BBC Learning English: The English We Speak – Splash out phrase has nothing to do with diving. It means to spend a lot of money on pleasant things you don’t really need
Li’s on holiday in the Caribbean. She’s staying in an expensive hotel with a big swimming pool. She’s very surprised to find Finn there too, and has some bad news for him. Listen to the programme to find out why.
(Li bumps into Finn at an expensive hotel in the Caribbean)
Li: Glorious sunshine, lovely swimming pool… Ah, this is the life! Oh, isn’t that Finn? Finn! What are you doing here?
Finn: Hello Li! I’m on holiday! You, too?
Li: Yes! I am.
Finn: Don’t you love the Caribbean? And it’s a great hotel, isn’t it? Come on, sit by the pool with me here… have some champagne…
Li: Oh, champagne?!
Finn: Yes. What better than enjoying a little bubbly – a little champagne – here under the tropical sun?
Li: But Finn… last week you told me you had no money – you said you were skint. This is a pretty expensive holiday!
Finn: Yeah. That’s true. But you know what? Our boss called me into his room and said I was up for a promotion! So I thought – you only live once and you’ve got to splash out! Actually, I do fancy a swim. Here we go!
(Finn dives into the pool)
Li: Well, that big splash was Finn diving into the pool. Looks like he’s enjoying his holiday! He also said it’s good to ‘splash out’ now and again.
Finn: Hi, Li. It’s lovely here in the water!
Li: Good, good! But his phrase ‘to splash out’ has nothing to do with diving. It means to spend a lot of money on pleasant things you don’t really need – and it’s our phrase in The English We Speak today. Let’s hear some examples:
- I was feeling sad last week, so I splashed out on a new computer and… I felt great!
- I had to queue for ages to get my shopping yesterday. The shops were full of people splashing out after pay day.
Li: Here he comes. I hope he enjoyed his swim as I have some bad news for him.
Finn: Ah, what a swim! It’s great being here on holiday, isn’t it Li?
Li: You know you said our boss offered you a promotion…?
Li: Well, did he actually offer it to you?
Finn: Not exactly. He said I’m a very good worker, and… well, he didn’t actually offer me anything. But I thought… well, he would…
Li: You see Finn, the promotion… he offered it to me!
Finn: Oh… Li… well… congratulations and… Well, I’d better pack and leave tomorrow… It’s an expensive hotel…
Li: Well, you’re probably right. But our boss might consider you for a bonus later in the year.
Finn: That would be good. Yes.
Li: Sorry Finn. But let’s not let the Caribbean sun go to waste. How about another splash – just a swim, I mean?
Li: I can race you to the other end. Come on!
Finn: OK! Alright! Here we go! Bye.
(Li and Finn run to the pool and dive into the water)
The English We Speak – Splash out off Transcript Video
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