airhead: stupid person.
“Believe it or not, Dave can sometimes act like an airhead!”
amigo: friend (from Spanish).
“I met many amigos at Dave’s ESL Cafe.”
ammunition: toilet paper.
“Help! We’re completely out of ammunition!”
“I’m going to need a lot of antifreeze tonight!”
armpit: dirty, unappealing place.
“This cheap motel is an absolute armpit!”
ass [offensive] (1): backside.
“I fell on my ass on the ski slopes.”
ass (2): an unworthy and hated person.
“I cannot be friends when you act like an ass.”
awesome: great and impressive.
“Dave’s ESL Cafe is truly awesome!”
baby boomer: a person born from the end of the Second World War until the early 1960s.
“Dave Sperling was born in 1961, so he’s considered a baby boomer.”
ball (1): a fun time.
“I really had a ball in Dave’s ESL class.”
ball [offensive] (2): a testicle.
“After getting kicked in the balls, his voice seemed much higher.”
bang (1): a very powerful thing.
“Disneyland is really a bang!”
bang (2): a powerful effect.
“Japanese sake really has a bang!”
barf (1): vomit.
“My dog barfed all over the carpet.”
barf (2): vomit.
“Don’t step on the barf!”
barf-out: a displeasing person or affair.
“That restaurant was a real barf-out.”
bazillion: an infinite number of something.
“Has Dennis really taught a bazillion students?”
“Do you wanna play b-ball with me?”
“I’ve worked for this company for ten years, but I still don’t have beans.”
“I’m really beat because I was awake all night.”
beemer: a BMW.
“He wants to buy a beemer when he makes more money.”
biggie: something important.
“I was hoping to get my homework completed, but it’s no biggie. ”
biker: a motorcycle rider.
“Dave used to be a biker until he got into a serious motorcycle accident.”
bitch [offensive] (1): a very unpleasant woman.
“My boss can be such a bitch sometimes.”
bitch [offensive] (2): complain.
“Stop bitching and finish your homework!”
bitchy [offensive]: moody.
“I like my friend Steve, even though he can be really bitchy.”
“Stalone has a great bod!”
bonkers; go bonkers: crazy.
“If Dave works too hard, he sometimes goes slightly bonkers!”
booboo: a mistake.
“I made a booboo on the last question of the exam.”
boob tube: television.
“Benjamin is always in front of the boob tube.”
“The ESL party was fun, even though there wasn’t any booze.”
boss: excellent; great.
“Dave’s ESL Cafe is totally boss!”
“Can I borrow some bread?”
brew (1): coffee.
“Every morning Dave needs a fresh cup of brew.”
brew (2): beer.
“Do you want another brew, dude?”
“I love drinking brewskies!”
B.S.: bullshit; lies.
“I’m tired of listening to your B.S.”
bull: bullshit; lie.
“That’s a bunch of bull!”
bullshit [offensive]: lie; dishonesty.
“I don’t like people that bullshit me”
buns [possibly offensive]: the rear end; buttocks.
“Don’t stare at my buns!”
bushed: extremely tired.
“I’m completely bushed.”
butt: the buttocks.
“Stop sitting on your butt and help me wash the dishes!”
catch some rays: get some sunshine.
“Let’s go to the beach and catch some rays.”
cheesy: cheap; outmoded.
“Why are you wearing such cheesy clothes?”
“Don’t be such a chicken!”
cool: excellent; superb.
“Dave’s ESL Cafe is totally cool!”
cooler, the: jail.
“If you drink and drive, you’ll end up spending time in the cooler.”
couch potato: a person who watches too much television.
“Why did I have to marry such a couch potato?”
crap [offensive] (1): something worthless.
“My furniture is a bunch of cheap crap.”
crap [offensive] (2): excrement.
“Yuck! I stepped on dog crap!”
crap [offensive] (3): falsehoods and lies.
“I’ve had enough of your crap.”
deck: to hit someone.
“His wife almost decked him when he returned home with lipstick on his shirt.”
dicey: unpredictable; risky.
“Gambling is a dicey occupation.”
dinero: money (from Spanish).
“I wish I had more dinero!”
dirt: extremely bad person.
“My ex-boyfriend was dirt.”
dirty: offensive; pornographic.
“Stop looking at the pictures in that dirty magazine!”
dorky: strange; peculiar.
“If you keep acting so dorky, you’ll never get a girlfriend!”
dude: a male.
“That’s really cool, dude!”
dynamite: powerful; excellent.
“Dave gave a dynamite presentation.”
dinosaur: something old fashioned or out of date.
“I’d love to surf the Net, but unfortunately my computer is a dinosaur.”
el cheapo: something cheap.
“Since I don’t make much money, I always purchase the el cheapo brand.”
evil: great; excellent.
“Your car is really evil!”
eyeball: to stare long and hard at someone or something.
“Dave eyeballed his daughter’s new boyfriend.”
eyepopper: something or someone visibly astounding.
“Wow, that girl is truly an eyepopper!”
“Dave’s ESL Cafe is really fab!”
“I think it’s time we had a face-off.”
fart [offensive]: to expel intestinal gas.
“It’s embarrassing to fart on the first date.”
fender-bender: small accident.
“This morning I had a fender-bender on the Ventura Freeway.”
“I waited four hours for my flaky friend to show up.”
flashback: sudden memory.
“In Little Tokyo I had a flashback to my days living in Japan.”
“Let’s go out tonight and watch a flick.”
fox: attractive, alluring person.
“Is it true that Dave is a fox?”
freebie: something that does not cost money.
“My trip to New York was a freebie.”
French kiss [possibly offensive]: kissing with the tongue.
“Dave’s dog is always trying to French kiss him!”
geek: someone who works too hard, is more intelligent than usual, and is slightly unattractive.
“Bill Gates is kind of a geek.”
get it: to understand something.
“Sorry, but I just don’t get it.”
get naked [possibly offensive]: to completely relax and have a good time.
“Let’s get naked tonight!”
“There must be a glitch in this softwware.”
go bananas: go slightly mad.
“This project is causing me to go bananas!”
gomer: a dumb person.
“Stop acting like a gomer!”
goof (1): a silly and foolish person.
“What a goof you are!”
goof (2): make a mistake.
I really goofed on the test today.”
goof off (1): waste time.
“Stop goofing off and help me clean the house!”
goof-off (2): someone who wastes time and isn’t serious.
“A goof-off never does well in school”
goof up: make a mistake.
“Oh no! I really goofed up!”
“Kids always make me feel goofy!”
“Have you washed your grabbers, Benjamin?”
grand: one thousand dollars.
“He’s making over a hundred grand a year!”
“Have you ever smoked grass?”
“Where’s the grub?!”
grubby: not clean.
“I always feel grubby in the morning.”
grungy: unclean and stinky.
“Grungy people are not allowed in Dave’s house!”
gut: a person’s stomach; belly.
“Dave is getting a big gut because he loves chocolate ice cream and beer!”
guts (1): courage.
“It took a lot of guts to ask his boss for a raise.”
guts (2): the nature of something.
“Let’s get to the guts of Dave Sperling!”
hairy: difficult; dangerous.
“The steep and windy road was really hairy.”
hang a left: make a left turn.
“Hang a left at the next corner.”
hang a right: make a right turn.
“Hang a right at the next corner.”
“I really need to use the head!”
hep: sensible; informed.
“She’s a really hep student.”
hickey: a love bite on the skin.
“Wow! Is that a hickey on your neck?”
hip: sensible; informed.
“He really tries hard to be hip.”
hooker [possibly offensive]: prostitute.
“You’ll find a lot of hookers in the red light district.”
horny [possibly offensive]: sexually stimulated; in the mood for sex.
“Red wine seems to make my boyfriend horny. ”
hot (1): popular.
“Brad Pitt is really hot now.”
hot (2): sexy.
“Wow! Cindy Crawford is really hot!”
humungous: really big.
“American supermarkets are humungous.”
hungries, to have: be hungry.
“I don’t know about you, but I’ve got the hungries.”
hyper: overly excited.
“Children often get hyper when they are tired.”
“The food is really icky in the school cafeteria.”
“If you want to order a beer, you’ll need your I.D.”
I’m outta here: I’m leaving; I’m departing.
“Sorry, but I’m outta here, dude.”
“Ray-Ban sunglasses are really in now.”
“Tom Cruise has really beautiful ivories.”
jack around [possibly offensive]: waste time.
“Will you please stop jacking around?”
jam, in a (1): trouble.
“If you’re in a jam, I promise to help you.”
jam (2): improvise (musically).
“I’d love to jam with Bon Jovi!”
jamming, to be : going well.
“Dave’s ESL Cafe is really jamming!”
jerk: stupid or annoying person.
“How could you go out with such a jerk?”
jillion: an immense number.
“Do you really have a jillion problems?”
jock: someone good at sports.
“I’ve never been much of a jock.”
“Where’s the john?”
K (k): a thousand.
“I could retire with 100 K (k)!”
kick back: relax and enjoy.
“I wish I could kick back at the beach today.”
kick off: die.
“My dog finally kicked off.”
killer: something exceptional or great.
“Wow, your boyfriend is killer!”
“Don’t knock it unless you’ve tried it.”
knockout: beautiful woman; handsome man.
“Benjamin is already a knockout!”
kook: peculiar person.
“Stop acting like a kook!”
laid back: relaxed; calm.
“I always feel laid back at the beach.”
“Dave is really lame when is comes to fixing his car.”
lip: cheeky talk.
“My students are always giving me lip!”
loser: a bungling and worthless person.
“Why are you dating such a loser?”
love handles: excess fat around the waist.
“Is it possible for Dave to lose his love handles?”
luck out: to be lucky or fortunate.
“You really luck out by visiting Dave’s ESL Cafe!”
make waves: cause problems.
“Teachers don’t like students to make waves.”
max, to the : dilFORUMdilFORUMdilFORUMdilFORUMdilFORUMdilFORUMdilFORUM.
“I’m happy to the max.”
“American restaurants serve mega portions of food.”
megabucks: a large amount of money.
“It takes megabucks to live in Japan.”
“I’m feeling very mellow this evening.”
mickey-mouse: unimportant; time-wasting.
“I’m sick of this mickey-mouse job.”
monkey bite: a kiss that leaves a mark on the skin.
“I don’t want any monkey bites tonight, okay?”
munch out: to eat voraciously.
“Let’s munch out on a large pizza!”
nada: nothing (from Spanish).
“I know nada about politics.”
neat: cool; great.
“Isn’t my new car neat?”
noid: someone that’s paranoid.
“Why are you so noid?”
nuke (1): nuclear weapon.
“This world had too many nukes.”
nuke (2): destroy; delete.
“Sorry, but I accidentally nuked your e-mail message.”
nuke (3): cook something in the microwave oven.
“Can you nuke this frozen pizza for me?”
nut (1): odd or crazy person.
“Why are you always acting like a nut?”
nut (2): someone passionate about something.
“I’m a nut about computers.”
nuts [offensive]: testicles.
“Don’t ever kick me in the nuts.”
“My boss is an okay person.”
“Dave is an okay person.”
pad: someone’s home.
“Can I sleep at your pad tonight?”
“Let’s party tonight!”
party animal: someone that loves parties.
“Dave has been known to sometimes be a party animal.”
“Get your paws off me!”
peanuts: very little money.
“I love my job, but the pay is peanuts.”
pee: to urinate.
“I always have to pee after drinking beer.”
“He got pickled on vodka.”
pig out: eat too much.
“Dave is famous for pigging out on chocolate ice cream.”
piss: to urinate.
“My dog pissed on me!”
pissed (off): angry; upset.
“I’m really pissed (off) at you.”
“Why does he always get plastered?”
pad: someone’s home.
“Can I sleep at your pad tonight?”
poop, the (1): knowledge; information.
“What’s the poop on Michael Jackson?”
poop [offensive] (2): defecation; shit.
“Be careful not to step on dog poop.”
poop out: get tired and quit.
“I got pooped out after spending eight hours at Disneyland.”
pot (1): toilet.
“Who’s on the pot?”
pot (2): marijuana.
“It’s easy to buy pot in the big city.”
pro: someone who’s good at something; professional.
“She’s really a pro at golf.”
psycho: crazy person.
“Stay away from that psycho!”
“Alcohol makes some people puke.”
pumped (up): excited.
“I’m really pumped (up) about Dave’s ESL Cafe!”
puss: the face.
“My girlfriend slapped me right on the puss.”
“Dave is the quarterback of Dave’s ESL Cafe.”
quick and dirty: done fast, but not well.
“The mechanic did a quick and dirty repair on my car.”
racket (1): noise.
“Small kids can make a lot of racket.”
racket (2): something that’s dishonest or deceptive.
“The Tobacco Industry is quite a racket.”
racket (3): an occupation.
“I’ve been in the ESL racket for fourteen years.”
rank: give someone a difficult time.
“She’s always ranking her teacher.”
rat: a despicable person.
“I thought I loved you, but now I know you’re really a rat.”
razz: annoy someone.
“Will you please stop razzing me?”
rear (end): buttocks.
“Dave fell on his rear (end).”
riot, a : something or someone very funny.
“Jim Carrey is a riot!”
rip off (1): stealing.
“Someone ripped off my car.”
rip off (2): fraud.
“I paid $10,000 for my computer. What a rip off!”
rocking: great; excellent.
“Dave’s ESL class is really rocking!”
rubbish: nonsense; not true.
“That rumor is a bunch of rubbish.”
rug rat: a child.
“Dave has a couple of rug rats at home.”
runs, the: diarrhea.
“Oh no! I’ve got the runs!”
scarf: to eat.
“I can easily scarf an entire banana split.”
screw up: to make a mistake.
“I screwed up on the driving test, so I didn’t pass.”
screw-up: a person who makes a mistake.
“Why are you such a screw-up?”
scum: a despicable individual.
“Don’t hang around with that kind of scum.”
“Those are really cool shades!”
shoot some hoops: play basketball.
“Let’s shoot some hoops!”
“Those are really awesome silks!”
“It takes a lot of smarts to become a doctor.”
smurfbrain: a dumb or stupid person.
“Stop acting like a smurfbrain!”
“I got snookered into buying swamp land in Florida.”
sofa spud: a person who watches too much television.
“I’m usually a sofa spud on Sunday.”
solid (1): really good; cool.
“Dave’s ESL Cafe is totally solid!”
solid (2): consecutive.
“It’s been raining for seven solid days.”
“I didn’t know that you wore specs.”
split: to leave.
“Let’s split from here now.”
“She might be small, but she’s got a lot of spunk.”
stoned (out): drunk from drugs or alcohol.
“I’m really stoned (out), dude!”
street smart: knowledgeable about city life.
“Since Dave is from Los Angeles, he’s very street smart.”
suck: to be bad and unacceptable.
“That song really sucks!”
technicolor yawn, to do a : vomit.
“My dog just did a technicolor yawn all over the carpet!”
“I need to borrow a hundred thou.”
“My wife spent $900 on new threads.”
ticker (1): the heart.
“My grandfather has a bad ticker.”
ticker (2): a watch.
“Wow! That’s a really cool ticker!”
“You have to wear tints in California.”
totally: really; completely.
“That’s totally awesome, dude!”
to the max: dilFORUMdilFORUMdilFORUMdilFORUMdilFORUMdilFORUMdilFORUM.
“I studied to the max.”
turkey (1): failure; flop.
“Thank goodness that Dave’s ESL Cafe is not a turkey!”
turkey (2): dumb person.
“Turkeys are not allowed to work for this company.”
turn-off: something that repulses a person.
“Bad breath is a real turn-off.”
umpteen: many; countless.
“I’ve asked you umpteen times to show me the money!”
“Dave needs to definitely unlax with his family.”
“She got sick and upchucked three times.”
uptight: nervous; anxious.
“Why are you so uptight?”
vanilla (1): plain.
“She drives a vanilla car.”
vanilla (2): Caucasian.
“The Midwest is too vanilla for me.”
wad: roll of money.
“It’s dangerous to carry a big wad in your pocket.”
“A lot of people get wasted in the streets of New York.”
wheels: car; motorcycle.
“If you want to live in Los Angeles, you’ve got to get some wheels”
whitebread: plain; boring.
“Dave’s ESL Cafe is definitely not whitebread!”
whiz (1): someone who shows a special talent for something.
“Einstein was a whiz in Physics.”
whiz [offensive] (2): to urinate.
“I really have to take a whiz.”
“Don’t be so wimpy!”
winks, get some: sleep.
“I really need to get some winks”
“That is totally wrongo!”
yank (1): bother; harass.
“Stop yanking me, okay?”
Yank (2): a Yankee; an American.
“Dave is a Yank.”
zero: an unimportant person.
“If you don’t work hard, you’ll end up a zero.”
zip (1): nothing.
“I don’t know zip about you.”
zip (2): energy; vigor.
“I need something that will give me more zip. ”
zit: pimple; acne.
“Teens often have a lot of zits.“