Talk Like a Native

Episode 3 - Salt in the Wound

May 22, 2016

Talk Like a Native

Episode 3: “Salt in the Wound”

Kevin: Dude... what happened to your face?

Christine: Well, I was playing basketball and one of the players on the other team tripped me.

Kevin: Ouch, did you at least win the game?

Christine: No. We lost by one point ‘cause the ref called a foul on me even though it wasn’t even my fault!

Kevin: Talk about rubbing salt in the wound!

Christine: What? That sounds painful. I wouldn’t do that! Is that some sort of home remedy?

Kevin: No. I didn’t mean literally rubbing salt in your wound. I was saying that losing is bad enough and what the ref did was like rubbing salt in your wound.

Christine: Huh?

Kevin: When I say “rub salt in your wound” I mean that someone is making a difficult situation even worse.  Not only did you get hurt, but you lost the game because of the bad call.

Christine: So you’re not telling me to put salt on my cut then?

Kevin: No, I don’t think that’s a good idea. I think it would hurt a lot.

Christine: Today’s expression is “Rub salt in your wound”. Let’s hear some examples:

  • Getting yelled at was bad enough, but having it done in front of my friends was like rubbing salt in the wound.

  • After a break up, watching people celebrate Valentine’s Day is hard enough, but having someone ask about my ex is like rubbing salt in the wound.

  • Hearing the news about her wedding was rough, but finding out she married my best friend was like having salt rubbed in the wound.

Christine: Thanks for explaining that Kevin. Now, I won’t think that people are actually telling me to put salt on my cut.

Kevin: On second thought, I think people used to do that in order to disinfect the cuts. Maybe you should try it.

Christine: No thanks.