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John Lennon

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B. John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, d. 8 December 1980, New York City, New York, USA. John Winston Ono Lennon has been exhumed in print more ...

Vocative

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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...any morphological inflection . The vocative is typically used at the beginning of a clause, e.g. John, the phone is for you , where ‘John’ is a vocative. However vocatives can occur in clause final position, e.g. The phone is for you John , or clause medially, e.g. The answer, John, is obvious . In some registers , the vocative is preceded by ‘O’ or ‘Oh’, e.g. Oh my love for the first time in my life my eyes are wide open (‘Oh My Love’, John Lennon and Oko Ono , 1971 ). See information structure ; nominative ; theme . ...

proprietary

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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...: “The contracts were negotiated not with the band's company, The Beatles, Ltd., which held the rights, but with NEMS, which did not possess any proprietorial [read proprietary ] rights whatsoever, being simply a management organization.” Albert Goldman , The Lives of John Lennon 335 ( 1988 ). Language-Change Index proprietorial misused for proprietary : Stage...

than

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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...in the first as well as the second. The first means more than ( she likes ) me , the second more than I ( like the dog ). The Beatles presented this dilemma in their song “If I Fell” ( 1964 ), in which John Lennon sang: “I must be sure, from the very start, that you would love me more than her.” Either this is bad English, or Lennon was envisioning a bisexual lover contemplating same-sex and different-sex lovers. But the latter has never seemed plausible—and the objective case is probably the speaker's maladroit attempt to suggest that two women...

Beatles, the

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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...the a pop and rock group from Liverpool consisting of George Harrison , John Lennon , Paul McCartney , and Ringo Starr...

Semolina Pilchard

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Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

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...coined by John Lennon for Detective Sergeant Norman ‘Nobby’ Pilcher ( b.1936 ), of Scotland Yard 's drugs squad. The words ‘semolina pilchard’ appear in the Beatles' song ‘I Am the Walrus’ ( 1967 ). Pilcher is also said to have been caricatured as ‘Spiny Norman’ in Monty Python's ‘Piranha Brothers’ sketch ( 1970 ). The detective made a name for himself by pursuing high-profile rock stars on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs, including Donovan and members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones . Some of those he arrested, notably Lennon, claimed that...

LPL

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A Dictionary of Abbreviations

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... [Airport Code] Liverpool, John Lennon airport,...

guy

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Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (3 ed.)

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...Britain and other parts of the English-speaking world, especially Australia and New Zealand. Examples: You guys all belong in the same ballpark — Observer , 1970 I’m just as romantic as the next guy, and always was — John Lennon , 1980 She was a regular guy, a good sport and a fine actress —quoted in American Speech , 1983 I could see John by the bar talking to some guys — New Yorker , 1989...

ingratiate

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Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (3 ed.)

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...myself by asking who was her favourite composer — M. Dibdin , 1991 . The non-reflexive use is not standard: ☒ He was going to pretend that his limp was cured, and that would ingratiate him with Matta, help him set his trap — R. Campbell , 1993 ☒ Her first records with John Lennon didn’t exactly ingratiate her to Beatle fans with their feedback-drenched, primal scream freak-outs —music reviews website, AmE 2004 [ OEC ]. (Better alternatives in these examples would be commend him to and endear her to .) Ingratiate occurs frequently in the...

ingratiate

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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...of the word have only a very approximate idea of what it means.) Often, as in the first example below, the transitive construction stands for ‘endear to’. Ingratiate is also often used absolutely, i.e. without an object, as in the second example. ?Her first records with John Lennon didn’t exactly ingratiate her to Beatle fans with their feedback-drenched, primal scream freak-outs —music reviews website, 2004 ; ‘Good’ behaviour designed to placate and to ingratiate —A. Storr, 1972...

bev

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...] alcohol, esp. beer; thus a drink. 1893 P.H. Emerson Signor Lippo 13: I should just think you would beg my pardon and to show you mean it stand a couple of shants of bevarly to square the boys. 1999 K. Sampson Powder 129: He's about to sit down for a bev with John fucking Lennon . 2004 C. Brookmyre Be My Enemy 238: Dinner, a few bevs and a hard day's...

far out

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...‘Far out,’ said Brodie . ‘But ours is bigger, ain't it?’ 1986 H.B. Gilmour Pretty in Pink 29: He thinks you're pretty far out. 1999 Observer 24 Oct. 29: Dope and acid heads were cool and far out. 2000 Indep. on Sun. mag. 9 Apr. 16: Hey, honey, dig my far-out John Lennon ...

shitty

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...at the shitty end of a knife or gun. 7 incompetent. 1977 (con. 1949 ) J.G. Dunne True Confessions ( 1979 ) 145: You're good at sneaking a priest out of a whorehouse […] What you're shitty at is Mystery Clues. ▪ Derivatives shittiness ( n. ) unpleasantness. 1970 John Lennon Lennon Remembers ( 2001 ) 56: We were a bit infuriated by the glibness of it, and the shittiness of the dialogue. 1981 P. Norman Shout! 123: Poems that started seriously but petered out into self-conscious obscenity and anguished cries about the ‘shittiness’ of life. ...

Saturday-night

Saturday-night adj.   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...too deeply to respond to the body's signals to move. Saturday night pistol ( n. ) ( US ) a small handgun. 1929 M.A. Gill Und. Sl. n.p.: Saturday night pistol, 25 automatic. 2003 M. Dean Rock 'n' Roll Gold Rush 346/1: The poor wayfaring stranger Beatle [i.e. John Lennon ] […] was struck several times by a volley of any-kid-can-buy-'em bullets from a $29 Saturday night pistol. Saturday night smile ( n. ) ( US ) an enthusiastic smile. 1949 R. Chandler Little Sister 123: Miss Helen Grady gave me her Saturday night smile. Saturday night...

fucking

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...entries. ▪ In exclamations fucking Ada! ( also bloody Ada! ) [the Ada is either a nonsense word or a euph. for the stronger alternative fucking arseholes! ; as with fucking hell! , the fu may be deliberately abandoned; thus ‘kin’ Ada! etc.] a general excl. 1970 John Lennon at Beatles Ultimate Experience [Internet] And I thought, ‘Fucking Ada, I've never made a film’. 1979 Ian Dury ‘Fucking Ada’ [lyrics] Fucking Ada, fucking Ada / Fucking Ada, fucking Ada. 1980 T. McClenaghan Submariners I i: Bloody Ada, gotta blow. 1998 B....

mother-

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...Hell, with our gift of labia we're a mother-hopping cinch to cop a slave. mother hubbard ( also mutha-hubbard ) ( orig. US ) 1951 Kerouac On the Road (The Orig. Scroll) ( 2007 ) 235: We've suddenly come into fairytale route one in the mother hubbard woods. 1971 John Lennon ‘Gimme Some Truth’ [lyrics] No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of Tricky Dicky / Is gonna Mother Hubbard soft soap me. 2000 Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 18: I'm mutha-hubbard outta here! mother-humping ( US ) 1961 R. Gover One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding 22: He so...

hump

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...Horses [TV script] Look, don't, don't get the hump with us. 1996 J. Cameron It Was An Accident 52: Once he got the serious hump after he got shot on my account. 1998 I. Welsh Filth 36: The sad cunt took the hump and fucked off. 2000 Guardian G2 1 Feb. 16: Would Lennon get the hump if the modfather didn't consult him before blowing all their savings on a customised Velocifero and a quantity of hard oak flooring? 2000 J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 19: It's a sure sign you've been in the game too long, when a guy turns up to give you twenty...

finger

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...for her? No finger pie? 1980 Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 197: Alternatively, she may like to […] allow someone else to fumble , feel or finger-fuck her. Girls go wild over finger pie . 1996 J. Baker Death Minus Zero ( 1998 ) 178: Then he would know more about John Lennon , could quote some of the words to Janet when he wanted some finger pie. 2004 R. Coover Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Directors' Cut 210: —Now, for dessert, we have finger pie served with a bit of jam, hot ba-nanas with crushed nuts, and very rich cherry pud. finger puppet...

belly

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...Crime 173: Belly rubbing Dancing. Not used in mixed company. 1996 (con. 1927 ) L. D'Amour My Calif. [play] I'll romp stomp and bellyrub till my prayerbones howl. 2002 ‘FlyChick’ [Internet] Some of my favorites are: Chris Isaak , Wicked Games – Metallica […] and John Lennon , Woman ( DakotaMike 's personal favorite to bellyrub to, on the dance floor). belly ruffian ( n. ) ( also ruffian ) [affectionate play on SE] the penis. 1890–1904 Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues . 1896 Farmer Vocabula Amatoria ( 1966 ) 46: Braguette ,...

Maharishi

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...(Sanskrit, ‘great sage and poet’) A Hindu spiritual teacher. The best-known outside India is the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ( c.1917–2007 ), who founded transcendental meditation and introduced it to the West. In 1967–8 he was a guru to The beatles until a disillusioned John Lennon satirized him in the song ‘Sexy Sadie’ ( 1968...

Spanner

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...who ‘throws a spanner in the works’ deliberately sabotages a plan or enterprise or spoils a scheme by creating difficulties or obstructions designed to promote failure, as some machinery can be wrecked by literally throwing a spanner or piece of metal into the moving parts. John Lennon ’s punningly titled A Spaniard in the Works ( 1965 ) was a bestselling collection of stories and drawings. Box spanner See under box...

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