30 slang expressions in English that will help in communicating with Americans
Native English speakers often use slang words and phrases in their speech. These expressions are so tightly embedded in the everyday vocabulary that they do not cause discomfort at all, unlike foreigners and immigrants, whom strange idioms can completely confuse. Edition AdMe.ru collected popular English expressions, the knowledge of which will help you avoid embarrassing situations.
Bestest (the best of the best) is the best of the best.
Airhead (literally "air in the head") - a dummy, an analogue of our expression "wind in the head."
Full of beans (literally "full of beans") - lively, groovy.
Go bananas (literally, "become a banana") - go nuts, go crazy.
Red tape (literally "red ribbon") - bureaucracy, red tape.
Mickey Mouse (literally "mouse Mickey") - frivolous, inconsequential.
Eat like a horse (literally "eat like a horse") - there is a lot, an analogue of our expression "to have a wolf appetite."
Cash cow (literally “cash cow”) - a source of cash, a cash cow.
Pear shaped (literally "in the shape of a pear") - awry; the expression means that as a result of the action or process it turned out not quite what (or not at all) what was expected.
Chin wag (literally, “swing your chin”) is a pleasant long conversation during which the interlocutors nod to each other as a sign of understanding.
Have egg on one's face (literally "to have an egg on someone's face") - it looks stupid.
Smell a rat (literally "smelling a rat") - to foresee something was amiss.
Nest egg (literally "an egg in the nest") - a nest egg.
Monkey business (literally, "monkey business") - meaningless work.
Big cheese (literally "big cheese") - an influential person.
Top dog (literally "best dog") - the winner.
Rain cats and dogs (literally "it rains from cats and dogs") - it pours like a bucket.
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Sod's law (literally "the law of a villain") - the law of meanness.
Bee's knees (literally, "bee's knees") - something outstanding, amazing, out of the ordinary.
FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) - panic fear of missing something important.
JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out) - to be happy that you missed something or didn’t go somewhere.
OTP (One True Pairing) - a pair of movie or literature characters that you love.
Text soaked (literally "text-saturated") - a relationship built on text messages.
Pig out (pig - "pig") - gobble up.
Give the cold shoulder (literally "substitute the cold shoulder") - defiantly avoid.
Emoji tennis (literally "tennis emoticons") - sending smiles to each other.
For donkey's years (literally "for donkey years") - since time immemorial.
Easy peasy (literally "easy and simple") - as simple as that, a trifle.
Eager beaver (literally "swift beaver") - a hard worker, a workaholic.
Leg it (leg - “leg”) - to run, roll up, an analogue of our expression “to take feet in hands”.
Feel blue (literally "feel blue") - to mourn, lose heart.
Have a blast (literally "have an explosion") - something unrealistically cool, a real bomb.
Peanuts (literally "peanuts") - low cost, pennies, next to nothing.
Walk of shame (literally "walk of shame") - when a girl returns in the morning from a guy or from a stormy party, feeling awkward.
Bonus: Slang Money Names
- $ 1 - frogskin (literally "frog skin").
- $ 10 - sawbuck (literally "saw").
- $ 100 - c-note (literally "s-banknote").
- £ 1 - jack, nugget, quid (literally can only be translated as "nuggets").
- £ 2 - deuce (literally "deuce").
- £ 25 - pony (literally "pony").
- £ 500 - monkey (literally "monkey").
- A bundle of money - wad (literally "piece").
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