Jenís English Tipís – Fun with “Age”
AGEISM – unfair treatment of a person because he or she is too old
ē Why do you say George is too old for you? Thatís ageism! Picasso married his second wife at the age of 79.
AGEISM: unfair treatment of a person because he or she is too old
AGE-APPROPRIATE – right for someoneís age
ē Laura has turned 16 this year, she shouldnít be playing with Barbie dolls anymore. Why donít you buy her some more age-appropriate toys?
AGE BEFORE BEAUTY – A phrase a younger person would tell an older one (often as a joke) when they allow the other to pass through a door first. Unless itís a lighthearted joke, it may be considered rude.
ē No, no. You go first. You know, age before beauty.
ē Just how old do you think I am?
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER – a phrase to say that age does not matter
ē Clark is going out with a much older woman!
ē Who cares? Age is just a number. They might be a match made in heaven.
AGELESS – never growing old (seemingly)
ē The beauty of Shakespeareís poems are ageless.
AGE GAP –the difference in age between two people
ē Sue was raised by her grandparents. They tried their best, but the age gap soon became a problem.
AGE GAP: the difference in age between two people
AGE LIMIT – the youngest or oldest age at which youíre allowed to do something
ē Whatís the upper age limit for driving?
ē I donít know. My grandma is eighty-three and sheís still allowed to drive.
ACT YOUR AGE – donít behave like somebody younger
ē I wish my father would act his age and stop jumping on the trampoline with my friends when they come around. Itís so embarrassing.
AT THE TENDER AGE OF – at a young age
ē Batman lost his parents at the tender age of 8.
AT THE GRAND OLD AGE OF – at an old age
ē My grandma learned how to use a computer at the grand old age of 79.
BE AN OLD HAND AT SOMETHING – be good at something because you have done it for a long time
ē Miss Florence can take over your class, sheís an old hand at teaching.
BE AN OLD HAND AT SOMETHING: be good at something because you have done it for a long time
BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THIRTY – be older than thirty (humorous)
ē I donít go to night clubs anymore now that Iím on the wrong side of thirty. Everybody is much younger than me.
BE OVER THE HILL – be too old to do something well
ē Sure I can learn how to dance salsa. Iím not over the hill yet, you know.
BE GETTING ON – be getting old
ē My mother keeps forgetting things. I think sheís getting on a bit.
BE NO SPRING CHICKEN –not be young
ē Please, donít patronize me, father. Iím no spring chicken anymore.
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