TIN-EAR

tin ear

noun
1.
an insensitivity to melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic variety in music.
2.
an insensitivity to subtlety or appropriateness in verbal expression: a tin ear for clear, precise prose.

Origin:
1915–20

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tin ear

noun
1. an inability to distinguish differences in pitch [syn: tone deafness
2. insensitivity to the appropriateness or subtlety of language; "he has a tin ear for dialogue" 
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