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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!

antifreeze: alcohol.
“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?”

B-ball: basketball.
“Do you wanna play b-ball with me?”

beans: money.
“I’ve worked for this company for ten years, but I still don’t have beans.

beat: tired.
“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.

bod: body.
“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.

booze: alcohol.
“The ESL party was fun, even though there wasn’t any booze.

boss: excellent; great.
“Dave’s ESL Cafe is totally boss!

bread: money.
“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?”

brewski: beer.
“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?”

chicken: coward.
“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!
fab: fabulous.
“Dave’s ESL Cafe is really fab!

face-off: confrontation.
“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.”

flaky: unpredictable.
“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.”

flick: movie.
“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!”

glitch: flaw.
“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!

goofy: silly.
“Kids always make me feel goofy!

grabbers: hands.
“Have you washed your grabbers, Benjamin?”

grand: one thousand dollars.
“He’s making over a hundred grand a year!”

grass: marijuana.
“Have you ever smoked grass?

grub: food.
“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.”

head: toilet.
“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.”
icky: unpleasant.
“The food is really icky in the school cafeteria.”

I.D.: identification.
“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.”

in: fashionable.
“Ray-Ban sunglasses are really in now.”

ivories: teeth.
“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.

john: toilet.
“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!

knock: condemn.
“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.”

lame: incompetent.
“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.

mega: big.
“American restaurants serve mega portions of food.”

megabucks: a large amount of money.
“It takes megabucks to live in Japan.”

mellow: relaxed.
“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.

okay: decent.
“My boss is an okay person.”

OK: decent.
“Dave is an okay person.”
pad: someone’s home.
“Can I sleep at your pad tonight?”

party: celebrate.
“Let’s party tonight!”

party animal: someone that loves parties.
“Dave has been known to sometimes be a party animal.

paws: hands.
“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.”

pickled: drunk.
“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.”

plastered: drunk.
“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!

puke: vomit.
“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.

quarterback: leader.
“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.

shades: sunglasses.
“Those are really cool shades!

shoot some hoops: play basketball.
“Let’s shoot some hoops!

silks: clothing.
“Those are really awesome silks!

smarts: intelligence.
“It takes a lot of smarts to become a doctor.”

smurfbrain: a dumb or stupid person.
“Stop acting like a smurfbrain!

snookered: cheated.
“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.”

specs: eyeglasses.
“I didn’t know that you wore specs.

split: to leave.
“Let’s split from here now.”

spunk: spirit.
“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!”

thou: thousand.
“I need to borrow a hundred thou.

threads: clothing.
“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!

tints: sunglasses.
“You have to wear tints in California.”

totally: really; completely.
“That’s totally awesome, dude!”

“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!”

unlax: relax.
“Dave needs to definitely unlax with his family.”

upchuck: vomit.
“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.”

wasted: killed.
“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.

wimpy: weak.
“Don’t be so wimpy!

winks, get some: sleep.
“I really need to get some winks

wrongo: wrong.
“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.


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