Catch Word #147 – She just swept it under the rug

Have you ever done something that you wanted to forget about, and hoped that everyone else would forget about it too? If so, then you wanted to sweep it under the rug. This week’s episode is about wanting to pretend that something didn’t happen. Sometimes people act this way when they’re embarrassed. Other times people act this way because they see a problem and they don’t want to deal with it. Whatever the reason, listen to this episode to hear what Harp and Maura think of burying your head in the sand.

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Expressions included in the learning materials:English Podcast

  • To sweep something under the rug
  • Busted
  • It’s about time
  • What can you do?
  • To resurface
  • Down the line
  • To come back to haunt you
  • The pronunciation of bury
  • To bury your head in the sand
  • The papers
  • To drum up
  • It wouldn’t hurt
  • To turn a blind eye
  • To turn a deaf ear

Sample transcript:

Maura:            Today’s expressions are about ignoring something negative. It could be a problem that you don’t wanna deal with or you don’t know how to fix.

Harp:              Or a situation you don’t want to acknowledge.

Maura:            Right. Maybe you just don’t wanna get involved in something negative. So it’s something that you don’t wanna talk about, don’t want to deal with.

Harp:              OK. Well let’s get started with our first expression today.

Maura:            Let’s do it. The first expression is to sweep something under the rug.

Harp:              Yeah. To sweep something under the rug.

Maura:            Mmhmm. To sweep something under the rug is to hide something. So you pretend that something isn’t happening because maybe you’re embarrassed by it or you don’t know how to solve the problem.

Harp:              Yeah, to sweep something under the rug is to conceal something and hope that other people don’t notice it.

Maura:            Right. It’s like trying to keep a problem a secret. So you’re hiding that there’s a problem because you don’t want to deal with it.

Harp:              Yeah. And when I think of this expression, to sweep something under the rug, I actually think of when I’m sweeping my house and I don’t feel like picking up all the dirt, and I just put it under the rug instead of having to clean it up, pick it up, and throw it in the garbage.

Maura:            Do you actually do that, Harp?

Harp:              I may have done it when I was a kid.

Maura:            Oh, busted! Right. So, your house is dirty, you sweep it, and instead of making it clean, you put the dirt under the rug. So you’re hiding the fact that your house is actually dirty; you’re hiding the problem of having a dirty house.

Harp:              Yeah. You don’t want to acknowledge that your house is dirty so you’re just trying to hide it.

Maura:            And you hope that no one finds your pile of dirt under the rug because that would be quite embarrassing.

Harp:              Or if it was my mom who found it, I would have been in a lot of trouble.

Maura:            I’m sure. So, this expression makes sense if you think of it in that way. You’re hiding something that’s a problem and that might be embarrassing if people discovered.


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