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I moved from NYC to LA in October, 2003. And though I still think NYC is the greatest city in the world, I'm truly loving life here in the City of Angels. I'm a writer, reader, and occasional picture-taker.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Responding to the Searches

To the person who arrived on my blog via a search for "goodlooking screenwriters," welcome! I'm certain you found what you were looking for. (Now I just have to hope that you were female.)

And to the one who came looking for "etymology of 'cream rises to the top,'" come on! I mean, sure there are many cliches and figures of speech that are difficult to comprehend, but cam we just think about this one for a second? Do you know where cream comes from?



Blogger Lucy said...

The one I don't understand is "cheap at half the price" when responding to something being, er, cheap. Does it mean cheap at half the price AGAIN? 'Cos if it were half the price it already is then it sounds like a complaint...

I'm sure they found a good looking screenwriter here, Joel: you remind me of a blondish version of my husband actually, not that I'm ever one to flirt via blogs ; )

11:54 AM  
Blogger oneslackmartian said...

It definitely was not me! I mean, sure, I may have written a poem about you and all . . . but . . . okay, I'm shuttin' the hell up.

Dramatic irony will get you every time.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Lucy -- I've never heard that phrase, but my guess is it means really cheap. It was already cheap, but then you're getting it at half the price of cheap! Kind of like when people give 110%.

And for your husband's sake, I'll accept that you never flirt via blogs! ;-) (And I'm not really blondish at all, anyway.) But thanks.

OSM -- I'll hope that in fact neither of those searches were you. I'm pretty sure you're not in Taiwan right now, so that gets rid of at least one of them. I won't say which though! ;-)

7:12 PM  
Blogger annabel said...

Having someone come to your blog on a search for "goodlooking screenwriters" is the best one I've heard yet! My hat is off to you! :)

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got here through "naked agression"... no, not the search term, rather I was writing in the nude and couldn't get my browser to accept cookies and, oh never mind

8:49 PM  
Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Funjoel, the term, "the cream rises to the stop" refers to the fact that cream is part of milk at one point, but through a process it is changed and becomes something special: a desert topping, or a flavorer of coffee.

This is an analogy which depicts a simular process where unique, special individuals, seperate thmeslves from large groups of people and become something unique and special, as recongnized by others in positions of authority.

In society you see this phenomenom play out when a student so well in class that he (or she) is noted by teachers and fellow piers for their exceptional perfomrance. They are then seperated, and granted some form of elevated status.

(Student to master teacher interlude) How'd I do x-plain' this figure of speach?

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

9:02 PM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

E.C. -- you did realize that I was being facetious, right? That I felt it was a cliche with an obvious etymology. I'll assume you were just trying to be helpful to whoever was searching, and for that I'll say you did fine in explaining it!

9:11 PM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

Well the first one is a flattering endorsement but the other is a bit strange. I get those too.

4:23 AM  

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