Tue Jan 5th / Roy Pedersen
10 WORDS NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS WON’T KNOW
You like a challenge, don’t you? How many words in the list below do you know without researching on the web?
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Where did you learn your English?
If you’re reading this, you probably don’t speak English as your first language. Or maybe you do, but you’re just curious about the words we selected. Anyway where did you learn your English? At school? From a relative? Or, like many of us, from cartoons, sitcoms, and video games?
Sometimes TV entertainment is a better source for learning a new language as compared to those painfully boring school books. You learn new meanings by seeing the context in which a phrase or word occurs. Take the word “loogie,” for example. I’d never heard it used before I saw that Seinfeld episode with Keith Hernandez. After Jerry Seinfeld vividly tears apart the validity of Kramer and Newman’s accusations that Hernandez spat at them, Seinfeld ironically states “That is one magic loogie”. It needed no further explanation: A loogie is a lump of spit or snot.
Another example is from Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can. Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) impersonates a doctor. In a sticky situation where he is supposed to give a 2nd opinion on a bloodied boy with a fractured leg, and right after a pre-med gave the 1st opinion, he turns to the other intern and asks, “Do you concur?” (He feels nauseated at the sight of blood and just wants to get out of there as quickly as possible.) I didn’t know what “concur” meant before seeing this scene, but within the context you can easily understand that “concur” is a fancy synonym for “agree”, a word picked up by “Dr.” Abagnale from a medical drama series.
Sometimes you stumble upon a word that you have no idea what its meaning is, and you get little or no help from the context. This post is about 10 of those foggy words that popped up in blockbuster movies or on TV.
annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand.
From: Shawshank Redemption (1994)
go without or refrain from (something desirable).
From: Godfather (1972)
a hindrance or obstruction in doing something or a defect in a person’s speech, such as a lisp or stammer.
pointlessness or uselessness.
say something in answer to a remark, typically in a sharp, angry, or witty manner (verb) or a sharp, angry, or witty reply (noun).
From: Pulp Fiction (1994)
never ending/changing or occurring repeatedly; so frequent as to seem endless and uninterrupted.
From: The Simpsons
outstandingly bad; shocking, or (archaic) remarkably good.
From: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
very old or old-fashioned.
From: Definitions from Oxford Languages (when googling the meaning of words, an alternative meaning is sometimes labeled as archaic or obsolete).
In poker, when a player opts to straddle they are putting double the big blind (BB) amount before cards are dealt. It is usually the player to the left of the BB that makes this play. Once it is carried out, all others following players must either call or raise the bet placed. The meaning is similar in the stock market, where a straddle refers to a simultaneous purchase of options to buy and to sell a security or commodity at a fixed price, allowing the purchaser to make a profit whether the price of the security or commodity goes up or down.
all future generations of people.
From: Tenet (2020)
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