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Posted by Lewis on August 20, 2004

In Reply to: Atom splitter posted by Lotg (OZ) 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!!

There is a beer from the Orkney Brewery called "Skull-Splitter" - those Orcadians had to find something to do on those dark lonely nights in the North Atlantic...

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