Bone idle

The English We Speak

Summary

Is there something wrong with Rob’s bones?! He can’t seem to move but Feifei knows what’s wrong and she has a phrase to describe his condition. Watch this programme to find out what it is.

Transcript

Feifei
Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei and… excuse me please… Rob, can we have your attention please!

Rob
Err, oh right… hello, I’m Rob.

Feifei
Rob, could you take your feet off the table please!

Rob
Oh, alright then. Feifei, do I have to present this programme today?

Feifei
Why, what’s wrong?

Rob
Well, I’ve done so much work already and according to my watch, I should be having a coffee break now.

Feifei
Really! Rob’s being lazy because he was out late last night. Rob, there is a phrase to describe your condition.

Rob
Oh yes. Overworked? Energetic?

Feifei
No – the opposite. It’s bone idle – literally, you are idle right through to your bones. In other words, you are very lazy!

Rob
It’s a great phrase Feifei but that doesn’t describe me. Look I’ve just moved my little finger.

Feifei
Ha ha! I think we had better hear some more examples while you move the rest of your body.

Examples
The doctor has told my brother to do more exercise, but he won’t do it, he’s bone idle.

You’re bone idle – you’ve been at home all day and you’re still in your pyjamas!

My boyfriend’s bone idle – he won’t even get off the sofa to answer the phone.

Feifei
So the phrase ‘bone idle’ means very lazy – like Rob! Hey Rob, I hear it’s Dan’s birthday today and he’s brought a cake in for us all to share.

Rob
Cake! I love cake – great, come on let’s get some before it all eaten.

Feifei
Ah, you’re moving now –but you’re not going anywhere until you’ve finished this programme.

Rob
Come on then, tell me what to say.

Feifei
Just read this script.

Rob
OK let me see. Hold on, the script says you’re about to say ‘it’s not Dan’s birthday, it’s a joke.’

Feifei
Sorry Rob, it is a joke – but it did stop you from being bone idle!

Rob
Right, that’s it. I’m not going to do anymore work for the rest of the day.

Feifei
No change there. Rob, I’ve got a new name for you.

Rob
What’s that?

Feifei
Lazy bones.

Rob
You’re cruel.

Feifei
Bye.

Rob
Bye.