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hiromichi



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:28 am    Post subject: purveyor of new lows Reply with quote

What is a "purveyor of new lows"?

Of course, Democrats identify Mr. McConnell as the chief purveyor of new lows. From the beginning, the Gorsuch nomination has been shadowed, in large measure, by Judge Merrick B. Garland, whom President Barack Obama nominated in March 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia the month before. Mr. McConnell led Republicans in refusing to even consider the nomination during a presidential election year.
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fancy language by a writer trying to impress his friends.

Society (or some part of it) reaches a "new low" when it behaves worse than ever before. Like if some guy always had a gambling problem, then one day lost his wedding ring, that might be a "new low" for him.

A purveyor is a seller or dealer. Often of abstract things: a dictator might be called a purveyor of fear.

So a "purveyor of new lows" would be someone who frequently does the worst things anyone (among the Republican party, I assume) has ever done.
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oll Korrect,
Thank you for your clear explanation. Now I am very happy that my question submitted early in April got answered.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:00 pm    Post subject: Who better to ??? grammatically wrong? Reply with quote

"Who better to" below should be corrected to Who would better" ?


When government policies seem to court and coddle the wealthiest one percent, populists call it a violation and betrayal of American principles.

Not so in the world of letters, where the best writers write for the one-percenters — and why not? Who better to appreciate your writing than those who study and cherish English? Besides, it’s not a class thing. Language aficionados come from all walks of life.
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