Words about rudeness and boasting.Revision:
sick and tired of - getting on my nerves - put up with -
(to) boast - to be too proud of something you have done, or own, i.e.
- I'm making £100,000 a year now.
- Our house has got ten bedrooms and a swimming pool.
- I passed all my exams with A+, actually.
getting on my nerves - (Informal) the speaker is irritated / annoyed, i.e.
sick and tired of - (Informal) ... ........... .. ............ / ............, i.e.
a) He keeps asking to borrow money. It's getting on my nerves.
b) I'm sick and tired of cleaning up your mess. Put your clothes away and don't leave
plates and cups in your room.
(to) look down on someone - (Phrasal Verb - Informal) to see a person as inferior to
you because they have less money or a lower social or
career position, i.e.
- Now she's been promoted to a director of the company she looks down on her old
- Now he's become rich he looks down on people he was once friends with.
offensive - something / someone that makes a person feel upset or annoyed, i.e.
- When we complained that our room was dirty your manager told us to go and find another hotel. His attitude was most offensive.
- Some people find it offensive that your company uses semi-naked women to sell your cars.
can't put up with - (Phrasal Verb) can't tolerate or accept, i.e.
rudeness - noun to describe being rude; saying or doing impolite things that hurt or
- I can't put up with the cold weather. I go and live in Spain every winter.
- That guy next door playing the drums is driving me mad. I can't put up with it. I'm going to phone the police if he doesn't stop.
upset people, i.e.
sarcastic - to mock by using words that say the opposite of what you mean, i.e.
- Her rudeness to the waiter was incredible; clicking her fingers at him like that.
- Good morning, you're early again. (meaning: you're late)
- Don't be sarcastic. I missed the bus.
snob - someone who respects wealth and social position too much and looks down on
people they regard as inferior, i.e.
- How can they drive around in that old car?
- He's such a snob he won't have his sister's family to dinner because they don't have as much money as him and can't afford designer clothes and expensive jewellery.
- Don't be snobbish (adj). It's all they can afford. And they're very nice people.