Monthly Archives: November 2015

10 Phrases to Describe Offending or Upsetting People

10 Phrases to Describe Offending or Upsetting People

1. They got off on the wrong foot.
(= when they first met, they didn’t get along)
2. He got on the teacher’s bad side.
3. She took offense at his comment.
4. He has a chip on his shoulder.
(= he is easily offended)
5. She got bent out of shape.
6. He left in a huff.
7. She got her panties in a wad.
8. He has a short fuse.
(= he gets angry easily)
9. She dissed my mother.
(= she insulted/disrespected my mother)
10. He got his nose out of joint.
#5, #7, #10 all mean the person got irritated/annoyed

10 Phrases for Facial Expressions English Grammar

10 Phrases for Facial Expressions

1. She was beaming.
(= she had a big, radiant smile)
2. The kids were smiling from ear to ear.
3. He looked puzzled.
(= confused)
4. She grinned.
(= had a small smile)
5. He winced when the doctor gave him an injection.
(= had a quick expression of pain)
6. She gave me a dirty look.
(= looked at me angrily)
7. She blushed.
(= her face turned red because she was embarrassed)

10 Words for Describing Speaking in American English

10 Words for Describing Speaking

1. He yelled.
2. She screamed.
3. I whispered.
(= spoke in an extremely quiet voice)
4. We chatted.
(= had an informal conversation)
5. He mumbled.
(= spoke in a low voice, not clearly, without opening his mouth much)
6. My kids whined.
(= complained)
7. He rambled. / He went on and on.
(= talked too much without stopping)
8. She stammered.
9. I snapped at my husband.
(= said a quick and angry remark)
10. He muttered.
(= spoke in a low voice, usually making complaints or negative comments)

10 Expressions for Bad People in American English

10 Expressions for Bad People

1. He’s a creep.
(= unpleasant, suspicious, makes you afraid/uneasy)
2. He’s a pervert.
(= someone with disgusting sexual tendencies)
3. He’s a sicko.
4. He’s a scumbag.
5. He’s an asshole.
6. He’s a jerk.
7. He’s a bastard.
8. She’s a bitch.
(= she’s irritating and unpleasant)
9. She’s a psycho.
(= crazy, irrational)
10. She’s a slut.
(= she has sex with a lot of people)

10 Phrases for Cheering Someone Up in American English

10 Phrases for Cheering Someone Up

1. What’s the matter?
2. What’s wrong?
3. Are you all right?
4. You look a bit down.
(= a little sad)
5. Is there anything I can do to help?
6. Cheer up! / Chin up!
7. It’s not so bad.
8. Everything will be OK.
9. Look on the bright side.
(= consider the positive aspects)
10. It’s not the end of the world.
(this phrase is used when someone is upset about something small and trivial)

15 Phrases for Certainty & Probability in American English

15 Phrases for Certainty & Probability

1. I’m absolutely sure.
2. I’m positive that…
3. I have no doubt that…
4. I’m a hundred percent certain.
5. I’m convinced that…
6. Chances are that…
(= this will probably happen)
7. Odds are that…
(= this will probably happen)
8. I seriously doubt it.
9. I don’t think so.
10. Probably not.
11. It’s not very likely.
12. There’s not much chance of that.
13. I’d be very surprised if that happened.
14. I wouldn’t bet on it.
(= there’s a small chance it could happen… but it probably won’t happen)
15. That’ll never happen.