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Can someone be said to have had a "private audience" with anyone besides the Pope?

Asked by Aster (18860points) May 20th, 2011

I read about those who had a private audience (or audience) with the Pope. Is there anyone else with whom you may be said to have had a private audience with besides him? And if not, why would only the Pope be associated with the phrase?

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SavoirFaire's avatar

It is also common to talk about having a private audience with a king or queen. This is what’s behind the live collection of Elvis’ music called “A Private Audience with the King.” Google suggests it can be used for just about anyone, but these seem to be the more common uses.

Then there’s this. Apparently even artifacts can get in on the game.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I’ve heard the phrase used to describe any one on one meeting with any head of state.

Aster's avatar

So it would be proper to say, “I had a private audience with President Obama?” I thought you’d just say you met with him.

SavoirFaire's avatar

I think it would be proper, but it would also be unusual. We typically reserve the phrase for certain people.

bkcunningham's avatar

I have heard you can have a private audience in certain clubs with dancers.

bob_'s avatar

In my pants.

iamthemob's avatar

@bob_ – I thought you said that was a revelation…

JilltheTooth's avatar

@iamthemob and @bob_ ; Or a Rapture? hee hee hee

iamthemob's avatar

@JilltheTooth – does that mean whatever’s in @bob_‘s pants is coming for us tomorrow?

SavoirFaire's avatar

@iamthemob That’s why he calls it “J√∂rmungandr.”

iamthemob's avatar

@SavoirFaire – Oh my God thank you for making me look this up. Who knew you could pun in Norsish.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Well, impressed as I am by @bob_ ‘s obvious magnificence, we’re only in trouble if he lets go the tail. Keep biting the tail, @bob_ , keep biting that tail!

SavoirFaire's avatar

@iamthemob It’s the natural result of my being born looking like this.

Blueroses's avatar

sheesh, @bob_ You need to read more closely. @Aster did not ask about a “privates” audience.

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