May 09, 2007

Steal my thunder

Steal my thunder: Using someone else' ideas or inventions to one's own advantage.

A few days back a very amusing thing happened. I did a post on 'Mark Twain' to honor the attention he was generating. A fellow team member got perturbed cause I had stolen her thunder. More on stealing thunder...
John Dennis, English critic and playwright, invented a new way of simulating the sound of thunder on stage and used the method in one of his plays, Appius and Virginia. Dennis "made" thunder by using "troughs of wood with stops in them" instead of the large mustard bowls usually employed. The thunder was a great success, but Dennis's play was a dismal failure. The manager at Drury Lane, where the play was performed, canceled its run after only a few performances. A short time later, Dennis returned to Drury Lane to see Shakespeare's Macbeth. As he sat in the pit, he was horrified to discover that his method of making thunder was being used. Jumping to his feet, Dennis screamed at the audience, "That's my thunder, by God! The villians will not play my play but they steal my thunder."

8 comments:

Jas Bhambra said...

Very interesting!I am going to employ this phrase more often at workplace now! :)

Moi said...

hehe....very interesting...i should claim "u stole my mark"..:D
a thought, what's the etymology for plagiarism!!!not that it is relevant here but the thought just struck moi..let me go and check :)

AlterinG Abhishek said...

wow!

Very smart people at work here!!

Moi said...

AA : we agree!!!! lol!!!

Radha said...

666, I like ur attempts at being discreet :)
"fellow team member"...We all know it was moi !!!

666 said...

Radha, i had to occlude adjectives like 'illustrious' 'great' from my discreetness.

and now i better run for cover.

Moi said...

excell"a"nto!!! now u go arnd pulling my poor limb with the readers.....run, 666, run!!!!

Moi said...

and jas i quite liked the turn of phrase in ur comment..."employ" this phrase more often at "workplace" now
:)