The waiter deferred and scraped as he took our order

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Bartleby

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Hola a todos. No entiendo el sentido en esta frase: "The waiter deferred and scraped as he took our order, but it was a little too much". El contexto es que una de las personas que van a comer es una mujer rica pero con mala fama. No sé si el camarero se demora mucho tiempo tomando nota para poder verla bien, por morbo, o que tarda en atenderlos. ¿Qué opináis? Muchas gracias.
 
  • Masood

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    British English
    Might need a bit more context for this. What sentence(s) come before this?
    Also, "scraped" looks a bit odd in this sentence. What was he scraping?
     

    sound shift

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    English - England
    It looks to me like the "scrape" of "to bow and scrape": to be excessively servile.

    NB Se sabe que el verbo es "scrape" y no "scrap": En "scraped" hay una sóla "p", por lo que "scraped" se pronuncia con diptongo: /eɪ/, de lo cual se deduce que el infinitivo también lleva diptongo: "scrape", yo no "scrap" (monóptongo).

    "Scrap" (monóptongo) >>> "scrapped" (monóptongo) >>> "scrapping" (monóptongo)
    "Scrape" (diptongo) >>> "scraped" (diptongo) >>> "scraping" (diptongo)

    "Hop" (monóptongo) >>> "hopped" (monóptongo) >>> "hopping" (monóptongo)
    "Hope" (diptongo) >>> "hoped" (diptongo) >>> "hoping" (diptongo)

    "Can" (monóptongo, = "enlatar") >>> "canned" (monóptongo) >>> "canning" (monóptongo)
    "Cane" (diptongo, = "castigar con la vara") >>> "caned" (diptongo) >>> "caning" (diptongo)

    Etc.
     
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