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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6177 posts, RR: 30
Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
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I just heard in a movie someone call someone else "thin blooded" and that person got pretty offended. What does calling someone "thin blooded", or having "thin blood" mean? My English is good but this idioms sometimes I just have never heard them. Appreciate it,

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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

New one to me, thick or thin skinned I would understand but thin-blooded?

User currently offlineLentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1237 times:

 confused  confused  confused 

I wouldn't worry about that one.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20500 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1232 times:

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
What does calling someone "thin blooded", or having "thin blood" mean? My

The only time I've run across that is to refer to someone not used to the cold. I don't understand the context where they would be offended by the reference.



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1228 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):
The only time I've run across that is to refer to someone not used to the cold. I don't understand the context where they would be offended by the reference.

Unless it is a colonial era expression refering to one who has lived in the heat for too long and therefore "Gone native"?


User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

I concur that it is typically used in reference to someone who is not used to cold temperatures.

Unless, as Jafa mentioned, they (or you) meant thin-skinned, in which case, the comment would have been accurate based on how the other guy reacted.


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6177 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1200 times:
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Ok, I'll try to be more specific on the context. With my apologies if I'm boring people. It is a 2004 movie where a sort of dysfunctional family sits to have dinner. One adult son gets up to get aspirin because it "thins the blood" and he is told by the adult brother "your blood can't get any thinner, this family is all thin blooded" so then, everybody starts arguing, end of story.

That's it.

Thanks.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20500 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1195 times:

Based on the context, I'd say the screenwriters substituted thin-skinned with thin-blooded because they didn't know how to make the scene progress without taking literary license.


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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1189 times:

Thin blood can also be used to mean that the ancestry is "thin" on desirable ancestors, i.e. low breeding. Essentially a way to say your ancestors were of low class or to make a racist remark in a not so blatant but equally offensive when all is said and done manner.


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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

The expression "Blood is thicker than water" may shed some light on this. That expression is meant to imply that families and relatives should be tight-knit. Perhaps they mean that if someone is thin-blooded, they do not stand up for other family members.

User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5392 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

I'll throw in with Logan. In the context used, it probably means that the family is dysfunctional. They probably don't work or play well together. And they don't fight for, or defend each other.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20500 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

So ... what movie was it? We'll all watch it and pick out which dysfunctional family members most closely resemble a.net members.  Wink


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6177 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1164 times:
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Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 11):
So ... what movie was it? We'll all watch it and pick out which dysfunctional family members most closely resemble a.net members.

6ft under, second season, first program.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20500 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 12):

6ft under, second season, first program.

Oh, that's the one about the actress from the slasher movies. Being thin-blooded could take on a whole new meaning. Been too long since I've seen it, though.



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