a wet tissue

prpeggy

Senior Member
Chinese-Taiwan
From the book "Sleight of Mind":

Say you are at a restaurant and the person next to you order the shrimp special. You were about to order that...So you change your oder so as not to look influenced by the other...The fact that you can be influenced about something so trivial shows that your free will is a wet tissue.

What does "a wet tissue" mean ? Does it mean useless ? Is this a common expression ?
Thanks for reply.
 
  • natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    I wouldn't say it is a set expression, but wet tissue is sometimes used as a comparison from something fragile or delicate.

    Free will here is seen as something not strong or sturdy, if it can be so easily influenced by a neighbouring table's choice of dish.
     
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