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Humorous expressions and words used in a humorous way

surprise, surprise

used in a humorous way for saying that something is exactly what you expected or should have expected

just what I (have always) wanted

used for saying you are pleased with a present. This phrase is sometimes used in a humorous way to show that you really think the present is not very nice or useful

were you born in a barn?

a humorous way of telling someone to shut the door after they come into a room or building

whose side are you on?

used in a humorous way for telling someone to support you instead of supporting your opponent

flattery will get you anywhere/everywhere

used in a humorous way for telling someone that you know they are flattering you but you are not offended

count on

used in a humorous way for saying that you know someone will behave in a particular way

little

adjective

used in a humorous way for referring to something that you really think is important

serial

adjective

used for describing a person or their behaviour, often in a humorous way

Confucius says/Confucius he say

a phrase people sometimes say as a joke before giving someone a piece of advice

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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skanky

very unpleasant or dirty

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dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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