Catch Word #254 – In for a rude awakening

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Would you like to have a bombshell dropped on you? That sounds pretty bad, but don’t worry, our hosts Andrew and Suzanne are here to explain expressions you can use when you’re shocked at hearing big news. In this Catch Word episode, the two main expressions are to drop a bombshell and a rude awakening. Do you think you know what they mean? Give the episode a listen and find out!

With the Catch Word series, Culips works hard to provide intermediate and advanced English language learners with fun and interesting content so they can improve their English fluency.

Fun facts

One of the main expressions from this episode is a rude awakening. Although unrelated to this expression, you might want to check out the Academy Award–nominated 1990 movie called Awakenings, starring Robert De Niro and Robert Williams. It’s a touching movie about a doctor’s relationships while helping his catatonic patients. If you see it, tell us what you think!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • To drop a bombshell
  • To be set for life
  • Across town
  • A rude awakening
  • A hard pill to swallow
  • Out of [one’s] league

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Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
Photo Credit: Colton Sturgeon (

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1 month ago

Hi! These expressions are new for me… I find them extremely useful for real conversation! Thanks Andrew and Suzanne!

Reply to  Laura
1 month ago

That’s great!! Thank you, Laura!

1 month ago

I learned many new words and expressions in this episode. Tank you Andrew and Suzanne

Reply to  manongogauthier
1 month ago

You’re welcome! Thanks for learning with this episode 🙂

1 month ago

Yes, I can totally be related to the stories about a rude awakening. In retrospect, I should’ve been more humble and appreciated opportunities that I could’ve taken.

Reply to  atsuko
1 month ago

Sometimes a rude wakening can be a great life lesson. Live and learn, right? Thanks for checking out this episode, Atsuko!

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