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Topic: 1) Bad actor (1 of 8), Read 115 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 08:39 AM

Tony Dillingham, of Knoxville, Tenn., writes: "I'm looking for a word for an imitation of an imitation. When most of us laymen do impressions of Presidents or actors, we are actually imitating the comedian who is most famous for the role. If you listen to an amateur impersonation of George Bush, it will likely sound more like Dana Carvey than President Bush."

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Topic: 1) Bad actor (2 of 8), Read 100 times
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From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 02:32 PM

I suppose that we could merely apply for a new sense for illimitation

8-)

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Topic: 1) Bad actor (3 of 8), Read 77 times
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From: Richard Fennell (rmfenn@aol.com)
Date: Monday, June 14, 1999 01:04 PM

This goes much further. I have long been concerned about "artificial margarine"; ("Shedds Spread" ?) What about a Nylon substitute?

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Topic: 1) Bad actor (4 of 8), Read 74 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: John Posten (repsap@yahoo.com)
Date: Monday, June 14, 1999 04:26 PM

Why not call a second generation imitation a 'rubbing?' Don't quite know why this occurs to me but I visualize something like a tracing-paper gravestone rubbing. Its a reverse of the original image, and in another medium, faded and often the only way the original can be deciphered, yet it still is a copy. The quality of abrasion conveyed also links to our distaste at observing such an imitation.

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Topic: 1) Bad actor (5 of 8), Read 62 times
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From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 04:25 PM

there is an artsy word for the technique of "rubbing"; to wit: frottage (from F frotter, to rub). alas, it conjures up the related word frotteur, someone who gets kicks from rubbing against people in crowds -- a real bad actor.

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Topic: 1) Bad actor (6 of 8), Read 57 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Dan Dillon (ddillon1@shrike.depaul.edu)
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 04:50 PM

Taking a cue from the Classical Greek notion of imitation, I suggest *paenemimesis*, which, with few liberties taken, means "almost or nearly an imitation" or "one step removed from imitation."

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Topic: 1) Bad actor (7 of 8), Read 58 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Mark Warren (knowtellin@aol.com)
Date: Thursday, June 17, 1999 03:53 PM

I suggest using "Trithentic" .. to mean
third from authentic.

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Topic: 1) Bad actor (8 of 8), Read 29 times
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From: Royce Alden (royce2000@yahoo)
Date: Monday, June 21, 1999 07:57 PM

second class derivitive and so on depending on the quality of imitation.


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