He loves being this sort of creative, out of the box sort of guy

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
Failed to understand it.

is the product of a naked doorstop qualified to be called creative (it can be put to use immediately indeed -out of the box and can be used at once)?

Thanks in advance

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As this reporter left his office, Bornstein pointed out what appeared to be a small, naked doll sitting on the ground — “here’s a naked doorstop.”

He loves being this sort of creative, out of the box sort of guy nobody really understands, you know?” said his son Jeremee Bornstein, a sophomore biomedical engineering student at Tufts University.


-Scientific American

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  • NewAmerica

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    Well, it seems that I should remove "the product of."

    Did the author describe this (creativity) in a more or less sarcastic way?
     

    Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    The usual expression would probably be "thinking outside the box". You are correct that "out of the box" would imply brand new.
    But I hear "thinking out of the box" used very commonly to mean thinking inventively/ creatively (and that's what it seems to imply to me there: a guy who thinks creatively). Maybe that's a BE usage then. :rolleyes:
    Thanks.

    Merry Christmas, everybody.
     
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