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  1. You kids will have to outside if you are going to be like that.
  2. Sports games turn him into a loose.
  3. I think this phrase is a , because I don't understand it.
  4. Are the parking laws on the weekends?
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661 The Bouncer
Aaron talks about being a bouncer and the types of people he works with.

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The name 'bouncer' is a colloquialism of the fact that they bounce people out of the bar.

A 'colloquialism' is a common informal expression that is used more in spoken language than written language. Notice the following:

  1. You will learn colloquialisms very quickly if you move to another country.
  2. When you are writing an academic paper, you shouldn't use colloquialisms.


The bouncer makes sure that the liquor laws are being enforced in the bar.

When you make sure that a law is being 'enforced,' one person is forcing another person to obey it. Enforcing a law means that you make sure that people are following the law and you punish them if they aren't. Notice the following:

  1. Those are good ideas for rules, but how would you enforce them?
  2. Traffic laws are strictly enforced in this area, so it's a bad idea to speed.

rough or rowdy

If people are being rough or rowdy or too drunk, the bouncer asks them to leave the bar.

If a crowd is 'rough' or 'rowdy,' it means the people are acting in an aggressive or energetic way that could lead to a fight. Notice the following:

  1. People were really rough when they were trying to push the way through the door.
  2. You can have a few people over, but don't let things get too rowdy.

chirpy guy / yak

I had a guy on my crew who was a really chirpy guy who liked to yak a lot.

You can say that someone who is lively or cheerful is 'chirpy.' When a person 'yaks,' he continues to talk and talk, usually about nothing important. Notice the following:

  1. He's a chirpy guy, so he's fun to have around at a party.
  2. That girl just yakked my ear off for the last hour.

the loose cannon

A bouncer with the loose cannon would punch in the face anyone yipping at him.

Someone who is a 'loose cannon' doesn't have the ability to control his own emotions, especially anger or frustration. Notice the following:

  1. When she gets in fights, she is a real loose cannon.
  2. He's a loose cannon when he drinks.