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    #1

    lame in/of

    Hi,

    He's lame in/of one leg.

    Which preposition is used?

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    #2

    Re: lame in/of

    "In". Lame is rarely used except for horses, at least in American English.
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    #3

    Re: lame in/of

    Besides, "lame" sounds very negative when used to a person.

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    #4

    Re: lame in/of

    I fixated on the original meaning of "lame", meaning "having an injured leg". Nowadays "lame" can be used about people as a slangy pejorative meaning hopelessly bad at something, or just useless in general.
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    #5

    Re: lame in/of

    You could avoid this by saying that he walks with a limp.

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    #6

    Re: lame in/of

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could avoid this by saying that he walks with a limp.
    However, the OP needs to bear in mind that walking with a limp can be caused by something other than lameness in one leg. Back problems, for example, can cause someone to walk with a limp even though there's nothing wrong with either leg.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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