Date: Sat, 7 Jan 1995 22:06:48 -0500 From: Robert Howren 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. ---ETC.--- > How about: 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. --Bob =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Robert Howren Dept. of Linguistics howren[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of North Carolina OR: Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3155 r_howren[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=