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stick in the mud

stick in the mud

Date: Feb 21 2008

Themes: Friend, Pop Culture


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

“My character, Will, is a bit of a stick in the mud who goes on an adventure to find the girl of his dreams.”

- Actor Orlando Bloom on the unlikely hero of Pirates of the Caribbean. (Sneak Magazine)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

Someone who is boring, slow and not flexible

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

A stick is a small branch of a tree. Picture one of those stuck in some mud. It would be rather hard to drag it through the mud, and if you tried to, you’d break it.

Now think of a person who would be sort of like that. A stick-in-the-mud is a really boring person who never wants to try something new. Your little brother who always ruins all your fun and cries whenever you take him somewhere is a stick-in-the-mud.

A lot of times, sticks-in-the-mud are people who have conservative, outdated beliefs that they refuse to give up.

Orlando Bloom’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean starts out as a stick-in-the-mud, but then he goes on a great adventure.
So, basically, you don’t want to be called a a stick-in-the-mud. But as long as you are a fun person, no one will think you’re a stick-in-the-mud. And if your friends don’t want to go out with you, you can call them sticks-in-the-mud!


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

””My grandparents are sticks in the mud.”
“Don’t be a stick in the mud. Come out with us!”
“You never want to do anything new. You are an old stick in the mud.” “


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

ljiljana I think it describes someone who is passive and never takes chances in life.
by ljiljana
lobinhant someone who moves slowly, runs only in one groove
by lobinhant
An old-fashioned person who is reluctant to change or innovate
by irenevinci
ruzanna it means to have a boring life....to be closed to everything new...to lack events in life...to get stuck
by ruzanna
hight conservative, oldfashioned, slow....
by hight
Amir_Pink somone who is old-fashioned and who doesnt want to join in whit others
by Amir_Pink
linjin insisting something and not giving up
by linjin
by senior electronics engineer
Juliny Someone who is very romantic, old-fashioned and fights change.
by Juliny
snello old-fashioned :)
by snello
yuen88yuen insist on doing sth. never change the heart
by yuen88yuen
hercosta Someone who moves slowly. Who doesn't go fast to take what he wants.
by hercosta
lathy A conservative person
by lathy
A more traditional kind of charactor who does not want to participate or take challenge often because he or she believes the activity is not worthwhile of doing.
by kaushalyats
lalobrown someone without initiative, imagination, or enthusiasm.
by lalobrown
medunia someone who refuses to try anything new used to show disapproval
by medunia
conservative person
by if_i_refuse
wena It means someone who has old-fashioned ideas and does not want to try new activities
by wena
Leo_ It`s like a boring person, someone who doen´t take adventures
by Leo_
I think that his character is a bit old-fashioned.
by Enrique Muñoz
Eydo Out of fashion; old fashioned; "moss-grown ideas about family life" (synonym) fogyish, moss-grown, mossy, stick-in-the-mud(p), stodgy (similar) unfashionable, unstylish, OLD SCHOLL
by Eydo
yanqui difficult to move, to accomplish, stuck in various situations
by yanqui
katyona moth-eaten, old fashioned, conservative man
by katyona
i guess it is referring to a person who rejects new ideas and activities. who has an old fashioned attitude.
by ardesjeermk

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I like try new experiences but sometimes I stick in the mud when I tired

01:03 PM Jan 15 2009 |



after living alone and working hard for years in rural areas , my mother becomes a stick in the mud . in her world , once decided , nothing can prevent her from doing so .

07:38 AM Feb 27 2008 |

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Stick up fir ourselves ,or our plans will be ruined by these sticks in the mud!

05:33 AM Feb 27 2008 |




whenever my mum keep nagging and blabbering… i always call her a stick in the mud…hahahah she doesn’t know this… :p

04:32 AM Feb 26 2008 |




Have a try, and experience something new, don’t be a stick in the mud!

12:34 PM Feb 24 2008 |




some body who is attached back with tradition and religion

10:20 PM Feb 22 2008 |



No one want to become the person who is a stick-in-the-mud.

09:01 AM Feb 21 2008 |



Don’t be a stick in the mud.

08:42 AM Feb 21 2008 |

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