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sosia March 28, 2008 03:36 PM

few cans short of a six pack
 
I recently read
"looks like he's a few cans short of a six pack"
Can somebody explain it?
It' like "le falta un hervor"? (it's not enough cooked)
We use this term when a person who is not relly dumb (he can read, talk, and mainatin a conversation) but it's no really clever (you have to explain all, "esasily foolable", and so on)

saludos :D

Tomisimo March 28, 2008 03:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sosia (Post 6295)
I recently read
"looks like he's a few cans short of a six pack"
Can somebody explain it?
It' like "le falta un hervor"? (it's not enough cooked)
We use this term when a person who is not really dumb (he can read, talk, and maintain a conversation) but it's no really clever (you have to explain everything, he's "easily tricked", and so on)

saludos :D

Yep, you've got the idea exactly. There are a bunch of similar expressions:

He's a few fries short of a Happy Meal. (Cajita feliz en MacDonalds)
The lights are on but nobody's home.

Rusty March 28, 2008 04:11 PM

Here is one web site that lists over 200 ways to say the same thing:
http://www.rdrop.com/~jimka/geek_insult.html

It says geek insults on the web site, but we use the phrases to describe anyone who's really out there.

Tomisimo March 29, 2008 01:57 AM

Here's two creative insults that have stuck in my mind for many years:

He fell out of the dumb tree and hit every branch on the way down.
He can't pour water out of a boot that has instructions on the heel.

Winston Churchill was also known for his creative insults. I'll paraphrase one for you:

Lady So and So came up to Winston Churchill, wanting to insult him.

"If I were married to you, I'd poison your coffee."

To which Churchill blithely responded

"If I were married to you, I'd drink it."

:)

More Churchill quotes:

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

Correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and Churchill
Shaw to Churchhill: “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... if you have one.”
Churchhill to Shaw: “Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one.”

Insults between Lady Astor & Churchill
"Sir, if I were married to you, I would serve you posion in your wine."
"Madam, if I were married to you, I would drink it."

sosia March 29, 2008 03:36 PM

Thanks both. Funny links and quotes :D

Iris March 31, 2008 07:45 AM

It's funny, but if I heard "a few cans short of a six pack" I would think of the guy's appearance, not his intellect. In fact when you refer to a bloke's "six pack" you are talking about his manly chest.:rolleyes:

sosia April 01, 2008 05:19 AM

Yes Iris, but a "four pack" is bot so bad. Sadder is my one-pack :D
greetings :D

poli April 01, 2008 07:38 AM

mi sixpack está en la nevera

Iris April 01, 2008 03:28 PM

Don't worry, Sosia, there's always hope. You could maybe take up weightlifting...
Nice to know you look after your six-pack, Poli.
:D:D:D

Tomisimo April 01, 2008 07:43 PM

While you're working out, you can try for some washboard abs too. :)


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