Date: Sat, 7 Jan 1995 22:06:48 -0500
From: Robert Howren howren[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EMAIL.UNC.EDU
Subject: Re: Put-downs
On Sat, 7 Jan 1995, Chris Brooks wrote:
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.
He's/she's a brick shy of a full load.
He/she hasn't got both oars in the water.
He/she isn't playing with a full deck.
Robert Howren Dept. of Linguistics
howren[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]isisb.oit.unc.edu University of North Carolina
OR: Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3155
r_howren[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]unc.edu