hello italki community.
i hope any nativ english speaker can help me to make the pieces fit. there is a word, "Yosemite" which was used as Shipnames, and also a populare part hold this name. here is a video i've been watching and the meaning of the word seems to be like an insult. is someone able to tell me whats the meaning here? my own researches had no success. thanks!
The actor using the term Yosemite, is Jeff Daniels, who also played the role of
Colonel Joshua Chamberlain in "Gettysburg". Gettysburg is the movie about the Civil War Battle,
He also played in the comedy "Dumb and Dumber" . Daniels offers good performances as an actor,
but it is important that in thes scripted presentations, inclusive of the introduction of the orchestra at the end of the film segment where Daniels Speaks, should cause a person to take some exception.
The Sweeping Generalizations used by the actor, are no less questionable as answers, than the initial question is demonstrative of a Sweeping Generalization. People who can actually think,
do not allow themselves to be Led---Around---By---The---Nose as that audience and panel is.
These are "Set Ups". The choice of the beatifically beaming and bright-eyed, pert young blonde who asks the question, is all part of the manipulation of the understanding and perception of the viewer.
The entire question and its answers in the movie were all muddled. The movie makers are trying to make a point, and they do not do that well. The other characters on the panel of 3 that answers questions, are also depicted as stereotypes. The movie also uses the device of profanity.Thus, for people who cannot think clearly to analyze an issue, if some fellow cites a few facts, and gets "set off" on a TELL-ALL using profnaity, it is to be concluded that he is a truth speaker.
That is not true of course, but this movie is representative of the common confusion that modern people have to deal with.
This is Yosemite = http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+%2b++Yosemite&qpvt=images+%2b++Yosemite&FORM=IGRE
When the man uses Yosemite, he is referring to it as an an abstract and mostly irrelevant subject.
He says; "I don't know what you're talking about...Yosemite?"
Meaning; "I don't know what you are talking about when you ask why
is the Greatest---Country----In----The----World. Are you talking about a Mountain, some forest, or
the price of eggs in some far off country? What does that even mean when you ask about "greatest".
This appears to be a segment of a movie. The character is proposing that the question is absurd.
Some people rely upon SWEEPING GENERALIZATIONS for much of their understanding. They go around asking GENERALIZED statements which really have no meaning, unless one is discussing an issue with people who cannot use critical thinking skills.
That is why the character cites specifics. Ideally, most knowledge would be based upon specific facts.
thank you. well this word seems to have no meaning as it is supposed to have in this video. i thought its a provoking or insulting worth and i just donw know the meaning of it yet, because the crowd did "ouuuhh", like a shocking reaction. thanks for your explaining. i appreciate it!