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Tiro al aire

English translation: airhead

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Spanish term or phrase:Tiro al aire
English translation:airhead
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13:04 Apr 11, 2001
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Spanish term or phrase: Tiro al aire
Expresión que se usa para decir que una persona es irresponsable o no piensa antes de hacer las cosas.
Ej: sos un tiro al aire
uca93
airhead
Explanation:
He/she's an airhead.

Espero os sirva esta info.

Saludos,

Bye
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Summary of answers provided
naScatterbrainedlengualabs
namore adjectives and nounsFuad Yahya
naloose cannonPatricia Harpstrite
naairheadxxxtrans4u
nafoolhardy, headlong, hotheaded, madcapFuad Yahya
nascatterbrain
Parrot


  

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14 mins
scatterbrain


Explanation:
una sugerencia. Para decir "irresponsable" (sin simpatía) también hooligan.

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57 mins
foolhardy, headlong, hotheaded, madcap


Explanation:
Scatterbrain carries more of the connotations of absent-mindedness, lack of focus and organization.

As I understand "Tiro al aire," it carries more of the connotations of haste, headlong action, and lack of deliberation.

Additional possible terms:

harum-scarum, hasty, impulsive, precipitate, rash.

Fuad


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3 hrs
airhead


Explanation:
He/she's an airhead.

Espero os sirva esta info.

Saludos,

Bye

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12 hrs
loose cannon


Explanation:
Just another possibility. Like a "tiro al aire," a "loose cannon's" irresponsibility can cause a lot of damage.

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1 day 9 mins
Scatterbrained


Explanation:
asi se llama una persona despistada.
como acción sería 'shots in the air' de una pistola-fusil etc.

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1 day 9 hrs
more adjectives and nouns


Explanation:
Now that you have received a smorgasbord of suggestions, it is probably time to sift through them, separate them into small piles, and compare and contrast their usage potential.

As you can see, the English language has no shortage of words with which to describe intellectual and behavioral foibles. All of these words are useful to know, but they have divergent meanings, as they describe different aspects of human intellectual frailty.

The first aspect is haste in arriving at conclusions, in making decisions, and in acting upon them. This can be the result of impatience with details, over-excitement, or lack of experience. Among the terms that describe this trait are: impulsive, rash, impetuous, flighty, precipitate, and improvident. Some of these adjectives are used more to describe actions than persons.

Another aspect is overconfidence coupled with over-excitement, leading to heedless decision-making and poor execution. Among the adjectives describing this aspect are: foolhardy, madcap, hotheaded, headlong, brash, and cocky.

Another aspect is irresponsibility and lack of consideration for consequences. The most fitting adjective for this trait is “reckless,” while the most fitting noun phrase is “loose cannon” (slang). “Loose cannon” is often used to describe someone who is given to making unpredictable, unwise remarks, with possibly calamitous consequences.

There are obvious areas of overlap among the three aspects that I have just described.

Another aspect is lack of intellectual prowess, due either to lack of knowledge or lack of native intelligence. My favorite adjective for this trait is “dimwitted,” but there are also a number of nouns that can be used. The cutest ones are: nitwit, airhead, mooncalf, and ding-dong.

“Scatterbrain” (the adjective is “scatterbrained”) is in a class by itself. It does not denote stupidity, but rather lack of sustained, organized thinking and methodical action, not necessarily because of lack of intellectual acumen, but often because of lack of sustained interest or motivation. Such a person gets bored easily and keeps jumping from one object of attention to another. It is an emotional, behavioral problem that can affect academic performance and professional success. The person affected is typically unreliable to shoulder serious responsibilities, not because of impugnable character, but because of lack of seriousness and commitment.

The subject is almost endless. Somewhere among all these terms, I hope you can find the one you are looking for.

Fuad


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