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    wire a plug

    Hi,
    Hereís my last question from Tammetís story:
    He can't drive a car, wire a plug.
    Could you give a synonymous expression, please?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: wire a plug

    Dunno if this will do.

    He can't drive a car, his fingers are all thumbs.

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    #3

    Re: wire a plug

    I think it is even better to replace the whole scentence, you wrote, by "His fingers are all thumbs" .

    Teachers opinion required please

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    #4

    Re: wire a plug

    I'd say 'he's all fingers and thumbs.

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    #5

    Re: wire a plug

    Yep, sounds better

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    #6

    Re: wire a plug

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    Hereís my last question from Tammetís story:
    He can't drive a car, wire a plug.
    Could you give a synonymous expression, please?

    Thanks for your help.
    Sorry to disagree with everyone, but I don't think it's saying he's a klutz, but simply an impractical person: he can neither drive a car nor [to give another example] wire a plug ('to wire a plug' is to attach the wires in a flex (BE)/power cord (AmE) to the terminals within the plug so that they make a safe and reliable connection).


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    #7

    Re: wire a plug

    I wouldn't say "klutz" either but clumsy will do just fine


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    Re: wire a plug

    Thanks a lot,
    Actually the problem was the highlighted part; Bob gave an ample definition - fine, but I want a casual phrase for taking a plug ( papa) and inserting it into a wall outlet (mama). Maybe it's plug in?
    I'd certainly object to calling him a klutz, it seems rude; Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant who really has limited manual dexterity due to a(?) brain damage.

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    #9

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    O, my!

    Sorry, I didn't know the story.

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    Re: wire a plug

    maybe 'connect/insert a plug'

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