English speakers like to “call dibs” on something they have their eye on. You can call “dibs” on anything from the best seat in the house to a parking spot. In fact, in cities such as Chicago and Boston, drivers can call dibs on a parking spot in the winter after they have shoveled the snow out from it. They can place a space saver like a cone or a chair to “reserve” the spot they cleaned for up to 48 hours.
Calling dibs isn’t limited to parking. It simply means you are verbally reserving something for yourself. So if someone calls dibs on a piece of cake or a slice of pizza, you know to keep your hands off of it.
Did you know that the word shotgun can refer to the front passenger seat? If you hear someone say “I call shotgun”, it means they are claiming the front seat for themselves.
3.Do you ever get hangry?
You read that correctly, it’s not a typo. Some of us don’t just get hungry we get HANGRY! You can be described as hangry when your mood changes because you’re very hungry, and getting hungrier by the minute. If you feel like someone around you is getting a little irritable or more sensitive than usual, and it’s close to a mealtime, you might want to give them a break or maybe just a snack.
If you find yourself watching not just an episode, but a whole season of a show in a short period of time, you’re a binge watcher. Binge watching happens when we watch one episode, or season, after another. Thanks to DVDs, streaming and subscription services like Netflix or Hulu, we no longer need to wait a week to watch what happens on Games of Thrones or Walking Dead. We can sit down and watch weeks of television in just a weekend.
Ever been repeatedly annoyed, irritated, ticked off, or bugged by something in particular? If something really bothers you it might be your pet peeve. Littering, driving too fast, driving too slow, people using their phone during a movie or cutting in front of you in line are all examples of possible pet peeves. They change from person to person but we all have them. What’s yours?
By Fleur-Isabelle Stewart,
English expert at Primera Languages for Business