7 ‘polite’ British insult idioms

Autor: English with Lucy

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Politely call someone a total idiot!

Complete the sentences with these words, then watch and check.: village, much, plank, tool, light, sandwich, ticket.

  1. She isn’t a full ………….. .
  2. The ………….. is on but nobody’s home.
  3. He’s not the sharpest ………….. in the shed.
  4. She’s as thick as a ………….. .
  5. He’s one ………….. short of a picnic.
  6. There’s not ………….. between the ears.
  7. Someone’s ………….. is missing their idiot.

Extra task
Do you remember these facts from Lucy’s stories?

  1. What problem did Lucy have in a hotel in Berlin?
  2. What did she want a plumber to do for her?
  3. Where was her grandparents’ holiday home?
  4. What kind of camp was she forced to go to?
  5. Where did Lucy find a mobile phone with some ‘inappropriate’ images and videos?

Reveal answer

Task 1

  1. ticket
  2. light
  3. tool 
  4. plank 
  5. sandwich
  6. much
  7. village 

Extra task:

  1. the hairdryer wasn’t working (because she hadn’t put the key card in the door) 
  2. to install a dishwasher
  3. in Portugal
  4. a violin camp
  5. on the school bus


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