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    Red face Meaning phrases - Bush in a speech

    ***The queen, a sprightly 81, gave an embarrassed Bush a gracious nod after he suggested she had celebrated the United States' founding in 1776. What he meant was that she had attended the 1976 bicentennial festivities.***

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    ***On realising his slip of the tongue the president quickly tried to smooth things over with humour, and said "she gave me a look that only a mother could give a child," earning a reserved chuckle from his guest.

    The day ended with a second visit to the White House for the administration's first white-tie state dinner. It was designed to showcase American culture and cuisine.***

    • What are the meaning of the above underlined phrases?
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    Re: Meaning phrases - Bush in a speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    ***The queen, a sprightly 81, gave an embarrassed Bush a gracious nod after he suggested she had celebrated the United States' founding in 1776. What he meant was that she had attended the 1976 bicentennial festivities.***
    • What does the above 'suggested' mean?
    ***On realising his slip of the tongue the president quickly tried to smooth things over with humour, and said "she gave me a look that only a mother could give a child," earning a reserved chuckle from his guest.

    The day ended with a second visit to the White House for the administration's first white-tie state dinner. It was designed to showcase American culture and cuisine.***
    • What are the meaning of the above underlined phrases?
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    Bush started to say that the Queen had been present in 1776.

    "A slip of the tongue" - something said in error, usually unintentional

    "only a mother could give a child" - A mother's admonitory glance, telling her child that it is being silly.

    "reserved chuckle" - The Queen very quietly laughed.

    "White-tie State dinner" - a full blown banquet, with the men dressed in full dress uniform or in tailcoats and white ties, and the women in full evening dress.

    "showcase" - show off (like a display case in a shop)

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    Re: Meaning phrases - Bush in a speech

    Incidentally, I'm not sure about the 'reserved chuckle'.

    People with a strong sense of social proprieties often say '"She" is the cat's mother' to correct people who use 'she' to refer to someone who's present. I think the Queen felt the Bush's use of 'she' was inappropriate, and the 'reserved chuckle' was more of a half-stifled frown.

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    suggested

    I think the "suggested" is perhaps used here to point out the ridiculous impossibility of the statement. It is true that he began the statement and stopped at "in 17..." but that is not the import of "suggested."

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