AEE 1194: That’s Juicy! How to Comment on Gossip and More in English

Have you heard any juicy gossip lately?

Have you heard the word “juicy” used in conversations and felt unsure about it?

Though there is a literal meaning, we’re talking about the way that you might use it to describe something in conversation.

We’re going to look at what the word “juicy” can mean in English conversation, and how you could use it the right way.

Here’s a question about this from a listener that likely reflects how you feel.

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Hello and thanks for the podcast,

Recently I heard this phrase used: “that is juicy”. It was used in the middle of a conversation, and I didn’t really understand what it meant.

Is it possible to explain what it means? Just for a point of reference, I heard it used in the “Lucifer” movie series.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Mazi 

A Playful Word In Conversation

You might tend to hear the word “juicy” in conversation a fair amount.

You might hear it used in a rather playful way, and that’s the main use of it.

This is a really fun and natural word, so let’s go over it.

Basically, when you think of juicy, you typically think of the juice of fruit – at least I do.

So in the literal sense, you can think of eating a delicious orange or peach — two juicy fruits– and the juices running out and making a mess.

That’s the literal sense. “I ate a juicy plum today. It was so delicious because plums are in season. 

So now we can take this word and use it in other, more metaphorical ways. 

The most frequently used way is to talk about gossip or some exciting information that is new and interesting.

This is the playful version and the one that we want to focus on here.

Examples of How To Use This

It can always help to hear a word like “juicy” used in conversation.

Think of the context that you might hear this word used.

An example might be something like “I heard Rachel and Tom broke up.” “Oh wow, isn’t that a juicy piece of gossip?”

Another way is to use it to say something is really “big, important, of high quality”.

This is more the dictionary definition, but it fits well here as well.

It’s another fun way to feature the word “juicy” and it’s all about making juicy the word to show emphasis.

For example:

L: What does the winner of the game get?

M: Well, Lindsay, the winner gets a nice juicy reward- 10,000 dollars!

Using the word juicy helps you to convey that something is interesting or big and it helps to drive the point home in a fun way.

This is a word that will really help you to connect with natives in a playful and effective way.

Takeaway

The word juicy is very native sounding and also fun.

It will help you connect to people in a really fun way in conversations.

Think of the actual juice running out of a fruit.

Even though the other definitions don’t share this literally, you can think of it in the way that it is delicious or interesting in some way- juicy!

It’s a fun way to be part of the conversation and connect with people on topics that are really interesting to you.

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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