Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Who uses TOOL derogatively?

Is dismissively (SPELLING?) calling someone 'tool' a Canadianism? Does it get British or American usage?

It's like knob. knob = doorknob, as in "dumb as a..." But more recently, knob as a figure of speech equating the person with the male sexual organ, dick or prick as in, "What a knob."
The use of "What a tool" is somewhat similar. The obvious reference is to the tool that knows not for what purpose it is being wielded, as in " unwitting tool." Then there's a tool, like a hammer, as in "dumb as a sack of hammers." (okay, I've heard that one in the States) My favorite is of course the equating the subject's character or intelligence to that of the male sexual organ, as in "what a tool."

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