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  • Hi, everyone. I'm Jade, and what I'm telling you today is expressions and sayings and,

  • in sorts, words that kids use in British English, or at least they did when I was a kid. So

  • I'm just telling you some of the things that I remember. The thing about kids, as I'm sure

  • you know, they can be quite mean, can't they? In a funny way, but they can also be quite

  • mean. So let me tell you some of the things that we used to say to each other when I was

  • at school.

  • So if you want to insult someone in the playground, you could call somebody a "soap dodger". "What's

  • a 'soap dodger'", I hear you ask. A "soap dodger" is someone who doesn't wash, who's

  • a dirty, unclean person. If you "dodge" something, it means you, like, you run away from it -- run

  • away from it. So a "soap dodger" runs away from being clean and washing.

  • "Minger." "Minger" is actually a new word. I don't think we had this when I was at school,

  • but it's "childish". It means "ugly person". Like, "Ew, you minger." This one is really

  • bad, actually. I don't agree with this one. Sometimes, people say "ginger minger". And

  • "ginger" is someone with red hair. That's really mean about people with ginger hair.

  • "Div" means "stupid person". "Oh, shut up, you div." "Go away, you div."

  • "Weirdo" -- "strange person". "I'm not talking to you. You're a weirdo. No. Go away." Kids

  • like to say "go away" a lot, so I'll be repeating that frequently throughout this lesson.

  • This will tell you something about British culture, I think, because it's an insult for

  • you to study and try to do your best, basically. So somebody at school who actually cares and

  • does their work, well, that person is called a "try hard", and that's seen as a bad thing

  • to be called a "try hard". Probably -- maybe in your country, that's a good thing. "You

  • try hard. Well done! In Britain, it's like -- nah. It's seen as a good thing to be good

  • without trying -- to be kind of lazy. But for some reason, working hard is not a good

  • thing.

  • And this did apply to me when I was at school, but I wear contact lenses now. I was a "four-eyes",

  • a "four-eyes" person. I wore glasses. But actually, when I was at school, I don't remember

  • anybody ever calling me "four-eyes", so I was okay. I survived.

  • A couple of other mean things kids say now. Now might be called -- you might call someone

  • a "loser" if they're the kind of person you wouldn't want to be friends with. Like, they

  • don't do anything good. They're, like, uncool. It's really sad to say it. They're a pathetic

  • person. That's so mean and horrible, but that's what kids say.

  • You might also be a loner -- someone with no friends. Then, you're called a "loner".

  • That doesn't feel very good if you're at school either.

  • Also, we use this adjective, "sad". Someone's "sad" if they're just, like, not cool, and

  • they're always, like, saying the wrong things, wearing the wrong things. You can say that

  • person's "sad".

  • What do you do if somebody calls you a "ginger minger div"? Well, you can come back at them

  • with this. You can say, "I'm rubber, and you're glue. Whatever you say bounces off of me and

  • sticks to you." And that way, like, their words can't hurt you. And then, they'll just

  • be really embarrassed. They'll be shamed with your come back here.

  • Let's have a look at more general childish expressions now. Moving on a little bit from

  • the insults. Staying there, but slowly moving away from it. Kids are fond of saying this,

  • "Your mum!" It just doesn't -- you can say it to anything. Somebody insults you; you

  • can say, "Your mum!" Or you don't think they're funny or whatever, or you disagree with them;

  • you can say, "Your mum!"

  • Or if you don't want to listen to someone -- you don't want to listen to their insults,

  • you can say, "Shut your gob/shut your trap/shut your cakehole." They're all the same thing.

  • So that's your -- that could be your "gob"; that could be your "trap"; or it could be

  • your "cakehole". In goes the cake because you've got a big mouth.

  • Kids are really fond of telling other people to go away as I mentioned before, so here

  • are two ways to do it. You can tell them to "get lost". "I'm not listening to you anymore.

  • Get lost." Or you can simply say, "Do one!" That also means the same thing; "Get out of

  • here."

  • And then, as a reply, you can say -- I find this one -- it's got that childish, irritating

  • quality to it, which I quite like. "Don't get your knickers in a twist." And your "knickers"

  • are, like, the underwear that women wear." So don't -- "Don't get stressed", you know?

  • "Don't get your knickers in a twist." And that can be a very clever thing to say at

  • the right moment.

  • And if someone is being a bit stressed with you, you can say, "Take a chill pill." That

  • means, "Relax." And if you're good at saying any of these and you do it in the right tone,

  • it can be quite funny.

  • Some other things to mention here. If someone insults you or teases you or says something

  • and you don't know what to say, someone might say to you, "Has cat got your tongue?" That's

  • what happens when you don't know what to say, when you're like -- you want to say something,

  • but nothing's -- you're not thinking of anything good. That's the situation for "cat's got

  • your tongue".

  • This one's particularly childish. "Liar, liar! Pants on fire! Liar, liar! Pants on fire!"

  • That could be annoying. And that one's for particularly young kids, I reckon. You wouldn't

  • really get away with that in high school. You might seem a bit of a sad loser if you

  • said that in high school. But it's all right for little kids.

  • This one's quite cute. If something's easy to do, you can say, "Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy."

  • It's done. It's easy.

  • And it seems that everybody knows this one. You've finished what you're doing, you can

  • say, "See you later, alligator. In a while crocodile." Which brings us to the end of

  • this lesson. You can go and do the quiz on this lesson at www.engvid.com. You can also

  • subscribe here so you get to see my other videos about English -- learning English.

  • And you could also subscribe on my personal channel. I do all kinds of things on my personal

  • channel, too. I really appreciate you subscribing in both places, okay?

  • I want -- I've told you all this, but I want you to use these words responsibly, okay?

  • I don't want you to go around bullying anyone and calling them "weirdo try hards", okay?

  • It's not nice. It's good to have the knowledge. And remember, if somebody's mean to you, you

  • can say, "I'm rubber, and you're glue. Whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you."

  • And on that note, I'm going to go now. So bye-bye.

  • "Jade wins. Flawless victory."

Hi, everyone. I'm Jade, and what I'm telling you today is expressions and sayings and,

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