Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

Social_nav_masthead_logged_in
 
deal breaker

简体
deal breaker
大煞风景

Date: Jan 12 2012

Quote

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

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

“Writing ‘LOL’ in a text is a deal breaker for me. So is using multiple exclamation points.”

- Actress Olivia Wilde talks about judging guys on their texts. (Us Weekly)

“对我而言,在短信中写下‘LOL’真是大煞风景,使用很多惊叹号也起到同样的效果。”女演员奥利维亚·维尔德 (Olivia Wilde) 谈论如何通过短信来评价一个男人。(《美国周刊》)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

a problem you can’t get past

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

A beautiful actress like Olivia Wilde shouldn’t have any trouble finding a date. But she might have trouble finding a date she really likes. Her requirements for the perfect guy include rules for how he should text! She says that writing ‘LOL’ in a text or using multiple exclamation marks is a deal breaker for her.

Do you remember when Jeff told Ella that having a kid was a deal breaker? He meant that he didn’t want to date someone with a kid. For Olivia, having a kid is fine, but putting too many exclamation points in a text is just not OK. Everyone has their own set of deal breakers!

A deal is when two people make an agreement or promise about something. For instance, a teenager might make a deal with her parents to babysit her younger sibling once a week in exchange for some extra spending money. When you break a deal, you end it or don’t fulfill it.

In relationships, a deal breaker is anything that makes it impossible for you to date someone. Deal breakers can be big things like not wanting children, or being selfish, greedy, or mean. Or they can be small things that you just don’t like, such as talking with a full mouth or wearing ugly shoes.

What are your deal breakers? Does it annoy you when people use lots of exclamation points in texts or emails?

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

“They want me to work nights, but I have school at night, so it’s going to be a deal breaker. I will have to quit.”

“John is nice, but I can’t stand his friends. For me, that’s a real deal breaker.”

“Martha’s biggest deal breaker is when a guy dresses badly.”

Winners

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

A deal breaker is an issue, which is very important and can't be overlooked when negotiating a deal.
by candycandice
Talia Do A deal breaker is the catch that a particular individual can not overlook and ultimately outweighs any redeeming quality the individual may possess.
by Talia Do

Want to guess next week's slang?

Go to the TOEFL® page >

Comments

Log in to Comment

 julito

julito

Argentina

kIND OF..         LOL.(laughing out  aloud)  (  :D  , smiling. )      !!!!!!  .  and many more

11:29 AM Jan 12 2012 |

2 people like this

AUL

AUL

Azerbaijan

Hello , Julito


it means she doesnt like to use smiles and something like that ?

11:21 AM Jan 12 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

OK, but don´t mess it up using exclamation points     hehehhe

11:08 AM Jan 12 2012 |

gusman

gusman

Indonesia

i must be her friend… hahahha

10:59 AM Jan 12 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

gusman,,, Olivia Wilde is her name.

10:53 AM Jan 12 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

AUL  ,hello,,,, look, this girl is very picky,  she gets annoy  when somebody     text her using  exclamation points  . she is not interested in dating a guy that writes as a kid.   get it now?

10:52 AM Jan 12 2012 |

gusman

gusman

Indonesia

i like the girl in that photo.. who is she?

10:48 AM Jan 12 2012 |

AUL

AUL

Azerbaijan

i have read text and comments but to tell the the truth i dont understand clearly :(


i can guess something but not clear :(

10:38 AM Jan 12 2012 |

Tempest

Tempest

Syrian Arab Republic

i agree with Zaccarias

10:36 AM Jan 12 2012 |

Tempest

Tempest

Syrian Arab Republic

the financial status for man is a big deal breaker in relationship and also if the woman was older than him.

10:33 AM Jan 12 2012 |

Zaccarias

Zaccarias

Brazil

In a relationship, for it endures, we need to learn tolerance, because the other will tolerate us. Intolerance is lack of love. I’m married for 19 years! I have defects and my wife as well. I always try to improve my behavior for her, and she for me, because we love each other.
The same way, God love us and treat us with kindness, love and tolerance, even when we break the deal with Him! And it’s for love.
Someone can doubt, deny or disagree, but that is my experience of life.
May God Bless you all.

09:57 AM Jan 12 2012 |

rosy911

rosy911

Saudi Arabia

pleas can any one tell more what deal breaker meanYell


 


 

08:39 AM Jan 12 2012 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Olivia Wilde is right, telling that ‘LOL’ in a text can be a deal breaker. Sometimes  it is quite annoying and stupid to type ‘LOL’. I like to use emoticons in my Internet life, but they should be used in the reasonable  way.  Nothing is  ”over the top”. Emoticons help us to understand the emotions of our friends. We need them, because the  Internet world wants to be “alive” and “sensitive” as our real lives are. I have to admit, some people have no idea how to use  the exclamation marks properly, it annoys! Sorry, SantD.I will try do not use capslock on this site ( though I like to use it sometimes :). I have my own set of  deal breakers. It will take long time to talk about all of them here. I would like to mention one funny thing that is my deal breaker – the dirty and bad with their look shoes of men can be a deal breaker for me. I look at the shoes of men at first and then in their eyes and soules :))))) ( this is a slight exaggeration;)

07:32 AM Jan 12 2012 |

dkattleya

dkattleya

Indonesia

I agree Ola..it is better to see it more wisely and see if you can work it out, if you try hard enough to discuss the problem but it can’t be solved or that person still does not want to change it, then you can call it off but first give it a chance and try.

04:41 AM Jan 12 2012 |

1 person likes this

ola33

ola33

Japan

 DKDC :) actually. For me it’s just a message as long as it doesn’t carry anything offensive, it’s not a deal breaker :) To identify a deal breaker is not that easy since for somebody a person is mean, selfish, greedy, but for somebody he’s not. It’s kind of subjective actually, so it’s better not to hurry up to call it quits.

03:20 AM Jan 12 2012 |

zohir-73@mail.ru

Tajikistan

hi


 


 

02:55 AM Jan 12 2012 |

SantD.

SantD.

Brazil

I have nothing against exclamation points or ellipsis… but, if there’s something that really bothers me is WHEN PEOPLE WRITE THINGS IN CAPSLOCK! I CAN’T STAND THAT! IT’S ANNOYING COZ IT SEEMS YOU’RE SCREAMING AT ME SO STOP DOING THAT!!!


Now, about dealbreakers… I’m not that demanding. I just don’t want a show-off and insensitive guy, who thinks he runs the world.



01:30 AM Jan 12 2012 |

Likes (15):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast