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Do You Understand This Dialogue?

Do You Understand This Dialogue?

Date: Feb 15 2011

Topic: Idioms and Slang

Author: englishteacher24/7

Lesson

Two older men greeted each other, one says to the other, "how's it going young man?  The other man said, "heavy on the young!"

Do you understand what the second man meant by "heavy on the young?"

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The Last Joke

Yemen

Mr Englishteacher …..so wonderful …so great …thank you so much ..i really like it …I got it 

09:55 AM Feb 16 2018 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Last Joke, I’m impressed with your efforts to answer the lesson question. You get an “A” for your efforts :). However, you concluded Item A has value but Item B doesn’t. The explanation is provided to help you and others in your thinking in English.


(Lesson 94  was posted on 2/15/18)


Explanation of Lesson No. 94 – Double Meaning Words


1. Item A and Item B are being evaluated to determine if they have value.


2. The word “worthless” means to have No value.  The root or base word is “worth” which means to have value. However, by adding the suffix “less” onto the word “worthless” makes it the opposite of the base word. Therefore, the meaning goes from worth something to not worth something.


3. The word “worth” “less” is two separate words separated by adding a space between the two words. It is not one word as it is in “worthless.” In the case of the meaning of “worth” it is the same as before which is to have value. However, the word “less” when used by itself does not mean No value but of a lesser value.


4. To answer the question “are they both (Item A & B) worthless” the answer is no because the Assessor determined that Item A was Not worthless but of a lesser value than Item B.


For example, let’s put a value on Item A and Item B for the sake of understanding.


Item A = $5.00     Item B=$10.00


Question:


Are they both worthless (no value) 


Answer:


No, they both have value but Item A has less value than Item B. 


The key to understanding this lesson is to understand that when a suffix is separated from a base word it changes the meaning. For more information on prefixes and suffixes here’s a link to a lesson on it in the “Inside the Language”  forum. 


http://englishbaby.com/lessons/5742/member_submitted/inside_the_language



Once there, scroll down to the post date 8/19/17


If there are any additional questions or comments on the lesson, please feel free to write them on the forum. 


Good job Last Joke!


08:43 AM Feb 16 2018 |

The Last Joke

Yemen



If I am alright ..I think that your Q is :

What is difference between Item A ” worth less” and Item B ” worthless ” ?

Is there any difference between ” worth less ” and ” worthless” ?


Yes , there is difference between them , because ,” worth less” has a value and “worthless” hasn’t  . 



They aren’t worthless ..A has a value and B hasn’t .

09:28 PM Feb 15 2018 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Last Joke, that’s a very good question. Item A & Item B are symbolic of representing two unspecified items that are being compared to each other regarding their relative worth.


In other words, for the purpose of this lesson, it doesn’t matter what the specific value is because the question is whether or not they both are worthless, and if not, why?


Hint: Understand the difference between ”worthless” and “worth less” and you’ll have the answer.


I plan to provide the explanation this weekend to give others an opportunity to answer.

06:17 PM Feb 15 2018 |

The Last Joke

Yemen

 



Ex
 🔴A Word has Double Meaning :


 🔵In Arabic we have two different words for the two different meaning of the word Medicine in English .

1- Doctors use medicine to treat diseases.
 ➡Here Medicine means Drugs دواء
2.- The work of preventing diseases is known as preventive Medicine.
 ➡Here Medicine means Treatment . طب وقائي

04:03 PM Feb 15 2018 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Lesson No. 94 – Double Meaning Words:


Item A and Item B was being compared for value and the assessor determined that Item A was not worthless but worth less.


Question


Are they both worthless? Please explain your answer.

01:42 PM Feb 15 2018 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

You’re welcome. The next lesson will be posted upon completion.

04:10 PM Feb 07 2018 |

sally_gallego

Philippines

Thank you, Sir! 😊 

04:01 PM Feb 05 2018 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Sally, your answers to Lesson No. 93 are correct. Really, I don’t have to write an explanation of the lesson because you’ve done an excellent job in answering the question.


The main point is that the word “old” does not always mean “old age” but can also refer to something “previous” or  “in the past.”


The phrase “cop a squat” is slang for take a seat and relax.


Keep this point in mind, almost all English words have multiple meanings and the context will determine the meaning.


I plan to write more lessons on this aspect of English. 

02:33 PM Feb 05 2018 |

sally_gallego

Philippines

Thank you, Sir,  for inviting me to your lessons! You know, your lessons are conducive. 

09:28 PM Feb 03 2018 |

sally_gallego

Philippines

Hello, Sir! Does ‘cop a squat’ means take a seat?  I think  I understand the convo. Tim here is not an old man. I Think he has the same age with Jim because they both graduated from the same high school the same year and it’s only a matter of few years that they haven’t contacted with each other. So, he’s not old yet. Perhaps he is a young adult.
       

09:24 PM Feb 03 2018 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Lesson No. 93 – Customary Words:


Jim and Tim were college roommates who both graduated from the same high school the same year. After graduating from college they both went their separate ways. 


A few years later, Tim located his friend Jim from social media and called him on the phone to arrange coming to his house to see him. At the door of Jim’s house he rang the doorbell and Jim opened the door. Afterwards, the conversation went as follows:


Jim: Tim, my old friend from college, it’s so good to see you again. Come on in.


Tim: It’s good to see you again and you haven’t aged a bit.


Jim: Cop a squat and let’s talk about the good ‘ole days.


Tim: Jim, you haven’t changed a bit.


Question:


Was Tim an old man at this time? Explain your answer.

04:58 PM Feb 03 2018 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

You’re welcome. I intend to write additional lessons on words that do not mean what they appear to mean. Please stay tuned.

10:39 PM Feb 01 2018 |

The Last Joke

Yemen

Mr.englishteacher24/7 ,


Thank you !

09:56 AM Jan 29 2018 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

You are correct Last Joke!


Lesson No. 92 Explanation:


The Waiter is the server. Despite the fact that Bill and Jill did the waiting for the table, the server is considered The Waiter because they wait on (serve) customers, therefore, it is a title for this job position. 


Note: “Wait on” is a phrasal verb which means the two separate words take on a different meaning when combined together.


You cannot take the meaning of all words for face value because they can have a double meaning and do not always mean what the literal meaning is. Such is the case with this lesson.


Joe90, welcome to the forum. You are basically correct in your answer to the meaning of “Heavy on the young” phrase. Following is a detailed explanation which I posted back on August 30, 2017.


“Heavy on the young” explanation:


In the U.S., if you order food from a restaurant like a hamburger, fish sandwich etc. and you want to request extra condiment such as ketchup or tartar sauce; you would say “heavy ketchup” or “heavy tartar sauce;” and the cook would put extra sauce on your sandwich.


In the dialogue, one old man said to the other old man, “How’s it going young man?”  He asked him in a friendly fun-type of way how was he doing today, even though he wasn’t a young man but asked him as a joke.


The other older man responded, “Heavy on the young,” which he meant jokingly, keep telling me I’m young, young, young (heavy=extra)!  In other words, he wanted the greeter to put emphasis on the “young” part of his greeting.


This is in the category of fun language between people you are comfortable with. It is not common language but I want to expose you to it so you won’t always think in a literal sense.


This example is the same as a husband asking his wife to do a favor for him and she responds, “yes sir” and he responds with the phrase “Heavy on the Sir” and she responds again in a loud voice “YES SIR!” to add emphasis to the affirmation of “yes sir.”


It’s just an example of having fun with the language. 

The Last Joke

Yemen

If I am alright …I think that ,  ” the Waiter ” is ” the Server ”..



My Q is : what is the difference between them ?


Is there any different between them?

07:30 PM Jan 28 2018 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Lesson No. 92 – Customary Words:


Bill and Jill went to a restaurant for dinner without a reservation. Therefore, they had to wait 45 minutes for a table.


Finally, they were seated at a table and then the server gave them a couple of menus to order what they wanted to eat.


Question:


Who is considered “The Waiter,” the customer (Bill and Jill) or the server?

05:05 PM Jan 28 2018 |

Joe90

Joe90

Brazil

I don’t know if I understood, But I think that he wants to say: I am a old man feeling a like a young may be the mind him to keep young.

06:25 AM Jan 28 2018 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Welcome back, Claudio. The explanation for the “Heavy on the young”phrase was posted on August 30, 2017, please scroll back to that date for the answer.


In addition, I invite you to learn Lesson No. 91 posted on December 25, 2017 and the explanation was posted on December 31, 2018.


I hope 2018 will be a good year for learning English.

03:51 PM Jan 04 2018 |

Cláudio

Cláudio

Brazil

Hi, Mr. Gray.


I can only guess what the second man was saying, but I cannot say I completely understood it. It’s perhaps something like: “not so young” ?


I’m looking forward to your explanation.


Happy New Year!


Thanks.

02:11 AM Jan 02 2018 |

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