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    offer an easy mark

    Dear Teachers,

    I read this from The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy:

    "Themistocles offered an easy mark for the rougher forms of political argument, having been born out of wedlock."

    What does "offer an easy mark" mean?

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    Re: offer an easy mark

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi Eway,

    In my humble opinion the expression in question “easy mark” in the present contex means “on a low level”, “chump”, easy touch”, “soft touch”, “pushover”, sitting duck”, “easy target”, “vulnerable”.

    "Themistocles offered an easy mark for the rougher forms of political argument, having been born out of wedlock."

    born out of wedlock=illegitimacy

    legitimacy is the status of a child that is born to parents who are legally married to one another, or that is born shortly after the parents' marriage ends through divorce. The opposite of legitimacy is the status of being "illegitimate" – born to a woman and a man who are not married to one another.

    Themistocles was the son of Neocles, an Athenian of no distinction and moderate means, his mother being a Carian or a Thracian, Abrotonum by some accounts. Little is known of his early years, but many authors resort to the myth that he was unruly as a child and was consequently disowned by his father. Ability alone made him influential.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 29-Dec-2008 at 16:17.

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