Lesson Transcript

Hi, everybody! Welcome back to Top Words!
My name is Alisha, and today, we’re going to talk about 10 ways to express fear and surprise.
Let’s get started!
Yeah!
1. You scared me!
The first expression is, “You scared me!”
You scared me!
So, to scare is the verb here and we’re using the past tense, “you scared me.” So you caused me to be frightened. You scared me! We use this when we feel surprised or scared. So your friend suddenly jumps out from be-... You scared me! I thought…
Huh!
I thought you tipped over a liquid onto the camera.
I scared myself.
So you scared me is like, “Yeah. Oh my gosh, you frightened me,” in other words. You caused me to be afraid.
In a sentence:
“Aaaah! You scared me!”
2. You scared the ____ out of me!
The next expression is, “You scared the (something) out of me!”
You scared the (blah, blah, blah) out of me!
In the (blah, blah, blah) here, in the “space,” we can use a lot of different words. Some of them are really, really rude words. You might have heard a few of this, on like TV shows or in English-speaking movies. So, in this lesson, I’m going to introduce, like some kind of not so rude words.
You can use, “You scared (like) the bejesus out of me!”
You scared the heck out of me!
You scared the hell out of me!
So, it’s a more extreme version of “You scared me.”
So, “You scared the (something) out of me,” like the image is, I was so frightened that something came out of my body, and it’s usually like a negative or like a rude word we use to emphasize how frightened we were.
“You scared the hell out of me! Oh my gosh!”
So, that’s kind of a common expression.
So, in a sentence:
“Jeez! You scared the hell out of me!”
3. That really freaks me out.
The next expression is, “That really freaks me out.”
That really freaks me out.
So, to freak someone out or like to freak out is like to cause a strong emotion that’s kind of a negative, nervous emotion or that’s just, you feel like you’re kind of overflowing with either like nervousness or like excitement. To freak out has a couple of different meanings, but when you say, “That really freaks me out,” it’s kind of a negative, like, sort of scared emotion.
So, in a sentence:
“Ugh, cockroaches really freak me out.”
So you feel, like, uncomfortable. It’s kind of like this gross, like creepy, crawly feeling about it. It’s like, “Ugh, that freaks me out.” So, that’s when you use, “Ugh, that really freaks me out.”
4. I’m freaking out right now.
The next expression is, “I’m freaking out” or I’m freaking out right now.”
So, in the last expression, we saw that really freaks me out. In this expression, we say, “I’m freaking out,” in the progressive tense. “I’m freaking out,” which means like I’m super, super, super excited or I’m like super, like I have so much energy about something. So, freaking out sounds kind of like a nervous activity, but we can use it for, like exciting things as well. I can say like, “Oh, my gosh, I forgot my car keys. I’m freaking out right now. How am I going to get home?” We can use it to express like nervousness or anxiety, but we can also say something exciting, like:
“You got tickets to Beyonce?! I’m freaking out right now!”
Like we use it in a very positive way sometimes as well. So, you can kind of choose, depending on your emotion. Are you afraid or are you excited? Surprised? Both are okay.
5. That really creeped me out.
The next expression is, “That really creeped me out.”
That really creeped me out.
So, “creepy” is a word we’ve talked about in the previous episode of Top Words on the horror movie episode of Top Words. So, something that is creepy causes nervous feelings or like we, we can’t relax. It’s kind of unsettling or strange. So something that causes those feelings in us, we can describe with a phrase, “That creeped me out.” That caused creepy feelings in me. “Urgh, that thing creeped me out.” So like bugs creep me out, for example. More than creep me out. I just, I hate bugs.
So, in another sentence:
“Yeah, I saw The Ring. It really creeped me out.”
So, something that causes uneasy feelings in you.
6. I was so sketched out.
The next expression is, “I was so sketched out.”
I was so sketched out.
So here, we are using the word “sketch” or “sketched” which doesn’t actually mean rough drawing here. This is sort of a slang phrase that has become commonly used throughout different types of English.
“To be sketched out by (something)” means to have, like nervous feelings that something is kind of dangerous. So creepy is just sort of unsettling, like difficult to relax. Sketchy is like, is about a person, usually, or like a situation that seems it could be dangerous. There could be something dangerous, actually. It’s not just that it’s kind of scary, but there is maybe some danger there. So, sketchy, sketchy like we don’t know what’s going to happen next.
In a sentence then:
“I think a car was following me today. I was so sketched out.”
7. Holy ___!
The next expression is “Holy (something)!”
Holy (something)!
So we can say, “Holy cow!” or “Holy (other rude words).” You can check some TV and movies for other words you can finish this sentence with, “Holy (something).”
So, we use this as just an exclamation. So when we’re surprised or when we’re afraid or when we’re excited, we can say, “Holy cow!” or like “Holy…” I’m not gonna say it, other words that people use coz this is a family channel. But “holy (something)” can mean anything, depending on the situation and the sort of tone and voice that you use with this word.
“Holy cow!” is a pretty common expression, but for surprise, usually. I would say, the kind of rude expressions are more commonly used for fear.
8. Oh my God!
The next expression is, “Oh my God!”
Oh my God!
So, depending on your intonation, you can kind of change the meaning of this word. You can express your surprise, like “Oh my God!” or you can express, like fear like, “Oh my God!!!” So, depending on the way that you say this word, you can kind of change the meaning, but you can use this in a lot of different expressions. I’m sure you heard this expression before. Oh my god! Also, “Oh my gosh” too if you don’t like to use the word “God.”
In an example sentence:
“Oh my God! There’s a bee in the car!”
9. Whaaaaat?!
Okay. The next expression looked kind of funny on screen. It’s just, “Whaaaat?”
Whaaaat?!
Whaaat?!
So we can use this as a very casual form of surprise.
Whaaaat?!
So, when someone surprises you, usually a friend, a good friend, and you’re just stunned, like you’re so surprised and shocked, but you don’t feel, like, excited. You’re just like, whoa! It’s difficult for you to kind of say anything or do anything. Some people react with “Whaaaat?!” like that kind of long A sound. So, it’s usually used for surprise, actually or something new that you just, oh my gosh, I can’t react to this. It’s just whaaaat?! That’s all. Just, that’s a simple reaction. So, you might hear this as well for surprise, generally.
In an example:
“A surprise party? Whaaaat?!”
10. You got me good!
The last expression is, “You got me good!”
You got me good!
This is an expression you can use when your friend or someone else you know plays a joke on you. So, your friend tries to trick you or your friend tries to scare you or whatever, tries to get a reaction from you, usually, by scaring you or surprising you. If the trick or the joke was effective, you can say, “Haha, you got me good! You got me good!” This is kind of like, ah, okay. I admit, like you got me. You defeated me, in other words. You made me afraid or you surprised me. So you can say you got me good. You got me good! So, that’s the meaning of this expression. “Ah, nice job!” in other words. You got me good.
In a sentence:
“Hahaha, you got me good.”

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Hello Alisha,I like your super presentation .