The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1974 Thursday, 9 October 2003
Date: Wednesday, 8 Oct 2003 09:13:54 -0500
Subject: 14.1958 Winter's Tale Queries
Comment: RE: SHK 14.1958 Winter's Tale Queries
Tony Burton responds this way:
>First, "out of left field" may not quite fit the definition of a
>metaphor or a malapropism. Perhaps it is merely an ignorant mistake,
>although I detect signs of cross breeding between "out of the [a clear]
>blue [sky]" and "out in left field." In any event, we can safely ignore
>this red herring; the issue lies elsewhere.
He needs to learn a little about politeness. Ignorance is a term of
contempt and should not be lightly thrown about, especially as it might
strike places that he would rather it didn't.
The issue, however, is too trivial for further discussion.
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