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For those who follow me on Instagram, know a little about my daily routine because every now and then I show some things I like and how things in a small city in the US are. Well, I’ve never been really into Tv Series but I must confess I’ve been watching one that I’m absurdly addicted, moreover I’d say that’s one of my latest habits which is watching BLUE BLOODS.
In case you’ve never heard about it before, I’ll explain: Blue Bloods is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan (my favorite one, by the way) is the New York Police Commissioner and heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry, during his stint as Chief. A source of pride and concern for Frank is his eldest son, Danny (my second favorite one LOL) a seasoned detective, family man and Iraq War vet who on occasion uses dubious tactics to solve cases with his partner, Detective Maria Baez. What I love the most about Danny is that he is so passionate, so intense and absurdly determinate. I would say it’s kind of inspiring.
Well, the Reagan women in the family include Erin, a New York Assistant D.A. who also serves as the legal compass for her siblings and father, as well as a single parent to her teenage daughter, Nicky. Jamie is the youngest Reagan, a Harvard Law graduate and the family’s “golden boy.” He’s really sweet and cute. Unable to deny the family tradition, Jamie decided to give up a lucrative future in law and follow in the family footsteps as a cop. He’s found a friend and ally in Eddie, his young and eager female partner, who keeps him on his toes, but has very different reasons than the Reagans for joining the police force.
Anyway guys, if I had to recommend something so you can watch, learn English and get entertained I would definitely pick BLUE BLOODS. And yeah, I do learn a lot from Blue Bloods and every time I see a new word or an expression that I understand but I don’t use the way they do, I take note and work hard to memorize them. These 5 ones that I’m bringing today are pretty recent on my list actually. So now, let me introduce them to you:
- The first one is: TO SUGARCOAT. To sugarcoat means to make something sound better than it really is. It’s like when you address an issue by speaking in a way that appears pleasant and not offensive. For example:
- She has very strong opinions, and she doesn’t try to sugarcoat them.
- No one tried to sugarcoat it: bronze wasn’t the medal the US team had come for.
- The second one is: BOGUS CALL. A bogus call is when someone calls you or visits you under false pretenses, usually for the purpose of theft or fraud. It’s like when you receive those anonymous calls from people trying to sell something you find weird or saying you won a Tv or something like that. You can use in any context but a very common one and the one that I actually saw in the episode was: -Who was that? -Nothing, just a bogus call.
- The third one is not a word, it’s actually a greeting and a very different one by the way. The expressions is: WHAT’S GOT YOU? Yep, instead of asking “What happened to you?” or “What’s wrong with you” the character said “What’s got you?” – one more to our infinite list of new words and expressions. That one I could understand the meaning but I decided to write down and come and share with you guys because I thought it was pretty interesting way of speaking.
- The next one is nice: BUS. I don’t know you but, BUS for me is a mean of transportation. It’s what people usually use in big cities to go to work, go home or any other place they need. You pay a small fee and share the space with dozens of people and when you reach your destination, you press the STOP button and the bus driver will stop at the next bus stop. Right? Do you guys agree with me? Ok, but a BUS may also mean something else: AMBULANCE. When a cop realizes someone is hurt, they say: CALL A BUS and not CALL AN AMBULANCE.
I swear to you when I heard them calling A BUS for the first time, I kind of, understood that they needed an ambulance because of the context but at the same time I was like… A BUS? It makes no sense… But yeah, after some seconds the bus showed up and voilá, a new word came to me. So I couldn’t practice this word yet but I swear as soon as I have the change I will scream call a bus hahahah
5) And the last one is another expression: TO BUTTER SOMEONE UP. That one is awesome. To butter someone up is the same as to praise or flatter someone excessively and it usually happens because you’re going to deliver some bad news or ask for a favor. For example:
- I tried to butter up my father by mowing the lawn before I asked the car.
- At least butter me up before you ask for money.
- Percy was always buttering up the boss, so he was surprised when he failed to get a promotion.
Did you guys like to know about these words? How was that for you? What about Blue Bloods? Is there anyone out there watching or that has watched it before? Let me know!!! Regarding these words, I would tell you all to write them down in your notebook and write your own sentences and examples. It will help you memorize better and faster as well.
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