Results 1 to 7 of 7

    • Join Date: Jun 2003
    • Posts: 495
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    at the bottom of it all

    "There's a mad scientist at the bottom of it all."
    I don't understand the last part. What does
    'at the bottom of it all' mean?
    Thank you.

  1. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 18,884
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: at the bottom of it all

    at the bottom of it all = the root cause, the reason or cause of it all


    • Join Date: Jun 2003
    • Posts: 495
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: at the bottom of it all

    Thank you very much, Barb.
    Is the meaning something like this?
    "After searching all possible causes of the problem,
    the greatest cause was finally found."
    What is 'a mad scientist'? The greatest trouble?


    • Join Date: Jun 2007
    • Posts: 38
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: at the bottom of it all

    Hello,

    First of all, we need more context to provide an accurate answer :)

    A mad scientist = an expert in science, that went crazy. In humourous films, the mad scientist always tries to rule the world using strange devices. I'm assuming that's what your text is about.

    On the other hand, I think your phrase could also refer to life in general. It's like saying that the world doesn't make sense.

    Or, you could take it literally, and say that there's a pit (a hole in the ground) and, at the bottom of it, is a scientist that's very, very angry.

    See? CONTEXT is king.


    • Join Date: Jun 2003
    • Posts: 495
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: at the bottom of it all

    Thank you. This is a usage sample in a dictionary
    under 'BOTTOM', so no further context.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,434
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: at the bottom of it all

    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan View Post
    Thank you very much, Barb.
    Is the meaning something like this?
    "After searching all possible causes of the problem,
    the greatest cause was finally found."
    What is 'a mad scientist'? The greatest trouble?
    Not enough context to say who or what "mad scientist" refers to, but in essence the sentence is saying that "an insane scientist is the point at which this all began".


    • Join Date: Jun 2003
    • Posts: 495
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: at the bottom of it all

    I see. Thank you very much, Anglika.

Similar Threads

  1. soggy bottom
    By black_velvet in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 13-May-2007, 00:39
  2. bottom line
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 23-Mar-2007, 07:00
  3. on the bottom, or in the bottom?
    By kazi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 22-Aug-2006, 00:04
  4. ?"frog-pond" and " put the bottom rail on top
    By japanjapan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-Apr-2004, 16:32

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •