He goes banana and he goes nuts?What's that mean?
January 24, 2010 8:07am CST
i remember when I first study in Canada many years ago,I herad something that I have learn it from school.I heard so many people saying:he goes nuts?or He goes banana?Wow...I never learnt words like that in my English class before when I was still learning English in my own country.Later on,more and more words like that I have encounter.I have to ask some Candaian about those words meaning.Once I knew that,I think it may only fit to some countries and it is not a good English anyway.But I found that it was fun to know some words like that because it is another kind of language.Ha ha ha...What was your experinece and you can share with us?
• Garden Grove, California
24 Jan 10
hi wildlittlefan oh yes if you are here in the US you will also hear our idioms and wonder what the heck we mean. for instance we here call weiners hot dogs, and no they are not made from dogs, but beef or pork. I really have no idea where that particular term came from. You will hear oh that's cool meaning that is great or that is good. Sometimes you will hear someone say neat, that means also thats good. Or don't get your tail tied in a knot, that means dont go getting all upset, talking about a man's shirt tail. or he blew up at me. now that does not mean he exploded but he got angry about something at the speaker. Or he's the big dog in his company, no he is a human but he is the CEO of the company. comes from psychology having to do with dogs. Alpha dogs are the leaders of the pack in wolf packs. To take a nap we may say I gotta hit the sack or I need some zzz's meaning I need some sleep, the sack meaning the bed. You may hear a mom tell her kids dont monkey around now. meaning dont stop and play now. theres tons out there but I am running out of space. Her face could stop a clock, means she is really so ugly a clock might stop just seeing her. hope I helped a bit.
• Hong Kong
25 Jan 10
Hey,thank you very much.This exactly what I am looking for.Your reponse is so practical and I have learned alot from your response.We won't be understand those meaning if nobody explained to us.Sometimes,we found so many slang in the movie and we could only understand the meaning through the translation underneath and sometimes the translation was incorrect.I remember people loved to make jokes on us with their own slang while I was still in Canada.They played smart on us because they were the only people who knew the language.We could only guess the mening.Although sometimes we might get it right,but sometimes we maight just get it all wrong.Well,people like that need to learn a lesson when they go to another country where they can't speak their own language anymore.I think each culture or society may have epople like that,and they are not nice people anyway.Well,I don't think I can understand all the slang and I don't have any intention to do that anyway.But thank you so much for your responds once again.At least I haev learn some more.Have a good day.
• United States
26 Jan 10
I know exactly what this term means. It is slang and it means that he went crazy (mental). One of the things that you will never learn as long as you study the English language is all of the slang that there is. There is slang that is common in the United States and people from other English speaking countries may not understand it all. The same is true for Americans when talking to people from another English speaking country. This means that all of the slang is very regional.
• Hong Kong
26 Jan 10
Yes,I agree with that,every slang is regional.But one thing I don't like i that,people talk with their own slang and act like they are very smart when other don't understand at all.They will act like others are too stupid because that eprson don't understand what those slang means.It really made me "going nuts"^_^.I think these people need to learn a lesson from other culture if they will ever have a chance to travel in the other country,they will learn whose the real stupid at that time.I said so because I have bad experinece with people like this before during the communication process.I don't think they were any smart anyway.Thanks again Doran,nice to chat with you^_^.Have a good day.
24 Jan 10
hehe I am from Canada and we do use those often. Those are actually expressions. When someone says that he is getting nuts or he's banana, if often means that he's crazy or something similar. It's a way to say something but in a soft way. It's certainly meaner to say you are stupid than you are nut. Sometimes my best friend does weird things and I ask her :"Are you nuts?" I use it sometimes to tease her or my boyfriend. Each country has their own expressions and this is more common in Canada. I don't know if they use this in the US.