Monday, July 19, 2010

Elena's English Expressions

Elena, one of NYLC's teachers, asks in this week's note, "Elena's English Expressions": 

Who can guess what "funny money" means in this sentence?

It took a while for the bank teller to spot the funny money in the man's deposit. 

Comment on this post with your answers!!

Check out the previous "Elena's English Expressions" posts here or read them below:

A: Hi, Leo!
B:Oh,hi Jenny. Have you heard the latest news about our neighbors Mary and Jack?
A: No, I haven't. What's new with the two of them?
B: They finally decided to tie the knot.

Tie the knot: to get married.

Enough is enough! You've already borrowed seven thousand dollars. You won't be able to pay her back!
Enough is enough!: it is time to stop(asking for $$$).

I'm sure Elisabeth will be here in a few minutes; please don't make a fuss .
make a fuss: complain or cry

The teacher gave Tommy a couple of extra things to do just to keep him on his toes..
on his toes: alert,ready,focused

So the boss is giving us a raise ? That's music to my ears.
music to my ears: a message that makes me very happy, very good news.

I wish I could go to the movies with you guys, but I've got to hit the books.
hit the books: study

Would you keep an eye on my daughter for me while I am on vacation
keep an eye on someone : check him/her with regularity.

Tommy was dressed to kill for his job interview the other day.
dressed to kill: looking very sharp, being dressed extremely well.

" I don't know what to do about this guy...He's got me heads over heels."

Have you met Elena yet? She's one of NYLC's English teachers.
You might have heard this IDIOM; do you know what it means?
A:Do you want to know what happened to me last night? 

B:Yes, tell me about it. I'm all ears.

What do you think "funny money" means in this sentence?


  1. I think that funny money is like money that is fake and was falsificated by some illegal group.

  2. That's right, Ricardo...well done!

    Meaning =money that has been printed by criminals, or which has come from dishonest activities / counterfeit money