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One of the many blessings of learning English is the variety of colorful sayings, expressions, and idioms you can use. Whether you’re in a business meeting, on a first date, or just grabbing coffee with a friend, there are idioms that fit any situation.
Today I’d like to introduce you to 3 quirky, but hilarious idioms that you can use to bring some fun into your conversations. They’re sure to bring a smile to the faces of those you’re speaking with. So here we go!
The Urban Dictionary defines “go bananas” as when you behave in a slightly crazy or silly fashion. Since it’s considered slang, “go bananas” is usually only used in informal situations. But the best way to explain this idiom is through examples, so let’s do that now.
“Kenta went bananas when he saw Beyonce live in concert!”
As you can see from the example sentence, Kenta is a huge Beyonce fan. And when he finally got a chance to see her live in concert, he was beyond excited. In fact, he “went bananas!” Does that make sense? Okay, let’s look at a couple of other examples.
“The kids are going to go bananas when you tell them we’re going to Disneyland!”
Children obviously love Disneyland. So when you tell kids that you’re taking them to Disneyland, they will go out of their minds with happiness and excitement. In fact, they’ll “go bananas!” Hopefully these examples are making sense to you, but let’s look at one more.
In this example, Columbia West College teacher (and standup comedian!) Ross (@rossdcopeland on Instagram) explains “go bananas” in this short but punchy video.
So “go bananas” and use this idiom in as many English conversations as you can! The only thing to remember is NOT to use it in formal or business situations. Remember, this is an informal, slang phrase that is used in fun and lighthearted situations.
Again, using the Urban Dictionary, “hair of the dog” means drinking an alcoholic beverage as a hangover remedy. The phrase comes from the expression “hair of the dog that bit you,” meaning that the best cure for what you’re suffering from is to have some more of it. In ancient times it was said that if a dog were to bite you, putting the dog’s hair into the wound would heal it, because “like cures like.” So with all that said, let’s look at some examples of how to use this idiom.
Brad: I’m so hungover from last night’s party!
Evan: Yeah man, me too… hair of the dog?
Brad: Why not, I think we have some vodka left in the fridge.
From the example, we can see that both Brad and Evan drank too much at the party last night. But despite feeling terrible, Evan suggests that they drink even more to get rid of their hangovers! By the way, do you think this is a good remedy for being hungover? Okay, let’s look at our next example…
Alice: I drank WAY too much last night…
Betty: Yeah, me too, I feel terrible!
Alice: I’ve tried everything to try and feel better, but nothing will work.
Betty: Have you tried drinking more alcohol? You know, hair of the dog?
Alice: If I even SMELL alcohol right now, I think I’ll throw up…
So again, in this example we see that both Alice and Betty both drank too much the previous evening. Naturally, they both feel terrible. Alice has tried everything to try and feel better, but so far nothing has worked. But when Betty suggests “hair of the dog,” Alice refuses. Good idea. Anyhow, let’s look at one final example.
Again, in this example, CWC teacher Ross teaches how you can use the idiom “hair of the dog” effectively. Enjoy!
So while we’re not promoting excess drinking, you can still slip an awesome idiom into your conversations, even when you’re hungover! Pretty cool, huh?
Let’s turn once more to the trusty Urban Dictionary to define this idiom. It reads, “An expression used when someone does something typical for them to do. Usually used in disappointment.” And if that sounds a little confusing, don’t worry about it. The best way to explain this idiom is through examples! So let’s look at the first one.
My husband is so forgetful. It figures that he left his keys in the washing machine…
In this example, the speaker is married to a rather forgetful husband. When she finds his keys in the washing machine, she uses “it figures,” because it totally validates her husband’s personality. Okay, let’s look at another example.
Anne: Are we all ready to go to the movies?
Bill: We’re all here except for Kim. She called to tell us she’s running late.
Anne: (Sigh) It figures…
Let’s take a closer look at this situation. We see that a group of friends are going to the movies. Everyone seems to be ready to go except for Kim, who is running late. But when Bill tells Anne that Kim is running late, Anne says, “it figures,” which probably means that Kim has a reputation for being late.
And once again, just in case you learn better visually, here’s Ross to explain how to use “it figures” correctly. Take a look!
These 3 idioms show you how fun and exciting learning English can be. Try using these idioms in your conversations today to add some fun and flavor to your social interactions. Let us know how it goes by writing a comment below!
James Lee is the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Owner of Columbia West College, an English located in Los Angeles, California. He is a Korean by ethnicity but was born and raised in Los Angeles. His passion is helping international students achieve their dreams through the power of fluent English.