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Friday, September 11, 2015

To Paint the Town Red

verb, expression - to go out and have fun, have a good time.

Use: William and Cheryl stand outside a convenience store. Cheryl scratches a lottery ticket.

William: I wish we could get out and do something fun tonight. But I don't get paid until next week!

Cheryl: I won! I won! $10,000!

William: Are you kidding?

Cheryl: Come on! I'm going to cash this in and we're going to paint the town red!

In the example, Cheryl is planning to get her lottery money and celebrate (have fun) with William. Thus, they are going to paint the town red.

Iain McConnell, APC #DTLA

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Party Pooper

A person or thing that spoils a good time or ruins a good mood.

Use: Jo and Kendra are discussing an upcoming event...

Jo: Kendra, are you going to invite Lisa to your birthday?
Kendra: I would like to, but do you remember the last time we were all together? She wouldn't stop talking about how angry her boyfriend made her.
Jo: True. She was a real party pooper. We were having a great time until she arrived.

In the example, Jo and Kendra talk about how they were having until Lisa arrived. In other words, Lisa's complaining about her boyfriend killed their fun. That is why Lisa is a party pooper.

-- Iain McConnell, APC Language Systems #DTLA

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