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INTRODUCTION
John: Expressions for Describing a Bad Friend
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to EnglishClass101.com. I'm John.
Sydney: And I'm Sydney!
John: This is Must-Know American Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 15. In this lesson, you'll learn expressions for describing a bad friend.
John: We all know that annoying someone who acts selfish all the time. With these expressions, you'll be able to talk about them in English.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Sydney: to have a big mouth
Sydney: snitch
Sydney: stood up
Sydney: ditch
John: Sydney, what's our first expression?
Sydney: to have a big mouth
John: meaning "to tell others’ secrets; to speak too much or too loudly."
Sydney: [SLOW] to have a big mouth [NORMAL] to have a big mouth
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: to have a big mouth
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The expression, "big mouth" doesn't actually mean someone has large lips. Rather, it means that someone tells your secrets, or speaks too much or too loudly. All of the definitions are related to the size of what's leaving the person's lips more than the size of their actual mouth.
Sydney: If you hear from a friend that another friend told your secret, you could say he or she has a "big mouth."
John: Let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Katy promised she wouldn't tell anyone my secret, but she told people anyway. She has a big mouth. [SLOW] Katy promised she wouldn't tell anyone my secret, but she told people anyway. She has a big mouth.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Katy promised she wouldn't tell anyone my secret, but she told people anyway. She has a big mouth.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Sydney: snitch
John: meaning "to inform or to tell on someone."
Sydney: [SLOW] snitch [NORMAL] snitch
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: snitch
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: A "snitch" is a person who tells an authority figure about someone else's crimes or misbehavior.
Sydney: Snitch can also be used as a verb. So, "a snitch snitches on other people," means "a snitch informs on other people."
John: This is a very informal expression and is often associated with criminals, so only use it with people you know well. Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "Snitches get stitches." [SLOW] "Snitches get stitches."
Sydney: [NORMAL] "Snitches get stitches."
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Sydney: stood up
John: meaning "to fail to show up for a date."
Sydney: [SLOW] stood up [NORMAL] stood up
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: stood up
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: If you've been "stood up," then you made plans to go on a date with someone, but they never showed up. This term almost always refers to a romantic date.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "I waited at the restaurant for 30 minutes before I realized he had stood me up." [SLOW] "I waited at the restaurant for 30 minutes before I realized he had stood me up."
Sydney: [NORMAL] "I waited at the restaurant for 30 minutes before I realized he had stood me up."
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Sydney: ditch
John: meaning "purposefully abandon."
Sydney: [SLOW] ditch [NORMAL] ditch
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: ditch
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The word "ditch" means to intentionally leave someone or something in the middle of plans or an event, often without the other person's knowledge.
Sydney: Many people "ditch" someone in order to avoid conflict with another, and would rather leave the scene than confront that person directly. If you're on a particularly bad date and need to get out quickly, you may think to yourself, "I need to ditch (him/her)."
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Yesterday, Irene and I ditched school to go to the movies. [SLOW] Yesterday, Irene and I ditched school to go to the movies.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Yesterday, Irene and I ditched school to go to the movies.
QUIZ
John: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John: A kid tells the teacher that another kid is cheating.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: snitch
John: "to inform or tell on someone"
John: A girl tells everyone who her friend has a crush on.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: to have a big mouth
John: "to tell others’ secrets; to speak too much or too loudly"
John: A boy leaves his brother at the park.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: ditch
John: "purposefully abandon"
John: A boy is sad after the girl he likes doesn’t show up for their date.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: stood up
John: "to fail to show up for a date"

Outro

John: There you have it; you have mastered four English Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at EnglishClass101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Sydney: Goodbye!

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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

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