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tin ear (tin eer) noun
1. Insensitivity to differences in music or speech sounds.
2. Inability to appreciate subtle differences in a particular discipline.
[From the idea of metal being incapable of sensation.]
"For an ex-steelworker, Doug Cameron has a tin ear. He seems deaf to the
motif of the times. If you listen to Cameron - national secretary of the
Australian Manufacturing Union - you'd think Qantas is a certain winner
in the only market that matters: domestic."
"Lloyd Ward's credibility is now under siege. Previously, he had drawn
criticism for failing to disclose that he was a member of Augusta National
Golf Club, which prohibits women from becoming members, a policy in
direct contradiction with the Olympic movement. While Olympic committee
volunteers have shown poor management skills, management types have had
a tin ear for effectively running a sports union."
This week's theme: metallic words used as metaphors.
He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet. -Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)