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Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:03 pm
by Stevenloan
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A: Are you ballsy enough to have breakfast with your girlfriend in this cable car?
B: Of course not. I'm afraid of heights.

- Hi everyone! I don't want to use "Do you have the balls to .........?" because it is a bit vulgar. Instead, I use "Are you ballsy enough to.........?". Is it used correctly in this situation?

Thanks so much!


Re: Ballsy

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:18 pm
by trolley
Steve, they are pretty much the same thing. The "vulgar" part is referring to testicles. Not only is it a bit "off-colour" but the idea that bravery has anything to do male reproductive organs may be offensive to women. Again, it's important to know your audience. If you said it to one of your mates...I'm sure using "balls" or "ballsy" would be fine.

Re: Ballsy

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:45 am
by Erik_Kowal
Breakfast seems to have burst into flames. Worse still, the flames appear to be the only edible thing on the table. If you wanted a drink, you'd either have to swig it from the bottle or lap it up from the saucer.

Whether you're ballsy or not, your girlfriend would also have to be similarly ballsy to join you (or not).

Since the pink plastic platform is empty of people, one could also infer that besides being scared of heights, B wishes neither to take up sparkler-swallowing nor wash his sparklers down with beer slurped from a saucer. (Or maybe he's just not that keen on his girlfriend.)

I notice that the conveyance is equipped with a hinge on the top that would allow it to swing laterally and quite possibly eventually tip out its occupants over the non-existent safety rail.

But in the event of a side wind strong enough to rock this cradle of self-indulgences, as the wind gusts tore through the flying tea-tray's enormous unglazed apertures the occupants would first be able to enjoy the sheer curtains suspended behind them alternately flicking the backs of their necks, flapping around their ears, twisting around their heads and smothering their noses and mouths. Meanwhile, the curiously off-centre swinging pendant lamp would be entertaining them all by light-heartedly bouncing from one skull to another in random abandon. Maybe it would eventually smash itself to pieces against one of the skulls; maybe not.

Every theme park should be equipped with at least a dozen of these marvellous contraptions. Why should the joys of tray travel be restricted to an elite few?

Re: Ballsy

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:22 pm
by Shelley
So, not your idea of a dream date, Eric?

Stevenloan, as trolley said, the term "ballsy" is no more correct than "do you have enough balls": both are vulgar (and dated, by the way). Unless you intend your character to be a crude person, I suggest you re-frame the question completely. Since having breakfast with someone implies spending the previous night with them, how about:

"Would spending the night with your girlfriend be worth having breakfast with her here?"

You could simply just say, "Are you brave enough . . . ?"

Re: Ballsy

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:51 pm
by Stevenloan
trolley, Erik and Shelley : Thank you all very much for your help. I really appreciate it.