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    If someone is attractive enough from a far distance, but nasty up close, do you say "She is a monet"? I read it's from Alicia Sylverstone's movie, but is it common?

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    Default Re: She's a monet?

    I would read "she's a Monet" without the negative connotation, though the speaker may or may not have meant it that way. Monet is exquisite, to me.

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    Default Re: She's a monet?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    If someone is attractive enough from a far distance, but nasty up close, do you say "She is a m Monet"? I read it's from Alicia Sylverstone's movie, but is it common?
    No.

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    Default Re: She's a monet?

    I've never heard it and I don't think it's a great metonymy. Monet's paintings look more or less usual when you look at them from a distance, but get blurry when you look at them up close. It's not the first time I encounter this kind of equating of blurriness and ugliness, but I don't really get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I've never heard it and I don't think it's a great metonymy. Monet's paintings look more or less usual when you look at them from a distance, but get blurry when you look at them up close. It's not the first time I encounter this kind of equating of blurriness and ugliness, but I don't really get it.
    But it does remind me of our local expression for women with fantastic bodies but mediocre physiognomies: she's a butterface, because you love everything but 'er face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    But it does remind me of our local expression for women with fantastic bodies but mediocre physiognomies: she's a butterface, because you love everything but 'er face.
    Careful. The PC brigade are going to be out in force soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Careful. The PC brigade are going to be out in force soon.
    If they object I'll just quote "Cosmo".

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    Default Re: She's a monet?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    But it does remind me of our local expression for women with fantastic bodies but mediocre physiognomies: she's a butterface, because you love everything but 'er face.
    We have that too. A few years ago bobfoc was doing the rounds (body off Baywatch, face off Crimewatch)

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    Default Re: She's a monet?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    If someone is attractive enough from a far distance, but nasty up close, do you say "She is a monet"? I read it's from Alicia Sylverstone's movie, but is it common?
    It just means that like Impressionist paintings, she looks better from a distance.

    And it's not common.

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