LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||23/FEV/2006 9:50 PM|
|Assunto:||Close, but no cigar|
Groucho Marx was an American comedian whose glasses, nose, moustache, and cigar have become a symbol of comedy. Today, glasses with fake nose and moustache are sold by costume shops and worn by people everywhere. The complete article was the following:
Close, but no cigar
An attempt to break the world record for 'Most People Wearing Groucho Marx Glasses' in one place falls short.
It means that they didn't break the world record because they had fewer people than necessary. In this case, "close, but no cigar" is a play on words because the expression can also be taken literally, since they were wearing glasses (with moustache and nose), but were probably not smoking cigars...
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