Words & Phrases
something that is very inappropriate to say or do
My parents believe that using cuss words on the Internet should be taboo.
dressing in a way that is not very tasteful and that looks bad
She dresses 'kinda' tacky, don’t 'ya' think?
some kind of information that presents itself to help us know or understand something
His wedding ring is a telltale sign that he is a married man.
an idea about something that has not yet been proven
She has a theory about why Professor Jones didn’t show up to our last class. We’ll see what happens.
using your brain to come up with an idea that is unique or different from the norm
We need fresh, new ideas. Let’s try thinking outside the box.
something that requires a lot of time to do or to make
Building a website is very time-consuming.
getting back at someone for what s/he did to you
The boy threw a baseball at the little girl. It didn't hurt her, but she got back at him by kicking his leg. Her parents called it a tit for tat.
when someone makes a good, contrasting point to what someone else has said or done
We were playing chess last
night, and I made a really good move. My
opponent almost immediately made an even better move saying, "Touché!"
doing one thing instead of another that may or may not be what you really wanted to do
My boss offered me evening hours in place of my day schedule. It’s a good trade-off 'cause there are a lot of things I can do during the day.
what one is thinking and/or talking about, one idea after another
Oh shoot; I lost my train of thought. What was I saying?