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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Patch (Things) Up (used as a verb)

Situation 1:
“Tom and Jerry used to be best friends when they were little.  Unfortunately, when they became older, they both got into a disagreement with one another because they liked the same girl.  Eventually, they patched things up and decided that their continued friendship was more important.”

Situation 2:
Susan:  “I thought Tom and Jerry hated each other.  Usually I see them arguing with one another despite having been childhood friends.  Today, they seem to be enjoying each other’s company.”

Peter:    “They fought over a girl awhile back, but apparently, they patched up their differences and became best friends again.”
To patch things up means to deal, repair, or reconcile one’s differences.  This is typically treated as a phrasal verb and used to communicate the resolution of a disagreement or conflict.  Both of the situations above communicated how Tom and Jerry resolved their differences and became friends again.  In situation 2, the alternative form of patch up (their) differences is also commonly used to express the same idea.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Lightweight (used as an adjective)

Situation #1: Two friends
Brant: Do you want another cocktail?
Jean: Nah, I'm ok. I'm a total lightweight.
Brant: But you've only had one?
Jean: I know, but if I have another drink, I won't be able to walk out of here.

Explanation: "Lightweight" has a number of meanings. Most commonly, it's used for a category of boxers who don't weigh very much. It can also be used to describe a material, such as in a lightweight jacket. Informally, it can also be used to describe someone who can't "hold their liquor," another idiom for a person who gets drunk very easily.

Situation #2: Two coworkers
Sharon: Hey, Brian. How was the office Christmas party?
Brian: Oh, you should have been there! It turns out, Karen is a lightweight.
Sharon: Really? What happened?
Brian: She got completely wasted and started dancing on the table! I think she was going to start stripping for the boss before someone got her down.
Sharon: You're right; I wish I hadn't stayed home. That sounds hilarious!


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

To Bounce

To Bounce: To leave; to depart

Situation #1: Two friends are at a party
Sam: This party is so boring!
Rachel: Yes, I know. I guess the speakers are broken, so they can't play any music. Everyone is just sitting around looking at each other.
Sam: Well, if we can't dance or talk to anyone, let's bounce!
Rachel: OK. That sounds good. I want to find something fun to do!
Situation #2: Two people are having a date at a restaurant
Kim: This is such a beautiful restaurant, and the food is delicious!
Calvin: I also love the view of the beach. I could just sit here all night.
Kim: Me, too.
Calvin: I think we are the last two people in the restaurant, and they are closing.
Kim: That's too bad. I guess we had better bounce before they kick us out.

In situation 1, the two friends are really bored at a party, so they decide to leave or bounce. In situation 2, the restaurant is closing so the couple has to leave. The word "bounce" can be used in many different ways, but a lot of people use it as a slang term to say they want to leave a place. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

To have a blast

To have a blast: To have a great time

Postcard from Soyoun, who is studying English in LA, and her friend Maria, who is from Spain.
Hey Maria,
How is everything in Spain? We miss you! This week is our vacation and I am joining some of our classmates on a day trip to Santa Barbara. There are some new students from Japan, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia! They are all very nice :-) Yesterday we went to Disneyland and we had a blast! It was my first time there and I can't believe how much fun it was! Please come to visit us soon! Love from LA!

Two friends talking after vacation

Jim: Hi, Kate. Where did you go on vacation?
Kate: We went hiking at Big Bear. It was so beautiful.

Jim: Wow. Do you like hiking in the summer?
Kate: Of course! We had a blast! We got to exercise and see some amazing views!

Meaning: To have a blast means to have a really good time doing something. In the postcard, Soyoun describes a trip to Disneyland where she had a lot of fun. In the conversation, Kate tells Jim that she had a blast, or had a lot of fun, hiking at Big Bear mountain.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Straight Fire

Pete: Yo Josey, did you watch last night’s World Cup match?
Josey: No why? Did something great happen?
Pete: Dude, Neymar scored a goal from sixty meters. That kid is straight fire.
Josey: If he keeps playing like that, he’ll never stop being popular.

Jessica: OMG! The new eating adventure show is straight fire; I can’t stop watching it.
Barry: It’s so true! My parents and I watch it every night. It’s so addicting.
Jessica: Let’s hope it continues with such great content.
Barry: Yes, let’s hope it keeps trending.

Straight fire is used as an adjective to describe someone/something that is currently trending, or super popular. People use it in a positive context to denote admiration of a specific characteristic or skill.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Chat Abbreviations

In today’s world of instant chatting technology, there are literally thousands of instant messaging apps out there!  From Whatsapp, WeChat, Line, and Facebook’s Instant Messenger, the English language itself has evolved into a more tech-friendly language.  Welcome to the world of chat abbreviations

Chat abbreviations are basically short-hand abbreviations for commonly used words and phrases.  Rather than typing the entire word, people often use these shortenings when they text each other.  Below is a list of some of the most common chat abbreviations and acronyms.  These are just a few that you might encounter and are also extremely easy to use!  Happy texting!
QT        “Cutie” 
BFF       “Best friend forever”
LOL       “Laugh out loud”                
BRB       “Be right back”
GR8       “Great”                        
BRT       “Be right there”
IMU       “I miss you”                    
CUS       “See you soon”
CU         “See you”                   
XOXO    “Hugs and kisses”
F2F       “Face to face”                    
IDK       “I don’t know”
WYWH  “Wish you were here”               
IRL       “In real life”
TIX       “Tickets”                    
IDC       “I don’t care”
JK         “Just kidding”                    
L8R       “Later”
UR        “You are / You’re”               
OIC       “Oh, I see”

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Sketchy (adjective): someone or something that seems strange, bad or potentially dangerous

Situation #1: A mother and son
Mom: Have you talked to your dad today?
Son: No. Why?
Mom: Well, he's acting kind of strange. Like, he's been really secretive about where he's going.
Son: Don't worry, Mom. He's not doing anything sketchy.
Mom: How do you know?
Son: Well, I don't want to ruin the surprise, but you know what Friday is.
Mom: Hmm... Oh, it's our anniversary. Is he planning something?
Son: I can't tell you!
Explanation: While the word "sketch" means to draw, "sketchy" means someone or something seems strange, bad or potentially dangerous. In this first example, the mother is concerned that her husband is acting strangely, but her son assures her that he's not doing anything sketchy, or potentially inappropriate, by suggesting that he is planning something for their anniversary.

Situation #2: Two friends

Val: Are you going to the party at Tom's?
Frances: Probably not.                                                     
Val: Why not?
Frances: He lives in a sketchy neighborhood. Last time I left his place to go home, I thought I was going to get robbed.
Val: Then come with me. We'll be safer if we're together.                                

Explanation:  In this example, Frances calls the neighborhood "sketchy," which means she thinks it might be dangerous.

The bridge photographed by Maria Ly looks pretty sketchy. Would you cross it?