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    Health nut

    What does the expression "I am a bit of a health nut" mean?

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    Re: Health nut

    It means that the person is very interested, possibly a bit obsessed, by his or her health, doing lots of things to try to stay in good health.

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    Re: Health nut

    We get two adjectives from the same idea.

    I'm nuts about cooking.
    I'm nutty about science fiction films.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Health nut

    somebody who is really health conscious

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    Re: Health nut

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuniKate View Post
    It means somebody who is really health conscious.
    See above. CommuniKate, you are welcome to try to help other learners but you must make it clear in your post that you are not a teacher. Please make sure you write in complete sentences and use correct capitalisation and punctuation.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Health nut

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuniKate View Post
    somebody who is really health conscious
    Yes, but perhaps not very well-informed.

    Some health nuts get their health information from unreliable sources like newspapers and magazines.

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    Re: Health nut

    It's very common (at least in AmE) to tag 'nut' onto another noun to show that a person is very interested or enthusiastic about something, almost to the point of obsession. It can be used both as both a pejorative and as self-deprecation.

    I suppose you could use any combination you want, but some of the more commonly heard ones are:

    health nut
    gun nut
    car nut
    baseball/soccer/sport nut
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: Health nut

    In the US, do people use gun nut in anything other than a pejorative sense? I only hear it used negatively on this side of the pond, where things are very different on this issue.

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    Re: Health nut

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In the US, do people use gun nut in anything other than a pejorative sense? I only hear it used negatively on this side of the pond, where things are very different on this issue.
    I am afraid they do. That favourable usage even occurs here in Canada, where legal controls on guns are similar to those in Europe, and not like the US at all.

    Cf. CanadianGunNutz.com

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    Re: Health nut

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Yes, but perhaps not very well-informed.

    Some health nuts get their health information from unreliable sources like newspapers and magazines.
    And Facebook. Misinformation flows around in circles, masquerading as real information that's backed up by science. If you actually follow the impressive-looking links, you will eventually get back to where you started.
    I am not a teacher.

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