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Jack Flack usually parses with the intent of clarifying corporate babble through parody. But what's a parser to do when a person like Winfried F.W. Bischoff, Citigroup's outgoing chairman, eliminates the middle-man and goes straight to self-parody.
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Some people may be amazed at his happy-go-lucky nature, while others may get angry and call him irresponsible upon hearing the parody of "The Green, Green Grass of Home" that U.S. President George W. Bush sang at a recent dinner for the White House press corps. The lyrics, which I found in a wire service dispatch, are quite compelling.
"That old White House is behind me/ I am once again carefree/ Don't have to worry 'bout a crisis in Pyongyang ... . It's good to touch the brown, brown grass of home."
|Synonyms:||devil-may-care, happy-go-lucky, slaphappy, freewheeling, carefree|
|Usage:||I was a harum-scarum, reckless lad, and he had had an education, and was already marked for the sword-belt.|
parody Show phonetics
1 [C or U] writing, music, art, speech, etc. which intentionally copies the style of someone famous or copies a particular situation, making the features or qualities of the original more noticeable in a way that is humorous:
He was an eighteenth-century author who wrote parodies of other people's works.
There is a hint of self-parody in his later paintings.
2 [C] DISAPPROVING something which so obviously fails to achieve the effect that was intended that it is ridiculous:
"It was a parody of a trial, " said one observer.
parodist Show phonetics
a person who writes parodies
parody Show phonetics
to copy the style of someone or something in a humorous way:
One of the papers is running a competition in which you've got to parody a well-known author.
- A trader who buys from producers and sells to retailers or consumers.
- An intermediary; a go-between.
Meaning #1: cheerfully irresponsible
Synonyms: carefree, devil-may-care, freewheeling, harum-scarum, slaphappy
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