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Quick Write 102111 “A Double Black Diamond Kisser”

It’s not that a super-sexy, fabulous-looking guy with extremely mesmerizing smell kissed me, unfortunately. I learned the phrase “Double Black Diamond” from the blog that I happened to visit last night. The author was talking about Boston Legal, an American legal dramedy aired from October 3, 2004, to December 8, 2008 (Source: Wikipedia), and picked up the phrase from the scene in which a single guy was getting instructions on kissing from a guy who, allegedly, is a great kisser. I learned from the blog post that “Double Black Diamond” is the phrase used to mark very advanced ski trails that are difficult to ski and have expert terrain. http://skiing.about.com/od/skiingglossary/g/dblblackdiamond.htm Then, “A Double Black Diamond Kisser” refers to a person who is extremely skilled in kissing and is able to conquer any “terrain”, doesn’t it?

Whenever I encounter “adjective + noun” phrases that I’ve never seen or heard, and I will never be able to think of myself, I cannot help adore the creativity that devised such both attractive and original combinations of words. One of the most difficult areas for English language learners to get a good grasp of is, I personally think, collocation, “a noticeable arrangement or conjoining of linguistic elements as words (Merriam-Webster. com)”. To become familiar with collocation, English language learners need to be exposed to lots of examples and accumulate the knowledge thereof, and it may be hard, if not impossible, for them to create a new combination of adjective + noun that makes sense, and looks attractive at the same time. At least for me, it’s difficult to draw a line between the originality and the linguistic legitimacy. In other words, I can choose any modifying adjectives for any nouns based on my creativity and imagination, but it doesn’t mean that the combinations created make sense to others or seem natural from the linguistic viewpoint.

The song I like contains the phrases, “an alligator smile” and “a cyclone kiss”. I’ve never witnessed such a smile or a kiss, but I can effortlessly visualize what they’re like. The essay I like has taught me the phrases “the wicked, backstabbing rival” and “the old name-dropping celebrity autobiography”. I can easily understand how evil the rival could be, and how dull the autobiography might be. Those "adjective + noun" phrases never let me down, making me disappointed like “Oh, come on. There remains so much to learn”. Instead, I consider myself as a happy English language learner who is to learn so many good English phrases that await her.

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"Double Black Diamond" comes from Boston Legal, Season 2 according to the blog post.
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