Yoichi Oishi

Japan

Age: 81

I'm living in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, Japan. I worked in both local and international advertising agencies for 40 years. After retiring ad agency, I studied Chinese (now almost forgotten) in a Beijing university one and a half year. Then coming back to Japan, I worked as a marketing consultant. I'm now entirely free from business. I still keep learning English and reading English news papers everyday to be abreast with trends du jour. I like travel and photographing. I'm living with my wife as an empty-nester.

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comment What does “balls” mean as a reply word or interjection?
@FumbleFinger. According to OALED, bollocks means 1. u.nonsense. 2 (pl) a man's testicles. 3. exclamation used as a swear word when sb is disagreeing with sth, or when they are angry about sth. If 'balls' and 'bollocks' are the same, I can understand the meaning of 'balls' in the above quote in the way defined in 3. of OALED definitions.
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comment What does “balls” mean as a reply word or interjection?
I wonder why Jeffry Archer let Richard kane who wants to be the chairman of a New York-based big bank use deliberately not too common nor decent word in this situation.
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comment What does “balls” mean as a reply word or interjection?
@gnasher. Thanks. I corrected. I wasn't aware of making a grave misspelling that's gonna associate the honorable heroine with heroin.
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comment Meaning of “But I repeat myself” in Mark Twain's quote?
@Joe. Thanks for your pointing out "typo."
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comment Meaning of “But I repeat myself” in Mark Twain's quote?
@Joe. Sure. The title of the book is "The Prodigal Daughter." It’s the switch of the episode of “The Prodigal son” appearing in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 15:11-32). I thought I put it "The Prodigal Daughter."
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Plus vote. I think yours is a reasonable and very helpful remark. It’s hard for anyone like me who have learnt English as the second language to parse the line to that depth. I was even unable to tell whether “But I repeat myself,' is Mark Twain’s or Richard Kane’s. Now it seems to be pretty clear to me. Many thanks.
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@StonyB. So “I” of “I repeat myself,” is Richard, not Mark Twain? i.e. Mark Twain’s words are “Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress,” which isn’t complete as a sentence, but “I repeat myself,” is Richard’s follow-up?
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@Gary Student. I understood that Mark Twain considered himself an idiot just like Congressmen are. Then, what does “I repeat myself” mean? Is Twain saying “I repeat that myself is idiot too”?
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comment Why is the word “so” in the line, “To a ill-informed person I would have so answer yes,” shown in Italic to stress the word?
@The Beefer. True. It has to be "I wish I could send ...." Thank you for your advice. I'll contact you when I need your help.
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