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    Funny way of describing a very tall person

    Sometimes you need to make fun of the people who are too tall.

    In my language, we have a term that is used to make fun of tall people. For example we want to take a picture and a tall person stands in front. We say something like this:

    Look at that giraffe! He is blocking all of us.

    I know that vertically challenged is a funny and sometimes euphemistic way of referring to someone who is short.

    Is there a funny idiom that can be used to refer to someone tall?

    *lanky does not fit the bill

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    #2

    Re: Funny way of describing a very tall person

    Not a teacher.

    I've heard some people ask tall people: "Hey, how's the weather up there?"
    To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

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    #3

    Re: Funny way of describing a very tall person

    Quote Originally Posted by NamelessKing View Post
    Not a teacher.

    I've heard some people ask tall people: "Hey, how's the weather up there?"
    Thanks

    But it's not a way of referring to them.

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    #4

    Re: Funny way of describing a very tall person

    Daddy looooong legs.

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    #5

    Re: Funny way of describing a very tall person

    beanpole

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    #6

    Re: Funny way of describing a very tall person

    Long drink of water for someone who is both tall and slender.
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    #7

    Re: Funny way of describing a very tall person

    Quote Originally Posted by Disckstuckinfan View Post
    Daddy looooong legs.

    How common is it among natives? What if the person is female? Mommy long legs?

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    #8

    Re: Funny way of describing a very tall person

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    beanpole

    Is that common in American English? I found this quote from a movie:

    All right, you scrawny beanpoles: becoming a cop is *not* something that happens overnight. It takes one solid weekend of training to get that badge.

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    #9

    Re: Funny way of describing a very tall person

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    "Beanpole" is common enough. As the quote suggests, it only works for very skinny people.
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    #10

    Re: Funny way of describing a very tall person

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "Beanpole" is common enough. As the quote suggests, it only works for very skinny people.

    Kind of like lanky.

    Would useless beanpole work?

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