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    Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here.

    Al Pacino in 'Scent of a woman' occasionally says:
    "Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here."
    (usually when he wants to drink)
    What is the meaning of the last sentence? 'flowing like mud...'?
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    Last edited by atabitaraf; 11-Apr-2012 at 19:41.

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    Re: Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here.

    Mud flows, if it flows at all, very slowly. Al's character is saying that he wants more booze more quickly.

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    Re: Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Mud flows, if it flows at all, very slowly. Al's character is saying that he wants more booze more quickly.
    Thanks, but I couldn't make a sense about it. It may say: 'Where is the booze, the waiters are flowing like mud around here and don't do it fast'. Do I understand it well?

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    Re: Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here.

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Thanks, but I couldn't make a sense about it. It may say: 'Where is the booze, the waiters are flowing like mud around here and don't do it fast'. Do I understand it well?
    That's not the sentence you quoted first. What is actually said in the film?

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    Re: Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here.

    The first sentence is what said in the movie: 'Where is the booze? flowin' like mud around here' (movie)
    The second sentence is my understanding: 'flowing refers to waiters' (mine)

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    Re: Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here.

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    The first sentence is what said in the movie: 'Where is the booze? flowin' like mud around here' (movie)
    The second sentence is my understanding: 'flowing refers to waiters' (mine)
    Your understanding is, I think, incorrect. We speak of drink flowing (freely), not waiters. In this case the drink is flowing very slowly indeed.

    When we speak of drink flowing (freely), we are saying that there is plenty of drink freely available.

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    Re: Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here.

    You know the story is this:
    Al wants to get some alcoholic drinks but he rushes.
    He is waiting for waiters and there still is nothing available for him to drink so he says: 'Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here'
    In this context there is no drink in front of Al so if we say the verb 'flowing' refers to the booze, it's hard to understand
    Thank you,

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    Re: Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here.

    Do not try to be too literal with this statement. The usual experssion refers to the booze flowing freely. That doesn't mean it's running across the floor. It just means there is a lot, easily available. The character is simply using a simile about something that does NOT flow freely (easily) at all.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here.

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    n this context there is no drink in front of Al
    Which is exactly his complaint! I tend to say something like "This would be a great place to open a bar!"

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    Re: Where is the booze? flowing like mud around here.

    This often happens - changing one word for comic effect. Like 'Who did this? I'd like to shake him warmly by the throat'. [You're expecting 'hand'].

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