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  • In preparation for the company move to our Florida location, I was half-taught how to scuba in the swimming pool built for Down and Out in Beverly Hills on the back lot.

    With Love and Laughter, John Ritter

  • They were wrestling, not fighting; and though they were only half-taught children, I saw what they were up to.

    The King Must Die

  • Many of those who were present turned away to hide, not a smile, but a blush of shame that they, the sons of a Christian land, should need to be reminded of their duty to their God by these half-taught islanders.

    Famous Islands and Memorable Voyages

  • Could she -- she, an ignorant, half-taught girl, just

    Nell, of Shorne Mills or, One Heart's Burden

  • The strange accounts naturally excite the attention and wonder of all classes of people; the learned and the vulgar were equally desirous of experiencing so singular a sensation, and great numbers of half-taught electricians wandered through every part of Europe to gratify this universal curiosity.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 372, May 30, 1829

  • No, no, little girl, not all your airs, not all my big jobs, can make me more than a half-taught rough-neck -- a success, I'll admit.

    The Return of Blue Pete

  • Some very silly people thought the old Doctor did not believe in medicine, because he gave less than certain poor half-taught creatures in the smaller neighboring towns, who took advantage of people's sickness to disgust and disturb them with all manner of ill-smelling and ill-behaving drugs.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 41, March, 1861

  • Let one go to hear Mansfield in Shakespeare, and his neighbor boy will take his friend and go to the vaudeville, and his only excuse to his parents and to his half-taught mind and heart will be,

    Questionable Amusements and Worthy Substitutes

  • I have in mind a class of half-taught school-girls many of whom fondly hoped to be poetesses; and I remember a class of highly cultivated girls, who had had every advantage of education which money could buy, who were full of anxiety on leaving school because they could not see that they had capacity enough to do any work worth doing in the world.

    Girls and Women

  • Chief Engineer Vibart, with a gang of half-taught, self-taught and untaught helpers, went back to working the engines over, tearing out all the safety devices that were intended to keep the ship inside planetary atmosphere, and arranging the lift engines so that they could be swung into line with the drive engines.

    The Cosmic Computer

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