Date: Sat, 7 Jan 1995 16:13:04 -0300
From: Chris Brooks chris[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HSCC.KUNIV.EDU.KW
I have been noticing "put-downs" which consist of a sentence implying
that a person is,euphemistically, "a little off"; i.e., addled, crazy,
loony, demented. . . . or just slightly slow. They seem to be similar
in form. So far, these are what I have collected.
He's/She's got one wheel in the sand.
He's/She's two sandwiches short of a picnic (from a British colleague)
His/her elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.
His/her roof is missin a few shingles.
(He's/she's) not quite the full shilling, that one. (from an Irish colleague)
It seems that these oblique references to a person's sanity or competence
often use a "height" metaphor (#3 and #4); this makes sense since our
brains, the organ in question, are located at the top or highest point
of our bodies.
Any more of these from ADS-ers? And what would you call them?
Chris Brooks / Kuwait University