Thursday, June 14, 2012

Boyfriends and Girlfriends

So today in class I was telling a story to one of my students about my mini vacation in Miami with one of my girlfriends. The look on his face was priceless — and while I continued to go on with my story — his face got more and more confused… to the point that I finally clued into as to WHY it looked like I was speaking a foreign language that he didn’t understand. (haha get it? — I was — but he understands)

So when I use the term girlfriend it actually means friends who are girls.

  • I’m going out with my girlfriends.
  • My girlfriend and I are going dancing tonight

But — this term is NOT interchangeable when discussing friends who are boys — we CANNOT say my boyfriends. What we say instead is my guy friends.

  • I’m going to hang out with my guy friends
  • I have a ton of guy friends.

So after clearing all of that up and having a little chuckle — he understood the difference.

Ha ha — do you?

by Jillian Zavitz

Saturday, June 09, 2012

English Expression: Go Bananas

If someone becomes very emotional and starts behaving in a crazy way, they go bananas.

"If you announce that you're going to drop out of school, your parents
will go bananas!
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