default insult

Discussion in 'English Only' started by chopin7, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. chopin7 Senior Member

    Albanian
    Hello
    It's the movie Last Vegas.
    4 old guys doing some bachelor party.
    One of them is being teased always about his hat.
    They call his hat stupid.
    At one point, he says, "Why is my hat the default insult"?
    I have a problem in general with "default".
    What does he mean here?
    Is it maybe "Why do you always choose my hat to insult?"
    "Why don't you pick up something else"
    Or I am out here?

    Thank you
     
  2. pob14 Senior Member

    Central Illinois
    American English
    I don't know if you're out or in, since I can't see your house from here, but you're right about the meaning of the phrase. :D
     
  3. Franco-filly Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - Southern England
    Yes, your understanding is correct. It's like a default "black and white" setting on a printer, for example, which you have to override to print in colour. So their "usual" insult is his hat.
     
  4. chopin7 Senior Member

    Albanian
    Thank you, Pob14 and Franco-filly!
     

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