The context is: "I'm going to give you a drink, but I'm running a bit bad at the momement". I think it's like I'm not handling situation so we have to put off our business. Am I right?
Thank you, for your reply.
It' doesn't mean much to me either.
A car could be running a bit bad, though running poorly would be better,
never heard of people running badly though.
...to give you a drink -but I'm running a bit low makes some sense.
I got that from a gangster film named "London Boulevard". Chief gangster said "I'd invite you for a drink but I'm running a bit bad at the moment" while he was sorting out a problem with another failure gangster. You might wish I stopped to watch gangster films, but it's a sort of way I'm mastering spoken English :)
Last edited by AlexAD; 03-Apr-2011 at 15:50.
The original sentence you provided was
"I'm going to give you a drink, but I'm running a bit bad at the moment".
These are not the same. Please pay more attention when providing the sentence.
The version you gave now -- "I'd invite you for a drink but I'm running a bit bad at the moment" -- could mean that he's ill or something is going bad/wrong in his life or in his organization so he can't invite the addressee for a drink.
I didn't mean to offend anybody here I'm just trying to draw some context about that sentence. By the way this word is used all over the film and the film is quite popular, so I thought it would be OK to use it here just as it was.
People in gangster movies or whatnot use a lot of offensive language but it doesn't mean that real people talk like that. This much should be obvious.
All I'm saying is that this particular word is considered particularly offensive, especially by women (at least in AmE). If you can use the f-word more freely in colloquial informal speech (depending on context, of course), you can't do that with the c-word.
To get back to the original question:
"Running good" is commonly used in poker to mean getting good cards or enjoying a run of luck. Running bad presumably means the opposite, having a run of bad luck.