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    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of the highlighted part:

    "Word on the street is that you got a little (with thumb and forefinger) issue"

    A girl said that to humiliate somebody who called her names.

    What does "thumb and forefinger" refer to here. (that was an explanation in the script, not said by the girl"

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: issue

    This is a wild guess, but the direction in the script is for her to hold her thumb and finger the way you do when you're indicating how long something is. In this case, she had her finger close to her thumb. The implication is that that is how big his genitalia is. Insulting the length of a man's "member" is emasculating and would be humiliating for the person she said it to.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 16-Jun-2011 at 20:34. Reason: Fixed my errant "too." Oops!
    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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    Re: issue

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of the highlighted part:

    "Word on the street is that you got a little (with thumb and forefinger) issue"

    A girl said that to humiliate somebody who called her names.

    What does "thumb and forefinger" refer to here. (that was an explanation in the script, not said by the girl"

    Thanks a lot.

    I'm not a 100% sure, someone else correct me if I'm wrong. I think it is an idiom. The forefinger, and thumb can form the shape of the English letter "L"

    White children like to make a gesture with that sign to make fun of each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is a wild guess, but the direction in the script is for her to hold her thumb and finger the way you do when you're indicating how long something is. In this case, she had her finger close to her thumb. The implication is that that is how big his genitalia is. Insulting the length of a man's "member" is emasculating and would be humiliating for the person she said it too.

    Wow your wild guess is very wild... maybe even shocking. I take it that you must be an English teacher, and of the caucasian ethnicity. See this is why I left school when I was still a kid. Education gives me the creep.

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    Well, Fishman, be assured I will not try to creep you out by trying to answer any of your questions.
    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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    Not a teacher

    The only sign I know with the thumb and forefinger is"OK". Maybe there's a mixture of spoken language to this end:

    "Word on the street is that you got a little issue. OK/Got it?"

    No offence, but I enjoyed the genitalia theory

    M.

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    Re: issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is a wild guess, but the direction in the script is for her to hold her thumb and finger the way you do when you're indicating how long something is. In this case, she had her finger close to her thumb. The implication is that that is how big his genitalia is. Insulting the length of a man's "member" is emasculating and would be humiliating for the person she said it too.
    I totally agree with. I heard that in some American movies and it totally sounds normal in Slang. Not an idiom definitly.

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    Re: issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is a wild guess, but the direction in the script is for her to hold her thumb and finger the way you do when you're indicating how long something is. In this case, she had her finger close to her thumb. The implication is that that is how big his genitalia is. Insulting the length of a man's "member" is emasculating and would be humiliating for the person she said it too.
    I think you have it there, that was my understanding of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman View Post
    Wow your wild guess is very wild... maybe even shocking. I take it that you must be an English teacher, and of the caucasian ethnicity. See this is why I left school when I was still a kid. Education gives me the creep.
    Your answer made feel sick. I am sorry for that! But let me tell you something. We are all still learining and if we keep on shying form taboos, we will never learn how to be educated.

    Besides, the one who uttered the words in real life that should be ashamed, not the one who explained.

    Thanks anyway,

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    I've got the complete picture. Thank you Barb_D and nouamaneer. It isn't a conversation just a passing sarcastic remark.

    M.

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