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    "In those far-off days, it was taken for granted that the critics of major papers would write in detail and at length about the events they covered. Theirs was a serious business, and even those reviewers who wore their learning lightly, like George Bernard Shaw and Ernest Newman, could be trusted to know what they were about. "
    What does "wore their learning lightly" mean?

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    Re: wear

    Quote Originally Posted by chenlizhou View Post
    "In those far-off days, it was taken for granted that the critics of major papers would write in detail and at length about the events they covered. Theirs was a serious business, and even those reviewers who wore their learning lightly, like George Bernard Shaw and Ernest Newman, could be trusted to know what they were about. "
    What does "wore their learning lightly" mean?
    It means they didn't make a big show of how clever and educated they were. They weren't arrogant. They didn't use big words just to show that they knew them - that sort of thing.

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