apropos of nothing


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apropos of nothing

Of an action or something said, for no reason or with no relation to the immediate conversation, as of a non-sequitur. We were talking about our weekend plans when Ed asked, apropos of nothing, if we could show him how to sew a button.
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apropos of nothing

having no relevance to any previous discussion or situation.
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Apropos of nothing, one wonders whether that means that the offer is still open.
She has never seen my grandchildren, but knows their names and ages and not only asks after them every time we see her, but digs out presents for them - polished wooden blocks at Christmas, Thomas the Tank Engine books for their birthdays and Winnie the Pooh soft toys last weekend, apropos of nothing other than her natural generosity.
"Did you know there are drummers in Japan who go up into the mountains to master the art?" he asks, apropos of nothing. "It takes them nine years to learn the beat, then they come down the mountain, carrying these 30ft-long drums, and play for the villagers.
Apropos of nothing in particular, the sweaty vocalist overlaps his hands at the wrist and raises them, "flapping," over his head.
Peter David is well known in SF/F for his work in comics (The Incredible Hulk, Babylon 5, Captain Marvel), the Star Trek novel franchise, and his Sir Apropos of Nothing trilogy.
A dog, apropos of nothing, gets dragged helplessly across the screen by an old man with a walker.
At some point in the film, the announcer-possessed of a tooth-rattling basso profundo usually reserved for more elevated art forms such as NFL highlight reels--proclaimed, apropos of nothing, that "Chicago ain't no sissy town!" He was, if memory serves, quoting an alderman of some other species of criminal native to the Windy City.
Bolton also played to the far right crowd in Florida when in May 2002, apropos of nothing, he said Castro had "at least a limited offensive biological warfare research and development effort" and had "provided dual-use biotechnology to other rogue states." Days later, Powell himself backed off Bolton's remarks, and Jimmy Carter repudiated them.
No doubt attributable to the fresh upsurge Of bile at revisiting this, and apropos of nothing at all, the questing reader is referred to Gore Vidal's 1968 satirical novel Myra Breckinridge, in particular the judicial/anatomical References--We'll categorize this as "History of Jurisprudence, Puerile Humour Division".
Consider it apropos of nothing, or consider it a sign of things to come.
In the Cat Fight, on this month's cover of Emerging Infectious Diseases, bellicose cats, frozen in time, apropos of nothing, engage the spectator through pity and terror.
Apropos of nothing, he proclaimed, "Jesus is strong.
He said apropos of nothing in particular that he is thinking of switching his inflation target from the long-running Retail Prices Index (but without mortgage interest) to the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, or HICP (pronounced 'hiccup').
Going for scabrous comedy, he falls flat, as when he clumsily undertook the eminently reasonable idea of giving Manet's Olympia a race reversal, or when, apropos of nothing, he named his 1964 takeoff on David's portrait of Napoleon in the National Gallery The Greatest Homosexual.
Louis declares, apropos of nothing, that "nipples are called nipples because it looks as if someone's nipped you twice".