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    Tramper is offline Junior Member
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    Default wangle/wrangle someone up ?

    Hello.

    Does this sentence "Can you wangle me up some Ding Dongs?" have similar meaning with "Can I get some Ding Dongs" or "Could you get me some Ding Dongs"?

    Is it okay if I would tell flight attendants "Could you wangle me up some Ding Dongs or some waters" rather than "Could you get me some Ding Dongs?".


    Would you tell me what exactly the "wangle someone up" means?

    I would appreciate if you could proofread sentences that sound unnatural or give some examples on "wangle/wrangle someone up"

    Thank you for taking the time.



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    Thank you so much for the corrections and explanations.


    I will be trying to include context in my posts from now on.


    Thank you for the advice, freeze frame.


    I found out the speech on the Movie, "Transformer 2"

    The president says to a flight attendant "Can you wangle me up some Ding Dongs".

    I though that this term could be friendly way to ask for somthing to someone becasue she seemed like happy to deal with his request to me. So I wanted to make sure if it could occur problem or not if I say to a flight attendant in this manner.


    P.s: Shoul I book a first class seat or get an Air Force One for Ding Dongs? not business class? lol
    Have a great weekend !
    Last edited by Tramper; 08-May-2011 at 02:27.

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    Default Re: wangle/wrangle someone up ?

    Hi Tramper;

    'Wangle" is a verb. It means to get someone to do something for you
    using trickery or deceit. Your example sentence only makes sense if
    you are asking someone to get you some Ding Dongs from someone
    else by tricking or fooling them.

    'wangle someone up" doesn't make much sense to me.

    Your sentences contain minor grammatical errors which I've corrected:

    Does this sentence "Can you wangle me up some Ding Dongs?" have a similar meaning to "Can I get some Ding Dongs" or "Could you get me some Ding Dongs?"

    Is it okay if I say to a flight attendant "Could you wangle me up some Ding Dongs or some water?" rather than "Could you get me some Ding Dongs?".


    Would you tell me exactly what "wangle someone up" means?

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    Default Re: wangle/wrangle someone up ?

    Please include context in your posts.

    Googling the phrase you're asking about shows that it's a quote from Transformers. This is important information to include in your post.

    You should be aware that people in reality don't talk like people in sci-fi movies based on a line of toys.

    Secondly, some further googling shows that this line is said by the President who's from Texas. One can assume that it's a humorous line meant to play on stereotypes about people from Texas (cowboys and such). Again, satire and stereotypes will not teach you about how people speak in reality.

    I would strongly advise you not to say that to a flight attendant or anyone else.

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    Default Re: wangle/wrangle someone up ?

    I'm just curious which airlines have snack food on demand these days. Even getting a packet of peanuts or pretzels is difficult these days in the U.S.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: wangle/wrangle someone up ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm just curious which airlines have snack food on demand these days. Even getting a packet of peanuts or pretzels is difficult these days in the U.S.
    If you shell out for a first class seat, it comes with a free packet of Ding Dongs.

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    Default Re: wangle/wrangle someone up ?

    To the original point, "wrangle up" sound like something from an old Western, movies with cowboys and wagon trains, etc. The idea that it makes fun of a president from Texas, where they still have cowboys, is dead on.
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    Default Re: wangle/wrangle someone up ?

    This doesn't even seem like the right cowboy word for obtaining food. You rustle up some grub.

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    Default Re: wangle/wrangle someone up ?

    Rustle! I could not get my brain to hear that word. Even trying to talk in a John Wayne accent and saying "howdy pilgrim" wasn't getting that word to come to me!

    But wrangle and rustle are both definitely "cowboy movie" terms, wouldn't you say, Dave?
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    Default Re: wangle/wrangle someone up ?

    Yes, both cowboy terms. But I think you wrangle cattle and rustle grub.

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    Default Re: wangle/wrangle someone up ?

    Many thanks for your making corrections with explanation, bwkcaj ca. ^_^

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