Your 'Dirty Laundry' Has Nothing to Do
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Today we are
going to talk about the fabric we wear on our bodies. In other words,
our clothes, right?
Well, yes and no. The word “clothes” is only part of a much larger story.
American English has many more specific – and more colorful – terms
related to these everyday items.
For example, let’s say you carefully select the clothes you plan on
wearing to work or a party. Sure, those are your clothes. But it would
be better to call it an outfit. The word outfit means there was some
planning involved. In fact, when we compliment people on what they are
wearing, we usually say, "Hey, I really like your outfit." We probably
would not say, "Hey, I really like your clothes!" It just sounds a
Now, if you’re like me, doing your laundry can be one item on your
laundry list of things to do on the weekend. Often, my Saturday morning
begins with a couple loads of laundry. And I don't mind. It relaxes me
to do laundry.
Now, a “laundry list” is not a list of the things you need to wash. It
is very long list of related things. For example, if you have many small
tasks to finish at work, you can say you have a laundry list of projects.
Here's another example: "At the parent-teacher meeting, the principal
gave a terrible speech. It was just a laundry list of what the school
staff had not done right."
Whether you do your laundry at home, at a laundromat or have a
professional do it for you, we all have dirty laundry -- in more ways
In conversation, dirty laundry is much more than soiled shirts and
jeans. The expression “dirty laundry” means all those embarrassing
things we don't want others to know about us or our families.
We often use this expression as a warning. For example, if your mother
catches telling your friend about your family, she may say, “Don't air
our dirty laundry! Nobody needs to know every sordid detail about our
Now, let's hear these expressions used in a conversation. These two
friends are roommates in a medium-sized apartment building. It’s Sunday
morning and they are doing their laundry.
Kendra, that is such a cute outfit you’re wearing!
Thanks, Karen! I just updated my wardrobe and got rid of everything that
didn’t fit or just didn’t look good on me.
I need to do that. Most of my clothes are too small. Oh, Kendra, I
forgot to tell you something that happened yesterday.
You know Raphael and Maya, right?
You’re kidding, right? Of course, I know them. They're the loud couple
who live upstairs from us and fight all the time.
That’s them. Well, yesterday they had a huge fight in the basement
Right here in the basement laundry room?
Oh yeah! And it was Saturday morning. So, half the apartment building
was down here doing their laundry.
What did they fight about?
Well, Maya found a woman’s shirt in their laundry that was not hers. So,
she accused Raphael of cheating on her! He, of course, denied it. But
then she gave him a laundry list of women he's been secretly seeing .
Well, not so secretly, if Maya knew about them.
That sounds so embarrassing! It's not good to air your dirty laundry in
public like that. They should have had their fight in the privacy of
their own apartment.
I totally agree. That way, only you and I would have heard it.
Exactly. Can you hand me the laundry powder?
specific – adj. relating to a particular
person, situation, etc. outfit – n. a set of clothes that are worn together wardrobe – n. a collection of wearing apparel (as of one person
or for one activity) a summer wardrobe sharp – adj. stylish a sharp outfit laundry – n. a room for doing the family wash : clothes or linens
that have been or are to be laundered laundromat – n. a self-service laundry —formerly a U.S.
registered trademark soil – v. to make or become dirty to make unclean especially
superficially : dirty : soiled – adj. embarrassing – adj. causing a feeling of self-conscious confusion
and distress sordid – adj. very bad or dishonest deny – v. to say that something is not true
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