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Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Boss (Slang) Part 3


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Why would you quit a job (or change schools)? In other words, when would a boss's or teacher's requests become too much?

READ THIS:

The conversation continues. Jeff is so upset he may have to change jobs...

Jeff: Yeah, I worked all night, but I was a basket case the next day. My social life is DOA. I even had to cancel a date I had with this hottie I met the other night.
Brad: Can you talk to him about it?
Jeff: Nah, he's a dinosaur. He thinks everyone should work 24/7. But I'm a people person! I need to go someplace and just veg out with my friends.
Brad: So what are you going to do?
Jeff: I'll hang a few more weeks, but if nothing changes, I'm outta there!
Brad: Good luck!

PRACTICE 1:

Match the words and their meanings:

1. 24/7
2. basket case
3. dinosaur
4. DOA
5. hang (or hang on)
6. hottie
7. I'm outta there
8. people person
9. veg out

a. old-fashioned
b. someone who likes other people
c. sit around
d. all the time
e. non-existent
f. insane person
g. I will leave
h. wait and see
i. good-looking or sexy person

ANSWERS TO PRACTICE 1:

1. 24/7: (d) all the time: "24 hours a day, 7 days a week"
2. a basket case: (f) a crazy person, someone who can't take care of him- or herself
3. a dinosaur: (a) someone old-fashioned, with outdated ideas
4. DOA: (e) a medical term, "Dead on Arrival" (as when someone is already dead before they reach the hospital). We use it to mean "non-existent." You can hear this in the theme song of the TV show "Friends": "Your life's a joke, you're broke, your love life's DOA."
5. to hang: (h) to do nothing, to wait and see
6. a hottie: (i) a good-looking or sexy person, one who is "hot"
7. I'm outta there: (g) I will leave there. Also "I'm outta here" used as an informal way to say goodbye.
8. a people person: (b) a person who enjoys being with other people; someone with good relationship skills
9. to veg out: (c) to do nothing special, to sit around (like a vegetable)

PRACTICE 2:

Use the words above to fill in the blanks:

1. After that long plane ride, I was a __________ and could barely stay awake in the meeting.
2. If she's such a __________, why is she going out with YOU?!
3. If you make another mistake like that, your career will be __________.
4. I think I'll just stay home and __________ in front of the TV tonight.
5. See ya later! __________!
6. We'll work __________ to keep our customers happy.
7. Just __________ a second, and I'll be right with you.
8. If you weren't such a __________, you'd know how to use your mobile phone.
9. I hate staying home; I'd rather go to a club, because I'm a __________.

ANSWERS TO PRACTICE 2:

1. basket case; 2. hottie; 3. DOA; 4. veg out; 5. I'm outta here; 6. 24/7; 7. hang (or hang on); 8. dinosaur; 9. people person

NOTES:

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

Jeff: Yes, I worked all night, but I was in bad condition the next day. I have no social life. I even had to cancel a date I had with a pretty girl I met the other night
Brad: Can you talk to him about it?
Jeff: Nah, he's too old-fashioned. He thinks everyone should work all the time. But I prefer to be with people! I need to go someplace and just have free time with my friends.
Brad: So what are you going to do?
Jeff: I'll wait and see a few more weeks, but if nothing changes, I'll leave there!
Brad: Good luck!

This lesson is ©2011 by James Baquet. You may share this work freely. Teachers may use it in the classroom, as long as students are told the source (URL). You may not publish this material or sell it. Please write to me if you have any questions about "fair use."

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