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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Boss (Slang) Part 1


GET READY:

Do you have a boss? What is he or she like? If you don't have a boss, describe your teacher, or your mother or father.

READ THIS:

Jeff, an American, tells Brad about his boss...

Brad: So, what's your boss like?
Jeff: He's a complete wuss. But he's like a zillionaire, so nobody wants to bad mouth him.
Brad: Why do you say he's a wuss?
Jeff: Like, the other night we went out to some dive to get some eats. The place served us some kind of mystery meat. I wanted to complain, but he was totally psyched about it! It's like he lives in some la-la-land where life is beautiful all the time.

To be continued...

PRACTICE 1:

Match the words and their meanings:

1. bad mouth
2. dive
3. eats
4. la la land
5. like
6. mystery meat
7. psyched
8. wuss
9. zillionaire

a. food
b. imaginary place
c. a weak person
d. excited, extremely happy
e. say bad things about someone
f. common filler word, like "um" or "uh"
g. a very rich person
h. low-class bar or restaurant
i. you can't tell what kind it is

ANSWERS TO PRACTICE 1:

1. to bad mouth: (e) to say bad things about someone
2. a dive: (h) a low-class bar or restaurant
3. eats: (a) food
4. la la land: (b) an imaginary place, like where we go in dreams
5. like: (f) a common filler word, like "um" or "uh." Here, it means "For example."
6. mystery meat: (i) meat that has been prepared badly, so one can't tell what kind it is
7. to be psyched: (d) to be excited, extremely happy
8. a wuss: (c) a weak person, one who won't stand up for him- or herself
9. a zillionaire: (g) a very rich person. Like "millionaire" or "billionaire," but with an imaginary number.

PRACTICE 2:

Use the words above to fill in the blanks:

1. Pay attention! Stop drifting off to __________.
2. The water's not that cold! Get in! Don't be such a __________!
3. I don't like __________, so I seldom eat barbecue from the street.
4. There's no need to __________ him just because he doesn't like you.
5. Last time I went into that __________ I ended up in a fight!
6. I won the contest! I'm so __________!
7. Where can I get some good __________? I'm starving!
8. If I were a __________ I'd buy you a new car.
9. If you were, __________, honest, you'd tell me where you were last night.

ANSWERS TO PRACTICE 2:

1. la la land; 2. wuss; 3. mystery meat; 4. bad mouth; 5. dive; 6. psyched; 7. eats; 8. zillionaire; 9. like

NOTES:

Here's a paraphrase of the conversation so far, in more standard English:

Brad: So, what's your boss like?
Jeff: He's a weak person. But he's very rich, so nobody wants to say bad things about him.
Brad: Why do you say he's a weak person?
Jeff: For example, the other night we went out to a cheap restaurant to get some food. The place served us some meat that was so badly prepared that we couldn't guess what it was. I wanted to complain, but he was excited about it! It's like he lives in some imaginary place where life is beautiful all the time.

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