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    Cool wooden tongue??

    Hi,

    When someone speak a lot without saying anything concrete can I say "He's a specialist of the wooden tongue" in English?

    ("langue de bois" in French).

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    Re: wooden tongue??

    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi bieasy,

    I know only following idioms with “tongue”:

    hold (one's) tongue

    1. To be or keep silent.

    lose (one's) tongue
    1. To lose the capacity to speak, as from shock.

    on the tip of (one's) tongue
    1. On the verge of being recalled or expressed.

    have (or speak with) a forked tongue
    1. To speak deceitfully; prevaricate or lie.


    wooden tongue — see actinobacillosis
    actinobacillosis: Definition from Answers.com

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    Re: wooden tongue??

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    When someone speak a lot without saying anything concrete can I say "He's a specialist of the wooden tongue" in English?

    ("langue de bois" in French).
    I haven't heard of this in English.

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    Re: wooden tongue??

    Hi bieasy,

    There is a similar term in my native language namely “wooden philosopher” = wiseacre

    wiseacre: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

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    V.

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    Thanks everybody.

    It seems that this term doesn't exist in English.

    Look:

    http://www.schamenek.com/languedebois.html

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    Re: wooden tongue??

    Do you mean "He's full of hot air?" Could that be a substitute?

    (Says a lot but with little meaning.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Cool Re: wooden tongue??

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do you mean "He's full of hot air?" Could that be a substitute?

    (Says a lot but with little meaning.)
    Yes, it could be. I was expecting the use of the word "wooden", but it apparently doesn't exist. Thanks.

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