5 lessons – Positive Slang – lesson 3

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Positive Slang Lesson – Lesson 3

by Katheryn Reilly

Relationship Slang Words

Many words in the English language have more than one meaning. Slang words are words that are used in conversation differently than their definitions in a dictionary. Friends often use slang when speaking to one another; however, they are not typically appropriate in a professional setting such as a work setting. Below are relationship slang words and how they can be appropriately used in conversation.

1. Babe
While babe is typically used to describe a young infant, it can also be used to referring lovingly to an adult significant other. It is used as a term of endearment for either males or females.
Speaker: “Hey, babe! How was your day?”
Your turn: Use babe in a sentence showing a couple in a happy relationship:
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2. Honey
Honey, like babe, is a nickname couples often use in place of their given names to refer to one another in a positive way. It is similar to the slang term “sweetie”.
Speaker: “Honey, I’m home! I’m so glad to see you.”
Your turn: Refer to someone in your life positively using the slang “Honey”:
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3. Crushing
This verb describes when you like someone, but are not in a relationship with him or her. It can be used to describe a person you would like to be in a relationship with or a famous person whom you really like. Both males and females can “crush” on someone.
Speaker: “I’m really crushing on Justin Timberlake; I think his music is amazing.”
Your turn: Write a sentence to show who you are crushing on:
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4. Ex
Ex is used to describe someone who you were in a relationship with but are no longer in a relationship with. This could be someone you dated or were married to. It can be used alone or added as a prefix.
Speaker: “See that girl over there? She’s my ex.” or “She’s my ex-girlfriend.”
Your turn: Use ex in a sentence to describe a famous couple that broke up:

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