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What kind of a shout can be called mincing? [ Her laughter, her gestures, her assertions became more violently affected moment by moment, and as she expanded the room grew smaller around her, until she seemed to be revolving on a noisy, creaking pivot through the smoky air. “My dear,” she told her sister in a high, mincing shout, “most of these fellas will cheat you every time. All they think of is money. I had a woman up here last week to look at my feet, and when she gave me the bill you’d of thought she had my appendicitis out.” ] ch.2 http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/fitzgerald/gatsby/gone.html
Nov 5, 2012 12:10 PM
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Although Sunny has given a fairly modern definition, I understand (given the rest of the text) that ''mincing'' should be understood in the same manner as literally mincing meat. Or maybe a sound like the grind of a mechanical mincer.
November 5, 2012
Mincing describes the actions of someone who acts dainty or refined.
November 5, 2012
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