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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

To hit the sack (verb)




Meaning - to go to bed in order to sleep

This expression is used when you want to tell someone that you are ready to go to bed in order to fall asleep.

Example 1
I had a long and busy day at work yesterday.  So, I hit the sack as soon as I got home last night.  I am glad I got enough sleep because I feel much better today.

Example 2
John: Hey! You are home.  How was school?
Lisa: It was fun and we practiced a lot of new words.  But now, I am so tired.  I think I am just going to hit the sack.
John: Already?  Aren't you going to study for your test?
Lisa:  I don't think I can.  I am just so sleepy.  I will wake up early and study tomorrow morning.
John: OK, good luck!



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fender bender


Example 1:
Jack: The freeway was moving really slowly today.
Jill: What was the problem?
Jack: There was an accident.
Jill: Was it bad? Was anyone hurt?
Jack: No. It looked like just a fender bender.

Example 2:
Doreen: Your new car is dented already!
Maureen: I know. I had a fender bender the other day.
Doreen: What a bummer. What happened?
Maureen: It was my fault. I feel so stupid. I was texting when it happened. I’m just glad it wasn’t worse.

Explanation:
Fender bender: a small accident in which only minor damage occurs. The fender of a car is the panel above the tire. In this case bend refers to a dent, which is not as bad as a crack or a break. It is relatively inexpensive to repair the fender of a car compared with the trunk, door or hood.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

To be on point

To be on point: To be exactly right or perfect; extremely good, attractive, or stylish

#1 - Two Friends at a Party
Susan: Did you see Mitzi, yet?
Beth: Yes, I did! She looks so good. Her outfit is on point!
Susan: I know! She always dresses to impress!

#2 - A couple talking after a movie
Brett: That movie was amazing!!
Brittany: Really? I didn't think it was that great. I almost fell asleep.
Brett: What? I thought it was very entertaining. And the lead actress was great.
Brittany: Well, I will agree with you about the actress. Her acting was on point! She will probably be nominated for an Academy Award.
Brett: Yes, I also think the movie was on point and deserves an award!

To be on Point: This idiom can describe a thing, such as a movie, song, etc..., or a person's style and skill; it means to be exactly right or perfect; extremely good, attractive, or stylish. In #1, the two friends are talking about Mitzi's outfit, which is extremely stylish, or on point. In #2, Brittany thinks the actress has excellent acting skills and Brett thinks the movie was amazing, or on point.



Tuesday, July 2, 2019

In the dark


Example 1
Toby: Have you heard from Jim? He hasn't returned my calls about the party. I don't know any details yet.
George: Don't worry, that's just how Jim is. He likes to keep people in the dark about things until all the details are finalized.
Toby: Well that's understandable, but I'd at least like to have the time and place so I can make sure I'm free!

Example 2
Tony is leaving the company this month. We were all in the dark about his plans until he announced it this morning. I'm shocked because I had no idea!

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Keep someone in the dark about something 

Be in the dark about something

This expression is used when you don't have information about something, but someone else does. In example 1, Jim has the information, but Toby and George do not. Jim keeps them in the dark about the details. In example 2, Tony has the information but didn't share it with his coworkers. His coworkers were in the dark about his departure.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Dope

Dope (adjective): A word that describes something that is very cool, such as music, movies, clothes, people, etc.


Example 1:

Listen to the song by Outkast "So Fresh, So Clean"

Ain't nobody dope as me, I'm dressed so fresh so clean...Outkast




Example 2:
Kristina: Hey, Brad! Did you go to Trey's party last Saturday night?
Brad: Yes, it was dope! There were tons of people and a live band. 
Kristina: Oh, I'm sorry I missed it. I had to work.
Brad: That sucks. Maybe you can catch Trey's next party at the end of the summer. 

Explanation:
In example 1, the singer is talking about how dope he is because of his nice clothes. In example 2, Brad says that Trey's party was dope, or awesome, because of all the people and live music. This word as a noun is also used to describe drugs, but recently it is used as an adjective to describe a person or thing that is really cool. 



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Fam

Fam - a word used to describe people that you can trust dearly, someone you consider like family, derived from the word "family", referring to people that are extremely close; a new name for one's friends. 




Example 1: Two good friends seeing each other after a long time
Britt: Hey, fam! Long time no see!
Karl: Hey, Britt. Nice to see you! 
Britt: So how's life in San Francisco?
Karl: It's OK, but I miss you and all my friends here in LA.

Example 2: Use in Social Media
"Fam" can also be used to describe a group of people that you feel connected to on social media. For instance, you might use the hashtags #fitfam to refer to other people who live healthy lives or #foodiefam for people who love trying new types of food. 

Hey, I'm trying fried grasshopper for the first time! #foodiefam #streetfood”

It's 5 AM and I'm headed to the gym! #fitfam #gym

Explanation:
In the first example, Britt uses the word "fam" to refer to his really good friend, Karl. Even though they are not actually related by blood, they are so close, they feel like "family." In the second example, "fam" is used to refer to a group of people connected to you with the same interests like "#fitfam" for healthy people and "#foodiefam" for people who like trying different kinds of food.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

To Floss




To Floss (slang): 1) To show off material things or expensive lifestyle, 2) To do a popular dance move featured on social media 3) To slide a piece of string in between your teeth for cleaning


Paul is talking to his friend Devin during a party
Paul: Jose is flossing on everyone with that outfit today.
Devin: Yeah. The shirt and pants are from Supreme. Super expensive!
Paul: So, how was your weekend?
Devin: I was flossing in my Tesla with the ludicrous mode on.
Paul: Wow, I guess everyone is flossing these days but me!

Two friends at a night club
Cindy: Look at Frankie out on the dance floor! What's he doing?
Kat: Oh, haven't you seen it on social media? They even put it on Fortnite. It's called "The Floss or Flossing," and it's a special dance move.
Cindy: It looks fun and easy!

Jimmy at the Dentist's Office
Dentist: Jimmy, you have 8 cavities!
Jimmy: Really? But I floss my teeth at least once a week.
Dentist: You need to brush and floss your teeth every day in order to avoid getting cavities.

Explanation: "To floss" has several meanings but has recently been used as a slang term for showing off something expensive. In the first example, Jose is showing off his expensive clothes at the party. Later, Devin says that he showed off his Tesla last weekend. In the second example, Frankie is flossing on the dance floor. It is the name of a popular dance move that you can see an example of here.

Finally, the traditional meaning of "floss" is related to cleaning in between the teeth with a string. In the third example, Jimmy has 8 cavities because he doesn't floss his teeth regularly.