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    Question Help...... About " The West Wing" (3)

    How do I understand the phrase " fringe group " in this context? Can you give me a few examples about how to use this phrase? Thanks a lot for your help!!!


    BARTLET
    Of course.

    VAN DYKE
    If our children can buy pornography on any street corner for five dollars, isnít
    that too high a price to pay for free speech?

    BARTLET
    No.

    VAN DYKE
    Really?

    BARTLET
    On the other hand, I do think that five dollars is too high a price to pay for
    pornography.

    C.J.
    Why donít we all sit down?

    BARTLET
    No. Letís not, C.J. These people wonít be staying that long. May I have some coffee, Mr. Lewis? Al, how many times have I asked you to denounce the practices of a fringe group that calls itself The Lambs of God?

    CALDWELL
    Sir, itís not up to me to...

    BARTLET
    Crap. It is up to you, Al. You, know, my wife, Abbey, she never wants me to do anything while Iím upset. [a staffer hands him coffee] Thank you, Mr. Lewis. 28 years ago, I come home from a very bad day at the State House. I tell Abbey Iím going out for a drive. I get in the station wagon, and put it in reverse, and pull out of the garage full speed. [Leo and Sam appear in the doorway and quietly enter into the room.] Except I forgot to open the garage door.

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    Default Re: Help...... About " The West Wing" (3)

    A fringe group is one that relfects opinions only held by a small number of people. I presume the Lambs of God are Christians, but they probably have unorthodox ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by english-learner View Post
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    Crap. It is up to you, Al. You, know, my wife, Abbey, she never wants me to do anything while I’m upset. [a staffer hands him coffee]
    Is there a difference between staff and staffer, when both are used to describe a member of a group of assistants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadHorse View Post
    Is there a difference between staff and staffer, when both are to describe a member of a group of assistants?

    Thank.
    A "staff" is a number of individuals.
    A "staffer" is an individual member of a staff.

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