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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"To have a short fuse"

Context #1
Sara: I think I am going to break up with my boyfriend.
Tammy: Really?  Why?
Sara: He gets angry so easily.  One little thing gets him upset.
Tammy: Yeah, I have noticed that he has a short fuse.


Context #2
Chris: When I was in the 4th grade, I had this teacher named Mr. Wilson.  He would explode with anger over really small things.
Ryan: Wow!  It sounds like he had a really short fuse.
Chris:  He sure did!

Meaning: "to have a short fuse" is used when someone gets angry really easily or quickly.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

To Tie the Knot

Meaning:  To get married

Hi Karla,

I hope you had a great vacation! A lot happened here while you were is Costa Rica!
Michelle went to Florida for a few days, Vini bought that car he wanted, and... what else? Ah, guess what?! Lina and John tied the knot last week!
I am so happy for them. I saw some pictures and they looked fabulous.
Well, I hope to see you soon and hear all about your trip! Call me when you have a chance.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Melissa: I’m trying to get Jon to move in with me, but he says he prefers living
with you as a roommate.
Aaron: It’s great living with Jon. It’s like we never left college.
Melissa: You guys are such Kadults. When are you going to grow up. That’s why you don’t have a girlfriend.
Aaron: Blame our parents, they loved us too much.
Melissa: You guys need to become men. Playing video games all day is so

Kadult means you are a grown adult, but still act like a kid (child)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ball in (your) Court (used as an expression)

The expression, “the ball’s in (your) court,” is typically used to express that it is now the other person’s turn to commit to the next move.  This expression comes from the game of tennis, where it is now the opponent’s turn to perform the next action.  This is usually a follow-up expression where the first person had already initiated the first action and it is now the other person's turn to react to it.

Situation 1:
“The salesman provided the customer with all of the information and details about the product and also offered him a great discount as well.  The ball is now in the customer’s court to decide if he wants to buy it or not.”

Situation 2:
Mary:     “My boyfriend and I have been together for about 10 years now and I think I’m ready to take it to the next level.  We both have good jobs now and we both still love each other very much.”
Lisa:    “Have you tried asking him if he wants to start a family together?”
Mary:    “I did and he said he needed a bit more time to think about it.”
Lisa:    “Okay, then it sounds like the ball is in his court now.”

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tag along

Tag along (used as a verb, adjective or noun)

Situation #1: Two friends

Kate: I'm so excited. I'm going to check out that new horror movie!
Chris: Really? I've been wanting to see that. Mind if I tag along?
Kate: Not at all! Let's go!

Explanation: "Tag along" means to go with someone. When used as a verb, it's usually asked in a question (as in the above example, or if Kate had asked "Would you like to tag along?"). However, when used as an adjective or noun, "tag along" (or sometimes "tagalong" or "tag-along") is usually more negative, suggesting that the person is following another in a constant and possibly annoying way, as seen in the next example:

Situation #2: Two friends
Brie: Have you seen Valerie?
Kim: No, why?
Brie: Well, I'm avoiding her. She is such a tagalong! She follows me everywhere, and it's getting annoying!
Kim:  She doesn't seem like she's that annoying.
Brie: She followed me into the bathroom earlier, even though she didn't have to go, and then she followed me to my class, even though her class was on the other side of the building! I don't need a tag-along friend!
Kim:  Uh...
Valerie:  Hey guys! What are you talking about?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Meaning: Fun or exciting

Dialogue #1: Karla and Trey are at a big house party in LA.
Trey: Hey, Karla! How's it going?
Karla: Oh, hi Trey. Great! How about you?
Trey: I'm good. Isn't this party lit?
Karla: Yes! I'm having so much fun!
Trey: Me, too. Tom's parties are always exciting.

Dialogue #2: Pam and Terry are talking about a new movie.
Pam: Have you seen the new James Bond movie?
Terry: Yes, I went last night. It was lit!!
Pam: Really? I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard it's awesome. I can't wait to go this weekend.

Explanation: The term lit has meant "drunk or intoxicated" for over a century. However, recently its meaning has changed to "exciting," as well as "excellent" or "awesome." In the first dialogue, Karla and Trey are talking about the party as being lit or really exciting. In dialogue #2, Terry tells Pam that the new James Bond movie is lit or awesome.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

To hit the nail on the head

Context #1
Jill: I like John, but there is something a little strange about him.
Jane: Yeah, he always wears the same shirt.
Jill: You know what? That's it! You hit the nail on the head!

Context #2
Tom: People in Southern California drive so dangerously on the freeway. I wonder why?
Joe: Well, people could avoid a lot of accidents if they just used their turn signals when changing lanes.
Tom: Exactly! You hit the nail on the head!

Meaning: "to hit the nail on the head" is used when someone has an opinion or an idea and it is exactly right.