blueman1 Come up with

Come up with is one of those tricky phrasal verbs that encompasses several related ideas:

1. To think up/improvise

2. Discover

3. Produce



If you don't come up with the cash by friday, you're finished — Como no consigas el dinero para el viernes, estás acabado

John came up with a good idea — A John  se le ocurrió una buena idea

Scientists have come up with a vaccine for this disease — Los científicos han dado con una vacuna para esta enfermedad


In The Press

When Jackson County Court Judge Larry Wilson gave owners of The Shed restaurant 60 days to come up with a plan to fix all the building The Sun Herald-Feb 22, 2017

The Government is to come up with its own study with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to assess the trends and impact of pollution Business Standard-Feb 22, 2017


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blueman1 Put off


Put off is one of those tricky phrasal verbs that has several meanings. As usual, context is vital.



1- Postpone 

Stop putting off the meeting with your boss- Deja de posponer la reunión con tu jefe

2- Discourage

I was set on going to university, but my dad put me off the idea- Estaba decidido a ir a la universidad, pero mi padre me desanimó 

3-Cause to dislike

Seeing that dead pig has put me off ham- Ver ese cerdo muerto me ha quitado las ganas de comer jamón

3- Distract

I´m trying to concentrate, but that noise is putting me off-  Estoy intentando concentrarme, pero ese ruido me está distrayendo

5- Switch off

Put that bloody television off!- Apaga esa puñetera televisión!


greenman Gonna, Wanna, Gotta

In spoken English, native speakers tend to slur their words. It is extremely common and sounds natural to do so. However, these words are rarely written and should be avoided in formal situations.



I wanna get high- Quiero colocarme

He's gonna freak out when he sees you- Él va a flipar cuando te vea

You gotta work your arse off if you wanna make it in this life- Tienes que currar como un burro si quieres triunfar en esta vida


The word because is often shortened to 'cause or cos in spoken English, but it should be avoided in writing.


Point is one of those words that has loads of meanings. Let's have a look at a few of the commonest:



Let's get to the gaddam point- Vayamos al puto grano

What's your frickin point?- ¿Qué coño quieres decir? o ¿Dónde coño quieres llegar con esto?

There's no point moaning about it- No sirve de nada quejarse de ello

The whole point of drinking alcohol is to get pissed-  El único objetivo de beber alcohol es emborracharse

We have reached the point of no return- Hemos llegado a un punto de no retorno

He made a point of pissing me off- Puso empeño en tocarme los huevos


Piss is a versatile word used in colloquial speech. It can be a verb or a noun.


He took the piss out of me - Se cachondeó de mí/me tomó el pelo

You are starting to piss me off - Estás empezando a tocarme los cojones

Piss off, you cunt! - ¡Lárgate, puto gilipollas!

We were out on the piss until late - Estuvimos de juerga hasta las tantas

The exam was a piece of piss- El examen estuvo chupado

It's pissing down- Están cayendo chuzos de punta



greenmanYet another/again/more

 Yet is one of those tricky words that has several meanings. Here we look at yet as an adverb, meaning todavía más. It can indicate that we dislike or find this surprising.



Yet another shooting has sparked debate- Otro tirteo más ha provocado un debate

He has cancelled the meeting yet again- Ha cancelado la reunión otra vez más

The immigration crisis raises yet more questions about the future of Europe- La crisis de inmigración plantea aún más preguntas sobre el futuro de Europa






This is a great word. Often used in informal situations as either a noun, adjective or verb.



Don't bullshit me!- No me vengas con milongas

That's bullshit. I never said that- Eso es mentira. Yo no dije eso

This meeting is bullshit- Esta reunión es una chorrada

What a bullshit idea!- ¡Qué mierda de idea!

He´s a bullshitter- Es un fantasma 

See in context- The Musk Effect