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In this episode of Aussie English I teach you how to use the phrase “The Whole *insert noun* Thing” when talking about something that you do or don’t like.
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Ep064: Expression –
The Whole *insert noun* Thing
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today I’m going to be talking to you about a phrase or an expression that I used in the previous Walking With Pete episode that was on Pokémon. So, the Pokémon Go episode. You can check it out if you want to listen to this… this expression that I’m about to go over. And the expression is “The whole…” then you say a noun, “Thing”. So, “The whole *insert noun* thing”, “The whole something thing”. So, the phrase that I said in this episode was, “So, the whole Pokémon, different animals, and evolving thing really, you know, inspired me, and I loved… I loved playing that game”. And so, you can see there that I’ve said “The whole…” and then I’ve used a few nouns, “Pokémon”, “Different animals”, and “Evolving” and then said “Thing” at the end. So, that just means, when you try and sort of break down what that sentence meant, it means that I was really into everything related to Pokémon, and to different animals, so everything related to, evolution and evolving. So, the whole Pokémon, different animals and evolving thing. Everything related to those things that I mentioned in between “Whole” and “Thing”. So, any time you say “The whole” and then you put a noun in the middle and then you say “Thing” after it, it sort of means anything and everything related to that thing as well as it itself and doing it. So, I’ll run you through some examples just to explain it a little bit better.
So, say you’ve got a lot of friends who’re really into football, but you aren’t yourself very into football. You’re not really interested in it. You don’t like it. You could say something along the lines of, “My friends are really into footy but I’ve never really gotten the whole footy thing”. So, “I’ve never really been into the whole footy thing”. That just means you’ve never really been interested in any… anything related to footy or the whole footy thing, everything footy.
Another example could be that you have some friends who like doing drugs, you know, they might like smoking a few jays [slang for joints], a few joints. They might like doing heroin for all I know. They like doing drugs. You could say something along the lines of, “You’re not very interested in the whole doing drugs thing, are you?”. You know, if you said to someone, “You don’t really like it do you? You’re not really interested in the whole doing drugs thing are you?” So, you’re not really interested in doing any form of drugs. You don’t really like doing drugs. “You’re not interested in the whole doing drugs thing are you?”
Another example could be that you have friends that like dating, you know, they like going out with guys, they like going out with girls. They’re a bit… a bit into being social and meeting other people. You could say, “She’s always loved the whole dating thing”. So, “She’s always loved the whole dating thing”, that would mean, yeah, she’s always been, you know, interested in dating guys and doing everything related to dating. She loves the dating thing. Everything related to dating.
So another example could be that someone’s really into video games and you yourself aren’t, and so when someone’s talking about you they could say “yeah, he’s never really got the whole video game thing.” So, “He’s never really gotten interested in, he’s never really liked the whole video game thing.” He just… he never played video games in one for or another. “He’s never liked the whole video game thing”.
Another example could be that you have friends who like living near the beach, and they like the culture and surfing and everything to do with the water and being near the beach. So, you could say, “We’ve always liked the whole surfing, beach, and laid back lifestyle thing”, and that sort of just means everything related to, you know, surfing, the beach, being laid back, having a relaxed lifestyle near the beach.
And the last example could be someone’s really interested in learning languages, and they’re obsessed with it. So, you could say, “Yeah, they’re obsessed with the whole language learning thing”, or “With the whole learning languages thing”.
So, you’ll notice there how I used a lot of phrases a long the lines of, to have never been into, to not be interested in, to love, to never get, to have always liked, or to be obsessed with. And so, this phrase, “The whole *insert noun* and then thing”, is often used when you’re talking about something that you like or don’t like, particularly an activity or, yeah, any kind of noun that you can sort of do or not do. So, like video games and dating, all those sorts of things.
So, now I’ll run you through some phrases, and I’ll say the phrase first without the phrase “The whole thing” in there, and you have to convert the phrase that I say to insert “The whole thing” into the phrase. So, I’ll say the phrase first. For example, “I’m into surfing”, and then you say the one after me in converting that one into, “I’m into the whole surfing thing”. So, repeat after me.
I’m into surfing.
I’m into the whole surfing thing.
You’re interested in cooking.
You’re interested in the whole cooking thing.
He’s a fan of mixed martial arts.
He’s a fan of the whole mixed martial arts thing.
She’s not really fond of camping.
She’s not really fond of the whole camping thing.
We adore the great outdoors.
We adore the whole great outdoors thing.
They hate sports and exercise.
They hate the whole sports and exercise thing.
So, that’s the expression for today guys. It’s not an idiomatic expression, but it’s definitely something that’s used quite a lot in colloquial spoken English, and it’s something that I said in a previous episode without thinking about it. So, I just sort of naturally [used it]… and that’s why I thought, “Oh this is important! I should chat to you guys about this and mention it in an episode.” It’s definitely one of those things that if you implement it when you start talking with natives it takes your English to the next level. So, anyway, I hope you’re enjoying these episodes and I’ll chat to you soon. See you later guys!
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12 More Aussie Slang Terms. Do I Use Them?
Here again ready to do the next round of Aussie slang terms from the Sheila postcard.
So you’ll see that here.
Check it out.
And whether or not I actually use any of these slang terms.
1. Wanna cuppa?
So “Wanna cuppa”.
This is the first one.
Would you care for some tea?
Would you like some tea?
I wouldn’t use this, personally, but I would hear this everywhere.
This is the kind of thing that the older generation would say.
My grandparents would probably use this if I came over and they offered everyone or myself some tea.
They might say, “Do you wanna cuppa?”.
2. Go and tart yourself up.
The next one, “Go and tart yourself up”.
This is definitely one that’s only used for women.
And again it’s a little bogan I risk saying.
I don’t think many people would say this that I know, but it is the kind of thing that I’ve heard before and I have heard people used before not just in a stereotypical in the movies or on TV kind of thing.
And according to the postcard it means please dress in your best clothes.
If I heard this I would think it meant put makeup on, dress up in nice clothing, ready to go out as a girl on the town, go clubbing, whatever it is.
If you “Tart yourself up” it it’s sort of referring to someone dressing up like a tart. And a tart is kind of a bimbo or a pretty but silly kind of girl, a bit ditzy.
3. Wanna come to our piss up?
The next one is “Wanna come to our piss up?”.
This one is you’re invited to the party, but it’s not the kind of thing I reckon I would hear many women say, “Do you wanna come to the piss up? Do you wanna come to our piss up?”.
This is not the kind of thing many women would say at all.
This is the kind of thing that guys would probably say.
“Hey mate, you wanna come to our piss up?”, and it just means, “Do you want to come to our party where there will be a lot of drinking? Do you wanna come and drink some piss? Do you wanna get pissed. Do you wanna come to a piss up?”.
Yes I would hear this.
Probably not use it myself, but it’s very common in Australia.
4. How you goin’ luv?
“How are you goin’ luv? How are you goin’ luv?”.
This is one as well that’s used quite a lot, again, by the older generation.
No one my age would use this, especially men.
This is the kind of thing that again women would use this like tying yourself up wouldn’t refer to men.
“How you goin’ luv?”.
This is the kind of thing you’re going to hear if you’re travelling around in Australia and you go into say a small town, and you go into a small town shop.
When you go to buy something, you know, it could be a bakery you, could be buying something to drink or something to eat.
The shop attendant might say to you “Oh, how you goin’ luv?” if they’re an old lady.
5. Don’t get your knickers in a knot.
“Don’t get your knickers in a knot”. Don’t get upset. “Don’t get your knickers in a knot”.
I would probably use this ironically as if I was being silly, ’cause I would probably just say “Don’t get upset” if I was going to say that.
But “Don’t get your knickers in a knot” is definitely one you’d hear as well. “Don’t get your knickers in a knot”, but it’s kind of a bit almost a bit rude, almost a little… Yeah it’s slang, it’s a little bit rude.
“Don’t get your knickers in a knot”.
“Don’t get them in a twist”.
And it’s kind of like don’t get upset by literally having your underwear, your undies, getting twisted up or knotted so that they’re that uncomfortable that you’re kind of getting angry.
“Don’t get your knickers in a knot, mate!”.
6. What’s the latest goss?
“What’s the latest goss?”.
“What’s the latest goss?”.
I use this all the time.
This is one that I actually use.
“What’s the latest goss?”.
What’s the latest news?
Tell me about the gossip.
So “Goss” is just short for gossip as in rumours or the latest news.
“What’s the goss?”.
7. The old man shot through.
“The old man has shot through” or “The old man shot through”.
This is, again, “The old man”, this just refers to a husband or potentially your parent, a father, but it’s a guy obviously “The old man”.
And it means that the husband left town, he’s gone, he’s left, he’s shot through meaning he’s run away.
Again, it’s the kind of thing I wouldn’t use myself but I wouldn’t be surprised if I heard here in Australia and I’d know what it meant.
8. Get stuffed bitch!
“Get stuffed bitch!”.
“Get stuffed bitch!”.
Leave whenever you like.
No, it wouldn’t mean that at all.
“Get stuffed bitch!”.
If I were to hear that or use that would mean go and f*&^ yourself.
Go and screw yourself.
Get stuffed, and “Get stuffed bitch”.
It’s pretty rude to be honest.
I wouldn’t use this if I were you.
I wouldn’t be surprised if I heard it.
I might use it if I was incredibly angry with someone who was… I don’t know they could have been doing anything, but I would tell them “Go get stuffed!”.
I probably wouldn’t say “Bitch”, but if you want to be really really rude that is something that you could say.
Don’t use it.
9. Shut your gob.
“Shut your gob”.
“Shut your gob” is one that you will hear, again, “Gob” is sort of a slang term for mouth.
So, “Shut your gob!” just means stop talking, shut up.
And here according to this postcard it means tell someone who cares, which is another way of saying, you know, stop talking.
Go and talk to someone who cares.
I don’t care.
Tell someone who cares.
“Shut your gob!”.
You might hear it.
It’s probably not that common anymore though.
10. Don’t crap on.
“Don’t crap on”.
“Don’t crap on”.
Aren’t you exaggerating?
So, again, it’s like you’re talking quite a bit?
“Don’t crap on”.
Don’t keep talking crap.
Don’t keep going on talking crap.
I wouldn’t hear this that often.
I wouldn’t learn this one.
I wouldn’t bother with it, but if someone said you “Don’t crap on”, it just means don’t make crap up, don’t keep talking crap, don’t exaggerate, don’t make things up.
11. Could I bot a fag?
“Could I’m bot a fag?”.
“Could I bot a fag?”.
I’ve never heard of a “To bot” I don’t know what that is.
I assume in this sense it means can I steal one can I take one.
Can I have one.
“A fag” here, obviously we know that “A fag” is a very very very condescending word for a homosexual man.
Don’t use it in that sense.
You offend pretty much everyone if you use the word “Fag”, unless you are obviously explaining the word.
So, don’t get angry at me you commenters.
“Fag” though in this sense, “A fag”, “Can I bot a fag?”, “Can I steal a fag?”, you might even hear “Can I bum a fag?”, which can be confusing in and of itself, but it means can I have a cigarette.
So “A fag” can just be a cigarette.
And if I “bot a fag” here, it means, yeah, may I have one of your cigarettes.
I wouldn’t learn the verb “Bot”.
That’s literally the first time I’ve ever seen that, but you might hear people say “Can I’ve a fag?”, “Can I bum a fag?”, which just means can I have a cigarette?
Now the last one.
12. Grouse lippy.
The last one is “Grouse lippy”.
“Grouse lippy”, and it means, according to the postcard, what a nice shade of lipstick.
And that’s accurate.
I myself probably wouldn’t comment on someone’s lipstick shade.
So I wouldn’t use this, but I would use these individual words on their own.
“Grouse” means nice, awesome, beauty, great.
“That is grouse”.
That is good.
That is awesome.
“I reckon that’s grouse”.
That you’re going to hear everywhere in Australia.
You’ll hear me say that.
You’ll hear pretty much everyone who is not not not really really really posh Australian, they’ll use this.
“Lippy”, again, to will probably be used quite a lot by almost everyone to mean in lipstick.
There might be the person who says “Nah, I don’t use that slang term”, but if they hear the word “Lippy” they’re going to know that you’re talking about putting on lipstick.
Anyway, guys, that’s this set of 12 Australian expressions, Australian slang terms, Australian idioms, and whether or not I myself would use these.
I hope it’s helped.
I hope you’ve learnt a lot of Australian slang, and what to use, what not to use at least according to me and what I experience in Australia.
See you in the video guys.
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