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Hi, everyone. No episódio de hoje, eu falo sobre expressões em inglês com a palavra list.
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Today we’ll talk about a few nice and easy idioms with the word LIST. Think of today’s episode as a walk in the park on a nice, sunny day. Something really easy; almost recreational. A walk in the park. That’s a really cool idiom, by the way, to describe an easy job, something that’s really easy to accomplish. So this episode is about a few very popular terms in the English language with the word LIST – and you’ll be able to quickly find your own examples.
So what is on your wish list? Let’s say, your wish list for life. A wish list is… a list of things you wish for. For example – you know amazon.com? They now have a Brazilian “branch”, so to speak: amazon.com.br. The original American site, however, amazon.com, has been active for years and I’ve been a client of theirs for a long time. So I do have an Amazon wish list. It’s a list of items I wish to buy in the future, from the Amazon website. And what’s on my Amazon wish list: a few books about cooking; a few DVDs; and a few home appliances… one of them is a vacuum cleaner. Yep.
Anyway, that’s my Amazon wish list. Do you have a wish list somewhere online? Submarino, Americanas, or maybe Amazon? What’s on your wish list?
And here’s another very common term: shopping list. Do you actually make a list before you go, let’s say, grocery shopping? You know, when you realize you’re out of fruit, milk, meat, rice, beans, etc and then you plan a trip to the market. Do you actually write down everything you need to buy on a piece of paper? In other words, do you make a shopping list?
I have to say – I rarely ever do that, but I’ve made myself a shopping list a few times in the past before going to the market. That was after I came back from the market and realized I had forgotten a couple of itens. So I started making a list. A shopping list. Are you the kind of person who never goes shopping without your shopping list?
And here’s one term that may be less well-known to you: a laundry list of something. Usually complaints or issues. Of course, laundry list can still be used for its original meaning. If you run a dry-cleaning shop, for example – maybe you’ll ask your customers to fill in a laundry list when they come in so that you’ll be able to keep track of their items.
Nowadays, however, laundry list is more frequently used when you’re talking about a long list of something. You will frequently hear people say that someone had a laundry list of complaints about the hotel, for example. What this means is, this person had several complaints about the hotel; a really long list of complaints; a laundry list of complaints.
Another example: I have a laundry list of things to do today. A really long list. Someone said on Twitter: “I hate telling people about my laundry list of allergies”. Oh boy, can you imagine? This person has so many allergies, that he refers to them as a laundry list of allergies. One more: I have a laundry list of tasks to get through next month.
What are your examples? A laundry list of chores? Of problems? Of complaints? What about your wish and shopping lists? Let us know in the comments and talk to you next time!
a client of theirs = um cliente deles
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