Saturday, February 26, 2011

English Slang

Slang words and phrases in English

Slang is a type of language consisting of words and phrases that:

- are considered to be very informal
- are more common in speech than in writing
- are typically restricted to a particular group of people or context




Meaning: a total failure
For example:
  • The government's housing project was a complete abortion. It cost millions and it didn't help anyone.
  • The election ended up being a total abortion thanks to vote buying.


Meaning: abdominal or stomach muscles
For example:
  • If I do 100 sit-ups a day my abs should be rippling in a couple of months.
  • Your chest and your arms look good, but your abs need a bit of work.
Origin: short for "abdominals"

ace (1)

Meaning: very skillful, very good at something
For example:
  • My little brother was never interested in sports when he was young, but now he's an ace basketball player.
  • If you want to be an ace fighter, you should learn hand-to-hand combat skills like karate or Muay Thai.

ace (2)

Meaning: to easily pass an exam or a test
For example:
  • Jill was up all night studying, and the next day she aced her history exam.
  • Even though he was nervous, Simon aced his driving test and got his driver's licence.


Meaning: the potent hallucinogenic drug lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD
For example:
  • The first time Virginia took a tab of acid, she went a bit crazy and thought she could fly. She was in hospital for three months after jumping off a building.
  • Acid is a very powerful drug, and it can be very dangerous. 

Quick Quiz:
The rehearsal of our play was a complete abortion because
  1. no-one had learned their lines
  2. it went really well
  3. it started a few minutes late
If someone says you've got nice abs, they've been looking at
  1. your exam results
  2. your medical records
  3. your midsection or midriff
Louis is an ace driver on the Formula One circuit, so he's
  1. very good at driving golf balls
  2. highly skilled at racing fast cars
  3. an average Formula One driver
If a student aces an exam, they'll feel
  1. very happy
  2. very disappointed
  3. very nervous
If someone takes a tab of acid, they will probably
  1. be arrested for stealing chemicals
  2. see things that aren't real
  3. go to sleep


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