Hi everyone!
I'd like to show the (in)famous JibJab "This land" parody to my students and would like to be prepared in case of questions. I wonder whether there's a literal meaning of "nut job". Of course it means something like "stupid person", but is there any connotation to it? Would native speakers use it only in certain contexts? Was it used in a certain context during the current campaign?
Always thankful for any help,
Andreas.
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Hi everyone! I'd like to show the (in)famous JibJab "This land" parody to my students and would like to be ... literal meaning of "nut job". Of course it means something like "stupid person", but is there any connotation to it?

More like an irrational dogmatist. Intelligence is orthogonal to nutjobness.
Would native speakers use it only in certain contexts?

I wouldn't use it at all.
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I'm not a native speaker, but I've noticed the "nut job" when Maria posted "This Land". My take was that it was an euphemism for "nazi".

from my message of July 20:
I watched it three times in a row, so I had a chance to hear a discrepancy in prosody:
Bush: "You're a liberal sissy"
Kerry: "You're a right wing nut job"
The emphasis and pronounciation of "nut" made me think that

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What rhymes with "sissy"?
It's very easy
It could be "crazy"
Could it be "lazy"?
It could be "quasi".
But it isn't "nazi".
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Hi everyone! I'd like to show the (in)famous JibJab "This land" parody to my students and would like to be ... Would native speakers use it only in certain contexts? Was it used in a certain context during the current campaign?

Personally I equated it to "head case" (ie in need of psychiatric assistance). But then I'm not American.
Cheers - Ian
Hi everyone! I'd like to show the (in)famous JibJab "This land" parody to my students and would like to be ... Would native speakers use it only in certain contexts? Was it used in a certain context during the current campaign?

Haven't seen, or heard of until now, the parody in question but "nut job" is similar to "head case". A person of this description is not necessarily stupid, there have been some very intelligent nut jobs, eg, Ted Kaszinski, aka the Unibomber. Hope this helps.
dg
I'm not a native speaker, but I've noticed the "nut job" when Maria posted "This Land". My take was that ... "sissy"? It's very easy It could be "crazy" Could it be "lazy"? It could be "quasi". But it isn't "nazi".

To me, "nut job" is simply a relatively rare way of saying "crazy person." I did a Google search of
"left wing nut job"
and got 165 hits.
A search for
"right wing nut job"
got 2,460 hits.
I think, therefore, that "nut job" is in some way associated with being a right-wing extremist, but it does not necessarily refer to right-wing "craziness." A left-wing nut job was mentioned by don groves: "Ted Kaszinski, aka the Unibomber." I would think that the association with the right is purely an accident of history and has no meaningful significance. Presumably, those on the right consider left-wing extremists to be crazy too, and may very well have some favored expression for that, but I couldn't say what it was offhand.

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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Hi everyone! I'd like to show the (in)famous JibJab "This land" parody to my students and would like to be ... only in certain contexts? Was it used in a certain context during the current campaign? Always thankful for any help,

In this case "nut" has the context of crazy or insane. More common is the term "nut case". So not necessarily stupid, but definitely some screws loose.
Jitze
Presumably, those on the right consider left-wing extremists to be ... for that, but I couldn't say what it was offhand.

In Britain it's "loony lefty".

'Lefty' suffices these days, old boy. 'Loony' is taken as red.

Mickwick
Hi everyone! I'd like to show the (in)famous JibJab "This ... it used in a certain context during the current campaign?

Haven't seen, or heard of until now, the parody in question but "nut job" is similar to "head case". A person of this description is not necessarily stupid, there have been some very intelligent nut jobs, eg, Ted Kaszinski, aka the Unibomber. Hope this helps.

"Nut job" = a blow job of the nuts.
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