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    run out of tape

    A:Residents celebrated the news by firing indiscriminately.

    B: (humorously)They probably ran out of tape.

    What does B mean by "They ran out of tape"???

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    Re: run out of tape

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    A:Residents celebrated the news by firing indiscriminately.

    B: (humorously)They probably ran out of tape.

    What does B mean by "They ran out of tape"???

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    I can't imagine. Is there any more context?

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    Re: run out of tape

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    I can't imagine. Is there any more context?
    Yes. B said after that : They found they have no more tapes and they can't record it.

    I don't know if they are speaking about video tapes! If so, what that has anything to do with firing people... as if he says "they found no video tapes and they can't record it. So they fired haphazardly"!!!

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    Re: run out of tape

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Yes. B said after that : They found they have no more tapes and they can't record it.

    I don't know if they are speaking about video tapes! If so, what that has anything to do with firing people... as if he says "they found no video tapes and they can't record it. So they fired haphazardly"!!!

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    The necessary context is more likely to come from before A's line; and from knowing where this 2 line dialogue came from, or what the news was. "Context" doesn't have to mean "more of the conversation".

    I agree with your interpretation, but I think you might be misinterpreting the word "indiscriminately". It's probably used here (perhaps loosely) to mean "firing into the air", ie. not at anything, but not into the crowd. This does seem to be a common method of celebration for people of some cultures.

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    Re: run out of tape

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The necessary context is more likely to come from before A's line; and from knowing where this 2 line dialogue came from, or what the news was. "Context" doesn't have to mean "more of the conversation".

    I agree with your interpretation, but I think you might be misinterpreting the word "indiscriminately". It's probably used here (perhaps loosely) to mean "firing into the air", ie. not at anything, but not into the crowd. This does seem to be a common method of celebration for people of some cultures.

    No, they were firing into the crowd and they mock bec. the news was the New York, New Jersey hasn't recorded one single homicide during 4 months. So the residences celebrated that by firing. They are mocking. I dont' know what any tapes here hve to do with anything!

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    Re: run out of tape

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    No, they were firing into the crowd and they mock bec. the news was the New York, New Jersey hasn't recorded one single homicide during 4 months. So the residences celebrated that by firing. They are mocking. I dont' know what any tapes here hve to do with anything!
    This is a very strange story. What's the source?

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    Re: run out of tape

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    This is a very strange story. What's the source?
    I don't understand it at all. I wonder if it could make sense of it with reference to Ticker tape - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ...

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    Re: run out of tape

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    I don't understand it at all. I wonder if it could make sense of it with reference to Ticker tape - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ...

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    You know, it REALLY makes sense. But then why he says "we can't record it". Can "record" here means "to celebrate" in a way????


    Note also that they said "we ran out of "tape" (singular) and not "tapes" if this is of any importance.

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    Re: run out of tape

    I got a suggestion. Can you please tell me if I might be right.

    May be they have no tape to record this good news of having no homicides. That' why they decided to kill people ?? I mean like "I don't have a tape to record my birthday party. SO I spoiled it by throwing cakes on the floor and stuff" ?? Could it be something like that? I mean he's mocking? Can the structure convey that in a way????

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    Re: run out of tape

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    I got a suggestion. Can you please tell me if I might be right.

    May be they have no tape to record this good news of having no homicides. That' why they decided to kill people ?? I mean like "I don't have a tape to record my birthday party. SO I spoiled it by throwing cakes on the floor and stuff" ?? Could it be something like that? I mean he's mocking? Can the structure convey that in a way????

    Thanks.
    This is a very strange story. What's the source?

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