Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Wednesday’s Word

Word: Can’t spin a thread (V. phrase)

Definition: unable to perform a task


“I wanted to sell some cedar down at the mill, but the bar on my chain saw had too much slop in the groove. I paid good money for a new bar, and then the tractor frigged up - magneto. So, I got that squared away, and twitched out two loads. But now my truck won’t start, and the whole outfit just sets there. I can’t spin a thread.”

(Definition from: “How To Talk Yankee”, by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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