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Topic: Can't learn an old dog new tricks
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:43:38 PM
Thank you, mactoria.
Topic: Can't learn an old dog new tricks
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:54:00 AM
Mark Twain. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

His aunt Polly stood surprised a moment, and then broke into a gentle laugh.

"Hang the boy, can't I never learn anything? Ain't he played me tricks enough like that for me to be looking out for him by this time? But old fools is the biggest fools there is. Can't learn an old dog new tricks, as the saying is.


I guess that "Can't learn an old dog new tricks" is short of "You can't learn an old dog new tricks". Why wasn't it "Can't teach an old dog new tricks"?

Topic: Tom! You Tom!
Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:54:46 AM
Thank you!
Topic: hoorah's nest
Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 2:17:18 PM
Thank you for the explanation, Drag0. And the picture is very helpful, too.
Topic: hoorah's nest
Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 1:20:36 PM
In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Aunt Polly exclaims on seeing her nephew's messy hair , "Land of goshen, your hair looks like a hoorah's nest."

I can't find the word 'hoorah' anywhere. Does anyone know what it means?
Topic: Tom! You Tom!
Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 12:15:58 PM
Thank you very much for the explanations.
Topic: Tom! You Tom!
Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 2:25:44 AM
Do you mean that nowadays no one would call out, "Tom! You Tom" or "Jim! You Jim!" trying to find a person who is not in sight?
Topic: Tom! You Tom!
Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 1:13:33 AM
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain begins this way:

"TOM!"

No answer.

"TOM!"

No answer.

"What's gone with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!"

No answer.


Can anyone explain the difference between these two calls, "Tom!" and "You Tom!", please? What does the word 'you' add to the call?

Topic: tried his level best
Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2017 7:20:52 AM
Thank you, thar.
Topic: tried his level best
Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2017 6:32:08 AM
thar wrote:
To do one's level best is U.S. slang from 1851, from level in the sense "well-aimed, direct, straight."

Do you mean that 'level' is an adjective here?

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