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    Re: circus!

    Do the British and Australians use or, at least, understand the expression "dog and pony show"?
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    #12

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    Well, now I'm again in doubt whether the Russian "What a circus" means the same as Skej meant. There should necessarily be some element of ridicule, some absurdity of the situation and a certain amount of stupidity in the behaviour. Is there such an element in "What a circus!" or "What a zoo!"?

    I've just recalled another interesting Russian expression, which seems to be a kind of attempt to make the "What a circus" expression more precise: The circus has left; the clowns haven't.
    Last edited by GeneD; 26-Mar-2019 at 17:24. Reason: Added some more text.
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    #13

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    I might occasionally call the behaviour or situation we are discussing "the theatre of the Absurd". I wonder whether it would work in English.
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    #14

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    I think it inappropriate to call propaganda spreading a dog and pony show. The dissemination of propaganda is deadly serious business coordinated by experts in the field. A few scholarly articles on the art of propagandizing can be found online. See for example New Matilda.
    Last edited by probus; 26-Mar-2019 at 17:33. Reason: Fix typo

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    #15

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    Do the British and Australians use or, at least, understand the expression "dog and pony show"?
    I think so. I'm never 100% sure about Australia.

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    #16

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    I might occasionally call the behaviour or situation we are discussing "the theatre of the Absurd". I wonder whether it would work in English.
    I don't think so. For me, theatre of the absurd is associated with crushing boredom rather than pandemonium. I'm thinking for example of "Waiting for Godot."

    There! I have revealed myself to be a philistine.
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    #17

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    Thanks for Matilda, probus. Now reading an interesting article there.
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    #18

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I'm never 100% sure about Australia.
    Me, neither. To be honest, I'm not even certain it exists.

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    #19

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I think so. I'm never 100% sure about Australia.
    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Me, neither. To be honest, I'm not even certain it exists.

    Australia? I'll admit I've never actually set foot on it, but I'm still a believer.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #20

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    Australia? I'll admit I've never actually set foot on it, but I'm still a believer.
    Tsk. You Americans will believe anything.

    You'll be swearing blind the Earth is round next.

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