Letter I – Glossary of English Slang

–  Glossary of English Slang  –


(an) Ice-Breaker – This is a term that is used to describe something that thing (subject, question, joke, etc.) that is used to “break” the tension (“ice”) in a situation to promote a good conversation and exchange between two or more people…  “When meeting new people who are obviously uncomfortable, sometimes a joke can act as a good ice-breaker.”

(to be) Impossible – (Person) To describe a person as being impossible is a semi-polite way of saying that the person is very difficult to work with, deal with, be around, etc..  This is usually because that person either does not listen to reason and/or logic and is probably Set In His/Her Ways…  “My boss is absolutely impossible!  He actually expects me to answer business emails and be available on my phone throughout my vacation!.”

In-Laws – This is a phrase that is used to describe the members of a person’s spouse’s family.  E.g., Mother-In-Law, Father-In-Law, Brother-In-Law, Sister-In-Law, etc..  This term is used to talk about all of them generally, so that one doesn’t need to give the whole list…  “Every year, at Christmas time, I go with my wife to visit my In-Laws.”

(to) Tear It Up – See:  Slang – Letter “T”, for “Tear”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “Up”

–  ( English Slang – Letter I )  –

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