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    #1

    get oneself stuffed

    A party. A man comes up to a cage with a stuffed parrot and as if talking to it:
    - You got yourself stuffed, huh, Polly, baby? Serves you right, big mouth.
    Breakfast at Tiffany's, movie

    1. Does "got" here mean "get" or "have got"?
    2. If it's 'get' (which I think is the case) which meaning of "get" works here?
    Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: get oneself stuffed

    It's "have gotten."

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    Breakfast at Tiffany's has one of the most beautiful and calming opening scenes in Hollywood films. Notice the lack of people on the streets of New York at dawn. It was an amazingly lucky shot.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JfS90u-1g8

    No one has duplicated Audrey Hepburn's original, austere and sincere rendition of Moonriver.
    Look at the first two sentences of the typed "My Friend" novel. It sums up the whole story.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZHTT-6JNws


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    Re: get oneself stuffed

    I think the background music matters a lot in making the opening scene beautiful

    Anyway, what I doubt is the meaning of "get". If it were just "you got stuffed" I'd think the 'get' means:
    "reach or cause to reach a specified state or condition" (someone caused the parrot to be stuffed).
    But using "yourself" is confusing me...


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    Re: get oneself stuffed

    In this case, you got yourself "stuffed" means you got yourself in trouble. The animal got "stuffed'", as being a stuffed animal.

    Stuffed also has the meaning of eating too much. I believe the scene was at a party. So, there's a double meaning there.

    It's supposed to be funny.

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    Yes, Henry Mancini's score was beautiful.


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    #5

    Re: get oneself stuffed

    Note that most BE speakers don't use 'gotten'.

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    #6

    Re: get oneself stuffed

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    It's "have gotten."

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    Breakfast at Tiffany's has one of the most beautiful and calming opening scenes in Hollywood films. Notice the lack of people on the streets of New York at dawn. It was an amazingly lucky shot.


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    I doubt that it was luck. The street was probably blocked off temporarily for that shot. I was in a NY restaurant one night while they were shooting a scene outside a bar two doors away for the movie "Cocktail". We were not allowed to leave for about 20 minutes.

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    Re: get oneself stuffed

    http://news.moviefone.com/2011/10/05...s-anniversary/

    Read number 5 -- although I take these Hollywood anecdotes with a grain of salt.


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    #8

    Re: get oneself stuffed

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    It's "have gotten."
    It's "got". Listen to it here.

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    #9

    Re: get oneself stuffed

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    We were not allowed to leave for about 20 minutes.
    I hope you managed to find something to do in the bar to pass the time.

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    We managed.

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