Saturday, May 07, 2005

Irony Coast

"Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable," the president said, opening a four-nation trip to mark the 60th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat. "Yet this attempt to sacrifice freedom for the sake of stability left a continent divided and unstable."

To paraphrase Apu, "I don't know which part of that sentence to start with."

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

why?

5/07/2005 10:35 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

When I said I don't know where to begin, I really meant it. I suppose this is as good a place as any.

5/08/2005 3:15 AM  
Blogger Boalt Action said...

I believe Apu's exact words were:

"I don't know which part of that sentence to correct first."

5/08/2005 1:05 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

TO PARAPHRASE APU...it's not that hard to read in English. You have the writing part down.

5/08/2005 1:18 PM  
Blogger Boalt Action said...

“Paraphrase” is defined as a "restatement of a text or passage in another form or other words, often to clarify meaning."

Your statement is not only a serious deviation from what Apu said, but is much less coherent, and thus is not a paraphrase.

Moreover, “paraphrase” is a noun, not a verb, so you used it incorrectly.

It's not that hard to understand English. You have the reading part down.

5/08/2005 7:30 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Main Entry: paraphrase
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -phrased; -phras·ing
intransitive senses : to make a paraphrase
transitive senses : to make a paraphrase of


Correct me again on grammar and I'll chop off your balls.

5/08/2005 7:53 PM  
Blogger Boalt Action said...

Perhaps. But you still didn't "paraphrase" Apu.

5/08/2005 7:57 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

1 : a restatement of a text, passage, or work giving the meaning in another form

I apologize, but I'm gonna have to take those balls now.

5/08/2005 8:35 PM  

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