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  1. Tanja's Avatar

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    The quick and the dead

    I've found the expression in my dictionary.

    And I want to ask: does this really mean "people that are alive and people that are already dead"???

    Obviously, etymology refers to classification of pedestrians...

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    Re: The quick and the dead

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanja
    I've found the expression in my dictionary.

    And I want to ask: does this really mean "people that are alive and people that are already dead"???

    Obviously, etymology refers to classification of pedestrians...
    Try HERE. 8)

  3. Tanja's Avatar

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    Re: The quick and the dead

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    :D Yeah, that's pretty good. I think I' ll read it afterwards with great pleasure.
    But now I still wonder, why can not we use "the alive and the dead" instead of "the quick and the dead"? Would it be a mistake to use such an expression?

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    Re: The quick and the dead

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanja
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    :D Yeah, that's pretty good. I think I' ll read it afterwards with great pleasure.
    But now I still wonder, why can not we use "the alive and the dead" instead of "the quick and the dead"? Would it be a mistake to use such an expression?
    quick - Old English, cwic "living, alive" SOURCE
    quicken - to come or return to life
    the quick and the dead - those who have died and come back to life

    All the best, :D

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    Re: The quick and the dead

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    quick - Old English, cwic "living, alive" SOURCE
    quicken - to come or return to life
    the quick and the dead - those who have died and come back to life

    All the best, :D
    "those who have died and come back to life" => the quick Right?

    Can the word "quick" mean those people who are just alive, who have never died(like you and I)?

    And generally speaking, is this expression an idiom?

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