slammer (n) = jail/prison
“Jose is in the slammer for 2 years for lying to the police.”
5-finger discount (n) = shoplifting
“Rob had to do community service for a 5-finger discount.”
to get busted (v) = arrested/caught
“My brother got busted for speeding…again! He never learns!
junkie (n) = a person addicted to drugs
“Can you believe Carol became a junkie? She was so successful at university.”
Here are some of the most popular texting/chat short forms and what they stand for…never use these in formal writing!
Getting a text from an English speaker can be confusing!
Here are some short forms we use to represent expressions:
earful (n) = heavy complaining / lecture
My father gave me an earful after I scratched his car.
down (v) = drink
Let’s go the cafe and down a couple of coffees.
dicey (adj) = not safe / taking a chance
That road is really dicey when it snows. We should take another route.
the cat’s got your tongue = you can’t/won’t say anything
“Why don’t you apologize to your mother? Has the cat got your tongue?”
the cat’s pajamas = something great
“My new iPad 2 is the cat’s pajamas. It was expensive, but I love it.”
one cool cat = a person you respect/think is awesome
“Craig is one cool cat. He always knows about new technology before it’s launched.”
sore loser (n) = a person who does not win in a competition and keeps complaining about it.
“I don’t like playing tennis with Teddy. He’s always a sore loser if I beat him.”
touch and go = describes a situation that is quite close to having a bad outcome/result
“It was touch and go with my mother after her surgery. She got a bad infection and the doctors were really worried.”
loose lips = someone who cannot keep a secret
“I never tell my sister anything private. She is a real loose lips.”
green-eyed monster (n) = jealousy
“Successful people have to be careful of the green-eyed monster. They can lose friends because of it.”
backseat driver (n) = a person who is always telling other people how to drive
meltdown (n) = emotional collapse
Terry had a meltdown when she lost her Blackberry. She is addicted to that thing!
mickey mouse (adj) = a waste of time/too easy
That Spanish course is mickey mouse. I want to take one that is more challenging.
paws (n) = hands
Get your paws off those sandwiches! They are for the guests.
loaded (adj) = very wealthy
My grandfather is loaded. He owns 4 companies.
tighten your belt (v) = stop spending as much money
After I lost my job, we had to tighten our belts.
pay through the nose (v) = pay too much for something
I paid through the nose for my new car. I saw it yesterday for $2000 less!
wet blanket = a person who is really boring
“Alex is a wet blanket. I never bring him to parties because he is so dull!
wannabe = a person who aspires to be better than they are, or like someone else
“There are so many wannabe supermodels in my school.”
what’s-his/her-face = used when cannot remember someone’s name
I’m talking about the guy in our office who sites near the photocopier….what’s-his-face.
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