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    Smile turn all psychic

    "Well," I began, concentrating hard(ish) and trying to turn all psychic. "I bet you're ... a Pisces!"

    "No." Dylan replied.

    "Um ... Capricorn?"

    "No."

    This is an excerpt from the "INDIE KIDD" book.

    My first question is what does turn all psychic mean and how do we analyze its structure, i.e. is psychic a noun or an adjective in this context?

    Second, why did the author put (ish) at the end of hard? Is there any purpose or function that she attempted to get by doing so?


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    Re: turn all psychic

    Quote Originally Posted by piousoul View Post
    "Well," I began, concentrating hard(ish) and trying to turn all psychic. "I bet you're ... a Pisces!"

    "No." Dylan replied.

    "Um ... Capricorn?"

    "No."

    This is an excerpt from the "INDIE KIDD" book.

    My first question is what does turn all psychic mean and how do we analyze its structure, i.e. is psychic a noun or an adjective in this context?

    I'm in a 'cyan' mood.

    pretending to/play acting that he/she had become a psychic; a psychic is one who can read people's minds.

    I'd say it's an adjective, PS. If it were a noun, it would have been, "turn into a psychic


    Second, why did the author put (ish) at the end of hard? Is there any purpose or function that she attempted to get by doing so?
    This 'ish' means "kind of [___], but not /completely/totally ...".

    "Well," I began, concentrating kind of hard, but not totally.


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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    This 'ish' means "kind of [___], but not /completely/totally ...".

    "Well," I began, concentrating kind of hard, but not totally.
    Thanks, riverkid, for the excellent parse. There is no more clouds of doubts over me except that I'm in a cyan mood.

    What do you mean by that?
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    Re: turn all psychic

    Quote Originally Posted by piousoul View Post
    Thanks, riverkid, for the excellent parse. There is no more clouds of doubts over me excet that I'm in a cyan mood.

    What do you mean by that?
    You're welcome, PS.

    'cyan' is the color I happened upon in the color chart. I clicked on it, not having the foggiest what 'cyan' was, and I jokingly remarked that I was in a cyan mood.

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    Re: turn all psychic

    I hadn't thought about it before, but it wouldn't surprise me if cyanide was bluish.

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    Re: turn all psychic

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I hadn't thought about it before, but it wouldn't surprise me if cyanide was bluish.

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    Now I'm starting to have trouble breathing, Bob.

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    Re: turn all psychic

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    This 'ish' means "kind of [___], but not /completely/totally ...".

    "Well," I began, concentrating kind of hard, but not totally.
    That is a ghastly colour- it may not be cyanide, but it made me feel a bit unsettled.


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    Re: turn all psychic

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That is a ghastly colour- it may not be cyanide, but it made me feel a bit unsettled.
    Damn hard to make out too, 'specially for a set of old eyes.

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    Maybe it was designed for MySpace users.

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