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INTRODUCTION
John: Slang Words to Describe a Man
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 20. In this lesson, you'll learn slang words to describe a man.
John: These are expressions that you might hear when people are talking about a guy.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Sydney: ripped
Sydney: jock
Sydney: cheesy
Sydney: schmuck
John: Sydney, what's our first expression?
Sydney: ripped
John: meaning "well-built; muscular."
Sydney: [SLOW] ripped [NORMAL] ripped
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: ripped
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The word "ripped" is used to refer to someone whoโ€™s particularly well-built or has a lot of muscle. You'll often hear this word in advertisements for gyms or diet supplements. This word refers to muscles being "cut" or shaped by sharp and cleanly defined lines.
Sydney: You can use this word to compliment someoneโ€™s physique or to talk about your own fitness goals.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] I want to get ripped like Arnold Schwarzenegger! [SLOW] I want to get ripped like Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Sydney: [NORMAL] I want to get ripped like Arnold Schwarzenegger!
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Sydney: jock
John: meaning "an athletic person."
Sydney: [SLOW] jock [NORMAL] jock
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: jock
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: A "jock" is a person, usually male and in high school, who plays sports and is not very intellectual. A jock is a stereotype that you'll often see in American movies.
Sydney: The term comes from the word "jockstrap" which is a male undergarment worn during sports.
John: This expression is used by everyone, but should only be used in casual contexts.
Sydney: People may take offense if you call them a jock as you are implying that they're not very smart.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "People think he's a huge jock, but he's actually a huge nerd." [SLOW] "People think he's a huge jock, but he's actually a huge nerd."
Sydney: [NORMAL] "People think he's a huge jock, but he's actually a huge nerd."
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Sydney: cheesy
John: meaning "tacky, sentimental."
Sydney: [SLOW] cheesy [NORMAL] cheesy
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: cheesy
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: If something is "cheesy," it means that it's too sweet or "goody-goody." It's probably also cliche. A movie might be cheesy if it's melodramatic, exaggerated, and overly sentimental. A song might be "cheesy" if it relies on cliche lines about love and devotion.
Sydney: Cheesy isn't an offensive word, but it's negative, so calling things or people "cheesy" may come off as rude.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "That guy at the bar used the oldest pick-up line in the book; he's so cheesy." [SLOW] "That guy at the bar used the oldest pick-up line in the book; he's so cheesy."
Sydney: [NORMAL] "That guy at the bar used the oldest pick-up line in the book; he's so cheesy."
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Sydney: schmuck
John: meaning "a fool, a jerk, an obnoxious person."
Sydney: [SLOW] schmuck [NORMAL] schmuck
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: schmuck
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The word "schmuck" comes from Yiddish. It can be considered offensive to some Jewish people, but for most Americans, it's relatively inoffensive. A schmuck is a person who is stupid, obnoxious, and maybe a little messy.
Sydney: In general, this term is not offensive, but should be avoided in formal situations.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "That poor schmuck had no idea what was happening." [SLOW] "That poor schmuck had no idea what was happening."
Sydney: [NORMAL] "That poor schmuck had no idea what was happening."
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 boy spends every day in the gym.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: jock
John: "an athletic person"
John: Many diet pills advertise losing fat and gaining muscle.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: ripped
John: "well-built; muscular"
John: A man is robbed while counting his money on the street.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: schmuck
John: "a fool, a jerk, an obnoxious person"
John: A mother gives her son a scrapbook of memories for his birthday.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: cheesy
John: "tacky, sentimental"

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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