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    Mr. Crowe, Step Away From the Telephone

    Russell Crowe.jpgQuote:  "If I'm an international menace like the [prosecuting] attorney is suggesting, then fine.  I'll just stay here."  Australian actor Russell Crowe, in an interview with the Associated Press

    Figure of Speech:  charientismus (chah ren TIS muss), the figure of graceful mockery

    New York state prosecutors charged Crowe with felony assault after he threw a cell phone at a hotel concierge.  His lawyers are trying to reduce the rap to a misdemeanor, a deal that would still make it hard for Crowe to work in this country.

    The pugilistic actor defends himself with a charientismus, an ironically graceful response to an accusation.  Maybe his phone manners are improving.

    Snappy Answer:  "Too bad.  The Yankees could use a pitcher."

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