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Thursday the 31st of January, 2008
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Good morning.

Today we continue with our expressions with hell. (Remember, although it is very common, the use of the word hell can be offensive to some people.)

Today's expression is: to get the hell out of a place

Meaning
: to leave a place very quickly

Example 1:
Come on! Let's get the hell out of this place. I don't like it.

Example 2:
Many US citizens think that the US military should get the hell out of Iraq.


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Wednesday the 30th of January, 2008
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HELL-3

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Good morning.

Today we continue with our expressions with hell. (Remember, although it is very common, the use of the word hell is offensive to some people.)

Today's expression is: to give somebody hell

Meaning 1
: to make life unpleasant for someone.

Example 1:
It's not uncommon for teenagers to give their parents hell. And teenagers generally feel that their parents are giving them hell too.

Example 2:
These new shoes are giving me hell. I think they are too small. They really hurt my feet!


Meaning 2: to shout or speak angrily to someone.

Example 3:
Oh no! You broke mom's favourite vase. She's going to give us hell when she sees it.

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Tuesday the 29th of January, 2008
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HELL-2

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Good morning.

Today we look at another informal, colloquial expression that uses the word hell. Remember, although it is very common, the use of the word hell is offensive to some people.

Today's expression is: just for the hell of it

Meaning
: just for fun; for no specific reason.

Example 1:
Those teenage boys broke the window just for the hell of it!

Example 2:
Mike: Why don't you call to see if you passed your exam.
Lisa: No...I know I didn't pass. Why should I call?
Mike: Come on...just for the hell of it. Why don't you call? What have you got to lose?

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I hope you have a nice day.  



Monday the 28th of January, 2008
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HELL-1

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Good morning. I hope you had a relaxing weekend.

This week we are going to look at some expressions that use the swear word hell (swear word = palabrota). This word is used quite a bit in informal English; even amongst individuals who don't normally use other stronger swear words.

Today's expression is: all hell broke lose

Meaning
: when suddenly there is a lot of noise, arguing, fighting or confusion. One possible translation to Spanish would be se armó la gorda.

Example 1:
Police Office: What happened?
Witness (testigo): I don't know. There was a loud bang and then all hell broke loose!


Hell is translated into Spanish as infierno, but in colloquial language it is often used as an intensifier and can therefore be translated in many ways (for example, carajo). Remember, the use of this word is offensive to some people.

Example 2:
What the hell do you think are you doing? I just painted that door! Don't touch it!!

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Friday the 25th of January, 2008
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Hello and good morning.

Today we finish our look at common expressions that include the names of fruits in them.

Today's expression is: sour grapes

Meaning
: used when you think that someone is jealous and is pretending that something is not important. In other words, sour grapes is the false denial of desire for something sought but not acquired.

Example 1:
When he found out, after the interview, that he didn't get the job, he said he didn't want the job anyway. However, I think that's just sour grapes!

A related expression, which is used especially in sport, is a sore loser. A sore loser is someone who loses in a fair competition, but complains about it, blaming everyone for their loss except themselves.

Example 2:
When he lost the tennis game, he smashed his racket on the ground in anger. What a sore loser!

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Have a very relaxing and fruitful weekend.