To stick out like a sore thumb—Culips English Podcast


sore thumb Nobody wants to stick out like a sore thumb, but sometimes it happens. In this episode, we look at expressions that describe people and things that are different from the rest, often in a negative way. We also focus on to be out of place and to be the odd one out. Listen to our examples of when people might feel strange and uncomfortable for being different and learn how to put these expressions to use!

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Maura: So, to stick out like a sore thumb means that a person is different from everybody else and so they have a lot of attention on them and, like we said, it’s not positive attention.
Harp: So maybe they’re wearing different clothes than everyone else or maybe someone speaks a language that not everyone else there speaks.
Maura: Yeah. There are so many different ways that you can feel different from a group of people. It could be because everyone has a certain kind of job and you don’t, or everyone knows each other but you don’t know the people very well.
Harp: Or everyone has the same style and you have a completely different style of clothing.
Maura: Yeah. So, it could be physical, by looking at someone, but it also could be something different from the inside, maybe.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To stick out like a sore thumb Pronounciation of thumb
And? Did I ever…
Dress code Undergrad
To be out of place To stand out
To be lost Uh oh
To be the odd one out To throw a tantrum

Podcast/ Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo: Sarah Reid, Edited by Culips English Podcast

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