Here’s a classic old song for you about summertime with some good examples of informal English in it. Here is a key to some of these words along with the song’s lyrics:
raise a fuss, raise a holler = cause trouble, yell loudly, make noise
gonna = going to
“No dice” = “No chance,” “It’s useless”
ain’t = isn’t, aren’t
gotta = got to, have to, must
’cause = because
“You didn’t work a lick” = “You didn’t do any work”
by Eddie Cochran
Well I’m a gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler About working all summer just to try and earn a dollar Every time I call my baby to try to get a date My boss says, “No dice, son, you gotta work late.” Sometimes I wonder what I’m gonna do But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues
Well, my mom and papa told me, “Son, you gotta make some money If you want to use the car to go riding next Sunday” Well, I didn’t go to work, told the boss I was sick “Now you can’t use the car ’cause you didn’t work a lick” Sometimes I wonder what I’m gonna do ‘Cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues
I’m gonna take two weeks, gonna have a fun vacation I’m gonna take my problem to the United Nations Well, I called my Congressman and he said quote “I’d like to help you son, but you’re too young to vote” Sometimes I wonder what I’m gonna do But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues
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Flexitarian: Flexible + Vegetarian
Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian: Lacto is from the Latin word for milk and Ovo is from the Latin word for egg.
Pesco-Vegetarian, Pescatarian, or Pescetarian: Pesce means fish in Italian.
Raw Food Vegan: Raw means uncooked in English.
Semi-Vegetarian: Semi means half in Latin.
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Did you ever wonder, “Where do the month names come from?” Essentially, there are three sources: Greek and Roman deities, Roman rulers, and numbers.
May springs from the Greek goddess Maia, daughter of Atlas and mother of Hermes. She was a nurturer and an earth goddess, which certainly explains her connection with this springtime month, when flowers and crops burst forth.
June descends from Juno, wife of Jupiter, and the Roman ancient goddess of marriage and childbirth.
July was named in honor of Julius Caesar right after his assassination in 44 B.C., with July being the month of his birth. July is the first month in the calendar that bears the name of a real person, rather than a deity.