BBC The English We Speak – Potty (with listen&read video):You may have heard of the word ‘potty’, especially if there are babies around. But do you know what makes Neil ‘go potty’? Find out in the programme.
Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Helen and joining me today is Neil.
Neil, tell me about your first ever job.
I worked in a supermarket stacking shelves when I was sixteen.
How was it?
It was quite boring: just moving things from one place to another. But I was very happy when I got my first week’s pay.
And how long did you stay in your first job?
Not very long: about three months during the summer holiday. If I’d stayed there any longer, I would have gone potty.
What? Potty? Did you have to get permission to use the toilet?
Oh no, nothing like that. Nobody needed permission to go to the toilet.
Well, you said you would have gone potty. My baby son has to be reminded about his potty every day.
No, they are two very different things. If someone is potty or is going potty, that means they are crazy or going crazy. Here are a few examples:
My boss wants me to work on New Year’s day for no extra money. He must be potty.
She’s potty to sell off her car so cheaply.
There is another meaning to ‘potty’. If someone is really keen on something we can use the phrase ‘to be potty about something’. For example, I really like Japanese comic books, so I’m potty about them.
I see. I’m potty about miniature owls: I’ve got nearly one hundred of them at home.
Well, I am glad we cleared up the meaning of that. It wouldn’t do us any good if people heard us arguing over potties.
Oh no. They’d think we’ve gone potty.
The English We Speak – Potty: listen&read video
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