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    Question What's "dog"?

    Hello,

    I have a question from an interview of a movie director.

    He says; "We are doing a fable. We are not trying to do some sort
    of a realistic portrayal of the South. That's our dog. We get to kick it,
    you know. So we're goosing it a little bit"

    I don't understand "our dog" and "goosing" here.
    Does "dog" hear mean "wrong idea"?

    Does he mean he didn't try to portray of the South, and wanted people
    to understand it. So he tried to emphasize that this movie was a tale??

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Re: What's "dog"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question from an interview of a movie director.

    He says; "We are doing a fable. We are not trying to do some sort
    of a realistic portrayal of the South. That's our dog. We get to kick it,
    you know. So we're goosing it a little bit"

    I don't understand "our dog" and "goosing" here.
    Does "dog" here mean "wrong idea"?

    Does he mean he didn't try to portray of the South, and wanted people
    to understand it? So he tried to emphasize that this movie was a tale??
    Sometimes a thing is relatively easy to understand but difficult to explain. It's his dog (his movie), so he gets to do what he wants with it. He's goosing it a little bit (making changes to suit his purposes) to get the effect he wants.

    I hope that helps.


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    Re: What's "dog"?

    Hello RonBee,

    Thank you for your kind explanation.

    It's always very confusing when I think why people choose a certain
    word to describe a thing.
    But I understand he called his movie "dog" because he felt an attachment
    to it, or being humble about it.

    And thank you for correcting my literal error and omitted mark.

    Tara

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    Re: What's "dog"?

    I'm not sure how much attachment he feels toward his movie, but his tone is definitely not one of humility. (More like cockiness.)


    (The word "dog" is used in several English idioms. Example: "That dog won't hunt.")

    You're welcome.

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    Hello RonBee,

    >(More like cockiness.)

    I think he's proud of his work, too.


    >(The word "dog" is used in several English idioms. Example: "That dog won't hunt.")

    Oh, here's another "dog" that I can't find in my dictionaries.
    I wish I could find a rule when you use dog instead of cat or other animals.
    But I guess this idiom means "That proposal or suggestion won't be
    accepted", or "That person is useless".

    Thank you so much for showing another example.

    Have a nice weekend.
    Tara

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    Re: What's "dog"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post

    >(The word "dog" is used in several English idioms. Example: "That dog won't hunt.")

    Oh, here's another "dog" that I can't find in my dictionaries.
    I wish I could find a rule when you use dog instead of cat or other animals.
    But I guess this idiom means "That proposal or suggestion won't be
    accepted", or "That person is useless".
    The first one, yes. The second one, no.

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Thank you so much for showing another example.

    Have a nice weekend.
    Tara
    You're quite welcome.

    I'll try.

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    Re: What's "dog"?

    Hello RonBee,

    >The first one, yes. The second one, no.

    Thank you for telling me the answer.
    I'll remember and find a chance to use it.

    Tara

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