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Thursday, June 23, 2011

to take one's pick

Take one's pick

Example 1:

Jenny: Wow, the theater is empty! I thought it would be crowded since the movie just came out.

Shelly: Yes, I know. I was afraid we wouldn’t even be able to find a seat.

Jenny: Well, I guess we were wrong.

Shelly: Yes, we can take our pick of any seat in the theater!

Jenny: Great!


Example 2:

All the guys in our class like Sandy and want to take her out on a date. She is so lucky because she can take her pick of any guy in the class.

Meaning:
To be able to choose what you want when there are many of what you want available. For example, if someone brings 2 dozen cookies to class and you are the only one who likes cookies, then you can take your pick of any cookie in the box.

This idiom was taken from LSI's text book titled Reading Horizons. This book is used to teach Reading and Vocabulary in our Level 6 class. For more information please visit: http://www.languagesystems.com/

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Junkie

Junkie
Example 1:


Jenny: Oh, I’m having such a hard time losing weight because I love anything with chocolate in it! I could each chocolate all day long. I just can’t resist when someone offers me chocolate candy or cake.

Shelly: Wow, it sounds to me like you are a real chocolate junkie!

Jenny: Yes, I guess so. It’s really too bad because I have to lose weight before my sister’s wedding.

Shelly: Yes, I know what you mean. By the way, would you like a brownie? I made them last night and they are delicious!

Jenny: (sigh)


Example 2:

Jennifer is a student at UCLA and has to study a lot. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to get a lot of studying done since she opened a Facebook account. Now, all she wants to do is go on Facebook to update her status and see what all her friends are doing. She also takes at least two or three photos a day to add to her album on Facebook. When she is studying, her Facebook friends send her messages, and she just has to answer. She is really a Facebook junkie, and if she’s not careful, she won’t finish school!

Meaning:
Junkie noun
This noun was originally used to describe drug addicts, especially people addicted to heroin. However, it is now commonly used to describe a person who is extremely enthusiastic about something; therefore, someone who can't stop eating fast food would be a fast food junkie or someone who can’t stop watching TV would be a TV junkie.


This idiom was taken from LSI's textbook titled Reading Horizons. This book is used to teach Reading and Vocabulary in our Level 6 class. For more information please visit: http://www.languagesystems.com/