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[quote] On 2012-01-04 05:41, TStone wrote: You know, there are about 500 million – 1.8 billion people in the world that understand the English language... It is not uncommon in that language to illustrate emotional sentiments with physical analogies. There's even words that, properly defined, means both a "physical collision of bodies" and having a "great emotional impression". For example: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/impact When a British person says "I was gutted", it very seldom means that he just had a run in with Jack the Ripper. And when a spectator says "I was gobsmacked", it does not actually mean that the magician have punched the spectator in the face, even though the literal sense of the word seem to say exactly that - instead it means that the spectator want to illustrate the emotional effect of how utterly astounded he was. Now, if the spectator is allowed to use the analogy of being smacked in the face when becoming astounded, then why are not a magican allowed to make the exact same analogy? [/quote]
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