To surf the Net is an expression which means: to spend time on the Internet.
How many hours a day do you surf the net? Personally, I waste so much time surfing the Net.
A gadget is often a small mechanical or electronic device which is designed to have a practical use but many people argue that the majority are just useless and a waste of money. Seriously, an egg cutter! What’s wrong with a knife?!
To log on is the accurate phrasal verb we use when we begin to use a computer system by entering a password. To log off is to stop using a computer system.
You can also use the phrasal verb to sign in when you have an online account with a bank, a shop or an online service like spotify or gmail. You also sign in when you are a participant at a conference or an event. To sign in is when you write your name on a piece of paper.
To be hooked on something or someone means that you are passionate and enjoy doing something. In other words, you are addicted. In general, I’m hooked on eating chocolate. However, at the moment I’m hooked on Spotify, listening to the band Gayngs and someone called FM. And, this month I’m going to be hooked on the World Cup.
To have a go is an expression that means to try something that you’ve not done before.
For example, when I was in Vietnam I had a go at canyoning which I’d never done before and despite being scared stiff I had a blast.
To spend a penny, is a common British idiom which means: to go to the toilet.
According to my grandparents, the word loo and toilet were vulgar, and the expression:’ go to the restroom’ was completely inaccurate, consequently they used to say. ‘Please forgive me, but I must go and spend a penny’.
I know?!? It wasn’t until I was in my teens that I understood what they were talking about. However, more importantly, it costs 30 pennies nowadays. What a rip off!
As an aside, in Vietnam, the loo is called The Happy Room and in the Philippines it is called a Comfort Room. I’m not saying anything, BUT, my definition of comfort is definitely not the same as it is in the Philippines.
To tighten your belt means to spend less money than you did before because you have less money.
For example: I’ve had to tighten my belt since I took two months off work.
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