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    made her famous crack?

    Dear Teachers,

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

    1. "He had only made himself sick carousing with the Duchesse de Chateauroux... Now hecklers laughed at the hearse and shouted, 'There goes the Ladies' Delight!" That's more than you can say of some people."

    I don't understand what "That's more than you can say of some people" mean...

    2. "Speaking of murder, Peter played the violin -- 'pretty well,' we are told. Now are you convinced?"

    I don't understand what murder has to do with playing violin...

    3. "Matilda of Flanders made her famous crack when William the Conqueror applied for her hand in marriage."

    What does "crack" mean in this context?

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    Re: made her famous crack?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway View Post
    Dear Teachers,

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

    1. "He had only made himself sick carousing with the Duchesse de Chateauroux... Now hecklers laughed at the hearse and shouted, 'There goes the Ladies' Delight!" That's more than you can say of some people."

    I don't understand what "That's more than you can say of some people" mean... Many men die without having delighted ladies.

    2. "Speaking of murder, Peter played the violin -- 'pretty well,' we are told. Now are you convinced?"

    I don't understand what murder has to do with playing violin... He's saying that Peter's violin-playing was so bad it killed people. The idiom is: Peter's violin-playing was murder.

    3. "Matilda of Flanders made her famous crack when William the Conqueror applied for her hand in marriage."
    What does "crack" mean in this context? Rude remark.
    You're welcome!

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