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Idioms - What does the phrase "I'm all thumbs" mean?

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The idiom 'I am all thumbs' used to mean that a person is clumsy. Clumsy means that a person is awkward and uncoordinated. If you told your child, "You are all thumbs", this would be considered negative statement, not a compliment.🤕 It would mean they may drop their books frequently, or could not catch a ball.

Teenagers today are changing the meaning of the idiom. Have you watched a young person texting on their smartphone at lightening speed with just their thumbs? The meaning of idiom within the sentence: You are all thumbs could soon become a compliment!

The New York Times article discusses this idiom.
Here are other idioms extracted from the New York Times.

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Questions
  1. What other idioms do you use freqently?
  2. What sentence in the New York Times article shows that the writer thinks the meaning of this idiom 'all thumbs' may change in the future?

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