Recently I've been watching The Big Bang Theory with scripts. In one of the videos, they said:

"I’ve got a girl who punishes her father by sleeping around and an alcoholic who’s two tequila shots away from letting you wear her like a hat."

I could understand the meaning, but couldn't understand the structure of this sentence. Is there anybody who can help me with figuring it out??

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    @FumbleFingers I will show you the full sentence: I've got a hot former fat girl with no self-esteem, I got a girl who punishes her father by sleeping around, and an alcoholic who's two tequila shots away from letting you wear her like a hat. I wonder if this sentence is grammatically correct. I've already understood the meaning, but all the answers just comment about meaning, not syntax. – Joe Hwang Sep 20 '18 at 3:35
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    @JoeHwang Show us the full sentence in the question, please :-). Do not clarify or amend your own questions in comments. – Peter A. Schneider Sep 20 '18 at 7:51
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    hi new user Joe! the excellent ELL site exists to answer questions such as this. Enjoy! – Fattie Sep 20 '18 at 8:29
  • I think you might be confused by the "I've got...." syntax which is very American, it's a common, colloquial way that people offer their goods or services. Like a salesmen says "I've got a car with x cupholders and a truck that's ready to tour Alaska!" Obviously Penny doesn't own the two girls but by saying "I've got" suggests she is offering them to Howard. – Jalapeno Sep 21 '18 at 9:57

It helps to see more context:

Penny: [on phone] How about this: you keep him there a little longer, and when you get to the party, I'll point out which of my friends are easy.

Howard: [long pause] Don't toy with me, woman.

Penny: I've got a hot former fat girl with no self-esteem, I got a girl who punishes her father by sleeping around, and an alcoholic who's two tequila shots away from letting you wear her like a hat.


Penny says she has friends who are "easy", meaning they are sexually active and not discriminating about who they sleep with.

Howard questions whether this is true.

Then Penny gives descriptions of three of her friends to prove her point.

"Sleeping around" means having many sexual partners.

"Two tequila shots away from letting you wear her like a hat" isn't an established idiom, just something the script-writers thought was a clever way to describe someone who's willing to have sex because of being very drunk (I'm not sure I agree with them).

I could understand the meaning, but couldn't understand the structure of this sentence.

"I got" is a shortened form of "I have" or "I have got". The structure is the same as "I have a dog and a cat" except the two things she has are described with long phrases rather than simple nouns.


In comments, there have been several possible meanings suggested for the phrase "wear her like a hat":

  1. It refers to sex.
  2. It refers to vaginal sex because "hat" is slang for a condom.
  3. It refers to cunnilingus (aka "face-sitting").
  4. It just means she'd allow him to do whatever he wants.

I think this wide variety of interpretations itself suggests the phrase is not a widely established idiom (It could be established in some communities, but not across the English-speaking world, and it might have different meanings in different communities)

It is a metaphor, and it does have a sexual meaning, but it's up to each person to determine for themselves what the exact meaning is.

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    When you wear a hat, your head is inside the hat. I'll let you extrapolate the rest on your own. – SomethingDark Sep 20 '18 at 2:09
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    @SomethingDark, I agree that it is meant to refer to sex. I don't agree that this is a well-known slang term for a condom in American English. – The Photon Sep 20 '18 at 2:16
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    I agree that this has nothing to do with condoms; I had something slightly more sexually graphic in mind. – SomethingDark Sep 20 '18 at 2:18
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    I do not think this is referring to any particular act. "letting you wear her like a hat" simply means, that she will not object to anything. – Stian Yttervik Sep 20 '18 at 6:52
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    @ThePhoton: Not everything needs to be a well-established slang term or idiom, as long as the speaker uses an expression that makes sense to the listener. Secondly, pretty much all euphemisms (which "wearing you like a hat" is) start out as neologisms, specifically because a new phrasing is not yet regulated by etiquette/censorship and you can therefore get away with it. This has spawned a whole subset of comedy where the euphemism is unknown yet clearly reveals its true meaning. "Wear your like a hat" is an example of such a clear yet indirect euphemism. – Flater Sep 20 '18 at 10:02

I agree with The Photon's answer for the most part, but could provide an additional perspective.

Two tequila shots away from letting you wear her like a hat

to me implies that after two shots of Tequila, she would let Howard "wear" her on his other head (penis), like a condom. This seems to fit with Howard's goal of getting laid.

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    Too much information. :-) – MikeJRamsey56 Sep 19 '18 at 20:41
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    @MikeJRamsey56 Only mentioned it because The Photon thought it was a way to describe someone who's very drunk, which they didn't agree with. Wasn't sure if it should be in a comment or separate answer though. Looking at the OP more closely though, they seem to already understand the meaning, so perhaps a comment would be better? – Zymus Sep 19 '18 at 21:15
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    "wear her like a hat" - I think it is implying that she will put her nether regions on his head. – Bent Sep 19 '18 at 21:36
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    @ThePhoton See definition number 4. urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hat – MikeJRamsey56 Sep 19 '18 at 22:13
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    It doesn't have any specific meaning - i'd interpret it as "she will not object to anything" - without any genitalia related particularities... Get yer heads out of the gutters – Stian Yttervik Sep 20 '18 at 6:54

I - subject
have got - verb
a girl - first direct object
who punishes her father by sleeping around - relative clause modifying first direct object
and - conjunction joining first and second direct objects
an alcoholic - second direct object
who’s two tequila shots away from letting you wear her like a hat. - relative clause modifying second direct object

Does that help you understand the structure?

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    This seems to be the only answer responsive to the request to explain the structure of the sentence. The "punishes" phrase and the "tequila shots" phrase are relative clauses, and you've omitted "who" from the beginning of the first of those. – phoog Sep 20 '18 at 15:07
  • @phoog Edited to reflect – Kevin Sep 20 '18 at 16:04
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    I already upvoted, so I can't upvote any more :-( – phoog Sep 20 '18 at 16:05
  • @Kevin This is what I wanted. But let me ask you one more thing. Could you explain "who's two tequila shots away from letting you wear her like a hat." with more details? – Joe Hwang Sep 22 '18 at 8:05

Let me translate ...

Context: Penny is describing two of her girlfriends (or acquaintences) who are very sexually available.

"I’ve got a ...": this means, "I know a" or "I can provide you with a". It is the kind of language you would use if you were operating an agency providing staff. (For example, "I have got someone working for me who can come and fix your television"). Otherwise, you would not refer to people like that as it would be considered rude.

" hot ": sexy.

" former fat girl": a girl (or woman) who was formerly (previously) overweight, but now isn't.

"with no self-esteem": self-esteem is how you think of yourself; how attractive, talented or important you think you are (usually relative to others). So "no self-esteem" means that you think you are worthless. It might be implied that this person still thinks she is unattractive because of her previous weight problems, even though she now is "hot".

" who punishes her father ": the girl has a bad relationship with her father and likes to hurt him by doing things that he does not want her to do.

"by sleeping around": the thing her father doesn't want is her having sex with a lot of people in very short term relationships.

" and an alcoholic": someone addicted to alcohol.

" who’s two tequila shots away ": who only needs to drink two shots (small glasses) of tequila until she is drunk enough to do something.

" from letting you wear her like a hat.": this requires some imagination. It is probably a vulgar way of saying "letting you have sex with her", although I don't think it is an widely used expression. But imagine the act of a man putting a hat on his head, and then think of his head as some other part of his body. It might also be referring to the fact that a hat is something you put on and take off daily without much thought or trouble.

If you get as far as understanding all of this, you are doing quite well with your English studies. However, the language is quite vulgar (offensive in the wrong situations) and you should be very careful how you use it.

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