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    Default lobsters and tennis, anyone?

    Hi dear friends
    I didn't get the meaning of the underlined part? Would you please clarify this part and the previous sentence.

    Creativity is mostly a matter of connecting ideas in new ways. Those ideas may be related, or you may bring together two images you never thought you’d picture together (lobsters and tennis, anyone?).

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    Default Re: lobsters and tennis, anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by hossein31 View Post
    Hi dear friends
    I didn't get the meaning of the underlined part? Would you please clarify this part and the previous sentence.

    Creativity is mostly a matter of connecting ideas in new ways. Those ideas may be related, or you may bring together two images you never thought you’d picture together (lobsters and tennis, anyone?).

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    A creative person brings different ideas together in a unique way. The ideas may be close to each other or they may be very far apart. In the text, lobsters and tennis are mentioned. Generally, one does not associate lobsters with tennis, but there may be a creative way to develop something new by bringing these things together. How about using the shape of a lobster's claw as a model for a new tool to hang tennis racks on?

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    Default Re: lobsters and tennis, anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    A creative person brings different ideas together in a unique way. The ideas may be close to each other or they may be very far apart. In the text, lobsters and tennis are mentioned. Generally, one does not associate lobsters with tennis, but there may be a creative way to develop something new by bringing these things together. How about using the shape of a lobster's claw as a model for a new tool to hang tennis racks on?
    many thanks for your helpful reply. But I have another question that I forgot to mention in my previous post. What does this "anyone"? mean here? I mean it should be an abbreviated form of a question, shouldn't it? So what is the complete form of this question?
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    Default Re: lobsters and tennis, anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by hossein31 View Post
    many thanks for your helpful reply. But I have another question that I forgot to mention in my previous post. What does this "anyone"? mean here? I mean it should be an abbreviated form of a question, shouldn't be? So what is the complete form of this question?
    "Could anyone (any of you) come up with an idea associating lobsters and tennis?" The wording, as I read it, is intended as a semi-pun/semi-challenge for the speaker's team/audience.

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    Default Re: lobsters and tennis, anyone?

    That's one possible interpretation. There is a common expression - 'Anyone for tennis?', which means 'Would anyone like to come and play tennis with me?' Another possible format is 'Tennis, anyone?' So when I saw 'Lobsters and tennis anyone?' I read it as an invitation - a pretty weird invitation; but lobsters have a place in the history of the surreal. (At Tate Modern I have seen Dali's lobster telephone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    That's one possible interpretation. There is a common expression - 'Anyone for tennis?', which means 'Would anyone like to come and play tennis with me?' Another possible format is 'Tennis, anyone?' So when I saw 'Lobsters and tennis anyone?' I read it as an invitation - a pretty weird invitation; but lobsters have a place in the history of the surreal. (At Tate Modern I have seen Dali's lobster telephone.

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    But I believe that our beloved context, in this case, makes it highly unllikely (at the very least) for the phrase to be meant as an invitation.

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    Default Re: lobsters and tennis, anyone?

    But I believe that our beloved context, in this case, makes it highly unllikely (at the very least) for the phrase to be meant as an invitation.
    "Tennis, anyone?" or "Anyone for tennis?" is a common phrase. Or was.

    Re: Tennis, anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Tennis, anyone?" or "Anyone for tennis?" is a common phrase. Or was.

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    Hi,

    I understand that. Besides, since I am not a native English speaker and I'm living in Spain, I cannot even think of discussing that part.

    My objection to BobK's comment was about "lobsters and tennis, anyone?" in the original post, and his reading it as an invitation. I'm sorry if I failed to state that clearly.

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    Default Re: lobsters and tennis, anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    But I believe that our beloved context, in this case, makes it highly unllikely (at the very least) for the phrase to be meant as an invitation.

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    I think we're agreed that it's an invitation. For you, it's an invitation to make a suggestion: 'Could anyone (any of you) come up with an idea...'. You could well be right about the context; you must excuse my predilection for cantatrices chauves!

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    Default Re: lobsters and tennis, anyone?

    No offense to charlie, but I think I agree with BobK on the issue. Its phrasing is evocative of the colloquial invitation, "tennis, anyone?", which suggests that it's a non sequitur. I would have written it in quotation marks and parentheses had I been the one to draft that sentence, but I think the non sequitur was what they were going for in this case. The "anyone" does not have to refer to the readers if it is a non sequitur - in fact, it would be counterintuitive to think about it that way.


    In short, I'm going to go with non sequitur to demonstrate the idea of an uncommon combination of things, designed to stimulate creative thought (ie, the idea of someone warmly inviting someone over for tennis and lobsters, whatever that would look like).

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