In this context on the other hand outstanding does

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an occurrence in which an extraordinarily well action took place. In this context on the other hand, outstanding does not fit its normal denotation, instead it holds another meaning. This is that of a extremely noticeable sight. In this case, the sight is the large bellies, attached to these men. The pun, put on outstanding in referring to the overweight men, reveals the author as having a joking, relaxed attitude towards his subjects. Almost friendly, and insightful of the surroundings, that these men are acquaintances of Garrison Keillor. If the words ‘suck’ to pull and ‘hang free’ to accept them were changed in the second sentence, formality would change in the fact that a hint of admiration and respect for the men would be given. ‘Suck’ gives the thought of one who wants to look skinnier, but can not due to his current condition. If this was changed to pull, it would have less of a correlation to the act of trying to look skinnier. As well as if ‘hang free’ was changed to accept them. This change would ultimately, lead to a more respectful admiring tone and view of the men. As saying the men let their bellies hang free, leads to the fact that no respect for their bodies is given. But, if it is changed to ‘accept them’ it shows that the men understand they are overweight, due to any cause, and do not struggle with the problem of hiding the bellies. Instead, they accept their bellies.
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