Calling someone a "Tool" What does this mean?
Okay, so what does it mean if someone calls a guy a "Tool" listening to the conversation I don't think this means useful.
It's usually the equivalent of calling then a stupid jerk or a-hole.
It's definitely not a compliment!
"Tool" is often used as a slang term for the, errr, male genital organ.
Therefore it's a round about way of calling someone a...well, you know.
I am not sure regarding all vernacular. When I hear someone say such and such is a tool I see that as meaning the person will get the job done. Of course I am from a background as an automotive technician / mechanic / machinist so to me a tool has great value and worth. In that trade a tool can be priceless at times.
For example: "He is a good tool" to me would mean the person gets the job done and gets it done right.
Stack Exchange says its usage infers a person who is being used and does not know it. It also states, ""a stupid, useless or socially inept person" while further offers another inference of meaning being the penis. Reading all the input there it seems its slang infers many meanings. I would think context would be needed to know its true meaning.
In other words calling someone a 'tool' could be construed as calling someone a 'dick', e.g. "What a dick!" said as "What a tool!" Another view could be said as "He is just a dumb tool" offering meaning someone or something must direct or supervise the person in order for an objective to be accomplished. Or, the person is unable to think for them self.
As far as a disciple of Christ is concerned, it is one of "the greatest compliments" one can receive. We all want be "vessels" or "tools" who draw souls to Christ! II Timothy 2:21 says "If a man, therefore, purge himself from these, he shall BE A VESSEL (Tool) unto honor, sanctified, and fit for the MASTER'S USE, and prepared for every good work."
Hope this helps!
Calling someone a tool can mean that they are being used or only valuable as long as they are useful.
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