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his joint s a bit like...



dulek
Poland

his joint s a bit like...
 
Hello.
Could anybody help me to understand the expression which I ve found in one of the books for upper-intermediate level. The sentence is: "I guess his joint s a bit like Uncle Keith himself, very laid-back and relaxed".I don t quite follow why the word joint was used in this sentences. Can I also have examples with similar expressions using this word. Thanks in advance 

26 Jan 2010      



MarionG
Netherlands

Joint here is used to mean place , like a bar or a restaurant or a hang-out of some sort...
It is a kind of slang I suppose, "a cool joint" or a hip joint or a shady joint
(a place were people join each other to spend time)
This is out of the top of my head, you can probably find it in a good (slang) dictionary as well. Hope this helps.
Marion

26 Jan 2010     



libertybelle
United States

Marion is totally correct - in the old days they also called a run-down joint for a dive.

One of the most famous lines in a film using this expression, was in Casablanca
when the joint owner Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) says:

"Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine".

Play it again, Sam!
Libertybelle


26 Jan 2010     



zoemorosini
United States

Uncle Keith sounds like the bartender or owner of the bar, or "joint", or at least a regular customer, because of the possessive "his" beforehand.

26 Jan 2010