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What does "a record cover" mean in the context below?
Elizabeth strode straight across the boards to the bed and pulled a
cassette player out from behind it. She shoved in a tape and went to the bare
window; she turned her back on Vicki and stood with her feet apart and her
hands on her hips. She looks like a record cover, thought Vicki. Tape hissed,
music burst out. Elizabeth begin to dance: no, not to dance, but to move her
body, to sway forward from the waist, as if she were on a stage, as if the
audience were outside the black window.
Does it mean: a cover of gramophone disc?
- busterwasmycatLv 72 weeks agoFavourite answer
yes, that is what it means, although those aren't the words I would use. Vinyl albums ("records") tended to have artistic covers, and the idea here is that her pose was reminiscent of an album cover. Gramophone seems such an archaic term. Or maybe it is a Britishism. Either way, not something I would expect to hear, even as a child in the 1960s, in the US. I cannot say for a fact that I have ever actually used the word myself. I definitely know what it means, but I would never use it. Does not even pop into my mind at all.
- Anonymous2 weeks ago
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Gramophone? No. That's the one with the huge bell speaker. We used record players. The flat disk went on a base that spun around. A needle in the grooves played the music that had been recorded on the disk. The flat disks came is large, square cardboard covers, with illustrations on them. I'm including an image of one here.
busterwasmycat is 100% right.
Since you are interested in English, I want to add that if The Beatles originally sang "Yesterday" and later someone else, John Smith for instance legally releases or sings "Yesterday", it is called a cover. "John Smith covered the Beatle's song, 'Yesterday'". Often you read "They are a cover band". That means they sing OTHER groups songs, not their own. Just fyi.