Catch Word #124 – What a klutz!

Sometimes people accidentally fall, trip, or break things. In fact, there are so many incidents like these that we’ve got a bunch of expressions to talk about them. In some cases, a person might just have a clumsy moment, but other people are clumsy all the time! In this episode, Harp and Maura give examples of what clumsy people do and explain the expressions we can use to talk about them!


Expressions included in the learning materials


  • Clumsy
  • A klutz
  • On the other hand
  • A pain in the butt
  • A teacup/mug
  • To be all thumbs
  • Fine motor skills
  • You know what they say
  • To get the hang of something
  • The two pronunciations of vase
  • To have two left feet

Sample transcript:

Harp: Today we’re doing a Catch Word podcast, and that’s where we look at some expressions, we explain them to you, we give you examples. We have some fun with them.

Maura: That’s right. Now today, we’re going to look at expressions that have to do with people who are clumsy. And a person who is clumsy might knock things over and break things or they might fall and trip often. They’re just not very physically coordinated. Physically, they’re awkward.

Harp: Exactly. So you know that clumsy person who’s dropping things all the time, or maybe they’re always hitting the door when they’re leaving a room? That kind of a person is a clumsy person.

Maura: So the first expression we’re gonna look at is a klutz. So the person can be called a klutz.

Harp: A klutz.

Maura: Right. Now, a person who is a klutz is a clumsy person, is the kind of person that we just described, who might often break things or walks into things or falls down.

Harp: Exactly. When someone does something like this, you can call them a klutz, or when someone’s doing it all the time, they’re a klutz.

Maura: Right. So you might be starting to think of someone that you know who is a klutz, because we all know people who are really clumsy.

Harp: Yup. I’m thinking about someone at my work. He is always running into things and dropping things. I would never give them a nice glass. I’m sure he would break it. He’s such a klutz.

Maura: Yeah. Sometimes there are just people who often have accidents and break things. Sometimes it’s funny, but sometimes if they break something or hurt themselves, it’s not so funny.

Harp: Definitely.

Maura: On the other hand, we all have days where we might feel like a klutz.

Harp: Yeah, definitely. Those days when you have poor coordination and you just seem to be dropping everything that day.

Maura: Right. It might be because you’re tired or some other reason that on a specific day you’re a klutz. So we could use this expression to talk about someone who is clumsy all the time or just in specific moments when someone is clumsy.

Harp: Yeah. Sometimes I’m clumsy if I’m really nervous. Then I become a complete klutz.

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast