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  1. #1
    welldone Guest

    Default what's a beer truck?

    Dear teachers,

    Ran into it in some book. It says, "Not only this provdie valuable "insurance" if one of the developers gets run over by the porverbial beer truck in the middle of the project, but...."

    Is there a story behind it?

    thanks!

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    mr.euph Guest

    Default Re: what's a beer truck?

    This sounds suspiciously like an American version of the very British idiom "to get knocked down by a bus". In other words, an unexpected twist of fate resulting in a person's death.

    Kind regards...

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    Natalie27 Guest

    Default Re: what's a beer truck?

    Quote Originally Posted by welldone
    Dear teachers,

    Ran into it in some book. It says, "Not only this provdie valuable "insurance" if one of the developers gets run over by the porverbial beer truck in the middle of the project, but...."

    Is there a story behind it?

    thanks!
    Here is copy and paste of a little story for you. Hope it helps:


    I believe that "getting hit by a bus" may be a reference to the rather sad fate of the composer CÚsar Franck, who was, in fact, hit by a bus. Although he did not die immediately, he did die eventually from causes thought to have been brought on by having been hit by a bus.

    I can just imagine (swirly, harp kind of music, here) before the said accident, CÚsar's boss confronting him one day in his cubicle, 'CÚsar, you've got to comment your compositions more. What happens if you get hit by a bus? (I bet that manager had some kind of twinges of conscience after CÚsar, did, in fact, get hit by a bus). Fred here could not possibly finish off this movement when the only comment you've given is, "poco piu mosso"! And here's 10 pages of music and the only comment you've made is, "Andante con moto"! (that comment may by CÚsar's hint that he had a vague premonition of his eventual fate).'

    If you are not familiar with Franck's Symphony No. 1 in D minor, you would not be wasting your time to have a listen. It is the only symphony he wrote, and, after you hear it, you will realise that, whilst other, supposedly "greater", composers messed around with 9 or 40 or 104 symphonies, CÚsar only needed to produce the one to say just what needed saying in the way it needed to be said. Merely reading the title should tell you that CÚsar was going to get right down to business: other composers fritter away their time with C majors and A minors, whereas CÚsar began with THE key - D minor. We are lucky he finished it before the bus thing because Fred, here, could not have picked it up and done justice to it.


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    welldone Guest

    Default Re: what's a beer truck?

    wow, that's a...sad story...
    Didn't know that before.
    thanks!

  5. #5
    Natalie27 Guest

    Default Re: what's a beer truck?

    You're welcome!

    Mind you that was a story about the pharse with the bus but as Mr. Euph mentioned, I also think it means the same as being run over by a beer truck or a Fritos Truck, etc.

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