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    Question Re: Bart Simpson

    Hi! Could someone please help me out from the following questions? Many thanks!

    Q1: make me = fight with me?

    Q2: Takes one to know one=?

    Q3: Why did Bart ask his question "what am I"? three times in a run?

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    Bart was talking with his pal-Milhouse about their own town by the town bordering. A bully of neighour town appeared. They had a run-in.

    Bart: You know, Milhouse, I've been thinking. This town ain't so bad. Good friends, lots of lemons, numerous angel sightings. When you get right down to it, Springfield's a pretty cool place to live.

    The bully: Springfield sucks.

    Bart: Hey, stop talking bad about my town, man.

    The bully: Why don't you make me.

    Bart: I don't make trash, I burn it.

    The bully: Then I guess you're a garbage man.
    Bart: I know you are, but what am I?

    The bully: A garbage man.
    Bart: Oh, I know you are, but what am I?

    The bully: A garbage man.
    Bart: I know you are, but what am I?

    The bully: A garbage man.
    Bart: Takes one to know one
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 26-Oct-2008 at 19:10. Reason: I missed a word in"help me out"


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    Re: Bart Simpson

    Q1: make me = fight with me? Force me to do something.

    Q2: Takes one to know one=? Like recognises like. So a garbage man recognises another garbage man.

    Q3: Why did Bart ask his question "what am I"? three times in a run? He's challenging the bully.

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    Re: Bart Simpson

    Hello Anglika,

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Bart Simpson

    "I know you are, but what am I?" is a typical childhood argument. This is a classic example (even though the actors are adults, they are portraying child-like characters.)

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    Re: Bart Simpson

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    "I know you are, but what am I?" is a typical childhood argument. This is a classic example (even though the actors are adults, they are portraying child-like characters.)
    Hello Ouisch,

    Thank you for your answer. Mr. Peewee was very funny. I found some similar dialogues both in Peewee's Adventure and The Simpsons except for this.

    But I don't really understand the line- I know you are, but what am I. Could you explain it?

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    Re: Bart Simpson

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    But I don't really understand the line- I know you are, but what am I. Could you explain it?


    It is a child's standard line of verbal defense when being called bad names by a bully. To put it in perspective, there is a classic playground rhyme that states:

    "I'm rubber, you're glue
    Everything you say bounces off me and sticks to you."

    This means that if (for example) I called you a "cow," and you retorted "I know you are, but what am I?" , it means that you are verbally turning my insult around. You are saying that I am the cow. The "but what am I?" means that you've reflected the insult back onto me, and that I still haven't "defined" you. So if I continued, "You're a pig." You'd say "I know you are but what am I?" means that I am the pig and the insults I'm aiming at you aren't "sticking" or taking hold.

    That was very verbose and complex, so I'll lighten things up with my favorite scene from Pee Wee's Big Adventure - when he accepts a ride from Large Marge.

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    Re: Bart Simpson

    Hello Ouisch,

    Thank you for your illustration. I'd like copy it down in my English notebook. I might use it if I run into a Mr. name -caller.

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