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finger vs comb #1 (permalink) Tue Jan 19, 2010 22:45 pm   finger vs comb
 

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ESL/EFL Test #280 "English Slang Idioms (2)", question 7

His hair looked like he had stuck his ......... in a light socket.

(a) comb
(b) finger
(c) bulb
(d) plug

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #280 "English Slang Idioms (2)", answer 7

His hair looked like he had stuck his finger in a light socket.

Correct answer: (b) finger

Your answer was: incorrect
His hair looked like he had stuck his comb in a light socket.
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why finger is the answer?
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finger vs comb #2 (permalink) Wed Jan 20, 2010 19:54 pm   finger vs comb
 

The answer is rather obvious Rummi. If you stuck YOUR finger in a light socket what do you think would happen to your hair?
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finger vs comb #3 (permalink) Fri Jan 22, 2010 15:35 pm   finger vs comb
 

Hey Kito,

I wasn't sure what does the whole phrase talk about but when i looked up into google images and figured out that the "socket" just means : the thing we use to connect the plugs in .. so the machines can come work
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to Beeeneeez #4 (permalink) Mon Jul 26, 2010 23:01 pm   to Beeeneeez
 

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Hello,
I wrote" finger" and when I controlled it was written incorrect. And the correct answer: finger. Just what I wrote. Today this happens to me secondly.
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finger vs comb #5 (permalink) Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:08 am   finger vs comb
 

Kitosdad wrote:
The answer is rather obvious Rummi. If you stuck YOUR finger in a light socket what do you think would happen to your hair?

i couldn't make out the meaning !!
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finger vs comb #6 (permalink) Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:57 am   finger vs comb
 

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Hi Hapkido,

Kitosdad was joking. Because if you puts your finger in a socket you will probably die. But if a caricaturist would draw this story: he would depict you with your finger in the socket and making your hair stand on end. Can you imagine this caricature?

(socket = a power point on the wall, a device to plug into the electrical equipment).

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finger vs comb #7 (permalink) Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:24 am   finger vs comb
 

Actually, a 'light socket' is the lamp fixture into which you screw a light bulb. On the wall are several 'electrical outlets' in to which you can plug the lamp cord.
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finger vs comb #8 (permalink) Tue Jun 28, 2011 19:21 pm   finger vs comb
 

Kati will be happy to know that in the UK, at least, those electrical outlets are also known as (electric) sockets
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finger vs comb #9 (permalink) Tue Jun 28, 2011 20:14 pm   finger vs comb
 

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Many thanks Bez,

As I anchored myself to the British English, and I use an Oxford Dictionary (English-English). Of course I am happy when I learn something in American English.So many thanks To Mr. Micawber also.
So if I understand well Mr. Micawber:
electrical outlet (Am.E)
(wall) socket (Br.E.)
power point(Br.E.)

Can I ask you how British English call light socket into which you screw the light bulb?

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finger vs comb #10 (permalink) Tue Jun 28, 2011 20:52 pm   finger vs comb
 

That would be a light socket. :)
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finger vs comb #11 (permalink) Tue Jun 28, 2011 21:19 pm   finger vs comb
 

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Again many thanks Bez.

If I ask you that you will say something about my pronunciation, if this wasn't a big wish from me. This day I bought this head-set and at last I can record clearly.

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finger vs comb #12 (permalink) Tue Jun 28, 2011 23:14 pm   finger vs comb
 

Hello Kati,

You've always been easy to understand, but your new headset certainly does seem to have made a difference to the clarity of your recordings.
You pronounce most phrases very well, and you speak with good intonation and pace. It sounds very natural.
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finger vs comb #13 (permalink) Wed Jun 29, 2011 0:10 am   finger vs comb
 

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Hello Bez,

Yes, it is a Logitech. An amusement to use it. Don't to imagine until now I had been on a rack when I had to record my letter.

From today I want to lay emphasis on the spoken language.

Best wishes.

Good night. Sweet dreams!
Kati
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finger vs comb #14 (permalink) Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:33 am   finger vs comb
 

Who has curly hair we can say: His hair looked like he had stuck his finger in a light socket.


He has the nicest hair. It has that perfect messy look. The one I always try to accomplish but fail miserably at. Doh well.
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