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    What is the meaning of "Alice in wonderland"

    Please give some usage note of this phrase with some example sentences.

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    Default Re: Alice in Wonderland

    [QUOTE=Adam Cruge;595851]What is the meaning of "Alice in wonderland"

    Please give some usage note of this phrase with some example sentences.[/QUOTE

    "Alice in wonderland" is the name of Lewis Carrol's most popular story. Have you heard/read it in a particular structure?, because I don't think it has any other use apart from the reference to the book.

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    Default Re: Alice in Wonderland

    In a newspaper line, some years ago, can't recollect the context though. But remember the sentence: "This is no Alice in Wonderland."

    Another example I got on a website.
    "Nevertheless, it is hard not to see some Alice-in-Wonderland logic in action here."

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    Default Re: Alice in Wonderland

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    In a newspaper line, some years ago, can't recollect the context though. But remember the sentence: "This is no Alice in Wonderland."

    Another example I got on a website.
    "Nevertheless, it is hard not to see some Alice-in-Wonderland logic in action here."
    Well, as the book is a succession of crazy events which on the other hand make people think about them, that means that the illogical things have their logic at some point. Maybe this page can help you: LSAT Logic in Alice in Wonderland

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    Default Re: Alice in Wonderland

    There is no answer to my question. Actually the page didn't contain anything that tells the meaning of it.
    I know the story.

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    Default Re: Alice in Wonderland

    It refers to your last sentence, related to the use of logic in the story. If you know the story you should be able to guess what the sentences you've heard or read mean..I'm sorry I don't have more context to help you.

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    Default Re: Alice in Wonderland

    I tend to think of the term "like Alice in Wonderland" to mean that someone's senses have been overwhelmed by what they are taking in. Too much information coming from all their senses for the brain to process fast enough to the point that they person is overwhelmed and confused. Something so fantastic that it hardly seems believeable or real.

    As an example, take a young girl, who has lived in a small village (and has read Alice in Wonderland") and then suddenly transport her to downtown London.

    Sight - Crowded with people, dressed in all sorts of fancy clothes, tall buildings, shop windows filled with exotic items
    Smells - baked goods, meats, sweets, vehicle exhaust, etc
    Sound - Traffic, horns honking, people talking, construction equipment, vendors hawking goods, occasional bird call, whistling, musical instruments.

    Father to little girl upon showing her london "How do you feel?"
    little girl to father "Like Alice in Wonderland"

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    Default Re: Alice in Wonderland

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    In a newspaper line, some years ago, can't recollect the context though. But remember the sentence: "This is no Alice in Wonderland."
    Fantasy, make-believe

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    Default Re: Alice in Wonderland

    Why it is written like this "this is no Alice in Wonderland" instead of writing "this is not Alice in Wonderland" which is much common?

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    Default Re: Alice in Wonderland

    We know it's not Alice in Wonderland itself, so saying it's no Alice in Wonderland means it doesn't have the characteristics of the book.

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