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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Verb Phrase 122. The verb phrase today is

  • goof off. So to goof off. All right. Let's look at the note here. If someone goofs

  • off , he or she spends time doing something or saying things or having fun

  • when they are supposed to be working hard or are supposed to be doing

  • serious work. Then we say somebody is just goofing off there.

  • Kind of like fooling around. Okay. Good. So let's look at some examples here. Example

  • number one. This is typically the way you would hear it. Stop goofing off. We need

  • to get serious and get this work done. Okay. Maybe again. Maybe somebody's

  • goofing off. They're fooling around just trying to have fun or number two here. The

  • boss fired him because he caught him goofing off several times. It could be.

  • Number three. Her son is often goofing off playing

  • video games rather than being a serious student. Yeah. Again. So again just having

  • fun fooling around you know, not doing what you're supposed to be doing. Not

  • working hard. We could also turn it into a noun and say a goof-off. You know with a

  • hyphen in the middle. Meaning a person who's a time-waster. You know, and just

  • fooling around. When I was looking at this, It always reminds me that we say ..

  • There used to be a Prince song and the very beginning of the Prince song just you

  • know, sums this up perfectly of what a goof-off is. It was as a song, a Prince song

  • called "Raspberry Beret" it's actually a good song , that's a good love song. But

  • this is how it starts. These are the first five or six lines of the song, and this

  • describes a person who is a goof-off and here it goes like this. I was working

  • part-time at a five-and-dime, my boss was Mr. McGee. All right. So when he's basically...

  • well part-time and a five-and-dime. We don't really have these anymore

  • they were stores that used to sell things cheap they would be call five and

  • dimes, originally from like five cents and ten cents. These stores are long gone. I

  • think turned into Woolworths, and I think even

  • most of them are gone. But they used to be a famous chain of stores that sold

  • things very , very cheaply. That had cheap things in it. So that's why it was called a

  • five-and-dime. Like for five cents and ten cents. Like our nickel or a dime. But

  • anyway, let's get back to this. I was working part-time in a five-and-dime, my boss

  • was MR. McGee. He told me several times that he didn't like my kind because I

  • was a bit too leisurely. Well a little too leisurely too relaxed too clam. You

  • know, taking it easy. He's something like that and then then

  • it continues with these lines Seems that I was busy doing something close to

  • nothing , but different than the day before.

  • Well again, this, this just sounds like a goof-off. You know somebody goes to work

  • and they're not really ambitious. They're not trying to work hard but sometimes

  • they try to look like they're busy doing something.

  • Even though just like this song. The line here says, I was busy doing something

  • close to nothing. You know , you may be the boss can see through this. That he's not

  • really doing anything. But he's pretending like he's doing something. So

  • but you know, I guess he could get paid and get by. Anyway, I hope you got it. I

  • hope it's clear. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Verb Phrase 122. The verb phrase today is

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A2 US goof dime fooling part time boss mcgee

English Tutor Nick P Verb Phrase (122) Goof Off

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    anitawu12 posted on 2019/04/25
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