an English question
May 11, 2009 10:00am CST
In the sentence "One guy I had been friendly with for years saw me at Le Cirque and for the first time in my life called me "Mr Trump." He had always called me "Donald." That was a real heads-up.", I've found that in dictionary, heads-up means "fully alert", but I do feel it ought to mean "showing respect" in this situation,am I right? Looking forward to your wisdom, please.
11 May 09
In this case I feel that it means a bit of a shock or realisation. Heads up I always take to mean that you become aware of something that you were not aware of before. So in this sentence the man has suddenly realised how far he has come in his career as a friend is now addressing him as 'Mr' - That's how I read it anyway!
11 May 09
I believe it might mean "fully alert", because if someone calls a person by their first name (Donald in this case), it usually signifies friendship and not really a formal relationship, but when that someone starts saying "Mr Trump", i.e. using the surname, it begins to sound official, not so friendly. So perhaps this person thought that there was a reason for this change and he should worry about it. I'm not entirely sure but I think that is what it would mean.