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    He's a little nuts.

    He's a little nuts.

    How do we interpret the sentence? 'Nuts' is a noun here?


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    Re: He's a little nuts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    In this case it means that he is not fully sane. Nuts here means a bit crazy.
    I see. 'Nuts' is a whole adjective here. I thought it was the plural form of nut.

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    Re: He's a little nuts.

    'Nuts' is the plural of 'nut'. But that's not its meaning here - although the adjective 'nuts' might have arisen from "He's got nuts in his head."
    Anyway, it's a predicate adjective; you can't use it before the noun:
    The man is nuts. Right.
    *He is a nuts man. Wrong.

    Here are a few other such adectives. They are not common.
    The man is bonkers. (This means the same.)
    She'll be apples.
    Everything's coming up roses.

    That's all I can think of at the moment.

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    Re: He's a little nuts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'Nuts' is the plural of 'nut'. But that's not its meaning here - although the adjective 'nuts' might have arisen from "He's got nuts in his head."
    Anyway, it's a predicate adjective; you can't use it before the noun:
    The man is nuts. Right.
    *He is a nuts man. Wrong.

    Here are a few other such adectives. They are not common.
    The man is bonkers. (This means the same.)
    She'll be apples.
    Everything's coming up roses.

    That's all I can think of at the moment.
    What does "she'll be apples" mean Ray? I've never come across that one.

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    Re: He's a little nuts.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What does "she'll be apples" mean Ray? I've never come across that one.
    Good question. It's an Aussie saying.
    She'll be Apples!
    Urban Dictionary: she'll be apples
    Australian slang dictionary

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    Re: He's a little nuts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'Nuts' is the plural of 'nut'. But that's not its meaning here - although the adjective 'nuts' might have arisen from "He's got nuts in his head."
    Anyway, it's a predicate adjective; you can't use it before the noun:
    The man is nuts. Right.
    *He is a nuts man. Wrong.
    Though "He is a nuts man" isn't possible, we do have a related adjective in BrE that goes before the noun: nutty.

    He's a nutty bloke = He's a crazy man

    We also put nutty at the end of the sentence sometimes instead of nuts.

    He's a bit nutty.

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    Re: He's a little nuts.

    I have seen bonkers used as an attributive adjective- a bonkers bloke.

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    Re: He's a little nuts.

    On American TV shows, I frequently hear the word "nutjob", which is used for crazy or eccentric people. Is it a modified form of "nuts" and is it vulgar, more or less than nuts?

    Thanks for replies in advance.

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    Re: He's a little nuts.

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    On American TV shows, I frequently hear the word "nutjob", which is used for crazy or eccentric people. Is it a modified form of "nuts" and is it vulgar, more or less than nuts?

    Thanks for replies in advance.
    No, it's not vulgar. Such a person is also a 'wingnut'.
    There's probably no end to the epithets we use for crazy people!

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    Re: He's a little nuts.

    mad, crazy, barking, loony, nutty, nuts, looney-tunes, nutty as a fruitcake, bonkers, nutjob, wingnut, psycho, batsh*t crazy, fruitcake, loon ... the list is endless.

    My favourite has always been "2 stops short of Dagenham".

    That's a reference to "barking" because Barking is a stop on the London Underground, 2 stops before Dagenham station.

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