Razmysl
 
Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2016 07:44 am
Won't somebody please explain to me what a soldier meant by words "I thought I had it" here?:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiXahHkgDNA
For the time being, I have the following versions:
a) I thought I had managed to fulfil the order.
b) I thought I had the rifle in my hand.
Is there, actually, another meaning?
 
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2016 11:00 am
@Razmysl,
Quote:
a) I thought I had managed to fulfil the order.
Apparently I somehow failed in my effort to fulfil it

Quote:
b) I thought I had the rifle in my hand.
Thinking back to some other unspecified happening, I vaguely remember it being in my hand

Raz there are probably many others but....
Blickers
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2016 09:35 pm
That soldier was played by the immortal Lou Costello, one of America's great cinematic comedians. This is clearly a drill the group was supposed to have practiced before, so when Lou says, "I thought I had it" he means he thought he had gotten that particular maneuver down to where it is now automatic.

It is customary, when teaching someone a complex series of maneuvers, to ask if they "have it". When the person has hit the point where the maneuver is automatic, we day they "have it down pat", or just "they have it".
Razmysl
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2016 07:53 am
@Blickers,
I got your idea. Cool! Thank you very much, Blickers!
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Razmysl
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2016 09:18 am
@dalehileman,
dalehileman, I'm lost in thought.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2016 11:01 am
@Razmysl,
Raz I think you think better'n me
Razmysl
 
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Reply Fri 2 Sep, 2016 07:09 am
@dalehileman,
I am delighted to meet you. Thanks, dalehileman.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 2 Sep, 2016 11:22 am
@Razmysl,
A pleasure Raz
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