Tag Archive | Grinch

Grinch Stole your Vocabulary

The Grinch

This guy steals...

In our last post we listened to the Grinch Stole Christmas song “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”.  Why don’t you listen to it again?

We’ll tell you what words are real and give you the definitions.

En nuestra ultima entrada, escuchamos la cancion de navidad de la pelicula How the Grinch Stole Christmas titulada ‘You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.” Te sugerimos que la escuches de nuevo.

Te contamos cuales palabras son verdaderas y cuales son de mentiras.

Grinch, FAKE AND REAL. Noun, a bad tempered person similar to the main character of the Dr. Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas. (una persona de malas pulgas)

Heel, REAL. Noun, old slang for a dishonorable or irresponsible person or rotter. (una persona rastrera o canalla)

An Eel

Eels are not cuddly! But they are foul and nasty.

Cuddly, REAL. Adjective, suitable for cuddling or snuggling. (adorable o mimoso)

EelREAL. Noun, a long, snake-like fish. (anguila)

Monster, REAL. Noun, any animal or human grotesquely deviating from the normalshape, behavior, or character. (monstruo)FoulREAL. Adjective, gross, filthy or offensive. (asqueroso)

Seasick, REAL. Adjective, suffering from nausea and dizziness caused by the motion of aship at sea. (mareado)

Nasty, REAL. Adjective, bad, filthy, offensive or ugly.  (asqueroso o feo)

Wasty, FAKE.

Gunk, REAL. Noun, sticky or greasy residue or accumulation. (mugre o suciedad grasosa)

Rotter, REAL. Noun, British slang for an unpleasant or despicable person. (persona rastrera o canalla)

Sot, REAL. Noun, drunkard. (borracho)

Splot, FAKE

Nauseous, REAL. Adjective, causing nausea or sickness or being revolting or nasty. (nauseabundo o repugnante)


Super-naus, FAKE

Sauerkraut, REAL. Noun, finely shredded and pickled cabbage. (chucrut)

Toadstool, REAL. Noun, a poisonous mushroom.  (seta venenosa)

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Don’t be a Grinch!

It’s that classic film, the How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  It is a difficult film for non native speakers because Dr. Seuss the writer liked to make up or create words and use real words that no one used.  Here are the lyrics, guess what words are real!

Es una pelicula clasica, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Puede ser una peli retosa para estudiantes de inglés porque el escritor Dr. Seuss tenía una tendencia de crear palabras mentiras o usar palabras muy antiguas.  Abajo se encuentra la letra.  Adivina las palabras verdaderas!

You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch (lyrics by Dr Seuss)

You’re a mean one, Mr.Grinch.
You really are a heel.
You’re as cuddly as a cactus,
You’re as charming as an eel.

You’re a bad banana
With a greasy black peel.You’re a monster, Mr.Grinch.
Your heart’s an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders,
You’ve got garlic in your soul.

I wouldn’t touch you, with a
thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole.

You’re a vile one, Mr.Grinch.
You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile.

Given the choice between the two of you
I’d take the seasick crocodile.

You’re a foul one, Mr.Grinch.
You’re a nasty, wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk.

The three words that best describe you,
are, and I quote: “Stink. Stank. Stunk.”

You’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch.
You’re the king of sinful sots.
Your heart’s a dead tomato splot
With moldy purple spots,
Mr. Grinch.

Your soul is an apalling dump heap
overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment
of deplorable rubbish imaginable,
Mangled up in tangled up knots.

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch.
With a nauseous super-naus.
You’re a crooked jerky jockey
And you drive a crooked horse.
Mr. Grinch.

You’re a three decker saurkraut and toadstool sandwich
With arsenic sauce.

Real or Fake? Verdadera o de Mentiras?



The Grinch, a Wasty Fellow















Did you guess which words were real and which were fake? We will make a list, check it twice. In our next we’ll tell you the fake ones and describe the vocabulary.

A Confused Grinch

Maybe you feel this way after the song!

Adivinaste cuales palabras son verdaderas y cuales son de mentiras? Hacemos una lista, chequeamos dos veces, y en la proxima entrada te contamos las de mentiras y compartimos los significados de los reales.

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