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Autor:  pat
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Data:  26/MAI/2003 4:48 PM
Assunto:  Re: Basket-case whammy
 
Mensagem:  Jose, "a basket case" is a person who is out of their senses to some degree; nutty, crazy, or even insane. It is much used in colloquial speech, usually to indicate weird and unusual behavior. If someone is nervous and hard to understand, not seeming logical - one might say: "wow, he's a real basket-case, eh?" It is a colorful expression, I believe it is a reference to carrying eggs in a basket - one must be quite careful not to break the eggs - so the person in question is the "eggs", they must be handled very carefully. "Whammy" means a blow, as in "a double blow", a two-fold stroke or action.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Basket-case whammy  –  José Roberto  26/MAI/2003, 3:20 PM
Re: Basket-case whammy  –  André Oliveira  26/MAI/2003, 4:41 PM
 Re: Basket-case whammy  –  pat  26/MAI/2003, 4:48 PM

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