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INTRODUCTION
John: Expressions for Someone Who is Annoying
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 19. In this lesson, you'll learn expressions for someone who is annoying.
John: Is someone making your life difficult? Then you might want to know these expressions!
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Sydney: to drag someone along
Sydney: can't hold one's liquor
Sydney: to rip off
Sydney: to rub someone the wrong way
John: Sydney, what's our first expression?
Sydney: to drag someone along
John: meaning "to forcibly bring someone (with you)."
Sydney: [SLOW] to drag someone along [NORMAL] to drag someone along
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: to drag someone along
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: While you are not exactly pulling someone by his or her neck collar somewhere, this phrase is the emotional representation of that action. "To drag someone (along)" means you bring someone, often unwillingly, to an event.
Sydney: Many people use this phrase when they don't want to go somewhere alone. For example, if you want to see a movie, but feel embarrassed by yourself, you could "drag (someone) along" with you.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] I didn't want to go to the concert alone, so I dragged Stacey along with me. [SLOW] I didn't want to go to the concert alone, so I dragged Stacey along with me.
Sydney: [NORMAL] I didn't want to go to the concert alone, so I dragged Stacey along with me.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Sydney: can't hold one's liquor
John: means "to become drunk easily."
Sydney: [SLOW] can't hold one's liquor [NORMAL] can't hold one's liquor
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: can't hold one's liquor
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The phrase, "can’t hold one’s liquor" doesn't mean you drop your glass. It actually means that the person in question is unable to drink very much without getting drunk.
Sydney: This kind of person is also referred to as a "lightweight" and is usually quite inebriated after only one or two drinks.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Beth really can’t hold her liquor. She had one cocktail and she’s already tipsy. [SLOW] Beth really can’t hold her liquor. She had one cocktail and she’s already tipsy.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Beth really can’t hold her liquor. She had one cocktail and she’s already tipsy.
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Sydney: to rip off
John: meaning "cheat; deceive with respect to money"
Sydney: [SLOW] to rip off [NORMAL] to rip off
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: to rip off
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The phrase "to rip off" means to cheat, deceive or steal from someone else. It can also be used as a noun; "a rip off," when referring to a highly-priced item of low quality.
Sydney: You can use this phrase when you feel that you're being asked to pay more money for an item than it’s worth, or when you feel that something has been plagiarized or taken from the original source.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] I got ripped off at the store yesterday! [SLOW] I got ripped off at the store yesterday!
Sydney: [NORMAL] I got ripped off at the store yesterday!
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Sydney: to rub someone the wrong way
John: meaning "to annoy someone, to not get along with someone."
Sydney: [SLOW] to rub someone the wrong way [NORMAL] to rub someone the wrong way
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: to rub someone the wrong way
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: If someone or something "rubs you the wrong way," then you don't like them and even find them annoying. You may not even know why, but you instantaneously dislike it.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "Something about him rubs me the wrong way." [SLOW] "Something about him rubs me the wrong way."
Sydney: [NORMAL] "Something about him rubs me the wrong way."
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: After two drinks at the party, a girl has to be driven home.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: can't hold one's liquor
John: "to become drunk easily"
John: A girl forces her friend to go the movies with her.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: to drag someone along
John: "to forcibly bring someone (with you)"
John: A boy avoids a classmate he doesn’t like.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: to rub someone the wrong way
John: "to annoy someone, to not get along with someone"
John: A girl spends $20 on a shirt that is normally $5
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: to rip off
John: "cheat; deceive with respect to money"

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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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

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Monday at 02:13 AM
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Hi Rahmah,


Glad to hear that you found our lessons interesting!


Looking forward to seeing you often here.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Interesting. Thanks once again