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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:40:18 AM
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Hello,

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butterfingers EXCLAM, ALSO VOC.
You say 'butterfingers' when someone drops something, or when they fail to catch something that you have thrown to them; a humorous word.

EG The coin rolled into the grass at my feet. 'Butterfingers' called Mr Ben.
(Collins COBUILD English language dictionary)


Does the 'Butterfingers' called by Mr Ben mean a humorous way of saying, 'Don’t touch the coin.'?

Thank you.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:52:18 AM

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No Mr Ben is calling the person who dropped the coin butterfingers, he allowed it to slip from his grasp.

Have you ever cooked a receipe using butter and coated your fingers in the fat? It very difficult to hold something afterwards until you have washed your hands.

Which reminds me I still have some of those brownies left in the cake tin.

I lack the imagination for a witty signature.
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:13:07 AM
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It was only when I read the OP that it occurred to me that I hadn't heard the word "butterfingers" used in years.

Is it still current usage?
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:58:46 AM

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Butterfingers is still being used.
towan52
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 9:02:17 AM

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Wilmar (USA) wrote:
Butterfingers is still being used.


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