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    brakes from bananas/ a transmission from a tree

    The boss is going to drive himself. Unprecedentedly!
    "Of course, all were shocked, including Dan, his chauffeur and bodyguard, who didnít know whether the boss knew brakes from bananas or a transmission from a tree."
    I understand that the boss is supposed to be totally ignorant as for driving, but the expressions sound oddly for me: why bananas (any semblance with brakes?) or tree?
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    Re: brakes from bananas/ a transmission from a tree

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    The boss is going to drive himself. Unprecedentedly!
    "Of course, all were shocked, including Dan, his chauffeur and bodyguard, who didn’t know whether the boss knew brakes from bananas or a transmission from a tree."
    I understand that the boss is supposed to be totally ignorant as for driving, but the expressions sound oddly for me: why bananas (any semblance with brakes?) or tree?
    Thank you.
    If we say that a person does not know one thing from another (completely different) thing, we are simply saying that that person is completely ignorant about this topic. If we are trying to be humorous, we may try to pick appropriate terms. The boss in this case may, for example be involved in growing bananas.

    In BrE, a man who is ignorant about many things may not even know his ar** from his elbow. I don't recommend that learners use this expression.

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    Re: brakes from bananas/ a transmission from a tree

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    The boss is going to drive himself. Unprecedentedly!
    "Of course, all were shocked, including Dan, his chauffeur and bodyguard, who didn’t know whether the boss knew brakes from bananas or a transmission from a tree."
    I understand that the boss is supposed to be totally ignorant as for driving, but the expressions sound oddly for me: why bananas (any semblance with brakes?) or tree?
    Thank you.
    No connection that I am aware of except the first letters in both cases.

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