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    Cool missing a screw...

    Hi,

    In French, when someone behaves strangely we use to say: "Il lui manque une vis." Which means word by word: "He's missing a screw" It's another way to qualify someone as crazy. Do you have a similar term in English?


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    #2

    Re: missing a screw...

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    In French, when someone behaves strangely we use to say: "Il lui manque une vis." Which means word by word: "He's missing a screw" It's another way to qualify someone as crazy. Do you have a similar term in English?
    I think,

    "He's got a screw loose"

    is much more common.

    There are other sayings denoting a shortage of what's needed;

    She's a few bricks short of a load.


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    Re: missing a screw...

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I think,

    "He's got a screw loose"

    is much more common.

    There are other sayings denoting a shortage of what's needed;

    She's a few bricks short of a load.
    My favourite one is:

    He is a few fries short of a happy meal.

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    #4

    Re: missing a screw...

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I think,

    "He's got a screw loose"

    is much more common.

    There are other sayings denoting a shortage of what's needed;

    She's a few bricks short of a load.
    Shouldn't it be a "He's got a loose screw"?


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    #5

    Re: missing a screw...

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Shouldn't it be a "He's got a loose screw"?
    No Riverkid is correct this expression is very common and grammatically correct.

    He's got a screw [that is] loose.

    Your rewrite is correct grammatically too, but no one says it that way.

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    #6

    Re: missing a screw...

    Oh, can't I add my favorite? A few clowns short of a full circus.


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    Re: missing a screw...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Oh, can't I add my favorite? A few clowns short of a full circus.
    Please do, and add some more, Barb.

    His/her elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.

    There's a light on but nobody's home.


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    Re: missing a screw...

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Please do, and add some more, Barb.

    His/her elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.

    There's a light on but nobody's home.

    I like this one from the movie "Green Mile"

    His cheese done slipped off his cracker. (Not perfectly grammatic but funny)

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    Cool Re: missing a screw...

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Please do, and add some more, Barb.

    His/her elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.

    There's a light on but nobody's home.
    I'll never use the one with the elevator: I'm a little claustrophobic...

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