimulating the imagination that way.

: : : : : ...and that after me having seen a convertible with a striking dark-haired woman - Number plate? "I Dyd" !!!
: : : : : (absolute truth! Near Guildford yesterday)

: : : : That's just down the road from me (the A3 to be precise). Was she mad? It was bloody chilly yesterday.

: : : Does the reference to a convertible have anything to with Acme's theory? (For those who've been away, Acme opined that women in high end convertibles are highly skilled at fel*tio. So, when a poster (especially male) mentions a woman in a convertible, he may be referring to this).

: : Ahhh Bookworm. I think it's highly likely that was Rude Boy's intent. Methinks the convertible theory will live on for some time in the memories, wishes and dreams of some of the PFrs.

: I remember hearing/reading that the British buy more convertibles than any other country in Europe. I do know that a sixth of all BMW sales are convertibles. This always struck me as a bit poignant given the lack of sun. It's the sort of consumerist equivalent of Monty Python's "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life."

This fact would be consistent with my experience and my theory.