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scatterbrain

n. a forgetful person; someone who is mentally disorganized. Aunt Martha is a real scatterbrain. She always forgets where her glasses are.
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And his former boss at St Andrew's, Barry Fry, believes that when it comes to the crunch, the scatterbrain striker will provehe is top banana in the management stakes.
One of the things that has come out from police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys is that if you see one partner being calm, slick, smooth, and saying, "Mary Smith is just a scatterbrain that needs help, and this and that," and the other person is scattered, disorganized, and speaking disjointedly, then you arrest the slick organized one and not the one who's disorganized.
Take it down Tear it up Turn it over Make it new out of old makings: exert what that venerable scatterbrain in Weimar once called the Power of Pulling Yourself Together whereby the master is first revealed.
This scatterbrain environment has other names, other toxic characteristics: carelessness, apathy, short attention spans, poor listening, bad service, shoddy work, self-centeredness, indifference.
In any event, one wonders why, if James had intended the sense of scatterbrain, he did not use the Scots `cude', `cuide', or `coyd', all variants of the same word, meaning hairbrained or deranged?
In 1643 he became an actor and cofounder of the Illustre Theatre, for which he wrote his first plays, notable among them L ' etourdi ( The Scatterbrain, 1665) and Le Depit amoureux ( The Amorous Vexation, 1659).
A person of extremes, who can be a scatterbrain and a devil woman at the same time, Dolly makes many attempts at improving her life only to be scared by the unknown.
Maria is really no scatterbrain, as von Trapp comes to appreciate when finally turning his attention to her and away from the haughty aristocrat Elsa Schraeder (Emma Clifford), who seems destined to join him at the altar as Austria submits to the Nazi jackboot.
In the story, Hamlisch becomes Vernon Gersch, an uptight, award-winning composer, while Bayer becomes Sonia Walsk, an up-and-coming lyricist who also happens to be a scatterbrain.
On one hand you think it's someone who's a bit of a scatterbrain, where literally thoughts fly off like spores.
23 In which 1950s sitcom was dance band leader Ricky Ricardo's patience sorely tried by his scatterbrain wife?
Then there's the scatterbrain who burns the vegetables on a regular basis and forgets to buy the provisions for the household, then looks at the hungry squad that awaits her and utters a very puzzled, "What?
Scatterbrain GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips once walked home from the shops, completely forgetting she'd travelled there by car.
Poor Richard Cordery - the Malvolio, and a good reliable actor - comes on in yellow and black biker skins, which is how this scatterbrain design interprets the well known cross-gartering.
He's sound, but keeps running off at every bend - I don't know why; perhaps he's just a scatterbrain.