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    the vampire sign

    what means the following sentense:
    these are the words at the sound of which all of postmodernists have been trained to make the vampire sign?
    is the underlined part an idiomatic expression? what means?

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    Re: the vampire sign

    Hello Nim

    I think it probably means the sign of the cross, made with one's fingers.

    You hold the extended forefinger of your left hand in a vertical position, and place the extended forefinger of your right hand across it in a horizontal position.

    You direct the resulting cross towards the vampire in question, and it scuttles off to bury its fangs in some less dextrous mortal's jugular.

    All the best,

    MrP

    PS: I imagine left-handed people hold their right forefinger vertically, and their left forefinger horizontally. It is no doubt just as efficacious.

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    Re: the vampire sign

    Yes, this is kind of a silly, high-school thing where you cross your two index fingers in front of you at arm's length (the sign of the cross wards off vampires).

    The meaning is, "This is so hideous and repulsive that I must repel it."


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    Re: the vampire sign

    [quote=MrPedantic;154806]Hello Nim
    You direct the resulting cross towards the vampire in question, and it scuttles off to bury its fangs in some less dextrous mortal's jugular.

    which vampire? there is no one in my text dear ped.


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    Re: the vampire sign

    [quote=MrPedantic;154806]Hello Nim
    You direct the resulting cross towards the vampire in question, and it scuttles off to bury its fangs in some less dextrous mortal's jugular.

    which vampire? there is no one in my text dear ped.
    is it an allusion or metaphor or so?

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    Re: the vampire sign

    Sorry, Nim, I forgot to say yes, it's a metaphor in your context.

    Mykwyner says it all:

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    The meaning is, "This is so hideous and repulsive that I must repel it."
    All the best,

    MrP


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    Re: the vampire sign

    thanks to both of you

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