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spotty

spotty

Date: Nov 22 2007

Themes: Pop Culture

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“Valentino was very, very young when so much of the book took place. His memories were spotty.”

- Writer Dave Eggers on his source for his book, What is the What. (Entertainment Weekly)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

incomplete; of poor or questionable quality

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Of course, when you think of something spotty, you think of something covered in spots of color, like a dalmation or a leopard.

But the most common us of the word spotty is to describe something that isn’t whole or isn’t very good. If you don’t know a lot of the words on this page, you could say your English is a bit spotty.

Or if you think this lesson isn’t so great, but that it’s kind of useful, you could say it’s spotty. You wouldn’t say that something is spotty if you think it’s really bad. Spotty means that something isn’t good, but there is still some value in it.

Dave Eggers has been one of the most well-known writers in America ever since his 2000 book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. A few years ago, he decided to write the life-story of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese refugee.

Like most people, Valentino can’t remember parts of his life very clearly. He also saw a lot of war in his youth and it’s often difficult to remember horrible things.

So when Dave Eggers began talking to Valentino about his past, he discovered that the young man’s memories were spotty. So Eggers filled in the parts Valentino couldn’t remember with fiction. He took spotty memories and made them into a complete, solid story.

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“My knowledge of the geography of this area is rather spotty. You might want to ask someone else for directions.”

“His performances can be a little spotty. Parts of them good, but they get dull at times.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Something that comes like flashes, not very clear. Most of the memories of a car accident are spotty, because you brain has been affected and your memories are incomplete. The memories about dreams are also likely to be spotty.
by renato.moura.b
"His memories were spotty" means that he didn't remember everything well but the fragments of what happened.
by Gregory Markaryan
erratic, uneven
by irenevinci
lacking consistency; "the golfer hit the ball well but his putting was spotty"
by morres
GavinZheng uneven,unconsistent,things like that.
by GavinZheng
lacking consistency or regularity in quality or performance that what the word in that text means and it also means patchy uneven unsteady variable.....
by wael_elhlimi
incosistent
by periwinkle.chic
babyxiao lacking consistency
by babyxiao
spotty means lacking consistency or uneven
by scholas3
Darlene incomplete, not totally correct or valid.
by Darlene
good in some parts, but not in others; not complete
by lcmwyc
Spotty means not clear, not definite. He remember parts but not all
by fox234234
lauraxxz "Spotty" suggests that the memories are not continous and clear. They reveal flashes.
by lauraxxz
vague...blurred.. only of remembering small parts or pieces of a situation
by carlos alvarez
m@nuelm@d diffuse, vague, irregular, not clear.
by m@nuelm@d
masoyama good only in some parts, but not in other parts
by masoyama
- something fragmentary, incomplete; something not consecutive, not successive. "spotty memories" could be those full of gaps or very dim, vague, not vivid.
by Medlyashik
it means that not very much clear but in small pieces.
by neelofer
spotty mean is: not complete or good in same parts but not others
by s.g
vague,poor
by simonaputinelu
He doesn't remeber well only this and those facts
by Lennchik
He only remembered few things
by LO
it means that his memories is not clear and intermittent.
by mahadavikia
spotty means fragmentary or incomplete.
by sirk
immajin He couldn't remember everything. There were white spots in his memory.
by immajin

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std

Myanmar

i m also spotty’’’‘

10:28 AM Nov 23 2007 |

amazone666

amazone666

Mauritius

i’am spotty

04:11 AM Nov 23 2007 |

Lolya

Lolya

Russian Federation

His luck was spotty

12:00 AM Nov 23 2007 |

dt.mucu

dt.mucu

Turkey

Deficiency of VitB12 couse spotty on memory . Just like at me.

08:54 PM Nov 22 2007 |

djcrystal

djcrystal

Thailand

I’m happy that my memories about my ex are spotty now!

04:39 PM Nov 22 2007 |

icingblue813

China

well,this could be a popular word to use for there is no so perfect thing in life~

03:19 PM Nov 22 2007 |

Dubai,Jewels

United Arab Emirates

coool

12:51 PM Nov 22 2007 |

谎报夏

谎报夏

China

The meaning of the word has been explained so clearly ,I like it

10:29 AM Nov 22 2007 |

simonguan

simonguan

Germany

it seems that my english is not so spotty.

10:24 AM Nov 22 2007 |

naruma

Spain

this lesson has been spotty with lack of listening

10:02 AM Nov 22 2007 |

vikky07

vikky07

India

In cricket he played a good shot but timing was not so good..spotty is like that.

09:59 AM Nov 22 2007 |

GavinZheng

GavinZheng

China

I once possess a pretty spotty dog! I miss it!

09:59 AM Nov 22 2007 |

Alex Kou

Alex Kou

China

most of people ’s memory are spotty,beacuse our brains couldn’t work like computers

07:26 AM Nov 22 2007 |

diseas

Saudi Arabia

spotty

05:28 AM Nov 22 2007 |

jen_19

jen_19

Australia

not clear???

04:55 AM Nov 22 2007 |

RISEPEARL

RISEPEARL

Afghanistan

full of, having, or occurring in spots: spotty coloring.
irregular or uneven in quality or character: a spotty

04:51 AM Nov 22 2007 |

Sushant

India

koi hasae to has lete hai
dil me dard ho to ro lete hai
nind waise bhi kam aati hai
par sapno me tum aaoge
yeh soch ke so lete hai

04:49 AM Nov 22 2007 |

navinbhansali

India

it means something not perfect,not up to the point

04:27 AM Nov 22 2007 |

boxu

boxu

Indonesia

it means not so perfect

01:42 AM Nov 22 2007 |

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