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    What do they mean?

    Dear Teacher:

    Would you please explain the parts in quotations for me:

    A First Lady can be ridiculed for wearing a frumpy dress. An Oscar-wining actress can be a laughingstock for choosing the wrong gown. "Sometimes the cheer/jeer meter runs the other way, and otherwise undeserving clotheshorse can rise to the top of this nonsensical pecking order." In 2001, when Victoria Posh Spice Beckham appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She acted like a toffee-nosed snob, shooting down Stewart’s attempts to make jokes by telling him he wasn’t funny and glaring at him unamused. That year, countless British mags voted Beckham the celebrity with the best style. "Congeniality, evidently, counts for nothing in the Miss Fashionable pageant."


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    Re: What do they mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by lingchen View Post
    Dear Teacher:
    Would you please explain the parts in quotations for me:
    A First Lady can be ridiculed for wearing a frumpy dress. An Oscar-wining actress can be a laughingstock for choosing the wrong gown. "Sometimes the cheer/jeer meter runs the other way, and otherwise undeserving clotheshorse can rise to the top of this nonsensical pecking order." In 2001, when Victoria Posh Spice Beckham appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She acted like a toffee-nosed snob, shooting down Stewart’s attempts to make jokes by telling him he wasn’t funny and glaring at him unamused. That year, countless British mags voted Beckham the celebrity with the best style. "Congeniality, evidently, counts for nothing in the Miss Fashionable pageant."
    A jeer meter like a speedometer measures, gauges something, namely, how much something is worthy of ridicule.
    Pecking order is a hierarchical scale, in this context it is meant to refer to the living end in good taste. The author says sometimes undeserving 'scarecrows' are considered the most fashionable people.
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    be the living end

    AMERICAN & AUSTRALIAN, OLD-FASHIONED
    to be extremely good
    We were big fans of their band. We thought it was the living end in those days.
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    this nonsensical pecking order -- the author does not understand what it takes to be deemed fashionable.

    "Congeniality, evidently, counts for nothing in the Miss Fashionable pagean."

    It is a conclusion the author draws after describing a situation where Steward tried to create a congenial, friendly atmosphere at a show with Mrs Beckham who was also present and where he failed to amuse the snobbish Ice Queen.

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