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    some slang

    Hello teachers,

    While watching a short film on recycling, I have come across several expressions which I do not quite understand. Tha language is pretty informal, I guess it is meant for students or teenegers, so it might be a slang?!. Could you please help me to get a clue what exactly they mean (words/expressions in question are in bold):

    PRETTY HARD ON YOUR BACK
    "In fact, the average European junks about 525 kg of waste each year. I mean Ė thatís a whole lot of stuff. And much of it really IS stuff Ė as opposed to waste. Useful stuff, worth money. All in all, itís just a waste of waste, isnít it? Pretty hard on your back, too."
    Later on in the text, he again refers to the same point saying: "So, howís your back, then? Better, eh? Looking good! Ok, letís go."

    SHAZAM
    "Of course, collecting and processing isnít freeÖ but hereís the clever bit:

    recycling turns your waste into useful stuff that can be sold. Shazam! Money in the bank, mate."

    NO CONTEST
    "But in the long run, burning waste is definitely a whole lot cheaper than burning oil or coal. Same with greenhouse gas emissions Ė no contest, really."


    CRYING OUT LOUD
    "But hang on a second, do you really need to create that much waste to begin with?

    Come on, itís half a ton for crying out loud!"

    SWEET SIDELINE
    "Meanwhile, in Hungary, a mushroom company have this really sweet sideline going:

    an electric powerplant, fuelled by biogas made from mushroom scraps and used growing substrate, that produces marketable green power. I mean, how clever is that?"

    Thank you very much for your assistance!

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    Re: some slang

    Gill,
    Thanks so much for your explanantions! Nice day

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    Re: some slang

    Note: none of the expressions you are asking about here can be called slang.

    Rover

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    Re: some slang

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Note: none of the expressions you are asking about here can be called slang.
    You mean all the kids aren't running around saying "Shazam!" !?

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    Re: some slang

    Hi guys,

    Well I did not know these expressions and most of them I could not find in dictionaries so I considered them to be slang.

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