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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.



Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Not a fan



Grammar use: to be not a fan of someone or something.

Examples
1.  She is not a big fan of scary movies because every time she watches them, she has trouble sleeping at night.
2.  I am not a big fan of our new boss.  He is very strict and makes us work longer hours.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Not your cup of tea



Example 1:
Harold: Hey Dirk, do you want to go get some sushi later?
Dirk: No, that’s okay. Sushi is not my cup of tea. I would prefer some barbecue.

Example 2:
Julie: Hey Pam, have you ever been to New York?
Pam: Yeah, but I didn’t really like it.
Julie: Really? Why?
Pam: It was very busy and fast. It’s just not my cup of tea. I like Los Angeles because it’s relaxed.

Example 3:

Rob: Does your girlfriend like ice-cream?
Wes: No, it’s not really her cup of tea. She only eats it once in a while. She likes cake more than anything

Explanation:
To say something is “not one’s cup of tea” is to say that a person doesn’t like something or it is not their favorite. If something is not your cup of tea, it is not your preference, but it might be an acceptable choice. 


 

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.

Explanation:

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: Hmmmm..it 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.