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While playing, my kid said "ich hau dich, du Nuss". What does it mean in English?

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A literal translation is "I (will) hit you, you nut!".

That's also a quite close to a correct translation of the content.

Note that "Nuss" (literally "nut") is used here as a mild, non-specific insult, possibly implying mild stupidity. It does not mean a crazy person.

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I think it comes from "taube Nuss" (a nutshell without content), implying a hollow void in the head where the brain should be. –  starblue Oct 20 '12 at 11:21

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