AR385
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Help With English Vocabulary

Sat Nov 12, 2005 6:49 am

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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Sat Nov 12, 2005 6:58 am

New one to me, thick or thin skinned I would understand but thin-blooded?
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Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:00 am

 confused  confused  confused 

I wouldn't worry about that one.
 
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RE: Help With English Vocabulary

Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:02 am

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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Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:04 am

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"?
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RE: Help With English Vocabulary

Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:14 am

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.
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RE: Help With English Vocabulary

Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:22 am

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.

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Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:27 am

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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Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:39 am

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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Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:46 am

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.
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RE: Help With English Vocabulary

Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:19 am

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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Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:31 am

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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Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:42 am

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.

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Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:54 am

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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