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  • hello and welcome back to english with

  • Lucy today I'm going to talk to you

  • about seven idioms that you can use to

  • politely tell somebody that they are an

  • idiot so in simple terms idioms for

  • describing stupidity we brits like to

  • beat around the bush to avoid talking

  • about something unpleasant or

  • uncomfortable many of us live in

  • constant fear of offending people

  • however that does not mean that we won't

  • throw in and under-the-table insult

  • disguised as a seemingly harmless

  • idiomatic phrase when we think that

  • you're being a total buffoon so today

  • I'm going to teach you seven ways to

  • tell someone that they are a total idiot

  • without seeming too offensive quickly

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  • readers right let's get on with this

  • stupid lesson number one he's not the

  • sharpest tool in the shed if somebody is

  • not the sharpest tool in the shed

  • they're a little bit stupid they're not

  • the cleverest person it could have been

  • said about me actually when I was

  • invited on a YouTube trip to Berlin the

  • other day we're in a lovely posh hotel

  • and I noticed that my hairdryer wasn't

  • working so I called up room service and

  • I said they immediately came up and gave

  • me a new one I plugged the new one in

  • that one wasn't working either so I

  • called up room service

  • working and I am really really socking

  • wet so they brought up a third one and

  • at that point they realized that I

  • hadn't put the key card in the door so

  • none of the electricity was working

  • including the light at night I'm not the

  • sharpest tool in the shed

  • number two she's one sandwich short of a

  • picnic

  • this means that somebody is not quite of

  • full intelligence it could have been

  • used to describe me actually when I

  • invited a plumber over to fit in a

  • dishwasher he texted me beforehand to

  • ask for some photos and he asked me if

  • there was a trap under my sink so it

  • opened the sink and I look inside and to

  • my amazement there is a mousetrap with a

  • lovely bright logo saying the words the

  • big cheese on it and I remember thinking

  • to myself how did he know that but

  • anyway I thought whatever took a picture

  • sent it to the plumber and he just came

  • back with like a million lock on paper

  • and he said no Lucy the trap that I'm

  • asking about is a type of pipe a water

  • pipe can I have a picture of that please

  • so yes I can sometimes be one sandwich

  • short of a picnic also I think in

  • America they might say one french fry

  • short of a happy meal or one fry short

  • of a happy meal

  • that's mcdonald's reference if there are

  • any Americans watching this please

  • comment down below and confirm that to

  • me number three means almost exactly the

  • same as the previous one it is to not be

  • a full ticket if somebody isn't a full

  • ticket it means they're not clinically

  • sane so be careful when using it make

  • sure that you don't offend anyone it

  • could have been used to describe me

  • actually I think my mother thought that

  • I wasn't the full ticket I'm one holiday

  • at my grandparents holiday home in

  • Portugal I walked through the mosquito

  • nets on the door no less than three

  • times and they had to put up special

  • stickers for me which remain there to

  • this day so there are special stickers

  • for Lucy because she's not clever enough

  • to just use a mosquito net properly so

  • yes not the full ticket number four

  • there's not much between the ears and if

  • you say that there's not much between

  • the ears

  • that somebody hasn't got much of a brain

  • this could have been said about me

  • actually when I was forced to go to a

  • week-long violin camp violin camp on day

  • two I couldn't go on any longer I had to

  • leave so I devised a plan I would gently

  • maim or injure myself but how would I do

  • it ah the bathroom door was particularly

  • aggressive swinging both ways at a 180

  • degree angle

  • I planned to gently catch my finger in

  • that door exaggerate the pain so I was

  • no longer able to play my violin and

  • therefore be sent home as I got my

  • finger ready near the door somebody else

  • needed the loo and they came through and

  • they injured my finger so badly that I

  • had to go to hospital and to this day I

  • have a messed up fingernail but like

  • break it's just not right so yes not

  • much in between the ears number 5 the

  • light is on but nobody's home

  • this means they look normal but really

  • they're very stupid this could have been

  • said about me actually when aged 9 and

  • showing off in front of a group of

  • younger children jumped off the top of a

  • wooden castle in a playground got the

  • back of my jumper stuck on one of the

  • spikes and was left there dangling until

  • one of those annoying little children

  • ran to call my dad it was so

  • embarrassing and so stupid the lights

  • are on but nobody's home number 6 it's a

  • saying someone's village is missing

  • their idiot and this one comes from the

  • term the village idiot which is used to

  • describe someone known locally for their

  • stupidity

  • canapé used to describe me actually two

  • days after passing my driving test I

  • went into a nearby city to buy my

  • beloved new shiny orange Mini Cooper and

  • when I drove out of the dealership for

  • the very first time after just 100

  • metres I stalled at around about put the

  • gearstick

  • into reverse and shut back at full force

  • into the car behind me obliterating his

  • license plate it was dreadful the police

  • came I had to be escorted away but

  • luckily my mother was two cars behind me

  • because oh my god if she had been in

  • that car behind me there would have been

  • trouble so yes on that day the village

  • was missing their idiot the idiot being

  • me number seven the last idiom to

  • describe a stupidity is as thick as a

  • plank and if you are as thick as a plank

  • you're really stupid it could've been

  • used to describe me actually when on the

  • school bus

  • aged about 12 to 13 I found a mobile

  • phone and I open the mobile phone and I

  • found some very inappropriate images of

  • the owner of the phone images and videos

  • shall we say it was a man I've never

  • seen anything like that before

  • so I did what any school girl would do

  • and I took the videos and I sent them

  • directly from the phone to my best

  • friend Felicity it was a hilarious joke

  • I went into school and I acted like I

  • knew nothing to felicitate she was

  • really scared brilliant I thought my

  • cheeky prank has worked she then told me

  • that she'd gone to the headmistress of

  • the school and the school had called the

  • police and they were on their way in to

  • interview everyone I knew what I had to

  • do I ran in my little tartan kilt to the

  • headmistress and said no it was me I

  • then had to spend the rest of the day

  • with the police explaining what I'd done

  • why I'd done it and having them

  • explained to me why it was so awful all

  • the while I was begging them not to tell

  • my parents and in the end they didn't

  • which I really appreciated and I

  • actually told my parents about it on my

  • 21st birthday dinner that yeah I thought

  • it was gonna be hilarious but the police

  • just didn't have any sort of sense of

  • humor right that's it for today's lesson

  • I hope you enjoyed it I hope you learned

  • something please if you now doubt my

  • intelligence you can unsubscribe but you

  • really are welcome to I would

  • and I invite you to comment below with

  • any embarrassing situations that have

  • happened to you or any other idioms that

  • you know of that means stupid in English

  • you can also let me know about idioms in

  • your own language and translate them

  • into English because some of them are so

  • funny I mean a sandwich short of a

  • picnic that is that particularly tickles

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  • Essen yeah today it is very hot very

  • very hot I'm dying oh my god are in a

  • lovely posh hotel and I called up Aroon

  • sir rune why am i saying rune runescape

  • are in a lovely posh hotel and I called

  • up runescape no okay no special stickers

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7 'polite' British insult idioms | Politely call someone a total idiot!

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    Jordan Zhen posted on 2018/11/05
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