In a bad way
Compiled by John Millen
'Happiness is good health and a bad memory'
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) - scientist and medical missionary
A bad hair day
There is more to the little word 'bad' than just being the opposite of 'good'. Read on to discover more.
What is ....?
1 a bad debt
a. borrowed money that is unlikely to be repaid
b. a poor investment
2 a thoroughly bad lot
a. a disappointing examination result
b. a person who is disliked by others because of their bad attitude and behaviour
3 a bad hair day
a. a missed appointment at the hairdresser's
b. a day when everything goes wrong
4 a bad mixer
a. a person who is not good at getting on well with others
b. a drink that tastes very bitter
5 bad blood
a. blood that takes a long time to clot when you cut yourself
b. a feeling of hatred between two people stemming from something that has happened in the past
From bad to worse
Here are a few 'bad' verb phrases. What to they mean?
1 to go from bad to worse
a. to become even more difficult or unpleasant
b. to be in trouble with the law
2 to be a bad timekeeper
a. to be unable to tell the time
b. to always be late for appointments
3 to have got it bad
a. to have no money
b. to be deeply in love with someone
4 to go through a bad patch
a. to do something dishonest
b. to experience a lot of problems in a certain period of your life
5 to give something up as a bad job
a. to leave something half-done
b. to stop doing something because you feel its not worth continuing
What would you say in the following situations?
1 You are really pleased that someone you dislike intensely has gone away.
a. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
b. Bad luck.
2 You tell your brother that Dad is really unhappy with something he has done.
a. You are in Dad's bad books.
b. Dad is a bad guy.
3 You tell someone that your friend has made a mess of a task.
a. He's got it bad.
b. He's done a bad job.
4 You tell someone that what has happened makes everyone feel a bit upset.
a. It's in bad repair.
b. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Complete these sentences with the correct words.
1 It's great you have stopped going out with Rob. In my opinion, he is a (bad debt / thoroughly bad lot).
2 My brother is so shy. He is a very (bad mixer / bad guy) whenever he meets new people.
3 Tony has only been going out with Jenny for two weeks but already he's (gone from bad to worse / got it bad).
4 You were late for work again this morning. You will be in trouble if you go on being such a (bad timekeeper / thoroughly bad lot).
5 Your actions last week have (gone through a bad patch / left a bad taste in everyone's mouth).
6 My relationship with the new boss has (gone from bad to worse / got it bad) during the past month. I can't do anything to please him.
A bad hair day: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. b
From bad to worse: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. b, 5. b
Bad language: 1. a, 2. a, 3. b, 4. b
Bad words: 1. thoroughly bad lot, 2. bad mixer, 3. got it bad, 4. bad timekeeper, 5. left a bad taste in everyone's mouth, 6. gone from bad to worse