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Thursday, October 20, 2016

To Diss Someone

          

Context #1 – Two guys who like the same girl

Vinnie: Hey, Brad. What's up?
Brad: Oh, hi. I’m just getting ready to go out with my girl.
Vinnie: Nice, dude. Is she in our class?
Brad: Yeah, it's Samantha.
Vinnie: What? Samantha is my girl. 
Brad: Well, not anymore.
Vinnie: No way! She would never go out with a guy who looks like you. You’re so ugly, you have to sneak up on your mirror so you don't scare yourself.
Brad: That's a really bad joke. You are dissing me because you’re just mad that Samantha is with me now.
Vinnie: I’m not joking. If you really want a joke, look in the mirror.
Brad: You can keep dissing me, but Samantha is a with a real man now, Vinnie!

To diss someone: a shortened version of “disrespect,” to purposely disrespect someone, to put someone down, to insult someone    


Context #2 – Two roommates are talking at home

Katrina: What’s wrong Cindy. You look sad.
Cindy: Oh, hey Katrina. I don’t know what to do. This woman at work is dissing me like every day. And I’m not good with a comeback.*
Katrina: Why don’t you tell her to stop? What does she say?
Cindy: She is so subtle about it that I look foolish if I tell her to stop dissing me. She will say things like “Oh no, Cindy, you look so pale today. Are you OK?” She said this to me after I came back from a Hawaii vacation and I looked great with my tan.
Katrina: Well, she is obviously just jealous. Why don’t you diss her back? The next time you see her, get a look of surprise on your face and say something like, “Was anyone else hurt in the accident that did this to you?"
Cindy: Ha, ha, ha!! That would be so funny, but I could never diss someone like that.
Katrina: OK. Well, I guess you will just have to ignore her every time she disses you. Instead, pretend you are talking about her until you have her attention and then just ignore everything she says!
Cindy: Sounds good to me!

Meaning: "To diss someone” is short for “to disrespect someone.” It usually involves insulting someone directly or indirectly. In context 1, Vinnie and Brad are both dating Samantha, so Vinnie starts dissing Brad by insulting his looks. In Context 2, Cindy is being dissed by a woman at work and does not have a good comeback (reply to the critical remark). Katrina gives Cindy an idea of how to diss the woman at work, but Cindy decides to just ignore that person. Please note that dissing someone should not frequently be used in daily situations and people should always be careful. Unless it's a joke, dissing someone could provoke a very extreme reaction in a person.

*Comeback – a quick reply to a critical remark

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

To Luck Out


Context #1 – Two friends talking

Victoria:  Hey, Billy! I just lucked out and got tickets to see the Dodgers tonight at 6:00 PM. Do you want to join me?
Billy: Wow! You got playoff tickets? That’s amazing!
Victoria: I know! I just happened to tell my classmate how much I love the Dodgers and he is a season ticket holder. He offered me two tickets for free since he can’t go to the game.
Billy: That is so awesome. And I guess I lucked out too since you are inviting me!

To gain success or to gain something that was desired by chance; experience good luck. 

Context #2 – Two friends at school in the hallway

Perry: Hello, Gino. You look relieved. What’s up?
Gino: Well, I forgot about my final exam in Math today and I didn’t study at all. I only realized there would be a test when I got to class.
Perry:  Seriously? Why are you so calm about it? You must have bombed* that test.
Gino: No, that is why I’m so relieved. I totally lucked out because Professor Daniels was sick today, so the test was postponed until Monday. I have the whole weekend to study!
Perry: Oh, I see. I guess you really did luck out after all.

Meaning: "To luck out” means to get something good that you want by chance when least expecting it. In Context 1, Victoria was surprised that she got two free tickets to the Dodger playoff game because generally those tickets would be hard to get or just too expensive. In Context 2, Gino didn’t study at all for the test and would have probably failed it if the teacher had not been sick and postponed the test until Monday. He lucked out because now he can study for the test over the weekend and do much better.

*to fail at something
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