Words That Might Get You In Trouble

Words That Might Get You In Trouble

Words That Might Get You In Trouble

From Cape Town to Mumbai to Singapore, English is used in almost every corner of the world. Knowing English can you incredibly useful as you travel around the globe for business or pleasure, but it’s not exactly the same in every place. Some words could have a very different meaning and they just might cause some trouble.

Every country has their own version of the language, like Singlish. Even native English-speaking countries can’t quite seem to agree on how the language should be spoken. ESL around the world seems to be split between British English and American English.

Knowing some of the difference can help save you some embarrassment and/or keep you out of trouble.


どの国でもシングリッシュ(シンガポールの英語)のように自分たちが作り上げた言語があります。英語圏の国であったとしても言語にばらつきがあります。世界でのESL(English as a Second Language)は英国の英語と米国の英語に別れるといえるでしょう。


Video Vocab

English Stripped Bare - B. Bearington & Naomi - Culture: US vs UK
Young Man in a Uniform Holding Fast Food (envato.com)

Did you have any difficult understanding the video? Don’t worry, there’s a lot of difficult phrases in there. We made a vocabulary list to help give you a better understanding of the slang, idioms, and difficult words used throughout the video.


➣Nouns 名詞


A person or thing that has the same function as another person or thing in a different place or situation.

The prime minster held talks with her American counterpart.




Slang term for an American.

There were a lot of yanks drinking in Golden Gai yesterday.




An insinuation or allegation about someone that is likely to insult them or damage their reputation.

Bradly is not welcome here anymore because he used some ethnic slurs.



➣Adverbs 副詞


Informally used to mean ‘a lot.’

The new uniforms are way better that what we used to have.




To an extremely great extent or degree; hugely.

I was vastly better at sports when I was younger.



➣Adjectives 形容詞

◆Watered Down

Altered so as to be weaker in force, content, or value.

The new iPhone is just a watered down version of the Samsung Galaxy Ultra.


新しいiPhoneはSamsung Galaxy Ultraの骨抜きにされたバージョンだ。


Of only average quality; not very good.

The movie was mediocre at best.




Expressing criticism or insult.

She made a very derogatory comment to me as she left.



➣Idioms イディオム

◆Cry Me a River

Used sarcastically to someone who is constantly complaining.

A: I can’t do anything I want this weekend because I have to go camping with my family.

B: Cry me a river!


A: 家族とキャンプに行かなくてはならなくって、今週やりたかったことが全然できないわ。


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English Stripped Bare - B. Bearington & Naomi
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