BBC Listening 5

Wet weekend

It’s wet and there’s no rain!

Feifei
Hello. I’m Feifei and this is The English We Speak.
Rob
… and hello, it’s Rob here. Good weekend Feifei?
Feifei
Amazing – the weather was great so I went on a trip to the seaside. And you were going
camping weren’t you?
Rob
I was but it turned out to be a bit of a wet weekend.
Feifei
Oh no, you mean it rained? That’s unlucky, the sun was out all weekend here.
Rob
Oh well the weather was fine – but I didn’t go. The car broke down again so I stayed at
home, doing DIY all weekend – boring!
Feifei
So a wet weekend doesn’t have to involve rain?
Rob
Nope. A wet weekend means a boring and disappointing time.
Feifei
And it doesn’t have to be at the weekend either?
Rob
Correct. This phrase just means the situation is boring just like a wet weekend is. You can
also use the expression to describe boring people. Here are some examples…
Examples
That was a wet weekend, my friends were coming to stay but cancelled at the last minute.
My cousin’s a bit of a wet weekend, he’s got no personality and nothing to say.
I had to do my accounts yesterday – it was like a wet weekend in a paint factory!
Feifei
So a wet weekend describes a boring or disappointing experience or person. Well I’m glad
to say that you’re not a wet weekend Rob – I like your sense of adventure, so when are
you going to go camping again?
Rob
Next weekend.
Feifei
Oh really. Have you seen the weather forecast?
Rob
No.
Feifei
Rain all weekend…. Oh what’s wrong? You have a face like a wet weekend!
Rob
A face like a wet weekend? You mean I look unhappy? Well I’m not, if it rains, I’m coming
round to yours for dinner!
Feifei
Oh no. Bye.
Rob
Bye.

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