Episode 10 Idioms about Laughter and Anger
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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about idioms we use to talk about emotions or to describe emotions. You can find the transcript on my website, englishpluspodcast.com. You can find the links in the description of the episode. And now, without further ado, let's talk about idioms we use to describe emotions.

So let's start talking about the best emotion of all laughter. Let me tell you a story, and in this story, we will get a couple of expressions that I want you to learn. Somebody told a very funny joke at the office yesterday, and we were all in stitches for five minutes afterwards. Then the boss came in, he was in a bad mood and started to talk about a work problem.

I couldn't forget the joke and I couldn't keep a straight face. The boss asked me what I was smiling at. When I told him, he just looked at me and said nothing. I thought he was going to throw me out, but then he burst out laughing. So it was a happy ending to this story. Obviously the boss was in a bad mood, but the joke came just in time to make him burst out laughing.

So this is an expression burst out laughing. When you burst out laughing, that means you suddenly laugh loudly. But that's not the only idiom I want you to learn from this story. What about in stitches or keep a straight face? Let me remind you, at the beginning of this story, I said somebody told a very funny joke at the office yesterday, and we were all in stitches for five minutes afterwards.

When you say we are in stitches, or obviously we were in stitches, like in here, that means laughing a lot because it's very funny. The joke was very funny and we were in stitches. It is a way to exaggerate, of course, but it is an idiom used to describe laughing a lot, in stitches. And then when the boss came in and start talking about a work problem, I couldn't forget the joke and I couldn't keep a straight face.

Now when you can't keep a straight face, that means you cannot help yourself but smile or laugh because you still remember the joke and you just want to laugh, but it is not proper to laugh. You should keep a straight face, but you just can't. Now, in the story here, I couldn't keep a straight face. I could not stop myself from smiling or laughing, and that's why the boss asked me what I was smiling at, and then I told him and then he burst out laughing.

Suddenly laughed loudly. These are three idioms we use to describe laughter. Now let's talk about one more emotion before we finish this episode, and that is about just the opposite. It's about rage and anger. Now I'll tell you a little story about road rage. As roads become busier, road rage is becoming more common.

Ben Smith, 43 from London was trying to park his car yesterday when another driver got in first. Smith saw red, jumped out, shouted at the other driver, and started kicking the man's car doing 800 pounds worth of damage. Smith told police later, I don't know what got into me. I've never done anything like that before. I just lost it. So obviously that is kind of related to the stress people have when they're driving, but let's focus on the three idioms we used here to describe this anger emotion. First we said Smith saw red. When you see red, what does that mean? That means you suddenly feel extreme anger. It just like came out of nowhere.

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