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November 2013

English Expressions

English Expression: Wearing Heart on Sleeve

“Wearing Heart on Sleeve”. This is an interesting expression: “He wears his heart on his sleeve”. That sure is a funny image. I can’t imagine someone actually wearing his heart on his sleeve (sleeve being that part of a shirt that covers your arm).

Of course, it this expression does not mean that someone takes out his heart and attaches it to his sleeve :). What is does refer to, however, is someone who lets everyone know how he or she is feeling, pretty much at any time. For example if your friend just got dumped (i.e. broken up with, relationship over) and he just looks sad all the time, you can say, “yeah, he wears his heart on his sleeve.” As another example, your co-worker often will start crying when she talks about her past love-life, or her family, “she wears her heart on her sleeve.” This expression usually refers to sad emotions as opposed to angry, happy or other emotions.

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English Expressions

[Expression] How to express something really great

There are many ways to express something is really great.

“That is a very cool dress you have on, my dear.” “Neato” – OK maybe it is a bit outdated but it is fine to use now and then anyway. Funny enough my nephew likes to use the work “sick”. Yes it is often used to refer to something extraordinary. “He really made a sick snowboard jump right there.”

How sick!

How sick!

Some of the words to describe great things are overused. Take “awesome” for example. Some people use that word in every other sentence. Used sparingly “awesome” is fine. If you are a member of the cool crowd you can use other words such as “sweet”, “Rad” (radical), “radical”, “the bomb”, “amazing” – cool people tend to not use words such as “fantastic “, “fabulous”, “splendid”, and yes even “extraordinary”, but for some of us these words are just fine.

For people who we think look nice we can say they look “hot”, “cute”, “smashing” (thanks Austin Powers), “fine” – these are generally interchangeable for the nice looking boys and girls out there.


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