Posted by Lotg (OZ) on August 20, 2004
In Reply to: Atom splitter posted by DH on August 20, 2004
: From SlangSite:
: atom splitter: Sarcastic description of an unintelligent person...
: Alternatively, a hangover of magnificent proportions...
: So far, can find no support for either of these definitions. Anybody? Thanks
Calling a 'stupid' person an 'atom splitter' is right up there with calling them a 'brain surgeon'. The implication being that it takes more than a modicum of intelligence to be a brain surgeon, and splitting the atom was something of a feat too. So 'atom splitter' is the antithesis of 'unintelligent person' - hence the sarcasm.
As for the hangover theory, well that's a new one on me. Presumably the implication is that the hangover is of such monumental proportions as to be as momentous as the splitting of the atom. I dunno - just a theory!!