A Tribe Called Quest is a hip-hop group from Queens, New York. They are regarded as one of the most talented and intelligent hip-hop groups of all time, and many of their songs are considered classics. In “8 Million Stories” Phife Dawg tells us about a very bad day. Many inconvenient things happen to him, and it is easy for us to feel sympathetic. Listen to the song and then review the important idioms about having a bad day.
Went to Carvel to get a milkshake
This honey ripped me off for all my loot cakes
The car, oh yeah, there’s money in my jacket
Somebody broke into my ride and cold macked it
Problems, problems, problems. Woe is me I’m having
problems, problems, problems.
Phife Dawg starts his day by going to Carvel, which is a store that sells ice cream and other desserts. He notices that he does not have any money, so he returns to his car. He remembers that he has money in his jacket. When he opens his door, he finds that somebody stole his money. This is the beginning of his day, and it gets worse and worse.
Here are the most important idioms to understand in the song.
- rip off, rip me off, rip you off, etc. (verb) – to scam or steal . If a criminal ripped you off, they stole your money or valuables.
- break into (verb) – to force your way into something, like an apartment or a car. Many criminals break into homes and cars by breaking the windows.
- get caught up in (verb) – to become involved in something unwanted. Nobody wants to get ripped off or have an apartment broken into. It is very inconvenient and such a hassle to get caught up in something like that.
- throw a fit (verb) – to become very angry suddenly. I saw a very angry child in a store yesterday. The child was throwing a fit because his mother would not buy him candy.
- can’t take (verb) – unable to tolerate and endure problems. A lot of people can’t take stress well. Some people get physically ill or very angry when they have too much stress. Many people say:
- I can’t take this! I can’t take this anymore!
- I’ve had enough!
- stand someone up (verb) – to fail to meet somebody. My friend and I made plans to meet at a coffee shop at 3pm. I arrived at the coffee shop and waited… and waited… and waited for him. He never came! He stood me up.
- stressed out (adjective) – worried and nervous. If you have many problems, you might feel stressed out.
Have you ever had a bad day? Have you ever felt stressed out? What happened to you, and how did you deal with the problem? Did you throw a fit? Have you ever gotten caught up in a crime and gotten ripped off? Please write your comments below!