Robert Godwin-Jones, Ph.D., is Professor of World Languages and International Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, and past Director of the English Language Program there. He writes a regular column on emerging technologies for the journal Language Learning & Technology. In the second of four posts on using mobile devices in the language classroom, Robert provides……
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If you’ve got ‘that Friday feeling‘ you are ready for the weekend and in the mood for fun and relaxation. This is the kind of thing you could say when you get into work on a Friday morning – it means you are happy because work will soon be finished and it’s time to celebrate the fact that two days of holiday (the weekend) is on the horizon. However, not everybody might share or appreciate your cheery demeanour:
Jeremy: Morning, Carol.
Carol: Morning, Jeremy. What are you so happy about?
Jeremy: It’s Friday! It’s nearly the weekend! I can’t wait. I’m going to a massive party with my mates in Cornwall! What about you, Carol? Have you got anything planned for the weekend?
Carol: Not really. I’ll probably do my ALDI big shop tomorrow.
Jeremy: Oh, cheer up, Carol! It’s Friday!
Carol: So you keep saying. I’ve got to get all these accounts finished by four.
We say ‘It’s just one of those things‘ about a situation that we don’t like but that we can neither explain nor change. It often refers to something trivial, rather than life-or-death serious. We often accompany this sentiment with a slightly confused shrug of the shoulders:
‘Why did the train have to be late? Today of all days! I really needed to get to work on time.’
‘I don’t know. It was just one of those things, I suppose.’
‘Why is our broadband reception so poor?’
‘Don’t ask me. I guess it’s just one of those things.’
‘No! I’m going to change our supplier!’
‘Why does the toilet paper always tend to run out just at the worst possible moment?’
‘I haven’t got a clue. It’s probably just one of those things.’
The English idiom ‘It’s no skin off my nose’ means ‘It doesn’t affect me’ or ‘It doesn’t bother me’.
John: So you didn’t get an invitation to the party then?
Peter: No. Did you?
John: Yes, of course! I bet you feel disappointed, don’t you?
Peter: No! It’s no skin off my nose. I didn’t want to go anyway.