Would you ever butter someone up?

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Have you ever needed something from someone a lot? Maybe you needed someone to do something for you so much that you buttered them up first. Do you know someone who is a sweet talker and often gets what they want? Or would you kiss someone’s butt? In this episode we give you lots of examples of things people might say to get someone to do something for them. There’s a lot of flattery!

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Maura: It’s like you’re preparing that person, getting that person ready, so that when you ask them for something, they’re feeling good and they’re more likely to say yes.
Harp: OK, that’s a good point. To butter someone up is when you say nice things so they’re feeling good and they’ll do something for you.
Maura: Yeah. So Harp, have you ever buttered someone up?
Harp: Yes, definitely. The example that I think of was when I was younger…I would always butter up my mom in the morning in the hopes that she would give me a ride to work.
Maura: Yeah. So Harp, have you ever buttered someone up?
Harp: Yes, definitely. The example that I think of was when I was younger…I would always butter up my mom in the morning in the hopes that she would give me a ride to work.
Maura: I see, right. Yeah, we often butter up our parents when we’re younger, right? We say, “Ah, mom, dad, I love you. You’re so great. You’re the best.” And then you ask them, “Could I have a ride?” or “Can I have the keys to the car?” and you hope they’ll say yes because you buttered them up.

Expression included from this episode in Lipservice:

to butter someone up sounds like budder
in the hopes that I’m good, I’m good
brings out the colour in your eyes a raise
about to in return
recipe it is delicious
he was a sweet talker to flatter
compliment to mean it
to sweet talk a sweet talker
to get away with to be on good terms with
to kiss someone’s butt butt

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Beverly & Pack

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