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Old April 01, 2010, 11:58 PM
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A sandwich short of a picnic

It means not quite all there mentally - a bit daft, silly, stupid.

I'm looking for other similar sayings in English, and also any equivalent sayings in Spanish.

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BNC includes the following:

a couple of currants short of a teacake
a few bricks short of a full load
a few co-ordinates short of a bearing
two bricks short of a wall
a few bricks short of a stable

It seems to be a productive snowclone - anyone can make up something which fits the pattern and uses nouns appropriate to the subject they're writing about, and expect to be understood.
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There are no equivalent expressions in Spanish. You would translate 'he's a few .... short of a ...' by using adjectives such as:
Es un poco
corto
Es un poco
espeso (like the English thick)
I have just remembered another expression:
No tiene muchas luces

All of the above are quite derogatory, like their English counterparts.
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BNC includes the following:

a couple of currants short of a teacake
a few bricks short of a full load
a few co-ordinates short of a bearing
two bricks short of a wall
a few bricks short of a stable

It seems to be a productive snowclone - anyone can make up something which fits the pattern and uses nouns appropriate to the subject they're writing about, and expect to be understood.
thanks

My mind has gone blank on this - I thought of several when I was talking to a student & the sandwich one came up. I said there were lots of them & we'd talk about them in the next lesson.


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thanks

My mind has gone blank on this - I thought of several when I was talking to a student & the sandwich one came up. I said there were lots of them & we'd talk about them in the next lesson.


Cue blank mind
I've been teaching English for 20 odd years and the same thing still happens to me.
What I often do is ask them to think of examples themselves, or like you, pick up the topic again in the next lesson. Even set it as an assignment for the next day: 'Let's see how many examples you can find on the net, guys'.
We are just human, but so much more entertaining, lovable and imaginative than a perfectly knowledgeable teacher-robot would be. Or so I tell myself...
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I've been teaching English for 20 odd years and the same thing still happens to me.
What I often do is ask them to think of examples themselves, or like you, pick up the topic again in the next lesson. Even set it as an assignment for the next day: 'Let's see how many examples you can find on the net, guys'.
We are just human, but so much more entertaining, lovable and imaginative than a perfectly knowledgeable teacher-robot would be. Or so I tell myself...
I actually asked him to see if he could find any himself, and some Spanish ones too.

I didn't want to go to the next lesson with him empty-handed though.

I'm quite happy to admit when I don't know things - and will reach for a dictionary/reference book if need be. I've been teaching this particular guy for a couple of years now & we do have a bit of a laugh. It makes work so much easier if we're all enjoying ourselves.
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other examples : a few screws loose (usually crazy not stupid)
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I actually asked him to see if he could find any himself, and some Spanish ones too.

I didn't want to go to the next lesson with him empty-handed though.

I'm quite happy to admit when I don't know things - and will reach for a dictionary/reference book if need be. I've been teaching this particular guy for a couple of years now & we do have a bit of a laugh. It makes work so much easier if we're all enjoying ourselves.
Definitely. I think I'm very lucky to be a teacher. It's such an enjoyable job.
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It means not quite all there mentally - a bit daft, silly, stupid.

I'm looking for other similar sayings in English, and also any equivalent sayings in Spanish.

Thanks in advance.
In the US, some years ago, "A fry short of a happy meal"
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