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The riddle of their provenance, then, was hardly a riddle at all, since what united this "extraordinary assemblage of rare ethnographic and reliquary fetish objects" was a consistent, if backhanded, reference to a well-known fastfood outlet.
President, here's your watch back," Sheffer said, introducing Clinton by way of a backhanded slap at Senate majority leader Trent Lott, who has equated homosexuality with kleptomania.
Ina a backhanded sort of way this book validates the very culture the author tries to leave.