Daily Life English

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

William Morris, a British textile designer, novelist and poet

Sue’s typical morning:

My typical morning starts quite early, because I don’t like getting ready in a hurry. My alarm clock goes off at 6:30, then I get out of bed and go downstairs in my dressing gown. I make a cup of tea and have some breakfast. Then I have a shower and clean my teeth. Then I get dressed, comb my hair and put on my make-up. Then I make the bed and do the washing up. If I’ve got time, I sometimes check my email and look at the front page of the newspaper. I never watch TV in the morning. I usually leave the house by 8:15.

Note that in British English “to wash up” means “to wash plates, cups, spoons etc. after a meal”, while in American English it means “to wash yourself, especially your hands and face.” Sue is British, and she by doing the washing up she manes doing/washing the dishes.

DAILY LIFE IDIOMS

Idiom  Example Meaning
Business as usual You’re back from holiday now, so I suppose it’s business as usual. used for describing a situation in which everything happens normally, especially after a period of time when things happen in a different way
(as) regular as clockwork My husband wakes up at 6 o’clock, regular as clockwork. very regularly
Same old, same old How’s life? – Same old, same old. used to say that sth. remains the same, especially when it is boring or unpleasant
Square meal  You shouldn’t just snack – try to have at least one square meal every day. a proper meal with all the types of food your body needs
To wolf down  Every time I come home from work, I am so hungry I want to wolf down my dinner. to eat sth. very quickly, in large pieces
To burn the midnight oil Try not to burn the midnight oil the night before an exam. It’s better to have an early night. to work or study until very late at night
Sleep on it Don’t decide now – sleep on it and see how you feel in the morning. postpone making a decision until after a night’s sleep
To go out like a light The little girl went out like a light as soon as she went to bed. to fall asleep very quickly
Not lose sleep over sth. It was a silly argument – I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. not worry about sth.
Not know whether I’m coming or going How are things? – I’ve been really busy. In fact, I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. unable to think clearly or decide what to do because there are so many things to deal with
To go out on the town My friends want to go out on the town every night. But I’m exhausted! to spend evenings in bars, restaurants or clubs
To give sth. a miss  Would you like to go to the club with us? – I’ll give it a miss. I’m too tired. to decide not to do sth. you usually do; not take part in sth.
To outstay one’s welcome It sounds like your guests have outstayed their welcome. – Yes, they have! to stay longer than the host would like
On the hoof We’re so busy at work that I don’t have time to eat lunch. I just have a sandwich on the hoof. while doing other things
On the fly We grabbed some lunch on the fly. in a very quick and informal way
To pass the time of day There’s not even a spare moment to pass the time of day with colleagues. to have a short, informal conversation to chat
To take each day as it comes You just need to take each day as it comes. We’re having a difficult week too. to deal with things as they happen and not worry about the future
Creature comforts  We’ve got no electricity, so we can’t cook or have a hot shower. I like my creature comforts, so I’m finding it really hard. physical comforts like a comfortable bed, hot water, food and warmth
On the house We were lucky last night. We went out for a meal and the owner let us have it on the house because I once did a favor for him. given free by the business
Stay-at-home  You’re a real stay-at-home! – I am, but I have to go to work anyway. a person who prefers to be at home rather than to travel, socialize, or go out to work.