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Screwed!

Screwed!

Date: May 31 2007

主題: 成語和俚語

作者: nicethingsthatlookgood

課程

In English, the use of phrasal verbs, idioms, and slang is VERY COMMON. A phrasal verb is a verb + a preposition or adverb which creates a meaning different from the original verb. Idioms are expressions or phrases in a language thats meaning is different from the meaning of the individual words which are used (EX: "I have butterflies in my stomach" = I am very nervous/anxious, "I feel blue" = I feel sad.). And of course, slang is the language we use in casual or informal conversation.

NOW, Using the word "screw", we are going to look at the different meanings one word can have when the same root word is used as a phrasal verb, an idiom, and as slang.

Let's look at the definition of "screw" (n.) : a screw itself is a metal rod, similar to a nail, but a screw has a spiral form (see lesson photo).

Below are 3 examples that all have "screw" in them, but have completely different meanings!

1 (Phrasal Verb): TO SCREW UP. to "screw up" is to fail or ruin something. EX: "He screwed up the directions and we were lost for hours!" "I studied for hours because I didn't want to screw up on the exam."

2. (Idiom): TO HAVE A SCREW LOOSE. if someone has a "screw loose", they are considered insane or crazy. EX: "She talks to herself a lot! I think she has a screw loose." "You are going to climb Mt. Everest alone??? You have a screw loose!!"

3. (slang): SCREW OVER. to "screw over" is to deceive or trick using dishonesty; to take advantage of. EX: "The car salesman screwed me over! He sold me a car that doesn't work!" "My boyfriend cancelled our plans again! He is always screwing me over like this."

 

Isn't it amazing how many meanings one word can have?!

****For additional practice, see if you can figure out what these mean:  "(to) screw it!" to "screw around (with something)", and to "screw off".****

 

 EXAMPLE CONVERSATION:

Matt: "I completely screwed up on the calculus test today!"

Julia: "Maybe if you didn't screw around in class everyday, you would have done better."

Matt: "No! That teacher totally has a screw loose! If I fail this class, I'm screwed. My parents will kill me!"

Julia: "The semester isn't over. Study for the next test, and you won't be screwed over."

Matt: "No...there's no hope for me. Screw it."

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realman986

realman986

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

that was awesome and helpful.

02:51 PM Aug 21 2013 |

emalyn

Philippines

thanks  a lot !  its  a good  lesson….. or …topic today

06:48 AM Feb 16 2010 |

emalyn

Philippines

she  is completly  screwed up  on her school project.

06:43 AM Feb 16 2010 |

zeus164

Turkey

wonderful ı was very happy after fınıshıng the readın ''screw'' IT IS FANTASTIC TO LEARN NEW THINGS FROM ENGLISH BABY

02:14 AM Dec 06 2007 |

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wimzy

wimzy

Algeria

i must say: it's a super lesson

09:32 PM Dec 05 2007 |

wimzy

wimzy

Algeria

i must say: it's a super lesson

09:32 PM Dec 05 2007 |

march4word

march4word

Nigeria

nice lesson

12:33 PM Dec 05 2007 |

sanae007

Morocco

 thank so mush for this interssting lesson i enjoyed iitSmile

11:54 AM Dec 05 2007 |

sanae007

Morocco

thank u a lot it’s a very interessting lesson i enjoyed

11:52 AM Dec 05 2007 |

lllwh@englishbaby.com

Myanmar

         I think we have to be has a screw loose we want to be.

10:16 AM Dec 05 2007 |

anilsankhwar

India

thanks

08:38 AM Dec 05 2007 |

Demmi

China

thank you for your explanation

08:18 AM Dec 05 2007 |

史巧云

China

If we work and study hard, we don’t have screw up. Also we don’t screw over ourselvies. But we must learn have a good rest, avoiding screwing ourselves loose.
I only learn the above 3 phrases. If you know others, please feel free to share it with me?
Tks n B’rgs

06:53 AM Dec 05 2007 |

cyfict

cyfict

Indonesia

It’s all about screw this and that, hahaha.. Thanks.

05:43 AM Dec 05 2007 |

ZINowii

Thailand

good lesson for me^^

01:34 AM Dec 05 2007 |

ZINowii

Thailand

now…i feel i have screw loose!

01:33 AM Dec 05 2007 |

little_apple

Slovakia

very useful lesson, i am going to add it to my favourites and study, ´cause i don´t wanna screw up on exams lol

10:43 AM Nov 18 2007 |

vinothkumar.s

India

Awesome Article… Really Useful. Thanks

07:08 AM Nov 09 2007 |

jigsaw_virgin

Pakistan

screw a'round  (taboo, slang) to have sex with a lot of different

But that is great…...............

06:39 AM Nov 06 2007 |

eruthc

eruthc

Philippines

i got screwed up with this one…

03:05 PM Oct 21 2007 |

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