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Thread #100427   Message #2016711
Posted By: Azizi
04-Apr-07 - 07:46 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Regional expressions
Subject: RE: Folklore: Regional expressions
SouthernCelt, the old man's saying "___ ain't twissed tight" is a variant form of what I believe to be a very common African American saying that [someone] isn't {aint} wrapped too tight".

Another way of saying this is that "_____ isn't playing with a full deck" or "____ doesn't have all his wits about him."

The implication of a person not being "twisted tight" or not "being wrapped too tight" is that he or she has probably more than one brain "screw[s] loose".