linguistic note

For horses, tooth-length is a proxy for their age, and ‘long in the tooth’, meaning ‘old’, is an example of an expression that has acquired wide-sense meaning, in now being simply a picturesque way of calling anyone or anything ‘old’.
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“Examples, or it hydroplanes.”
(cf: “Pics, or it didn’t happen.”)
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The naturalness of a surface corresponds to the naturalness of what is depicted on it.
1. the moon reflected on the surface of a lake;
2. the nature scenes typically depicted on a designer dinner plate;
3. the unhealthy products touted by billboards.
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Smart Reply

A: [behind your back] “Good morning.”
B: “Someone’s got my back. I’m glad about that.”
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