Last week we featured an article titled ‘Word on the Street’, all about colloquial language and how it has come to be one of the prominent features of the English language. Today we will continue on from there and as promised include a list of words that will get you rocking it down on the curb with your peeps (At the side of the road with your friends).

So let’s be frank (let’s get serious) language is alive, it mutates and changes to suit its situation in the same way a chameleon can blend into its environment. The words that our parents and their parents used are not, particularly, the ones we use today and this is truer for the sentence structures we use.

Where old English may have used; “Shall we partake in a game of football?” It is more likely that you will hear this today; “Keen for some footy?”

While that is a rather extreme circumstance, the way in which we communicate in the 21st century has taken the English language to a place where it is more personal; it can be flipped and tricked-out (personalised) to your preference.

Here are some examples of what you may hear out there and what it could most easily be translated to.

  • That’s a no brainer. – That is obvious. This would be used in situations where there is clearly only one solution to a problem.
  • It’s time to do some heavy lifting. – It is time to work hard. When you have been relaxing and then suddenly have to start doing some difficult work.
  • That is such a drag. – That is not going to be enjoyable. Useful when you want to be very descriptive as to how you feel about doing something you really don’t want to.
  • I’m keen/not keen. – I am interested/not interested (in something). – “Should we climb the mountain today?” – “I’m keen.”
  • I’m in. – I will participate (in that) – “Who is joining me for dinner?” – “I’m in.”
  • I’m out. – I’m leaving / I quit. / I will not participate (in something).

These are just a few examples. There are more articles on The Oxford English Academy blog about colloquialism and slang from other English speaking countries. Do check them out and get out there and use what you’ve got.

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