End of ADS-L Digest - 5 Jan 1995 to 6 Jan 1995 ********************************************** There are 10 messages totalling 265 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Put-downs (4) 2. Euphonizing (?) proper names (4) 3. Variation on Gallicisms 4. (Fwd) Re: Euphonizing (?) proper names ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 7 Jan 1995 16:13:04 -0300 From: Chris Brooks Subject: Put-downs 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