Why Natives Say ‘Though’ and 6 Slangy Phrases for ‘Impossible’

Today you’ll learn why natives say ‘though’ all the time, and get 6 more slangy phrases to say ‘impossible’.

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Now, students ask all the time why they hear natives say ‘though’ all the time, added to the end of a sentence.

The first reason is to add a information that makes the previous sentence less important, like, ‘December is always an expensive month. It’s worth it, though.’

The second reason is more of a direct disagreement, when having a conversation. For example, you friend says, ‘Let’s walk to the coffee shop.’ And you reply, ‘It’s raining, though’.

So, really, you are telling your friend no, let’s not walk to the coffee shop.

Now that you understand the usage, you’ll hear it all the time in TV shows and movies!

Slang/Idioms to Say ‘Impossible’

Fat chance (sarcastic)

Not a chance in hell / Not in a million years

When pigs fly (sarcastic- Apparently this phrase stemmed from a very old Scottish proverb, and we’ve been using it since the 1600’s source)

When hell freezes over (sarcastic)

That’s a negatory- fun way of saying ‘no’

When I disagree, I usually just say, ‘no way, man’, regardless of if I’m talking to a man or woman. If I think something is truly impossible, then I say, ‘Not in a million, gajillion years.’ ‘Gajillion’ is the same as ‘gazillion’. Neither are real numbers!

Comment! Try out a phrase from today and I’ll respond. Or, ask me a question about native vocabulary or pop culture!


Pop Culture R&R

When I was a teenager, I loved the movie ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer’ with Mike Myers. This was his heyday- one year after Wayne’s World, which came out in 1992. He was a star on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995.

The reason I mention it is there is one funny scene in which Myers says ‘No, no, no, negatory.’

I recently re-watched So I Married an Axe Murderer, and it didn’t hold up! The comedy was very 90’s and kind of cheesy. However, Wayne’s World, will live forever in comedic halls of fame.

It was based on a skit that Meyers and Dana Carvey did on SNL. Usually when skits get turned into movies, it doesn’t work so well, but this time it did! They even made a second one.

One of the most famous scenes is when the group of friends are in the car, and they’re singing Bohemian Rhapsody. In fact, that’s why Myers had a cameo in the new movie Bohemian Rhapsody as a record producer who turned Queen down because of that song!

Here’s the famous scene from Wayne’s World:

And, finally, to be honest, Wayne’s World is still quoted a lot by natives, especially those my age. You should watch the film and be ready to understand these jokey references in the future!

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