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    Unhappy Any idiom for this please?

    Hi there,
    I need an expression or idiom for the situation below:
    You're talking to Sb and you want to mention Sth that doesn't sound appropriate (it may be taken in bad part by the person) so you try to make it clear you don't mean to address them. (I've already heard of this: "Saving your presence,...") (In Persian we'd say "far from you...")

    Example: (person A is a writer)
    A: So, what do you think of writers?
    B: Well, (...the idiom I'm looking for!) I think some writers don't even understand the subject they're writing about!

    Thanks...(Sorry for my awful explanation!)

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    Default Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Hi Mehrgan,

    A standard idiom for dealing with that situation (at least, in American English) would be "present company excepted".

    So, for example,

    "I think some writers don't even understand the subject they're writing about (present company excepted)."

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    Default Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Quote Originally Posted by rlfwood View Post
    Hi Mehrgan,

    A standard idiom for dealing with that situation (at least, in American English) would be "present company excepted".

    So, for example,

    "I think some writers don't even understand the subject they're writing about (present company excepted)."


    Hi dear rlfwood,
    Many thanks for the expression. It's definitely of great help. And, yet, I wonder if anyone could give me Sth for daily speech. (It's, of course, great to have learnt such a nice expression,...So, ta!)
    Last edited by Mehrgan; 26-Jan-2010 at 23:39.

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    Default Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Quote Originally Posted by rlfwood View Post
    Hi Mehrgan,

    A standard idiom for dealing with that situation (at least, in American English) would be "present company excepted".

    So, for example,

    "I think some writers don't even understand the subject they're writing about (present company excepted)."



    And, does "saving your presence" sound totally odd to you? Thanks in advance...

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    Default Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    And, does "saving your presence" sound totally odd to you? Thanks in advance...
    Yes, it does.

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    Default Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi dear rlfwood,
    Many thanks for the expression. It's definitely of great help. And, yet, I wonder if anyone could give me Sth for daily speech. (It's, of course, great to have learnt such a nice expression,...So, ta!)
    You can use 'present company excepted' in everyday speech, and it's used in British English too.

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    Smile Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Many thanks to both dear posters...Ta!

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