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    Sour grapes

    Hi,

    Can anybody help me what a semi-local means and what the author means by a transparent pose of sour grapes?

    ELEVATORS (which Mr Meldrum, English, would call ‘lifts’) are properly considered unromantic and mundane, yet the crowd gathered on the first floor (Meldrum ‘ground’) of the Forensic Arts Building at six-thirty on a July morning to stare at this particular elevator seemed to imply a possible exception.
    It was neither ‘accident’ nor hold-up. The elevator itself appeared normal—a semi-local stopping at every floor above the twelfth—and it supplied no clue of violence. Indeed, no one affirmed that there had been a scene of violence—or otherwise. Three or four hard-bitten newspaper men were now, although reduced to a pathetic state of impotent and dangerous anguish, adopting a transparent pose of sour grapes, protesting that the whole affair was hooey, nothing but a false alarm.

    John Metacalfe, Mr. Meldrum´s Mania, 1931

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Sour grapes

    Do you know what "sour grapes" means figuratively?

    In very tall buildings they usually have "express" elevators that only stop at certain floors. Or elevators that serve between the main (ground) floor and a range of floors above.

    Much like taking trains. A "local" stops at every stop on the line. An "express" only stops at larger, strategic stations.

    With the elevators, a "semi-local" would be "local" service, but only for a range of floors. It is not "local" service for the entire building.

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    Re: Sour grapes

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Do you know what "sour grapes" means figuratively?
    Thanks. I did not know it was an idiom.
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