オリーブ・キタリッジ;活きている英単語


さきのドラマににとどまらず、多くのドラマで、
下にあげる単語や語句を身にまとった人物たちが次々と登場します。

TOEIC USから 引用

anorak オタク(アノラックを着て駅のホームの端でどんな天候でも長時間座っている列車マニアの姿から) bigmouth 秘密を漏らす人 bunny boiler 女のストーカー busybody おせっかい焼き  chatterbox おしゃべりな人  chinless wonder 顎が小さい=優柔不断な clock-watcher 時計ばかり見ている=仕事に専念しない couch potato テレビばっかり見ている人  crank 回転運動を往復運動に変える棒=変人  creep 陰気な  daydreamer 夢想家  Don Juan 女たらし eager beaver がんばりや  early bird 早起き  golden boy 成功者 happy camper とても幸せな  life and soul of the party ユーモアのある人 moaning Minnie 愚痴ばかり言う女 pain in the neck 頭痛の種  rolling stone よく職を変える人 rough diamond  磨けば光る人 salt of the earth 社会の構成員のうちでもっとも健全な人、地の塩(旧約聖書:イエスの教えに従う者は地の塩のように貴重だ。)Scrooge けち  scrounger たかりや・居候  skiver さぼりや  slave driver 人使いの荒い人・恐妻  smart Alec 知ったかぶりをする人 smart cookie 頭が切れる人  stuffed shirt お高くとまった人 tearaway 雑にぱがす=向こう見ずな  troublemaker 厄介者  wallflower 壁の花・仲間はずれの人  wet blanket ぬれ毛布で火を消す=盛り上がっている話をもみけす=しらけさせる人  wimp 弱虫  wolf in sheep's clothing 偽善者・危険人物

The words and expressions noted above can be used informally to describe different kinds of people. Use them to complete sentences below.

英文と一緒に覚えてしまいましょう。気持ちを込めて発音します。

うぃむぷ! Wimp!

1. Nobody likes Peter very much because he's so annoying. He's a right __________!
pain in the neck
2. Andy is so boring. Did you know that his idea of a perfect day is going to the station to collect train
registration numbers? What a / an __________!  
anorak
3. I know that you don't like your job very much, but I wish you would stop complaining about it all
the time. Don't be such a / an __________!
4. Imelda loves working here: she's a real __________.
5. Alan is an excellent and intelligent manager who runs the department well and deals effectively with
any problems that come up. Everyone agrees that he's a / an __________.
6. You've been sitting in front of the television for almost four hours. Why don't you turn it off and go
for a walk? You're turning into a / an __________.
7. We were having a wonderful evening until Anne joined us. Why does she have to be so negative
about everything all the time? She's such a / an __________!
8. Don't be such a /an __________! If you concentrated instead of speaking all the time, you would get
more work done.
9. If you want some help, ask Imelda. She's always happy and willing to help out: she's a real
__________!
10. I hope Rick comes out with us tonight. He's such good fun, always the __________.
11. Poor Samantha is a bit of a / an __________. She would have much more fun and would get to
know more people if she had more confidence.
12. Don is a bit of a / an __________. He never eats vegetables because he thinks they slow down your
brain!
13. Don't be such a / an __________! You've only got a small cut on your hand; you haven't lost a
whole arm!
14. All the newspapers are writing about Gordon Stapleton. He's the new __________ of English
football.
15. When Laurence ended his relationship with Mandy, she refused to accept it and started sending
him insulting letters. Then one day she went to his house and threw a brick through his window! I
never realised she was such a __________!
16. My line manager Mr Burton is a real __________. Yesterday he made us work for six hours without
a break, and wouldn't let us leave until 7 o'clock.
17. Maureen is the __________ in this company. She starts work at 7 o'clock, two hours before anyone
else arrives.
18. I'm afraid my son has become a bit of a / an __________. He stays out all night with his friends and
he never listens to a word I say.
19. All the girls in the office love Daniel, and he loves them right back! He's a regular __________.
20. Mrs Ranscombe is such a /an __________. I wish she would stop interfering in my private life!

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