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Idiom: Jerk – Used as a noun

 Example 1:

Tina: I cannot stand Kevin. He is
such a JERK!

Selma: Wait a minute….I thought
you were dating him and everything was wonderful!

Tina: Yes, we have been dating
for about two months, but he is still a
just found out that he has been dating two other girls at that same time! No
wonder he was always late picking me up for our dates.  He told me that I was the only girl for him
and I believed him!

Selma: Wow! He is a jerk. Why don’t you just break
up with him and go out with a nice guy for a change?

Tina: Well, I don’t know…maybe I
should give Kevin one more chance. Even though he’s a jerk, he is still a lot of fun
to be around.

Selma: OK….If that’s what you want.
I still think you should look for someone else.

Tina: Well, I’ll think about it.
See you later.

Example 2:

Kitty: My professor is such a jerk! Half of the time he
doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Then, he gets mad at the class if we
don’t understand him.

Jolene: Really? I heard that his
class is really interesting. Are you talking about Professor Jones who teaches
American History?

Kitty: Yes! He’s so mean and
doesn’t listen to any of our questions. Plus, his tests are impossible to
complete. I think he really just wants to flunk everyone in class. He doesn’t
care about his students at all!

Jolene: It’s so hard to believe
that we are talking about the same professor.

Well, we are and he’s a big jerk.
Believe me! He doesn’t care about the students and only thinks about himself
and his academic career. The other day, he left class early just to be
interviewed on TV!

 Jolene: Wow!
He sounds like a jerk. I
wonder what happened to make him change so much.

I don’t know, but I’m really thinking about dropping his class.

A “jerk” is a word used to describe people who are mean, selfish, or foolish.
In the first example, Tina’s boyfriend went out with other girls when they were
dating and didn’t tell her. In the second example, the professor is selfish and
is only thinking about himself while treating the students really poorly.

idiom can be found in the LSI textbook Speaking Savvy, Unit 7, Part 1. This
book is used at LSI schools in the level 5 Listening/Speaking classes. For more
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