Words & Phrases
vocabulary that one is not familiar or comfortable with
It’s hard to understand a doctor’s or a lawyer’s lingo.
what you say is what you mean, word for word
When our teacher says that she’s going to give us a ton of homework, we know we don’t have to take her literally.
when something is not working the way it should
My laptop is malfunctioning and I just can’t fix it, so I’m taking it in for repair.
It is mandatory to get a parking sticker to park on campus.
Latin for “through my fault” -- my mistake
Mea culpa! You’re not the person I thought you were. Sorry!
being so overwhelmed that you can’t function
Nancy nearly had a meltdown at the end of her first university term. Dealing with all the stress of reading and research assignments can be really difficult.
important information sent out to everyone -- said as a joke (there really wan't a memo) (used in any situation – not just business)
Look at that ... Nancy obviously didn’t get the memo. We're all wearing jeans, and she's wearing a dress. (ha ha)
having conflicting feelings about something or someone
I have mixed emotions about whether I should go to college in America or stay here in my country.
an unexpected change
We thought that the plans were finished, but then the architect threw in a monkey wrench. The client wanted to add a new room.
something that could be talked about or debated even more
We’ve been talking about the different theories of global warming, but it’s a moot point.