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  1. Newbie
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    Question puts the creep in the creepy

    Hi, I've heard this phrase in a movie, googled it and it had no definition in the dictionaries although I've seen the exact usage a lot:

    Next time I login, I will be closing my books. That user puts the creep in creepy.
    This new ultra-lifelike animatronic robot named JiaJia puts the creep in creepy.

    And so on...

    Its meaning is obvious for anyone I guess. It must be someting like to give someone the creeps. But what is it exactly?

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    Re: puts the creep in the creepy

    I see that you've asked the same question on another forum.

    http://forum.wordreference.com/threa...reepy.3263311/

    In future, please don't do that. It just wastes our time. Instead, post your question to a forum, wait for some replies, and if you're still not satisfied, post it to another forum and indicate that you've asked the same question elsewhere.

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    Re: puts the creep in the creepy

    The ESL forum world is not that big, and many who post here post on other forums. Posting the same thing in many places may be counter-productive. You mght think you'll get answers from all sorts of sources, but you may irritate people. Post one and, if not satisfied with the answers, post on another forum. Give frums a chance before you blanket post.

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    Re: puts the creep in the creepy

    It means that the subject personifies the word "creepy." The user embodies the word "creepy." JiaJia is creepy's Platonic ideal.

    You can look up "personify," "embody," and "Platonic ideal."

    I hope that helps!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: puts the creep in the creepy

    Incidentally, you'll see this format of "put the X(noun) in X(adjective)" as a way of suggesting the subject is the very embodiment what whatever aspect X represents. Usually this takes the format of 'noun' in 'adjective', although as you can see from my third example, that's not always the case.

    She puts the sex in sexy.
    He puts the dream in dreamy.
    You put the stupid in stupidity.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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