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    Exclamation Toys in the attic

    So.....who's into this idiom? I love it :):)

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    Re: Toys in the attic

    What do you think it means?
    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: Toys in the attic

    My U.S. teacher told us it meant "being crazy, mad or insane" :)

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    Re: Toys in the attic

    What, specifically, do you love about it?
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Toys in the attic

    The only time I've ever heard it was as the title of an album.
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    #6

    Re: Toys in the attic

    "Bats in the belfry" is related.

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    Re: Toys in the attic

    I don' t think toys in the attic and bats in thr belfry are used as much as they used to be, but they are surely not obsolete and are very popular terms among top writers and novelists. Indeed, the song by Aerosmith refers to a weird situation!:)

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    Re: Toys in the attic

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Bats in the belfry" is related.
    Yes it is...it has the same meaning :)

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    Re: Toys in the attic

    I literally have never, ever heard anyone use "toys in the attic" except for the album already mentioned.
    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: Toys in the attic

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I literally have never, ever heard anyone use "toys in the attic" except for the album already mentioned.

    Say, how old are you? I'm an ESL teacher/trainer, Cambridge examiner (code: AC42EJ), interpreter/translator, linguist, etc. etc. and have been for the last 30 odd years! I've seen and heard "toys in the attic" in novels (King, Bradbury, Brown, etc.), in movies, narrative, essays, reports, TV shows, etc. etc. for eons....and I've been living on this planet ONLY:):) (pun intended) and...NO.....I don't smoke pot or take any sort of drugs (Aspirin excluded, I hate having headaches!!!:)). Of course, this term has been dumped, substituted, adjusted, re-instated, criticized.......but it has always survived the test of time!! SoothingDave seems to know it too :)

    Robert.

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