The third and final part of Michael and Lori’s discussion of the English government’s ban on commercials for junk food before 9 pm, when children are likely to be watching.
In this episode, Lori answers a listener’s question about the meaning of the idiom “to kick oneself.”
Hello and welcome to another edition of 2-minute English, here at Better at English dot com. This post is in response to an email question from E.G. (who I think comes from Greece).
She writes, “I have a question about a phrasal verb that I read in a will. What exactly does
pay over mean and what does survivorship mean? …
A short vocabulary episode, focusing on the meaning of the phrase BUBBLE SITTER. It’s a fairly new “slang” word in real estate and economy.
To wing it is an idiom that means to improvise, to do something without proper preparation or time to rehearse. People often talk about winging it when they have to do something difficult that they didn’t have time to prepare — like a make speech or give a presentation. They might say something like “Sorry if I seem a bit disorganized, I’m totally winging it.” You tell people that you’re winging it, that you’re improvising, so that they won’t expect too much from you, or so that they will be more forgiving if you make a mistake.
Nobody likes paying for things they don’t want or like, like excess baggage fees, fixing broken items, etc. Lori gives you a collection of phrasal verbs that are used in that situation.
Lori explains the meaning of the phrasal verb “to ramp up”
Lori explains the meaning of the word “perk,” meaning advantage or benefit.
Lori explains the meaning of the phrasal verb “to deal with”
Lori explains the phrasal verb “to keep track (of something)”
Lori explains the meaning of the word pointer (meaning “piece of advice”).
Lori explains the idiom “to screw up”, which is slang for “to make a mistake”
Lori explains the English idiom “to make a killing.”