Posted by Lewis on November 25, 2004

In Reply to: Neckless wonders posted by mugball-us on November 24, 2004

: : : : : : In Die hard 3 there was scene when Zeus asked his nephews:

: : : : : : "Tony. That no-neck dude they call Bad T?"

: : : : : : the exact meaning of "no-neck" - ?

: : : : : His neck is thick and short. So it looks like his head sits right on his shoulders.

: : : : ...and the implication is that he's not very bright. I'm not sure why there's an association between stupidity and necklessness (hmmm... bit dodgy that one) - but I'm guilty of making that association myself.

: : Also redneck--DH

: : : : Only a couple of days ago I was chastising my big Yank about remarks he made about our local football code. I referred to players of Rugby League and possibly Grid Iron (but seeing they're always wearing all that armour it's hard to tell), as being neckless - and thus, by implication, brainless. Hence their inclination to just run and bash into each other and call it football.

: : : So different from our sophisticated soccer players who devote themselves to sexual activities and preening themselves, comparing their latest hair styles and tattoos.

: Don't forget Walt "No Neck" Williams, charter member of the baseball all-nickname team.

when men are 'muscle-bound' their shoulder muscles are so enlarged that there is often no clear delineation between shoulders and head - hence 'neck-less'. as night-club bouncers and 'heavies' are usually muscle-bound jerks, the expression no-neck has come to mean 'intellectually-challenged' - even though some of those guys are of normal intelligence - Arnie has a neck and a reasonable brain - suggests that intelligence has something to do with there being a separation between head and shoulders?