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Wu Ting
How would you interpret the phrase “as far as that goes” here? The news all looks the same now. The National Educators Association routs communism at its national convention in Boston. “The Communist is not suitable as a teacher.” Nor as butcher, baker, candlestick maker, beggar man, or thief, as far as that goes. The Negro singer Paul Robeson they have taken to calling the Black Stalin. How would you interpret the phrase “as far as that goes” in the second to the last sentence? Thanks. And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.
Jun 23, 2015 9:49 AM
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The phrase 'as far as that goes' or 'for that matter' means 'either' : “The Communist is not suitable as a teacher. Nor as butcher, baker, candlestick maker, beggar man, or thief, either". The list of 'occupations' : butcher, baker, etc. is from a children's rhyme.
June 23, 2015
Wu Ting
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
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