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Quick Write 101611 “Learning from Mark 3”

I had to skip “Learning from Mark” QW piece last weekend having been occupied with the seminar thing, so this post is going to be my third LFM piece. Here are some good English phrases that a well-educated columnist uses in his political analysis. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec11/sandb_10-14.html

1) But I have to in all fairness say I didn't scrutinize it. I just read the wire stories on it. I didn't sit down in depth and think about it.

The above is what Mark says in response to the anchor’s question about the energy jobs plan announced by Rick Perry, one of the Republican presidential candidates. By the way, it should be “the energy JOBS plan” not “the energy JOB plan”. If you regard a compound noun as “singular noun plus singular noun”, it’s worth keeping in mind that it could be “plural noun plus singular noun”. I found that the rendition in 1) would be a good example that we can use when we haven’t delved into the issue in question, but it’s not very smart to say, like “I have no idea.” , “Sorry, I’m not sure.”, “I didn’t give it deep thoughts yet.”. I’d like to use the sentence “I didn't sit down in depth and think about it.” when asked my opinion in discussions at my grad school class.

2) But what struck me was the brimming self-confidence, the swagger that he brought into the race when he came in, in August. You know, he was ready to take on this whole world. And he was walking in the town and he was the new sheriff.

This is how Mark describes Rick Perry who has begun to lose his popularity. I don’t really think that there will be an occasion on which I use the whole sentences in 2) (Oh well, if I meet a super- arrogant guy, I’d sure do.), but I like the phrase “the brimming self-confidence”, “he was ready to take on this whole world”, and “he was the new sheriff”. The metaphors that Mark adopts are always easy to visualize and fun to conceive. “the brimming self-confidence” makes me think of a big coffee mug filled with café au lait which is too full and too hot for me to hold. It’s just like I consider somebody as smart, skillful, and dependable, but he/she is a little too conceited and can be difficult to get along with.

(30 minutes / 402 words)

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