[Vocabulary] He's a little nuts.

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He's a little nuts.

How do we interpret the sentence? 'Nuts' is a noun here?
 

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'Nuts' is the plural of 'nut'. But that's not its meaning here - although the adjective 'nuts' might have arisen from "He's got nuts in his head."
Anyway, it's a predicate adjective; you can't use it before the noun:
The man is nuts. Right.
*He is a nuts man. Wrong.

Here are a few other such adectives. They are not common.
The man is bonkers. (This means the same.)
She'll be apples.
Everything's coming up roses.

That's all I can think of at the moment.
 

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'Nuts' is the plural of 'nut'. But that's not its meaning here - although the adjective 'nuts' might have arisen from "He's got nuts in his head."
Anyway, it's a predicate adjective; you can't use it before the noun:
The man is nuts. Right.
*He is a nuts man. Wrong.

Here are a few other such adectives. They are not common.
The man is bonkers. (This means the same.)
She'll be apples.
Everything's coming up roses.

That's all I can think of at the moment.
What does "she'll be apples" mean Ray? I've never come across that one.
 

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'Nuts' is the plural of 'nut'. But that's not its meaning here - although the adjective 'nuts' might have arisen from "He's got nuts in his head."
Anyway, it's a predicate adjective; you can't use it before the noun:
The man is nuts. Right.
*He is a nuts man. Wrong.

Though "He is a nuts man" isn't possible, we do have a related adjective in BrE that goes before the noun: nutty.

He's a nutty bloke = He's a crazy man

We also put nutty at the end of the sentence sometimes instead of nuts.

He's a bit nutty.
 

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I have seen bonkers used as an attributive adjective- a bonkers bloke.
 

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On American TV shows, I frequently hear the word "nutjob", which is used for crazy or eccentric people. Is it a modified form of "nuts" and is it vulgar, more or less than nuts?

Thanks for replies in advance.
 

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On American TV shows, I frequently hear the word "nutjob", which is used for crazy or eccentric people. Is it a modified form of "nuts" and is it vulgar, more or less than nuts?

Thanks for replies in advance.
No, it's not vulgar. Such a person is also a 'wingnut'.
There's probably no end to the epithets we use for crazy people!
 

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mad, crazy, barking, loony, nutty, nuts, looney-tunes, nutty as a fruitcake, bonkers, nutjob, wingnut, psycho, batsh*t crazy, fruitcake, loon ... the list is endless.

My favourite has always been "2 stops short of Dagenham".

That's a reference to "barking" because Barking is a stop on the London Underground, 2 stops before Dagenham station.
 

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Is "to have bats in the belfry" common?
 
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