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‘Send Back Soup’ – Meaning & Usage in English


Let’s learn about the meaning of “to send back soup”. Rachel is talking about ordering food at a restaurant, and then returning that food because it’s not good enough.

Why Does Rachel Ask, “Who’s FICA” When She Receives Her Pay Check?


FICA stands for Federal Insurance Contributions Act.
Anyone who earns income in the United States will have to pay a portion of that income to the United States government. One of the ways this happens is through FICA. Employee income is sets by the employer, and tax deductions happen only at the time of payment. This results in a pay check amount that’s lower than the simple math you might do in your head, when estimating your earnings.

To Phone It In (English Idiom)

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Examples of “To Phone It In” in TV & Movies FRIENDS – Season 1, Episode 10, The One With the Monkey   Ross: (Watching Marcel and talking to Rachel) I wanted this to work so much. I mean I’m still in there, changing his diapers, pickin’ his fleas… but he’s just phoning it in. Just …

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Why Does Chandler Say “Dinah”? (‘Someone’s in the Kitchen With Dinah’)


Chandler is quoting some of the lyrics from an 1894 American folk song, called ‘I’ve Been Working on the Railroad’, which was made popular in the later part of the 20th century by being features several times in the children’s cartoon show, ‘Looney Tunes’. He’s quoting the following lyrics from this song:

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah,
Someone’s in the kitchen I know,
Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah,
Strummin’ on the old banjo.

A Hard Quality (‘Friends English Lesson’)


This is actually not a common English expression. Because this is the first time we are meeting David, the writers of Friends wanted us to know that he’s a scholarly scientist guy – the kind of person who’s a professor at a University. That sort of person usually has detailed discussions with their colleagues, and in those discussions, the language usually becomes unnecessarily complicated.

English Slang: No Snap in His Turtle


This is an example of the Friends trying to be funny, by creating new and surprising English idioms. That’s why the audience laughs. They understand the meaning behind the words (he is unable to perform in the bedroom), but they’ve never heard that combination of words before.

Sometimes funny new combinations of words from TV shows become a regular part of modern English. That’s not the case with this expression!

If you said this to a native English speaker in conversation, they would probably not understand. This is a FRIENDS ONLY joke! 🙂

“I Grabbed a Spoon” (To Grab a Spoon) – Is It a Real Expression?

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Ross says “I grabbed a spoon”. Is this a real idiom that English speakers use in conversation? It’s so hard to know because the episode ends after Ross says this. If we could have seen Monica’s face for longer, we would have seen her being confused, because this is not a real idiom. Nobody says this, and if you try to use it in conversation, you will likely not be understood.

Meaning of “High and Dry” (I’ve Never Been Lower Or Wetter)

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“High and dry” refers to boats being stuck on the bottom of the ocean, when the tide is low. In this circumstance, the boat can no longer move, which renders it helpless and abandoned.

Why is Chandler Muriel Bing a Funny Name?

In Season 8, Episode 5 of Friends (‘The One With Rachel’s Date”), Joey discovers that Chandler’s middle name is Muriel. Joey finds this extremely funny because Muriel is a name given to baby girls. Also, Muriel was a popular baby name given to girls around 1920. The name is no longer a popular choice for …

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