Curious Expressions, Cont.

If someone called you a “pistachio” or a “pecan” . . . you’d have absolutely no idea what they were talking about.

But if they called you a “nut” — as in, “you’re such a nut!” — you’d know exactly what they meant. ūüôā

Why’s that??

Credit a Kaplan kid for that (George) Carlin-esque insight . . .

See also,¬†“What’s the Past Tense of Sight See?”;¬†“Landmark ” or Watermark?”; “Dried vs. MORE Dried Apricots“;“Wild and Crazy” (vs. Conventional) Fruit; and “What’s the Opposite of “Untold Riches?

“Good” Nuts and “Bad” Nuts; The Nut/Goofball

Comedian Rob Schneider had a bit years ago parsing the various definitions of “dude” (he came up with seven total).

Examples included: ¬†1) greeting a buddy (“Dude!”); 2) expressing admiration or approval¬†(“Dude . . “); and 3) warily to the stranger knocking on your door late at night (“D-u-d-e?? . . .“).

In the same vein, I come up with two definitions of “nut” — one benign, one not.

So, there’s the¬†endearingly playful or eccentric kind:¬† “you’re such a nut!” (also known as a¬†“goofball”).

And then there’s the seriously crazy kind¬†(“that guy¬†talking to himself on the bus bench¬†looks like a real¬†nut”).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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