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Wednesday, February 22, 2006


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

Out in left field – Odd/strange or confused
Ex: That guy is really out in left field. When I ask him for the time, he said it was raining in Mexico!

Drop the ball – Make a mistake
Ex : He really dropped the ball by not handing in his report on time.

Step up to the plate – Take responsibility
Ex: Susan has been letting all of her co-workers do her work. She needs to step up to the plate and do her own work or she’ll get fired.

A curveball – Something unexpected
Ex: The teacher threw us a real curveball when she gave us a surprise quiz!

Take a raincheck – Postpone something
Ex: I’m not feeling well, so maybe I can take a raincheck on our meeting.

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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