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You couldn't ask for a better example of this than of the reaction of Cheryl Tweedy. Perhaps picking up on the mumblings of dismay of women who weren't quite sure why, but didn't have a good feeling about the new media revelation of 'WAGs', her knee jerk reaction was to distance herself from them. Completely missing the point, I fear, she was disgusted not by the media pigeonholing of these women and the society that had bred them, but by the fact that she felt their incessant shopping was distasteful because they were 'sponging' from their husbands!


don't get the meanings of the 2nd and 3rd sentence.
Is the author disagree with Cheryl?
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The author thinks that Cheril Tweedy did not understand the point at all

pigeonholing: classifying, as in some boxes; labelling as being one way or another

sponging: asking/begging for money, "squeezing" someone for money

try again now!
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Hi - Can I ask you to not write in green? It's clear enough when you compose on the white field, but once you post and the background is blue, it's awful!

Perhaps picking up on the mumblings of dismay of women who weren't quite sure why, but didn't have a good feeling about the new media revelation of 'WAGs', her knee jerk reaction was to distance herself from them.

There were women who didn't have a good feeling about the revelation of the WAGs, although the actual source of their bad feelings isn't clear, even to themselves.

And it dangles - the second part should start with "she," not "her knee-jerk reaction."

But anyway, whoever "she" is, she got a sense of the feelings of these women (with the bad feelings), and her immediate response was to show that she wasn't part of them.

It's not clear whether she is trying to show that she's not part of the WAGs or she's trying to show that she's not part of the women with the bad feelings.

It's not the best writing you'll ever find.
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Thanks Marius Hancu for your reply. (how do you know the author is a she?) Emotion: smile

However, I don't get the meaning of the following sentence:
Perhaps picking up on the mumblings of dismay of women who weren't quite sure why, but didn't have a good feeling about the new media revelation of 'WAGs', her knee jerk reaction was to distance herself from them.

I think my problem is I don't understand the structure of this sentence.
Can I rewrite the sentence as:
Perhaps picking up on the mumblings of dismay of women, her knee jerk reaction was to distance herself from them.
I have read this sentence for a few minutes, but still find it weird; the former part and the latter part don't seem to be related to me.
and 'who' is the one 'pick up' ? Cheril ? or the author?
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Grammar Geek Thanks. I think I understood now.
Sorry for the font color, will change it next time. Emotion: smile