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    Default (If she is a icon then) I must be a moose

    This woman is influential alright, what not to wear and who not to follow. She always looks ridiculous. She should stay at home.

    If she is a icon then I must be a moose, and I wasn't the last time I looked in the mirror.
    Hello! I read a reader's comment on a report about the outfit of former Spice Girl- Victoria Beckham's from the Daily Mail.
    Nice tie, Posh, but where did you leave your shirt? | Mail Online

    Could someone please help me understand the comment? Thanks!

    Q1: I must be a moose=? I know moose is a kind of animal.

    Q2: What's the connotation of the sentence as below?

    and I wasn't the last time I looked in the mirror.
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    Default Re: (If she is a icon then) I must be a moose

    Basically it means that the person does not believe Victoria Beckham is an icon of fashion.

    The use of a "moose" is just to indicate how unlikely she/he finds this concept. It is related to the idiom "If he is an xxxx, then I am a Dutchman". By saying she/he wasn't when looking in the mirror is emphasising the disbelief.

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    Default Re: (If she is a icon then) I must be a moose

    Hello Anglika,

    Thank you for your help. I still have two questions as below:

    Q1: Why is 'moose' here but not other animals, such as tiger, rabbit?

    Q2: Are the following sentences appropriate?

    #1 If Tom is a talent, I must be a moose.

    #2 If Tom is a star, I must be a tiger.

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    Default Re: (If she is a icon then) I must be a moose

    The moose was selected for visual imagery. He could have said, If she's an icon, then I'm Minnie Mouse. But to say, If she's an icon, then I'm a tiger just doesn't have the comic effect of a moose.

    And why did everyone let that alright get by without comment. If alright is a word, then I'm a moose.

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    Default Re: (If she is a icon then) I must be a moose

    Hello Jlinger,

    Thank you for your answer.

    Does "moose" remind native speakers of any comic story?

    Then, can I say, "If he is a good man, then I must be Santa Father?"

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    Default Re: (If she is a icon then) I must be a moose

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello Jlinger,

    Thank you for your answer.

    Does "moose" remind native speakers of any comic story?

    Then, can I say, "If he is a good man, then I must be Santa Father Santa Claus OR Father Christmas?"
    You can use anything that you want. Whether it will come over as comic or not will depend on your listeners and their own response to the word.

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    Default Re: (If she is a icon then) I must be a moose

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post

    And why did everyone let that alright get by without comment. If alright is a word, then I'm a moose.
    It's so typical of so many modern journalists that when seen in an extract of that kind it becomes a norm.

    All right, I know it's nasty, and if I meet it in a forumista's writing I will change it.

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    Default Re: (If she is a icon then) I must be a moose

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    You can use anything that you want. Whether it will come over as comic or not will depend on your listeners and their own response to the word.
    Hello Anglika,

    Thank you for your answer and correction.

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    Default Re: (If she is a icon then) I must be a moose

    I have a feeling that the 'moose' idea may have entered the journalist's mind because of the fashion for using a moose's antlers as a coat-stand. Victoria Beckham is very thin, and a common image for fashion models is 'coat-hanger'. (OK, it's a fairly tenuous link, but word associations can be tenuous - especially when graphic images are involved )

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    Default Re: (If she is a icon then) I must be a moose

    Hi BobK,

    Thank you for your answer.

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