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talk trash

talk trash

Date: Apr 01 2010

Themes: Sports


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

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“Where I come from, people talk trash on the basketball court. So I think it’s hilarious when men’s figure skaters talk trash.”

- Actress Kerry Washington her favorite part of watching sports. (Us Weekly)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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say mean things, make fun of someone

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Being a great athlete isn’t all about physical ability. It also requires mental toughness. In sports in which you play against another team, intimidating your opponents might help you beat them. And one way to intimidate them is to talk trash.

When you talk trash, you tease or taunt your opponents in order to try to distract them, ruin their concentration, and break down their game. Trash-talking is especially common in basketball, which began as a street sport. Michael Jordan was known for a lot of things, but one of them was being a first-rate trash-talker. He could intimidate anyone on the court with his words, and he had the moves to back them up.

Actress Kerry Washington says that she is used to basketball players talking trash. But she finds it amusing when athletes in sports that aren’t known for being macho and aggressive, like figure skating, talk trash. For her, trash talking is part of what makes sports interesting and fun to watch.

But sports aren’t the only arena for trash-talking. If you talk trash about people, you gossip or say mean things about them behind their backs. In high school, bullies often talk trash about other kids. Although talking trash in sports is considered an acceptable part of competition that shouldn’t really be taken personally, if you talk trash in real life you will probably end up hurting someone’s feelings.

Do you ever talk trash when you play sports? Has anyone ever talked trash about you?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“The players were talking trash before the game.”

“Travis is so competitive, he even talks trash when he’s playing Monopoly with his little brother.”

“Spike Lee likes to sit on the sidelines at basketball games and talk trash to the players.”


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

lalobrown is a form of boast or insult commonly heard in competitive situations
by lalobrown
Talk trash means to gossip
by monacovalentina
ilovepeace To speak disparagingly, often insultingly or abusively about a person or group
by ilovepeace
elhoutiti to speak insultingly about something
by elhoutiti
Gellerke talk naughty words and expressions
by Gellerke
nino-nino Talk trash is a form of boast or insult commonly heard in competitive situations.
by nino-nino

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10:49 PM Dec 28 2010 |




Humm this expression is similar "to bounce" to someone…Humm I don't underestimate anyone even in a sport or mainly someone out of a sport court freely…I hate gossip!

12:41 PM May 05 2010 |



just nothing but i raally care

06:46 AM Apr 05 2010 |




sometimes ,it's common to someone.

but I can't bear it.. 

03:06 PM Apr 02 2010 |



I think that talk trash is funny,whatever  the people participade in talk trash understand meaning of this is to distract the oponent

03:01 PM Apr 02 2010 |




some people do talk trash when they are emotionally too much involve in some activity like playing basketball or video games. but personally i am not in against or favor, because agressiveness is in the human blood, when they are too much into something they do use abusive words. mostly personality A persons who always play for WIN, they do try to dominate others through talking trash.

01:23 PM Apr 02 2010 |




talking trash is commun in a baseball game , but i think is more agresive than basketball. wherever … at the end when u hear talking trash from the people is funny and even u start talking trash and the whole game u laugh.


11:19 PM Apr 01 2010 |




I think talk trash is part of the game. In this case you try to break the concentration of your opponet.  Keeping concentration on the game is crucial in sports and in your own life sometimes

08:05 PM Apr 01 2010 |





05:38 PM Apr 01 2010 |


Serbia and Montenegro

Sometimes I hear peple talkin trash in the street, it`s very ugly habit!

01:27 PM Apr 01 2010 |



Syrian Arab Republic

the worst thing on earth is talking trash about somebody…..

01:17 PM Apr 01 2010 |




There's nothing like "ideal" in a real world, so why bother mentioning?

11:14 AM Apr 01 2010 |




I think this is important to moderate what you talk. 

Talking trash frequently, repeatedly, or too over may really  let people angry.


06:46 AM Apr 01 2010 |



United States

Sometime I talk trash just to make the match more exciting. I do not talk trash for people who are out of a game bacause that hurt their feeling.

03:18 AM Apr 01 2010 |




I never and i am not good at that,but sometimes my opponnents talked trash to me,and it's really make me got angry and then they defeat me.

Maybe it's a good way to beat your opponnents

01:56 AM Apr 01 2010 |




talk trash can be used to distract your oponent

01:41 AM Apr 01 2010 |

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