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    Cool no or not?

    Hi,

    Can I say:

    'You're good but you're no Michael Phelps' instead of 'You're good but you're not Michael Phelps'

    (August 16 - August 22, 2008 - Cartoons of the Week - TIME)

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    Re: no or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Can I say:

    'You're good but you're no Michael Phelps' instead of 'You're good but you're not Michael Phelps'

    (August 16 - August 22, 2008 - Cartoons of the Week - TIME)
    Yes, "you're no Michael Phelps" means "you are not a Michael Phelps".
    The dolphin could have said "Maybe you're an Ian Thorpe, but you're no Michael Phelps".
    This is an example of metynomy.
    Another example:
    "OK, you can write a play, but you're no Shakespeare".

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    Re: no or not?

    Truely, an 'inside" American joke.

    Commonly used after the famous debate between presidential candiates Sen. LLoyd Benston and Dan Quayle, after Quayle likened himself to political icon, John F. Kennedy:

    Benston says: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy: I knew Jack Kennedy; Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy." ...

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