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English is hard: A one-way monkey edition

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In this day and age, it’s hard to know when there’s a genuine moment on reality TV. There are so many recognized tropes and cliché phrases that the whole genre is basically a parody of itself. But sometimes, there’s a moment that’s so wonderful that I don’t even care if it was planned.

Last week’s “Project Runway” had one of its contestants, Dmitry Sholokhov, a native of Belarus, complaining about how another contestant is always doing the same thing. “He’s a one-way monkey,” he said, causing me to start laughing for a good thirty seconds. “No. No, I mean, a one-trick pony,” he quickly added, smiling a little bit.

Don’t bother making fun of me for watching such a dumb show. I can’t really explain it since I don’t care at all about fashion. It’s possible that what keeps me coming back are the interstitial shots of New York City locations. Maybe that’s what a one-way monkey can be: something that stubbornly moves ahead, regardless of what lies there.

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Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

One thought on “English is hard: A one-way monkey edition

  1. Love it! Not unlike when I tried to use the French expression for goosebumps, which is “chaire de poule” (hen’s flesh), and instead I said “peau de poulet” (chicken skin), which received the loudest roar of laughter from my French wife. She still talks about it today, and it apparently goes down as one of my cutest screw-ups ever. What can you do but just roll the punches, right? :)

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