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English Slang and Idioms – Part I

English Slang and Idioms

English Slang and Idioms – Part I

English Slang and IdiomsI have a confession – sometimes I change the way I speak when I am in different environments.  Now, this isn’t such a terrible thing if the environment is my English Language classroom; it makes listening and understanding easier for elementary ESL students if I choose simpler words and speak slower than normal.  However, when I don’t want someone to understand me (maybe because I’m playing some sort of game), then I will say something like this:

Deez peeps ain’t followin’ nuttin’ I’s spittin’.

Roughly, I might translate this as:

These people do not understand anything I am saying.

English slang is something that varies from place to place – some English speakers might even find it impossible to understand one another with such huge differences in Conversational English.  In order to help you navigate these difficult waters, here is a list of some common slangs and idioms from American English:

Verbs English Slang and Idioms – Part I

English Word Meaning
(get a) kick out of enjoy
barf, puke vomit
bash crush, beat
blow spend, waste
break it up stop
call predict
con deceive
cool down calm down
crack open open, start
cram study a lot
cruise go fast
ditch leave
eat(ing away) bother, erode
get into something become seriously interested in
get with it hurry up
go(ing) down happen(ing)
hang up quit
have a big mouth talk too much
hustle hurry up
keep one’s cool remain calm
knock up to make pregnant
mellow out calm down, relax
pig out eat a lot
rules dominates
run out of gas lose interest, momentum
screw around waste time
spook scare
take a hike leave

English Slang and Idioms.

Adjectives English Slang and Idioms – Part I

English Word Meaning
(he is) history gone, finished
awesome great
beat tired
blown away totally amazed
bummed sad
cool good
dead boring, quiet
dicey unsure, not definite
dirty obscene
foxy sexy
goofy silly
groovy fun, nice
gross disgusting
grungy dirty
hairy dangerous
high intoxicated (drugs)
hot stolen
in fashionable
laid-back calm, relaxed
lame pathetic, inadequate
neat good, interesting
no sweat no problem
nuts crazy
pooped (out) very tired
straight (answer) honest
stressed anxious
totaled wrecked
up awake
wired alert

English Slang and Idioms.

Nouns English Slang and Idioms – Part I

(it was a) hit successful
a riot very funny
ace very good
action excitement
all-nighter when you stay up all night
ammo ammunition
big stink big issue
booze alcohol
break opportunity
buck money
chow food
cop police officer
damage cost
dork stupid or boring person
dough money
fix dose of drugs (addict)
flashback memory
flick movie
gig performance, job
glitch defect, error
gut stomach
guts courage
hype excitement
I.D. identification (card)
meltdown total collapse
pain in the neck annoying
piece of cake easy
pit stop quick stop
pro professional
psycho crazy person
shot try

English Slang and Idioms.

English Slang and Idioms – Part I

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