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Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Do you find learning Slang Expressions confusing? Well, don’t worry - you are not alone. Most students struggle with the many slang expressions in the English language.

In our last edition of WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, Dr. English asked you to find the meanings of some common slang expressions related to animals. Here are the answers:

Cat got your tongue? – Nothing to say?
Ex: If you ask someone a question and they don’t respond immediately, you could ask “Cat got your tongue?”

Running around like a chicken with its head cut off- Running around like crazy.
Ex: She is trying to do so many things at once. She is running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Raining cats and dogs – Raining a lot.
Ex: In Vancouver it always seems to be raining cats and dogs!

Kill two birds with one stone – Do two things at the same time.
Ex: I am going to stop at the post office on the way to the bank so I can kill two birds with one stone.

In the dog house – In trouble.
Ex: Her boyfriend forgot her birthday. He is going to be in the dog house tonight!

If you would like more information on WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca.


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