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airhead: stupid person.

"Believe it or not, Dave can sometimes act like an airhead!"

amigo: friend (from Spanish).

"I met many amigos at Dave's ESL Cafe."

ammunition: toilet paper.

"Help! We're completely out of ammunition!"

antifreeze: alcohol.

"I'm going to need a lot of antifreeze tonight!"

armpit: dirty, unappealing place.

"This cheap motel is an absolute armpit!"

ass [offensive] (1): backside.

"I fell on my ass on the ski slopes."

ass (2): an unworthy and hated person.

"I cannot be friends when you act like an ass."

awesome: great and impressive.

"Dave's ESL Cafe is truly awesome!"

baby boomer: a person born from the end of the Second World War until the early 1960s.

"Dave Sperling was born in 1961, so he's considered a baby boomer."

ball (1): a fun time.

"I really had a ball in Dave's ESL class."

ball [offensive] (2): a testicle.

"After getting kicked in the balls, his voice seemed much higher."

bang (1): a very powerful thing.

"Disneyland is really a bang!"

bang (2): a powerful effect.

"Japanese sake really has a bang!"

barf (1): vomit.

"My dog barfed all over the carpet."

barf (2): vomit.

"Don't step on the barf!"

barf-out: a displeasing person or affair.

"That restaurant was a real barf-out."

bazillion: an infinite number of something.

"Has Dennis really taught a bazillion students?"

B-ball: basketball.

"Do you wanna play b-ball with me?"

beans: money.

"I've worked for this company for ten years, but I still don't have beans."

beat: tired.

"I'm really beat because I was awake all night."

beemer: a BMW.

"He wants to buy a beemer when he makes more money."

biggie: something important.

"I was hoping to get my homework completed, but it's no biggie. "

biker: a motorcycle rider.

"Dave used to be a biker until he got into a serious motorcycle accident."

bitch [offensive] (1): a very unpleasant woman.

"My boss can be such a bitch sometimes."

bitch [offensive] (2): complain.

"Stop bitching and finish your homework!"

bitchy [offensive]: moody.

"I like my friend Steve, even though he can be really bitchy."

bod: body.

"Stalone has a great bod!"

bonkers; go bonkers: crazy.

"If Dave works too hard, he sometimes goes slightly bonkers!"

booboo: a mistake.

"I made a booboo on the last question of the exam."

boob tube: television.

"Benjamin is always in front of the boob tube."

booze: alcohol.

"The ESL party was fun, even though there wasn't any booze."

boss: excellent; great.

"Dave's ESL Cafe is totally boss!"

bread: money.

"Can I borrow some bread?"

brew (1): coffee.

"Every morning Dave needs a fresh cup of brew."

brew (2): beer.

"Do you want another brew, dude?"

brewski: beer.

"I love drinking brewskies!"

B.S.: bullshit; lies.

"I'm tired of listening to your B.S."

bull: bullshit; lie.

"That's a bunch of bull!"

bullshit [offensive]: lie; dishonesty.

"I don't like people that bullshit me"

buns [possibly offensive]: the rear end; buttocks.

"Don't stare at my buns!"

bushed: extremely tired.

"I'm completely bushed."

butt: the buttocks.

"Stop sitting on your butt and help me wash the dishes!"

catch some rays: get some sunshine.

"Let's go to the beach and catch some rays."

cheesy: cheap; outmoded.

"Why are you wearing such cheesy clothes?"

chicken: coward.

"Don't be such a chicken!"

cool: excellent; superb.

"Dave's ESL Cafe is totally cool!"

cooler, the: jail.

"If you drink and drive, you'll end up spending time in the cooler."

couch potato: a person who watches too much television.

"Why did I have to marry such a couch potato?"

crap [offensive] (1): something worthless.

"My furniture is a bunch of cheap crap."

crap [offensive] (2): excrement.

"Yuck! I stepped on dog crap!"

crap [offensive] (3): falsehoods and lies.

"I've had enough of your crap."

deck: to hit someone.

"His wife almost decked him when he returned home with lipstick on his shirt."

dicey: unpredictable; risky.

"Gambling is a dicey occupation."

dinero: money (from Spanish).

"I wish I had more dinero!"

dirt: extremely bad person.

"My ex-boyfriend was dirt."

dirty: offensive; pornographic.

"Stop looking at the pictures in that dirty magazine!"

dorky: strange; peculiar.

"If you keep acting so dorky, you'll never get a girlfriend!"

dude: a male.

"That's really cool, dude!"

dynamite: powerful; excellent.

"Dave gave a dynamite presentation."

dinosaur: something old fashioned or out of date.

"I'd love to surf the Net, but unfortunately my computer is a dinosaur."

el cheapo: something cheap.

"Since I don't make much money, I always purchase the el cheapo brand."

evil: great; excellent.

"Your car is really evil!"

eyeball: to stare long and hard at someone or something.

"Dave eyeballed his daughter's new boyfriend."

eyepopper: something or someone visibly astounding.

"Wow, that girl is truly an eyepopper!"

fab: fabulous.

"Dave's ESL Cafe is really fab!"

face-off: confrontation.

"I think it's time we had a face-off."

fart [offensive]: to expel intestinal gas.

"It's embarrassing to fart on the first date."

fender-bender: small accident.

"This morning I had a fender-bender on the Ventura Freeway."

flaky: unpredictable.

"I waited four hours for my flaky friend to show up."

flashback: sudden memory.

"In Little Tokyo I had a flashback to my days living in Japan."

flick: movie.

"Let's go out tonight and watch a flick."

fox: attractive, alluring person.

"Is it true that Dave is a fox?"

freebie: something that does not cost money.

"My trip to New York was a freebie."

French kiss [possibly offensive]: kissing with the tongue.

"Dave's dog is always trying to French kiss him!"

geek: someone who works too hard, is more intelligent than usual, and is slightly unattractive.

"Bill Gates is kind of a geek."

get it: to understand something.

"Sorry, but I just don't get it."

get naked [possibly offensive]: to completely relax and have a good time.

"Let's get naked tonight!"

glitch: flaw.

"There must be a glitch in this softwware."

go bananas: go slightly mad.

"This project is causing me to go bananas!"

gomer: a dumb person.

"Stop acting like a gomer!"

goof (1): a silly and foolish person.

"What a goof you are!"

goof (2): make a mistake.

I really goofed on the test today."

goof off (1): waste time.

"Stop goofing off and help me clean the house!"

goof-off (2): someone who wastes time and isn't serious.

"A goof-off never does well in school"

goof up: make a mistake.

"Oh no! I really goofed up!"

goofy: silly.

"Kids always make me feel goofy!"

grabbers: hands.

"Have you washed your grabbers, Benjamin?"

grand: one thousand dollars.

"He's making over a hundred grand a year!"

grass: marijuana.

"Have you ever smoked grass?"

grub: food.

"Where's the grub?!"

grubby: not clean.

"I always feel grubby in the morning."

grungy: unclean and stinky.

"Grungy people are not allowed in Dave's house!"

gut: a person's stomach; belly.

"Dave is getting a big gut because he loves chocolate ice cream and beer!"

guts (1): courage.

"It took a lot of guts to ask his boss for a raise."

guts (2): the nature of something.

"Let's get to the guts of Dave Sperling!"

hairy: difficult; dangerous.

"The steep and windy road was really hairy."

hang a left: make a left turn.

"Hang a left at the next corner."

hang a right: make a right turn.

"Hang a right at the next corner."

head: toilet.

"I really need to use the head!"

hep: sensible; informed.

"She's a really hep student."

hickey: a love bite on the skin.

"Wow! Is that a hickey on your neck?"

hip: sensible; informed.

"He really tries hard to be hip."

hooker [possibly offensive]: prostitute.

"You'll find a lot of hookers in the red light district."

horny [possibly offensive]: sexually stimulated; in the mood for sex.

"Red wine seems to make my boyfriend horny. "

hot (1): popular.

"Brad Pitt is really hot now."

hot (2): sexy.

"Wow! Cindy Crawford is really hot!"

humungous: really big.

"American supermarkets are humungous."

hungries, to have: be hungry.

"I don't know about you, but I've got the hungries."

hyper: overly excited.

"Children often get hyper when they are tired."

icky: unpleasant.

"The food is really icky in the school cafeteria."

I.D.: identification.

"If you want to order a beer, you'll need your I.D."

I'm outta here: I'm leaving; I'm departing.

"Sorry, but I'm outta here, dude."

in: fashionable.

"Ray-Ban sunglasses are really in now."

ivories: teeth.

"Tom Cruise has really beautiful ivories."

jack around [possibly offensive]: waste time.

"Will you please stop jacking around?"

jam, in a (1): trouble.

"If you're in a jam, I promise to help you."

jam (2): improvise (musically).

"I'd love to jam with Bon Jovi!"

jamming, to be : going well.

"Dave's ESL Cafe is really jamming!"

jerk: stupid or annoying person.

"How could you go out with such a jerk?"

jillion: an immense number.

"Do you really have a jillion problems?"

jock: someone good at sports.

"I've never been much of a jock."

john: toilet.

"Where's the john?"

K (k): a thousand.

"I could retire with 100 K (k)!"

kick back: relax and enjoy.

"I wish I could kick back at the beach today."

kick off: die.

"My dog finally kicked off."

killer: something exceptional or great.

"Wow, your boyfriend is killer!"

knock: condemn.

"Don't knock it unless you've tried it."

knockout: beautiful woman; handsome man.

"Benjamin is already a knockout!"

kook: peculiar person.

"Stop acting like a kook!"

laid back: relaxed; calm.

"I always feel laid back at the beach."

lame: incompetent.

"Dave is really lame when is comes to fixing his car."

lip: cheeky talk.

"My students are always giving me lip!"

loser: a bungling and worthless person.

"Why are you dating such a loser?"

love handles: excess fat around the waist.

"Is it possible for Dave to lose his love handles?"

luck out: to be lucky or fortunate.

"You really luck out by visiting Dave's ESL Cafe!"

make waves: cause problems.

"Teachers don't like students to make waves."

max, to the : maximum.

"I'm happy to the max."

mega: big.

"American restaurants serve mega portions of food."

megabucks: a large amount of money.

"It takes megabucks to live in Japan."

mellow: relaxed.

"I'm feeling very mellow this evening."

mickey-mouse: unimportant; time-wasting.

"I'm sick of this mickey-mouse job."

monkey bite: a kiss that leaves a mark on the skin.

"I don't want any monkey bites tonight, okay?"

munch out: to eat voraciously.

"Let's munch out on a large pizza!"

nada: nothing (from Spanish).

"I know nada about politics."

neat: cool; great.

"Isn't my new car neat?"

noid: someone that's paranoid.

"Why are you so noid?"

nuke (1): nuclear weapon.

"This world had too many nukes."

nuke (2): destroy; delete.

"Sorry, but I accidentally nuked your e-mail message."

nuke (3): cook something in the microwave oven.

"Can you nuke this frozen pizza for me?"

nut (1): odd or crazy person.

"Why are you always acting like a nut?"

nut (2): someone passionate about something.

"I'm a nut about computers."

nuts [offensive]: testicles.

"Don't ever kick me in the nuts."

okay: decent.

"My boss is an okay person."

OK: decent.

"Dave is an okay person."

pad: someone's home.

"Can I sleep at your pad tonight?"

party: celebrate.

"Let's party tonight!"

party animal: someone that loves parties.

"Dave has been known to sometimes be a party animal."

paws: hands.

"Get your paws off me!"

peanuts: very little money.

"I love my job, but the pay is peanuts."

pee: to urinate.

"I always have to pee after drinking beer."

pickled: drunk.

"He got pickled on vodka."

pig out: eat too much.

"Dave is famous for pigging out on chocolate ice cream."

piss: to urinate.

"My dog pissed on me!"

pissed (off): angry; upset.

"I'm really pissed (off) at you."

plastered: drunk.

"Why does he always get plastered?"

pad: someone's home.

"Can I sleep at your pad tonight?"

poop, the (1): knowledge; information.

"What's the poop on Michael Jackson?"

poop [offensive] (2): defecation; shit.

"Be careful not to step on dog poop."

poop out: get tired and quit.

"I got pooped out after spending eight hours at Disneyland."

pot (1): toilet.

"Who's on the pot?"

pot (2): marijuana.

"It's easy to buy pot in the big city."

pro: someone who's good at something; professional.

"She's really a pro at golf."

psycho: crazy person.

"Stay away from that psycho!"

puke: vomit.

"Alcohol makes some people puke."

pumped (up): excited.

"I'm really pumped (up) about Dave's ESL Cafe!"

puss: the face.

"My girlfriend slapped me right on the puss."

quarterback: leader.

"Dave is the quarterback of Dave's ESL Cafe."

quick and dirty: done fast, but not well.

"The mechanic did a quick and dirty repair on my car."

racket (1): noise.

"Small kids can make a lot of racket."

racket (2): something that's dishonest or deceptive.

"The Tobacco Industry is quite a racket."

racket (3): an occupation.

"I've been in the ESL racket for fourteen years."

rank: give someone a difficult time.

"She's always ranking her teacher."

rat: a despicable person.

"I thought I loved you, but now I know you're really a rat."

razz: annoy someone.

"Will you please stop razzing me?"

rear (end): buttocks.

"Dave fell on his rear (end)."

riot, a : something or someone very funny.

"Jim Carrey is a riot!"

rip off (1): stealing.

"Someone ripped off my car."

rip off (2): fraud.

"I paid $10,000 for my computer. What a rip off!"

rocking: great; excellent.

"Dave's ESL class is really rocking!"

rubbish: nonsense; not true.

"That rumor is a bunch of rubbish."

rug rat: a child.

"Dave has a couple of rug rats at home."

runs, the: diarrhea.

"Oh no! I've got the runs!"

scarf: to eat.

"I can easily scarf an entire banana split."

screw up: to make a mistake.

"I screwed up on the driving test, so I didn't pass."

screw-up: a person who makes a mistake.

"Why are you such a screw-up?"

scum: a despicable individual.

"Don't hang around with that kind of scum."

shades: sunglasses.

"Those are really cool shades!"

shoot some hoops: play basketball.

"Let's shoot some hoops!"

silks: clothing.

"Those are really awesome silks!"

smarts: intelligence.

"It takes a lot of smarts to become a doctor."

smurfbrain: a dumb or stupid person.

"Stop acting like a smurfbrain!"

snookered: cheated.

"I got snookered into buying swamp land in Florida."

sofa spud: a person who watches too much television.

"I'm usually a sofa spud on Sunday."

solid (1): really good; cool.

"Dave's ESL Cafe is totally solid!"

solid (2): consecutive.

"It's been raining for seven solid days."

specs: eyeglasses.

"I didn't know that you wore specs."

split: to leave.

"Let's split from here now."

spunk: spirit.

"She might be small, but she's got a lot of spunk."

stoned (out): drunk from drugs or alcohol.

"I'm really stoned (out), dude!"

street smart: knowledgeable about city life.

"Since Dave is from Los Angeles, he's very street smart."

suck: to be bad and unacceptable.

"That song really sucks!"

technicolor yawn, to do a : vomit.

"My dog just did a technicolor yawn all over the carpet!"

thou: thousand.

"I need to borrow a hundred thou."

threads: clothing.

"My wife spent $900 on new threads."

ticker (1): the heart.

"My grandfather has a bad ticker."

ticker (2): a watch.

"Wow! That's a really cool ticker!"

tints: sunglasses.

"You have to wear tints in California."

totally: really; completely.

"That's totally awesome, dude!"

to the max: maximum.

"I studied to the max."

turkey (1): failure; flop.

"Thank goodness that Dave's ESL Cafe is not a turkey!"

turkey (2): dumb person.

"Turkeys are not allowed to work for this company."

turn-off: something that repulses a person.

"Bad breath is a real turn-off."

umpteen: many; countless.

"I've asked you umpteen times to show me the money!"

unlax: relax.

"Dave needs to definitely unlax with his family."

upchuck: vomit.

"She got sick and upchucked three times."

uptight: nervous; anxious.

"Why are you so uptight?"

vanilla (1): plain.

"She drives a vanilla car."

vanilla (2): Caucasian.

"The Midwest is too vanilla for me."

wad: roll of money.

"It's dangerous to carry a big wad in your pocket."

wasted: killed.

"A lot of people get wasted in the streets of New York."

wheels: car; motorcycle.

"If you want to live in Los Angeles, you've got to get some wheels"

whitebread: plain; boring.

"Dave's ESL Cafe is definitely not whitebread!"

whiz (1): someone who shows a special talent for something.

"Einstein was a whiz in Physics."

whiz [offensive] (2): to urinate.

"I really have to take a whiz."

wimpy: weak.

"Don't be so wimpy!"

winks, get some: sleep.

"I really need to get some winks"

wrongo: wrong.

"That is totally wrongo!"

yank (1): bother; harass.

"Stop yanking me, okay?"

Yank (2): a Yankee; an American.

"Dave is a Yank."

zero: an unimportant person.

"If you don't work hard, you'll end up a zero."

zip (1): nothing.

"I don't know zip about you."

zip (2): energy; vigor.

"I need something that will give me more zip. "

zit: pimple; acne.

"Teens often have a lot of zits."

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