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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

To be two sides of the same coin

Example #1
Bob: I feel sad today. I don’t know why. Yesterday I was happy.
Tina: Well, sometimes we are happy and sometimes we are sad. Actually, you can’t have happiness without sadness, just like you can’t have day without night.
Bob: I think I understand. Happy and sad, like day and night, are two sides of the same coin.

Example # 2
Leo: I hate rain.
Roberta: But you love the flowers that grow after the rain, right?
Leo: Well, yes. I really love flowers. They are so beautiful.
Roberta: Remember, Leo, the rain and the flowers are just two sides of the same coin.
Leo: Wow, I guess you’re right. Thanks for the kind words, Roberta!

Definition:
When two things seem to be different, but are part of the same thing: Yin-yang.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Gym Bunny


A person busy trying to improve their physique or physical image, which spends countless hours at the gym to do so.

Example 1:
Broski: Dude, I just spent doing one hundred squats with a weight of two hundred pounds. I’m a straight savage.
Ana: What’s the point of doing all the exercise? Do you enjoy it?
Broski: I got to look good for the ladies and show that beach bod year round.
Ana: You’re such a gym bunny. Do you also incorporate a good diet?
Broski: Diet? For what? My diet is the three to four hours of gym I put in to look good.

Example 2:
The Abercrombie store used to pay for gym bunnies to stand shirtless, or with minimal clothes, in front of their store(s) to attract customers to buy things. Whether you think it’s ethical or not doesn’t matter because the gym bunnies grew their business and attraction to the store.




Wednesday, April 10, 2019

To stunt



Example 1:
Phillip: I don't mean to stunt, but I just got off my private jet from my awesome vacation in Italy and I'm so tired. What did you do this weekend?
Jack: Wow, Phillip. You don't wanna stunt, but you're totally stunting. I didn't do anything special. Watched a couple of shows on Netflix and did some laundry...

Example 2:

My neighbor just won the lottery. At first, he didn't really let the money affect his behavior or his lifestyle, but now I see him stunting his wealth. For instance, he's got a new Rolls Royce. He was driving it down the street with the music blaring to make sure the whole neighborhood saw him. Next, he landed a helicopter in the local park! It scared the children and I think someone called the police!

Explanation: 

To stunt means to show off or brag about one's wealth. In example 1, Phillip is talking about a private jet but claims he's not trying to show off. Of course his friend Jack knows he's showing off because private jets are not common. In example 2, the speaker talks about his neighbor showing off his wealth with his new car and the helicopter incident. Rolls Royces and helicopters are not common and are symbols of wealth.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

To Flex

To Flex: To show off or to boast/brag, about your body, your belongings, or some other thing you consider superior; Showing off your valuables in a non-humble way.




Two Friends in the Mall
Bobby: Look at my new Lucky Brand, vintage leather jacket!
Cheri: Wow, are you trying to flex with that jacket! Isn't it too hot, I mean, to wear?
Bobby: Nope. Just too hot for the ladies since I'm flexin it.
Cheri: You are so funny! Just be sure you don't pass out from the heat.
Bobby: Ha. Ha.

No Flex Zone - A place where you are not allowed to flex or show off anything.

Cal and John are in Jerry's house and it is a "No Flex Zone."
Cal: Oh, hi John. Come in.
John: Hey, Cal.
Cal: Woa, John! Why are you wearing all those chains and that expensive watch! Didn't you know this is a "No Flex Zone?"
John: I thought this was a party?
Cal: Yea, but not a party where you just flex on everyone. We are here for Jerry's birthday. Come on, dude.
John: OK. Sorry, I'll take everything off and stop flexin. I didn't know.

Here is a link to Iggy Azalea - Flexin' & Finessin'




Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Drip

Slang Term: Drip -  It is when someone’s look or style is extremely fashionable or sexy.
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Yuki, an international student from Japan, is asking Val, her American roommate, what the slang term “drip” means.

Yuki: Hey, Val. I just heard someone use the word “drip,” but he didn’t use it the way I know the word, like when there is a leaky faucet or dripping water. What does drip mean in slang?
Val: Well, it means a person has “swag” or a really cool style. You know, like when someone looks really hot or fashionable!
Yuki: Really? How do you say it?
Val: Let me see...so we don’t pronounce the “g” at the end. Yuki, that dress you are wearing is really drippin. Or look at my shoes, they’re drippin.
Yuki: Oh, I see, we are drippin in style!
Val: Right! Actually, Cardi B’s song from last year is called “Drip,” and she talks about “Diamonds on my wrist, they drippin’ (ice).”
Let me show you on YouTube.  Listen for how she uses “drip” in the song:


 

Explanation: Drip is often used as an adjective, dripping, to describe someone who is really fashionable, cool, or awesome. We also don’t pronounce the “g” at the end. For example: Did you see that move Frank made on the dance floor? He's drippin right now! It can also be used as a noun. For instance: Look at your clothes! You have got the drip!


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

To be on it



Example 1
Felix: Lucy, the party is tonight and we have a few more things to prepare.
Lucy: Just let me know how I can help and we'll get it done together.
Felix: Balloons. We needs lots of blue balloons. Can you go to the party store and take care of that?
Lucy: I'm on it!

Example 2
Mom: Richard, have you prepared your college applications yet? They are due in a week.
Richard (playing video games): Don't worry, mom. I'm on it.
Mom: Well I hope so. This is your future at stake!

Grammar
to be on it is an inseparable phrasal verb. Change the be verb to match your tense and subject. This expression is usually used in the affirmative, rarely in the negative form.
I am on it.
You are on it.
We are on it.
He/She is on it
.

Meaning
You can use this expression when a person is working on a task or project and it is under control. In example 1, Lucy takes on the task of getting balloons. She will take care of it. In example 2, Richard assures his mom that he is taking care of his applications. This expression is used when there is confidence that the task will be completed.
I'm on it = I will do it = It will get done


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

To rub it in



Context #1

Tom: Hey, I heard the Rams lost to the Patriots in the Superbowl.  Aren't you a Rams fan?
John: Yeah, yeah, yeah.  You don't need to rub it in.


Sara: I heard you got another speeding ticket yesterday. You got one last month too, right?
Jill: Yes, and my husband's going to freak out when he finds out about this one.
Sara:  Maybe you should start taking the bus to work just to be safe.
Jill: Thanks for rubbing it in.

Meaning: "to rub it in" is a common expression used when someone teases or reminds another person about something that is negative or embarrassing.