Do you use these in your daily life?
“Scoot over, please.” When I first heard this, I thought they said, “scoop over,” like scooping ice cream, so you can guess how puzzled I actually was. Yet, it didn’t even matter if it was “scoot” or “scoop” that day, because right then, everyone moves a little bit over, and I slowly learned the word. Now, I think it’s one of the most used in my personal English dictionary. It’s helpful and also a little bit demanding. Sometimes it can come across as impolite, but I guess it’s just how you use it that makes it so.
“You kill it!” “Huh, I didn’t kill anything!” “No, I mean you did really well.” OK! I don’t think this phrase is ridiculous or interesting or useful, and I never use it. It never sounds natural coming out of my mouth because you can’t fake the phrase without the right lever of excitement in your attitude. I have known people who when they say this, everything feels so much better. I didn’t even need to kill anything, but I got the energy from them.
“I’m not a big fan of snack,” they told me so, and immediately I forcefully offer them the snack I had, because “I know you’re not a big big fan who is crazy about snack, but I think you still like it and would love some.” Of course, they didn’t mean it, and I really hope they are more straightforward. It’s funny how Americans are really concise with their speech, but they can’t come to say directly they don’t like something.
“How are you?” OH, I can’t talk enough of this. Why do people use such a phrase, ever? Like, EVER? I know there are many of my friends who actually mean it, but I hate it when I work front-desk, and there was a guy coming in five times in an evening asking this same phrase. I wished he remembered what I just said. I don’t want to nod at the phrase because I hate how small the talk is, but no one ever cares what I am actually doing when they ask that.
“You’re off the hook.” Out of all the phrases, I like this the most. I wish I remember to use it in the right situations, such as when my friends don’t want to do something with me. I think this four-word sentences make “you’re totally good” more true to its meaning. (You know how when someone say, “it’s fine” while it’s really not?) I bet it won’t make me more easy-going, because I don’t think I am 🙂 But it’s a fun phrase to learn to make me more “American”.
There are many more I think are notable. Let me know if you have any that are fun to learn. Have a great day!