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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New Blood

New member of a group or organization.  Typically it’s a younger person or group of people beginning or starting in a new place or group.

Example 1:

Manny:  Hey Mark, do you know if the new team members will be arriving today?
Mark:  Oh that’s right!  Today we get to meet the new blood coming in for the internships
Manny:  Yes, it’s that time of the year again.  Summer is always interesting and we get to meet a lot of newbies.
Mark:  Let’s just hope they are up to the challenges of this work.

Example 2:
Emily:  Who’s the new blood in the office.  He’s so energetic and good looking
Brenda:  Settle down Emily, don’t get yourself in trouble at the office for liking the new guy.
Emily:  Yes I know, no fraternizing with co-workers.
Brenda: That’s the best way to go.  I will admit though he is cute.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

To catch feelings

Example 1:
Denise: Hey, Becky, how is it going?
Becky: It's going well. Actually, I'm kind of annoyed these days.
Denise: Annoyed with what?
Becky: Well, you remember Mike, that guy I've been texting with. It's been just casual and fun but I think he's starting to catch feelings. He's really starting to become clingy, he wants to hang out all the time! He's trying to make plans for the summer time, but I doubt we'll still be talking by then. It's annoying that he thinks we're in a serious relationship.
Denise: Yeah, I see what you mean. It's always annoying when guys catch feelings when you're not interested.

Example 2:
Eddie: Good to see you, Mike! How have you been?
Mike: Hey, man! I've been great!
Eddie: You seem happy! Did you win the lottery or something?
Mike: It's better than money, bro! It's because of my special girl Becky! I think I'm in love!
Eddie: You mean Denise's friend Becky? You can't be serious. I thought you guys were just friends and only texted here and there.
Mike: Yeah, but I think this is something more. I can't stop thinking about her.
Eddie: No way, Mike! I think you're just catching feelings for her because she showed you a little bit of interest. I really don't think you should read too much into it.


to catch feelings is to begin to have romantic feelings for someone. This usually has negative connotations as it is unexpected or inappropriate. In example 1, Becky is annoyed that Mike is catching feelings  because she believes their relationship is casual and fun. In Example 2, Eddie is trying to tell Mike that he shouldn't be thinking too seriously about their relationship. Eddie seems to be reading the situation better than Mike.

More examples:
Becky didn't mean for Mike to catch feelings.
Mike is starting to catch feelings for Becky.
Eddie thinks Mike caught feelings because Becky gave him some attention.
(Becky) I think Mike is catching feelings. I should stop replying to his texts. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Staycation or Staycay

Staycation or Staycay -  A vacation spent at home involving day trips to local attractions. Instead of traveling somewhere for vacation when you have time off, you stay at home and visit local attractions.

Two friends are talking about taking time off from work

Julie: I'm so stressed out lately! I really need a vacation. The only problem is that I don't have any money to travel anywhere.

Terri: Why don't you just take a staycation? You live in downtown LA, so there are plenty of places for you to see without having to pack a suitcase.

Julie: You're right. I've lived in LA for five years, and I still haven't visited half of the places on my list.

Terri: Last year, my staycation was the best. I unplugged from work, just slept in all day, and went out at night. It was also a lot cheaper than traveling to another city or country.

Julie: sounds nice. I could relax at that spa near my house that everyone says is so good. Then I could check out some of the museums. There is so much to see just in my area.

Terri: Yes!

Julie: Thanks for the advice about the staycay. I'm feeling better already!

Staycation or Staycay - Staycation is a combination of stay (meaning stay-at-home) and vacation. Staycay is a shortened form of Staycation. Their meaning is the same, a vacation spent at home involving day trips to local attractions. Instead of going somewhere for vacation when you have time off, you stay at home and do the local scene.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

In hot water

Meaning - in trouble 
Part of speech - adjective
Uses - to be in hot water or to get in hot water

Example 1 

Tom was in hot water because he failed two of his tests. Now, he will need to take the tests again if he wants to pass this class.

Example 2 

The man got in hot water with the police for stealing items from the supermarket.

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!

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!


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.