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    Question eight-by-tens

    dear teacher, I would like to submit you a question about a colloquialism which is driving me insane! I study translation from broadcast scripts in American, and very often they are full of lexical items which I cannot understand. The item of the day is "eight-by-tens". Please, help me, cause I've beeen loooking for it almost everywhere and I found no solution. Thanks in advance. Silvia

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    Re: eight-by-tens

    Hello SF

    Is it in the context of photography?

    (A standard size for a photo is 8x10 inches.)

    MrP


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    Re: eight-by-tens

    I can' t understand. The context is really colloquial. I found it in a movie about James Dean. He's talking to his new agent and, before they part, she tells him:"Get me those eight-by-tens". ???? Maybe they are talking about photos?


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    Re: eight-by-tens

    Sometimes referred to as "8 X 10 glossies," they are promotional photos. These days you're more likely to hear the phrase "head shots." The web site below has a bizarre and somewhat hilarious selection of 8 X 10s that were taken in the 1970s:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharpew...7594079439326/

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    Re: eight-by-tens

    Yes; presumably the agent wanted some photos of him, so that she could show them to casting directors, etc.

    MrP

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