In this post, we're going to look at different ways women talk about Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Although this isn't a typical subject for an English teacher to prepare a lesson about, the truth is all of us women experience a monthly visit from our period and our symptoms begin before its arrival.
If you're not comfortable with this subject please look away because we're going to get real. We're going to look at all things period-related, including alternative names that native speakers use for these symptoms and occurrences. We're going to use a little humour as well, so hold on to your panties, ladies!
Period - a flow of blood and other material from the lining of the uterus occurring monthly in sexually mature women who are not pregnant, lasting for about a week. medical name: menstruation
PMS - premenstrual Syndrome: the physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before a woman's period arrives
Cramps - a tightening of the muscles of the uterus. medical name: dysmenorrhea; a symptom of PMS
Bloated - to feel an uncomfortable 'heaviness' in your abdomen; water retention - a symptom of PMS
Sore/Tender breasts - when the glands in your breasts produce extra estrogen and it causes pain and tenderness; a symptom of PMS
Feminine Products - a variety of different products, used to absorb menstruation
(to be) PMS-ing - To feel the symptoms of PMS.
Bitchy (vulgar) - to feel aggravated, angry, frustrated, annoyed. To be in a negative mood; it can be a symptom of PMS - or it can be for other reasons ;)
Aunt Flow - A funny expression to refer to your period.
Monthly Visitor - An expression that refers to your period.
That time of the month - another way to say that you are on your period.
Riding the cotton pony (vulgar) - a more vulgar way to say that you are on your period.
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1. expressing lack of interest or enthusiasm; boring
"Meh, I'm not impressed with this restaurant so far.
"A lot of his movies are…meh."
2. unenthusiastic; uninterested
"My friend was kind of meh on our lunch date yesterday. She was barely talking and constantly checking her phone.
1) another way to say excited.
I just booked a weekend trip to Prague. I've always wanted
to go. I'm gassed!
2) To be overly confident; arrogant
Mark is totally gassed. He always talks about his
huge muscles and how hard he works out.
DAT / DOE:
DAT: Used at the beginning of this type of expression; means THAT.
DOE: Used at the end this type of expression, means THOUGH.
This expression (dat + noun + doe) is used to add (positive or negative) emphasis on something.
If I love a certain hairstyle, I could say: "Dat hair, doe."
if I dislike a certain hairstyle, I could still say: "Dat hair, doe."
To be sneaky; able to trick, steal or scam right in front of someone without them noticing.
I can't believe you bought that car! The salesman totally finessed you with a crazy high interest rate!
When all communication from the person you are dating suddenly stops, with no explanation as to why you have been dumped.
My friend was dating this guy, and he totally ghosted her. What an ass!
When a 'ghoster' (see above) suddenly resumes communication after a long period of not communicating, like a zombie back from the dead.
I can't believe he's zombieing her! She hasn't heard from him for ages. He totally ghosted her, and now he wants to meet up?! I don't think she'll go back to him.
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We all wear these but do you know the name in English for your preferred underwear style?
Look at the picture above and learn the names for different types of underwear. Next time you go shopping, you'll know what style to ask for. Don't be caught with your pants down! ;)
Here are some synonyms for underwear: panties, undies, undergarments, lingerie, underpants. Note: panties and underwear are the most common.
Note: 'Panties' is a plural noun although the item is singular - just like glasses, pants, scissors. If you're talking about more than one, we use 'pairs' of panties.
Example: "I'd like to buy 5 pairs of panties."
Additionally, 'underwear' is an uncountable noun. Example: "Did you buy the pink underwear or the purple underwear?"
P.S. Don't be caught with your pants down is an idiomatic expression meaning to be asked to do or say something that you are not prepared for.
Example: My boss asked me for the report that she asked me to do, but I was caught with my pants down because I haven't yet finished it.
Now that you've read this free lesson, you'll be prepared!
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Here is some common internet slang for all you English learners! I've taken the guessing out of abbreviations like these: WTF, GTG, TTYL, etc.
8 Business Phrasal Verbs
Call Back (or call someone back)
Return a missed phone call.
To draw up something (or draw something up)
to prepare a document or plan.
when a business arrangement or deal doesn’t happen or is cancelled.
to be successful or advance your career
to make a tentative appointment for something (like a meeting).
to relay the information that someone has requested; often to your supervisor, manager or boss.
to agree to do something, or to take part in something, by signing your name.
to remain in a place when most other people have left.
These idioms are all about love and relationships, but they're not all romantic....
Read below to see how you can use these unique terms to talk about love - in English.
1) KISS AND MAKE UP --> To make peace after an argument.
My friend and her boyfriend often get into arguments but they never end the day angry with one another. They always kiss and make up.
2) (TO BE) HEAD OVER HEELS --> To be extremely in love!
I am head over heels for my husband. I love him more than anything!
3) PUPPY LOVE --> feelings of love, romance or infatuation felt by an adolescent; often short-term
My nephew is only 12 years old and he says he's in love with a girl at his school! He's too young to know what real love is. I think it's only puppy love - it won't last forever!
4) (TO HAVE) A CRUSH ON SOMEONE --> (Similar to puppy love but this is a verb phrase)
Many teenage girls have a crush on Justin Bieber. or
When I was a teenager, I had a crush on an older boy at school.
5) ROCKY or ON THE ROCKS --> To have an unstable relationship
I wonder if Jessica will cancel her upcoming wedding? Her relationship is very rocky. or Her relationship is on the rocks.
6) TO BE AN ITEM/TO BE A COUPLE --> To be in a romantic relationship
John and Mary are in love. They are such a cute couple!
Mike and Jane used to be best friends, but now they're an item. They began a romantic relationship after realizing they are in love.
7) TO GET HITCHED/TO TIE THE KNOT --> To get married
Michelle and Jordan are getting hitched. Their wedding will be in October.
Libby and Jennifer tied the knot last year. Their wedding was beautiful!
8) MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN --> To be a perfect couple; complimentary to one another
Kristi and Martin are a match made in heaven. They have so many things in common.
9) TO FANCY SOMEONE (UK)/TO LIKE SOMEONE (US) --> To be attracted to someone
Jimmy fancies Clarice He asked her out on a date.
I think Shawn likes Shannon. He's always staring at her and smiling.
10) TO BREAK UP/TO SPLIT UP --> To end a romantic relationship
Rowena was devastated when Mike split up with her. He told her he doesn't love her anymore.
Brittney and Austin decided to break up after they returned from holidays. Their vacation was terrible and they realized they weren't a good couple.
11) TO BE LOVEY DOVEY --> expressing love by constantly kissing, hugging, holding hands, etc.
I hate it when I'm single and I go for dinner with Marcy and Mike. They make me feel uncomfortable because they are so lovey-dovey.
12) TO ONLY HAVE EYES FOR SOMEONE --> To be very in love with only one person
I don't hear from Stefania anymore. She's dropped most of her friends, now that she only has eyes for Marcello.
13) TO FLIRT WITH SOMEONE --> To lovingly tease or play with someone; allure
Morgan always flirts with Sara. He should just ask her on a date! It's obvious that he likes her.
Comment below and tell me if any of these are new idioms for you! Do you have any other LOVE idioms to add to the list?
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Alannah is a CELTA (University of Cambridge) qualified English language teacher from Canada who lives in Italy with her wonderful husband. She's been teaching English since 2006 and has taught many different nationalities in both Canada and Italy.