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Phrase:

Your enormous mind literally vegetating by your own hand


Video with the phrase

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Oxford Dictionary meanings


Guesses:

1) According to the Oxford Dictionary, the meaning 2.1 (Cause plants to grow in) the most appropriate

2) Nevertheless, I think she said about inserting his own consciousness into another entity (pickle)


Question:

What does the word 'vegetating' mean in the phrase 'Your enormous mind literally vegetating by your own hand'?

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    becoming vegetable-like, that is, lacking awareness/sentience/intelligent vitality. But "literally" is doubtful. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 9 '17 at 14:26
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    The construction vegetating by your own hand sounds clumsy and unnatural to me. It's only remotely credible because the surreal context (cartoon therapist talking to a pickle) plays heavily on the "vegetable/vegetate" pun. Note that to veg / vegetate is a common slang usage today meaning to pass one's time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way (as a consequence of which it's implied the mind becomes weaker, through lack of "mental exercise"). – FumbleFingers Aug 9 '17 at 14:37
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    @Tᴚoɯɐuo: I know by their very nature cartoons are "fantastical" rather than "realistic", but in this exact context I'd say literally there is part of the wordplay/punning (given the addressee really is drawn as a pickled gherkin at the time! :) – FumbleFingers Aug 9 '17 at 15:58
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    @FumbleFingers: Technically, cucumbers are fruits, not vegetables :) What really happened is that I couldn't see the video for some reason and had no clue that it was a pickle being spoken to. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 9 '17 at 16:23
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    @Tᴚoɯɐuo: So even the cited context doesn't quite involve a "literal" usage! Curiously though, whereas the distinction would literally pass unnoticed by most people in literal contexts, we'd all understand a huge difference in metaphorical meaning with Don't talk to him. He's a fruit (as opposed to ...he's a vegetable). – FumbleFingers Aug 9 '17 at 16:34
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In this context, the mind "vegetating" is referring to the act of putting itself into a vegetative (or vegetable-like) state. Such a state is defined as "A chronic state of brain dysfunction in which a person shows no signs of awareness."

Sourced definition from the Mayo Clinic

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