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  • Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Feifei.

  • And hi, I'm Rob. Hey, Feifei.

  • Why the long face?

  • What's wrong with my face?

  • I mean, why are you looking so... grumpy?

  • Grumpy!?

  • Yes... moody.

  • Moody! There's nothing wrong. This is my normal face.

  • Why are you throwing so many insults at me?

  • Oh, come on, you do look a bit bad-tempered.

  • I'm not bad-tempered.

  • But I'm getting angry now.

  • Oh, great! Then I can describe you as mardy.

  • Mardy? I hope that's not another insult.

  • It's not an insult - but 'mardy' does describe someone who's in a bad mood, moans a lot and gets annoyed easily.

  • So, thanks for demonstrating that, Feifei!

  • My pleasure!

  • Let's hear some examples...

  • There are no desks for Pedro to work at today, so he has to sit on the sofa - no wonder he's so mardy.

  • My boyfriend is always so mardy - nothing seems to please him. Maybe I shouldn't have come home drunk last night!

  • Steer clear of me today.

  • I only had four hours sleep last night and I'm really mardy today.

  • This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we're talking about the word 'mardy', which describes someone in a bad mood.

  • As I was saying, Rob, I am not mardy!

  • If you say so, Feifei.

  • But I know something to make you mardy.

  • Oh, yes?

  • You're going to have to record this programme again.

  • What? Again? Why?

  • You forgot to explain that 'mardy' also describes someone who is sulky or grumpy.

  • Hmm, you're just being awkward.

  • I'm not going to start this programme again - I'm too busy.

  • Right, I'm off to get a coffee. Goodbye!

  • Who's mardy now?

  • Or he is just acting? Bye!

Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Feifei.

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Mardy: The English We Speak

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