– Phrasal-Nouns – Letter J –
(a) Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None – This is a noun phrase which is used to describe a person that seems to be able to do a lot of different things and knows at least a bit about a lot of different subjects, but is not necessarily an expert at any of them. This phrase has been shortened throughout the years to drop the second half (because most people understood what was meant by saying the first half) however, since the phrase is very old, many people today have never heard the second half. So the term “Jack of All Trades” just means: someone who is really good at a lot of stuff. So it is similar to, but not the same as the original phrase.
(a “Something”) Junkie – To describe someone as a “__________ Junkie” (a “video-game junkie”, “a facebook junkie”, etc.) is a very strange way of saying that someone is very addicted – or at least seems to be addicted to that thing. The reason that it is strange is that the term “Junkie” originally was used to refer to someone who was a severe Heroin and/or pill addict, to the point that he or she could not control him/herself and destroyed his/her and other people’s lives as well. However, using the term “Junkie” for any other thing is (strangely) used in a “cute” or “joking” sort of way… even though there is absolutely nothing “cure” or “funny” about being or being associated with an actual junkie.