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    the lights are on, but there's nobody home/ one sandwich short of a picnic

    Both phrases amount to the same thing: the person spoken of is vacant & stupid, like τοὔστριψε ἡ βίδα. There are many phrases in English, describing such a person. This is a collection:-
    a sandwich short of a picnic
    a few beers short of a six-pack
    one brick short of a load
    not playing with a full deck [of cards]
    to have bats in the belfrey
    to have kangaroo loose in the top paddock
    as crazy as a sack full of ferrets
    out to lunch
    as nutty as a fruit cake
    as mad as a hatter
    the lift doesn't go to the top floor
    the lights are on, but nobody's home/upstairs
    to have a screw loose
    not the sharpest knife in the drawer
    not hitting on all six cylinders
    not the sharpest tack in the box
    a few fish short of a hatstand
    a few penguins short of a lawnmower



    Examples:-
    -All she does is watch TV & say 'Really, omg, he is, like, drop dead gorgeous!'
    -I think the lady down the road is a few sandwiches short of a picnic — you often hear strange bangings at odd hours in the morning.
    -That guy might be one card shy of a full deck — he thinks that substitute sugar is really a government tracking system


    a) How many common Greek equivalents can colleagues think of &
    b) Could anyone translate into Greek the above sample sentences marked in bold letters?

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    Χάνει / χάνει λάδια
    Τρελός για δέσιμο
    Θεόμουρλος, θεοπάλαβος
    είναι για το Δαφνί / για τον άγιο (κατά περίπτωση) / για τα πανηγύρια
    κάποια βίδα του έχει λασκάρει / του έστριψε η βίδα
    του έχει σαλέψει
    δεν είναι στα καλά του

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    Χελόου; = (Hello?) Είναι κανείς εκεί; (μέσα στο κεφάλι σου) ή «το 'χεις ακατοίκητο;»
    http://lexilogia.gr/forum/showthread...BF%CF%85%CF%82

    στο ρετιρέ δε βλέπω φως (το ρετιρέ ξενοίκιαστο / ακατοίκητο)
    http://lexilogia.gr/forum/showthread...tits-and-teeth
    Aπ' ό,τι κάλλη έχει άνθρωπος, τα λόγια έχουν τη χάρη / να κάμουσι κάθε καρδιά παρηγοριά να πάρη
    κι οπού κατέχει να μιλεί με γνώση και με τρόπο / κάνει και κλαίσι και γελούν τα μάτια των ανθρώπω.

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    Thanks, both! The list is coming in....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickel View Post
    Πάντως ένα που πρέπει να πούμε είναι αυτό:

    be one sandwich short of a picnic (humorous) also be a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic (humorous)
    if someone is one sandwich short of a picnic, they are stupid or crazy
    After talking to him for about 10 minutes I decided he was definitely one sandwich short of a picnic.


    Όταν ο καψερός δεν τα 'χει τετρακόσια.
    Quote Originally Posted by daeman View Post
    Raiden, επειδή φαντάζομαι ότι η απορία σου εντοπίζεται στα "is running on a lean mixture", "The cheese fell off his cracker a long time ago" και "He's just a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic", είναι όλα συνώνυμα του «δεν τα 'χει τετρακόσια» που λέει ο Νικέλ αποπάνω ή «κάπου χάνει» κ.ά.π. που θα μπορούσαμε να σκεφτούμε.

    Ένας κατάλογος με 163 τέτοιες αγγλικές εκφράσεις / ατάκες, κοινές και μη, υπάρχει σ' αυτή τη σελίδα: "Not too bright" list.
    Quote Originally Posted by daeman View Post
    209 now, but still a few links short of a chain...

    Quote Originally Posted by Themis View Post
    Μια βιαστική σταχυολόγηση:
    If you gave them a penny for thoughts, you'd get change.
    The hard drive is spinning but the OS hasn't been installed.
    A few bristles short of a broom.
    A poster child for birth control.
    Shipped but not delivered.
    A few bits short of a byte.
    If their nose was on upside down they'd drown in the rain.
    Couldn't find their way out of a paper bag.
    One IQ point above brain death.
    Any slower and he'd need to be watered once a week.
    Was hiding behind the door when they passed out brains.
    Batteries not included.
    If brains were dynamite, they couldn't blow their hat off.
    As quick as a snail crossing super-glue.
    Not wrapped too tight.
    Can't find their butt with two hands and a road map.
    If he went any slower he'd have to speed up to stop.
    If brains were electricity, they wouldn't have enough to light a firefly.
    Quote Originally Posted by daeman View Post
    ...
    10 slang phrases that perfectly sum up their era
    BBC News Magazine, 18 May 2014

    Lexicographer Jonathon Green selects the slang words and expressions that encapsulate the age in which they were coined.
    ...

    Not all there

    Slang fails on caring, sharing and compassion but it does a good insult. Modernity lacks the 18th Century's excellent "you are a thief and a murderer: you have killed a baboon and stolen his face" but there is much on offer. Slang, as noted, pooh-poohs political correctness and has no time for euphemism, however justified, and while mental-health professionals might deplore the fact, lists a wide range of terms it defines as "mad". The over-riding image is "not all there". Take your pick from:A couple of chips short of an order, a butty, a happy meal or even a circuit-board, a few bob short of the pound, a few snags short of a barbie, one brick short of a load, one sandwich short of a picnic,one stop short of East Ham (yes, "barking") or two wafers short of a communion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dharvatis View Post
    Χαχαχα! one stop short of East Ham (yes, "barking")!
    Quote Originally Posted by dharvatis View Post
    21. Couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.
    Αυτό τώρα, ποιος μπορεί να το σκέφτηκε;;!
    Quote Originally Posted by daeman View Post
    Παράδειγμα χρήσης:

    Quote Originally Posted by daeman View Post


    "If your brains were dynamite, there wouldn’t be enough to blow your hat off."

    ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
    (Chapter 14)
    ...
    Just warming up.
    Θεωρητικά, θεωρία και πράξη είναι το ίδιο πράγμα. Στην πράξη, όμως, διαφέρουν.
    When this you see, remember me and bear me in your mind, let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

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    χρωστάει της Μιχαλούς = he is off his rocker | (χρωστάει και της Μιχαλούς) he owes money left and right

    κουκουρούκου = crazy, gaga, off one's rocker

    Quote Originally Posted by drsiebenmal View Post
    Τρεις λαλούν και δυο χορεύουν
    Quote Originally Posted by sarant View Post
    Τρία πουλάκια κάθονταν (με διάφορες συμπληρώσεις)
    Quote Originally Posted by daeman View Post
    Καλά, αυτός είναι γιούχου, τζαζεμένος.
    Και τα διαλεκτικά φλοέρας και (αϊ)σιαπέρας.
    Εντελώς τζαζ κατάσταση.
    Quote Originally Posted by daeman View Post
    Αμερικανιστί πάντως υπάρχει και το bananas, που ενώ παλιότερα σήμαινε κυρίως το παλαβό (he's gone bananas=παλάβωσε, τρελάθηκε, το 'χασε, έκοψε τον άλτσο), τώρα η σημασία του επεκτάθηκε στο "πρώτο πράμα", απ' ό,τι βλέπω στο Urban*.
    ...
    Quote Originally Posted by azimuthios View Post
    E, να προσθέσω κι εγώ δυο διαλέκτους.

    Κρήτη: ανού κουρεντέ (το γράφω όπως ακούγεται δεν ξέρω πώς γράφεται)
    Στερεά Ελλάδα: άραμακατέ (τόνος και στο α και στο ε παρακαλώ)

    Επίσης, τα λάλησε, (ε)πέλλανε, έκαψε φλάντζα, του 'στριψε η βίδα, χάνει (για άτομα).

    ...
    Θεωρητικά, θεωρία και πράξη είναι το ίδιο πράγμα. Στην πράξη, όμως, διαφέρουν.
    When this you see, remember me and bear me in your mind, let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

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    Wow,wow,wow!! This list is enough to drive me mad! Can any colleague translate the above sentences & I will be beyond madness. Indeed, away with the fairies...

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    Και μια ωραία συλλογή από το slang.gr, με λέξη του Σαραντάκου μέσα
    Life is an aberration; it appears under unusual conditions, where there is an abnormal amount of resources, and then proceeds to expand and evolve, consuming those resources until eventually it dies away, leaving behind only bare rock and empty soda cans.

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    Thanks, dharvatis. I'm looking at them now. 74 is quite a lot to take in!

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