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Episode 36 • Animals

36

Social butterfly

Have butterflies in your stomach

Chicken out

Pet peeve

Sheepishly

Story

It’s very hard for me to meet men, or people in general. I’m the opposite of my sister, she’s a social butterfly while I’m very shy and I prefer to spend time by myself. Anyway, my sister insisted I go on a date with a friend of hers from college and, I don’t know why, I accepted. This afternoon I started getting ready and I was so nervous, I had butterflies in my stomach. I got to the café and almost chickened out! I was about to leave but then I thought it’d be really rude so I walked in. Everything seemed fine at first, he was already there sitting at a table waiting for me. We sat and started talking. He seemed great until… until they brought the food. He kept talking, only this time with food in his mouth, which is one of my biggest pet peeves! I sheepishly suggested maybe he could finish eating and then we’d talk but he kept chewing with his mouth open. I was trying to not say anything, I tried to think about something else until I suddenly went: STOP CHEWING LIKE THAT! IT’S DISGUSTING! We never went on a second date but, hey, at least I didn’t have to watch his burger being chewed for the rest of that date!

Questions

What a terrible date experience.

Social butterfly

'She’s a social butterfly.'

• If you are a social butterfly, do you like spending time with people?

Yes, you love spending time with people if you're a social butterfly.

• And do you have a lot of friends?

Yes. Not only do you like spending time with people, but you have lots and lots of friends. That's why you kind of look like a butterfly because you spend a time with one person and then you fly and flip to another person. It's like a butterfly that moves from flower to flower.

• Are you a social butterfly?

I am quite the opposite of a social butterfly. I'm pretty introvert and I am very uncomfortable when I have to meet new people. I know I don't sound like it, but if you meet me in person, I'm very shy.

Have butterflies in your stomach

'I had butterflies in my stomach.'

• If you have butterflies in your stomach, are you nervous or excited?

I would say a little bit of both. Usually, when you have butterflies in your stomach or when you get butterflies in your stomach, it's because you're nervous, but sometimes imagined before a date, you could also be excited and still nervous. Sometimes excitement, it means also being nervous. You would still get butterflies in your stomach.

• When was the last time you got butterflies in your stomach?

I think right before my first online lesson, because I had never done that. Obviously, I never taught online, and I was really scared. I was really nervous. I wanted to make a good impression. Right before the lesson, I felt this tingling sensation. You have butterflies in your stomach.

Chicken out

'I almost chickened out.'

• If you want to do something and then you chicken out, do you do that something or not?

If you chicken out, that means you don't do what you were supposed to do, or what you wanted to do.

• Why? What feeling causes you to chicken out?

Well, it's fear. You want to do something and then you chicken out. You know that in English language, the chicken, [clucking] is that a good chicken? It's associated with being a coward, not being brave. If you want to do something, for example, ask a girl out or I don't know, do something adventurous and then you check it out, that means you're too scared to do it, and so you don't do it.

• When was the last time you chickened out?

The last time I chickened out was a few days ago I went to the mall and there was a sports center with all these trampolines and stuff, and there were three slides, and there were really steep slides. It was not for children. I don't know if you know, but I have a lot of fears. In the end I did not slide down. I was too scared and I chickened out.

Pet peeve

'.. which is one of my biggest pet peeves.'

• Is a pet peeve something you find particularly pleasant or particularly annoying?

Here's a pet peeve, something you find particularly pleasant or particularly annoying. A pet peeve, it's something that you find particularly annoying.

• Is a pet peeve usually generic or very specific?

Usually, it's very specific. We're talking, you cannot say, "Oh, my biggest pet peeve is war." No, it needs to be something specific, just like in the story, for example, people chewing of food with their mouth open.

• Do you have any pet peeves?

I have a ton of pet peeves, but I'm just going to tell you the two biggest ones that I have. Number one is people drinking straight from my water bottle. I don't know why I think it's disgusting. I don't care how much I like you just, please don't drink out of my water bottle, because otherwise then I'm not going to be able to drink out of it. My second pet peeve is people stealing my food, and I got into a couple of fights with my boyfriend because sometimes I make myself like a bowl bowl of cereal or something and he would come and ask me for some, or he would take some. I'm like, "Why? That is exactly the quantity that I wanted. Now, if I give you some, I'm going to have to make myself more." What's funny is that I do steal food from other people. A little unfair.

Sheepishly

'I sheepishly suggested he could finish eating.'

• If you say or do something sheepishly, do you show confidence or lack of confidence?

Well, sheepishly obviously comes from the word 'sheep.' It shows lack of confidence. You are shy. You want to say yes, but you say it in a way that shows that you don't have a lot of confidence.

• Is there someone you act sheepishly around?

There aren't many people that are acts sheepishly around except for my boyfriend's family, because I don't know if it's because we don't speak the same language because they're Spanish or maybe just because I want to make a good impression because it's my boyfriend's family and I care about what they think of me, so I act very, very sheepishly around them.

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