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all but hot to the touch?

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all but hot to the touch?

Postby pdh0224 » Sat Oct 23, 2004 2:37 am

Dear teacher,

Though the mix may be marginally unconventional, the character of the museum, for better or worse, is not. Just the opposite: it sticks to the modern Western ideal of exhibiting art in an uncluttered, atmospherically lighted, ideology-free zone. Forget all that postmodern funny business about cultural context. Never mind that some of these sculptures were conceived as spiritual power generators, all but hot to the touch. Now they chill behind plexiglass, wiped clean of fingerprints and history.

Q : What is the function and meaning of "all but hot to the touch"?


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Postby Alan » Sat Oct 23, 2004 4:22 am

'All but...' means 'almost'.
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Postby pdh0224 » Sun Oct 24, 2004 1:35 am

Never mind that some of these sculptures were conceived as spiritual power generators, almost hot to the touch.

Q : What is a relationship between "Never mind..." and "hot to the touch"?
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Postby Alan » Sun Oct 24, 2004 11:24 am

There is no inherent conncection between them. 'Never mind that' means 'please ignore/disregard the fact that...'.
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