Category Archives: Words and Slang


a) Explain the concept of a simile (i.e., words or phrases connected by “like” or “as” that suggest a similarity between two dissimilar items); differentiate similes from metaphors (i.e., the latter do not use “like” or “as”)

American Slang Expressions

  1.  Write slang terms on one set of index cards and definitions on a second set of index cards.
  2. Give each student a slang card and also give each student a non-matching definition card; after giving students the meanings of the slang terms, have them walk around to try to find the matches for the cards they have in their hands.
  3. Arrange three dozen (36) of the cards – half slang terms and half matching definitions – and arrange them facedown on a desk top in completely random order.  Have students play a game of “Concentration”, instructions for which follow at the end of this document.

English Expressions: Anatomical Idioms and Miscellaneous Idioms

The following expressions are idioms that use part of the body.

The actual meaning is noted in parentheses.

1) Stay on your toes.  (Remain alert)

2) You are pulling my leg.  (You are not telling me the truth.)

English Expressions: Colour Idioms

1. Begin by reviewing the English words for various colors as well as unfamiliar English words that might be paired with colors in “color idioms”.

2. Prepare a set of index cards with just the names of colors on them.  Also, prepare a separate set of index cards with the words that correspond to the colors to form “color idioms”.  A list of some “color idioms” is provided below.

English Expressions: Animal Analogies

Animal Analogies: Have students determine which animal best completes the sentence.  (Suggested answers follow.)

1.)  A memory like an __________________.

2.)  Sly as a _________________.

3.)  A real ______________ brain.