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    shortening temper

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    What you see, they reckon, is all there is: a media star of fading allure--and shortening temper, if his dudgeon over a television soap-opera satire about him called "How was I, Doris?" (a reference to his fourth wife) is anything to go by.

    Yet, as the years pass, you become more, a master of getting "angry", advancing, becoming "more aggressive", with a shortening temper and moving into the "irrational".

    short temper = hot temper = quick temper

    The cashier was Martin's black beast, and his temper was a trifle short where the talker of platitudes was concerned. (J. London, "Martin Eden")

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 28-May-2011 at 14:21.

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    Re: shortening temper

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    What you see, they reckon, is all there is: a media star of fading allure--and shortening temper, if his dudgeonover a television soap-opera satire about him called "How was I, Doris?" (a reference to his fourth wife) is anything to go by.

    Yet, as the years pass, you become more, a master of getting "angry", advancing, becoming "more aggressive", with a shortening temper and moving into the "irrational".

    short temper = hot temper = quick temper

    The cashier was Martin's black beast, and his temper was a trifle short where the talker of platitudes was concerned. (J. London, "Martin Eden")

    V.
    Hey, Vil!

    You are correct: short temper = hot temper = quick temper

    However, in AmE you will not hear anything remotely close to your other sentences!

    Be well, my friend!


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