Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 18:59:18 -0400
From: "E. Wayles Browne" ewb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CORNELL.EDU
Subject: Re: The Rat Pack is a rodent lighter
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 15:19:00 +0900
From: KIM PAF02466[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NIFTYSERVE.OR.JP
Here's a passage that's got me puzzled:
New Year's is a time to stand back and take stock (or divest, if you
happened to have bought shares of Caere Corp. in the past six months).
The Rat Pack is another rodent lighter, and luckless taxpayers are still
waiting for the gates to open at Yellowstone and the immigration office.
Could someone please tell me what's a rodent lighter?
Maybe I'm literal-minded, but I think it means 'is, once again,
lighter by one rodent' = 'has lost another one of its members'.
Wayles Browne, Assoc. Prof. of Linguistics
Morrill Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853, U.S.A.
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