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    Meaning of a subtitle

    Could anybody be kind enough to help me understand the meaning of a cartoon subtitle. This might be a joke or something but I can't get the point:

    "I'm learning how to relax, doctor - but I want to relax better and faster! I WANT TO BE ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF RELAXATION!"

    Thanks.

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    Re: Meaning of a subtitle

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Could anybody be kind enough to help me understand the meaning of a cartoon subtitle. This might be a joke or something but I can't get the point:

    "I'm learning how to relax, doctor - but I want to relax better and faster! I WANT TO BE ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF RELAXATION!"

    Thanks.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER / ONLY MY OPINION


    Deepurple,

    I have discussed your question with my brother, and I should like

    to pass his interpretation on to you.

    (1) First, it is necessary to understand the term cutting edge.

    According to my dictionaries, it refers to the most modern and

    most advanced techniques and methods.

    (a) For example, a hospital might advertise that it offers

    the cutting edge of medical techniques to treat certain illnesses.

    And a language school might exaggerate: We offer the cutting

    edge of learning methods. We can teach you Chinese in one week, and

    French in 24 hours!!!

    (2) I think the term cutting edge suggests a competitive spirit.

    Always wanting to do something better and more effectively. Never

    resting but always trying to find the newest and best ways.

    (3) My brother interprets the caption this way:



    The patient wants to relax. But the patient also wants to be

    on the cutting edge of relaxation. That is, the patient is so

    busy trying to find the most advanced and effective

    ways to relax that s/he is doing the opposite of relaxing!!!

    S/he says, "I want to relax faster and better." Why doesn't

    s/he just calm down and relax!!! The humor seems to lie in the

    contrast between her desire to relax and her desire to compete.

    If this is the "correct" interpretation, you can thank my brother,

    for I had not thought of it.

    Thank you

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    Re: Meaning of a subtitle

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER / ONLY MY OPINION


    Deepurple,

    I have discussed your question with my brother, and I should like

    to pass his interpretation on to you.

    (1) First, it is necessary to understand the term cutting edge.

    According to my dictionaries, it refers to the most modern and

    most advanced techniques and methods.

    (a) For example, a hospital might advertise that it offers

    the cutting edge of medical techniques to treat certain illnesses.

    And a language school might exaggerate: We offer the cutting

    edge of learning methods. We can teach you Chinese in one week, and

    French in 24 hours!!!

    (2) I think the term cutting edge suggests a competitive spirit.

    Always wanting to do something better and more effectively. Never

    resting but always trying to find the newest and best ways.

    (3) My brother interprets the caption this way:



    The patient wants to relax. But the patient also wants to be

    on the cutting edge of relaxation. That is, the patient is so

    busy trying to find the most advanced and effective

    ways to relax that s/he is doing the opposite of relaxing!!!

    S/he says, "I want to relax faster and better." Why doesn't

    s/he just calm down and relax!!! The humor seems to lie in the

    contrast between her desire to relax and her desire to compete.

    If this is the "correct" interpretation, you can thank my brother,

    for I had not thought of it.

    Thank you
    My appreciation to you Parser for your effort to find out the answer for me from your GREAT brother. Please send my best regards to your brother and thank him for me. Have a nice day.

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