The Truth About Cats and Dogs
© 1999 by Raymond Weschler
Abby Barnes..................................Janeane Garofolo
A charming and well educated veterinarian, who hosts a Los Angeles radio show
called "The Truth About Cats and Dogs." During this show, she tries to help pet
owners who call in with their various animal-related problems.
Noelle Slusarsky............................Uma Thurman
Abby's neighbor, who is a tall, blond, and beautiful model who is trying to become
a TV News Broadcaster, but who probably isn't qualified to be one. She is not
particularly educated, but she is also charming, and soon becomes Abby's best friend.
A sweet and intelligent English commercial photographer who has moved to Los Angeles.
After calling up Abby's show to ask a question about a dog he is trying to photograph,
he asks Abby out, and soon becomes involved with both her and Noelle.
Noelle's abusive and horrible boyfriend.
Brian's friend and assistant at his photo studio.
Summary of the Plot
This is a movie about the nature of romance, and the role that physical attraction
plays as part of it. It is the story of Abby, a charming veterinarian who is very
insecure about how she looks. One day, Brian, a British photographer, calls in to
her radio show to ask for advice concerning his dog. Abby is charmed by his cute
accent and agrees to meet him for coffee, but in a sudden panic, tells him that she
is tall and blond and "not to be missed." The problem is that she is none of that.
However, her new best friend Noelle is all of that, and she therefore convinces Noelle
to meet Brian and say that she is Abby. And so begins a difficult and funny relationship
between the three of them, all of them attractive in their own ways.
Over the next few weeks, Brian goes out with Noelle several times, thinking she is
in fact Abby. He quickly becomes confused though, for "Abby" is so much more articulate
and intelligent on the telephone than she is in person. This seems especially true after
he and the real Abby pass an amazing night talking (and doing other things) by phone.
Adding to his confusion is "Abby's" friend "Donna," who is in fact, Abby! Eventually,
both woman seem to fall in love with Brian, but the situation has clearly spun out
of control, and each of them realizes that the truth must come out.....
Some Words and Expressions that You may not Know
Abby agrees to meet a British listener, but foolishly
tells him that she is tall, blond and beautiful.
Don't touch that dial!
The "dial" refers to the button for changing stations on a radio,
and thus this is another way to say "Keep listening to this station!"
You're on the air.
The expression used when you are being broadcast to a live TV or radio audience.
I'm worried about my basset hound, Flotille.
A type of small dog that always looks sad.
Is it like a dry wheezing type of cough, or a phlegm-based cough?
"To wheeze" is to make a whistling sound while breathing with
difficulty. "Phlegm" is the mucus in your throat or nose.
Now I got this awful looking rash.
"Awful" is an excellent word meaning horrible or dreadful.
A "rash" is an outbreak on the skin which is often red.
You're saying he licked your face and now it's all gross?
"Gross" is an excellent and popular adjective for disgusting.
The water (or spit) that everyone has in their mouth.
How long did this tongue bath last?
A cute little expression for those moments when your cat
or dog licks you, or perhaps if you're lucky, your lover.
This is a good time to talk about limits.
A very 1990s concept, referring to "emotional limits" that
people should set for themselves, and in this case, their pets.
Come on, baby, open up, it's me.
Here, meaning "please," but the most semantically flexible phrasal verb
in English, often taking on the meaning of the words that follow it.
Absolutely. You're sedating him, not poaching him.
"To sedate" someone is to calm them down, usually by giving them
a drug. "To poach" is to boil in water, but it is usually used
for eggs, not people (or live fish, as is the case here!)
We're going to take a break and answer some more of your calls.
The best way to say stop for a little while, or perhaps just relax.
Letters that are sent to celebrities by their fans or admirers.
Stinky cat problems.
A somewhat old-fashioned adjective meaning to smell bad.
There's a caller on line three who says his dog is hysterical.
If someone is "on line x," it refers to the telephone line used when
there is more than one. Here, "hysterical" means acting crazy, though
in a different context, this same word can mean very funny.
He's used to dealing with chowowa and poodles.
Two types of small dogs.
Approach him in a submissive position. Get down on all fours.
"Submissive" is an interesting adjective meaning obedient, or inclined
to follow orders. If you are "on all fours," you are on your hands and
knees, just like a dog or cat.
Crawl toward him with you head cocked to one side.
"To crawl" is to move while on all fours, as opposed to walking.
If something is "cocked," it is inclined or tilted to one side.
Don't make eye contact.
The moment when the eyes of two people (or animals)
find themselves looking right at each other.
Soothe him with your voice; See how my voice is soothing?
"To soothe" is a nice little verb meaning to make calm, peaceful or comfortable.
Reach out your hand with your fingers curled like a paw.
"To curl" something is to twist it into ringed or circular
shapes. A paw is the foot (or perhaps hand) of an animal.
Are all your digits intact?
"Digits" is a rare way to refer to fingers. If something is "intact,"
it is not harmed in any way, but is still whole with all its parts.
Just take it easy.
A common way to say calm down, as well as goodbye.
These dogs. They're in a union now.
Short for "labor union," those organizations
that fight for the rights of workers.
Were going to send you pamphlets on canine dental care.
A "pamphlet" is a printed work or booklet, often used for an
essay or advertising. "Canine" is the adjective referring to dogs!
Come on, let's roll.
An alternative and very slangy way to say "let's go."
Don't get too attached to this dog and get all weird on me.
"Weird" is a great and useful adjective meaning strange.
The whole sentence is one way to say "Don't get too emotional."
His mouth is all juicy like his gums sprung a leak, or something.
If something is "juicy," it is full of juice or moist (though this
usually describes food and not gums!). If something "springs a leak,"
it begins to lose liquid through a small hole.
They dribble when they're hungry.
A fairly rare verb meaning to drool, or let saliva run down one's face.
Tulips or roses.
A beautiful flower that is common in Holland.
Shoes with wheels for skating on the street.
It's terribly itching.
Refers to the physical sensation when you need to scratch
somewhere on your body, but note "itchy" is more common.
I got this terribly bad case of mange and was
wondering if you could recommend some ointment.
"Mange" is a disease that animals get where they have heavy
itching and lose their hair. "Ointment" is another word for
a type of cream that is used to treat various skin conditions.
A man-made river. Venice, Italy is famous for them, and
there are in fact canals in the Venice area of Los Angeles!
I'm 5'10'', blond, and hard to miss.
Note that for height, one can say the numbers, without using the words
"feet and inches." If someone is "hard to miss," they're so distinct or
pretty that you'd notice them in a crowd.
Abby meets Noelle, and both soon meet Brian, but not
under the conditions that Abbey would have preferred
I'm sorry, I heard dumb bitch and assumed you were talking to me.
"Dumb" is an excellent alternative word to stupid. "Bitch" is
a very crude and common word for a mean or unpleasant female.
There's a lot of us dumb bitches in L.A.
The most common way to say Los Angeles, which as
you probably know, is America's most wonderful city.
Mind your own business!
What you might say to someone who is asking
too many questions about your personal life.
Why don't you go before I use this bow
on you in ways that you've only imagined.
A "bow" is the stringed tool used to play musical instruments
such as a violin. This is Abby's creative way of telling Roy to leave.
Wow, that was, I don't know what that was.
"Wow" is a funny little exclamation often used when one is impressed.
You have got to have a boyfriend, or the next thing you
know, it's just you and a cat and 40 candles on a birthday cake.
Noelle's way of saying people need to find a life partner when
they're young, or they'll find themselves alone when they're old.
Violin bows are like cars. They go from low-end like Hundai
to your Porsche-like bows. I got this, like, Toyota bow.
Cars, violin bows and anything else can go from "low-end" (cheap) to
"high end" (expensive). Hundai, Porsche & Toyota are car companies.
Give me some time and I'll upgrade your bow.
To "upgrade" is to replace a product with a new or better version.
A common verb when discussing computer software.
I'm taking broadcasting lessons.
The word associated with television and radio transmission.
Broadcasters are so dignified.
A key adjective which means deserving of respect.
They get the information beforehand. :: That's why it's so cool.
"Beforehand" is one way to say before another person or event.
"Cool" is a very common slang term meaning good or fine.
How about you play hooky and we go score ourselves a cappuccino?
"To play hooky" is a colloquial way of saying to not go to class
or a job. "To score" something is a very slangy way of saying to
get or obtain something. "Cappuccino" is a popular type of coffee.
The glass or container used to hold flowers or plants.
Lovely to meet you. You didn't show up yesterday.
"Lovely" is this context is a British way to say nice. "To show
up" is a very common phrasal verb meaning to arrive or come.
I didn't want you to think I'm a weirdo.
A great little noun referring to a strange or bizarre person.
What you said was so clever and perceptive.
"Clever" is more common in England than the US, and means smart, or mentally quick.
If someone is "perceptive," they are fast to notice and understand the world around them.
I taught him a trick.
In this context, a skill or action that is done to impress.
For example, teaching your dog to get you the morning newspaper.
Wild horses couldn't stop me.
Since wild horses are so powerful, this sentence implies that
the person is absolutely determined to do something.
You're a scardy cat.
A old expression that children often use, meaning cowardly or
just simply very scared. To call someone a chicken is more common.
I'm a bit more trepidatious.
An educated word meaning fearful, scared or very cautious.
I'm not some big dumb dog that goes bounding after the first guy she sees.
"To bound after" someone is to chase or follow them.
You're the dummy.
An excellent and slightly gentler alternative to idiot or moron.
He has a preconceived notion---you. Over.
A "preconceived notion" is an idea about something that is
already in a person's head. "Over," of course, can mean "finished."
You puke, and they line up to hold your hair back.
"To puke" is a very colloquial way to say vomit. "To line up" is
to make a line, usually one person immediately behind another.
Nice trick, moron!
Another classic insult noun in the tradition of idiot and dummy.
I have got to keep the calories down.
Technically, a unit of nutritional energy, and the word that
people become obsessed with if they want to lose weight.
Do you hear a bizzing? :: I'll get it.
Noelle is saying "bizzing" for the sound that bees make, but it is in fact "buzzing."
The "I'll" contraction is noted to show that it is what you say when you're just about
to take an action, such as answering a phone or killing a bee! Do NOT say "I will get it!"
It's dead :: No kidding.
A funny and sarcastic expression that you would say when
someone tells you something that is completely obvious.
What's wrong, Abby? :: Nothing that a
rooftop and an AK-47 won't take care of.
An AK47 is a well known type of powerful machine gun,
occasionally used by crazy people shooting from city roofs.
Noelle (as "Abby") and Abby (as "Donna") get to know Brian.
I'm shedding. I'm extremely nervous.
"To shed" is to lose hair, but it is usually done by cats or dogs, and not people.
I'm going to freshen up.
A nice little phrasal verb meaning to clean oneself,
or perhaps put on more comfortable clothes.
She's got a loopy story---help her with the punch line.
"Loopy" is a very slangy way to say ridiculous, or perhaps not
believable. A "punch line" is usually the last sentence of a joke.
J&B and Corona.
Well known brand names of scotch and beer.
It's about men and women and how they interact.
"To interact" is a useful verb referring to the effect that two or
more beings have on each other, or perhaps how they communicate.
We all have our insecurities.
An important word referring to those things that
people feel vulnerable about or lack confidence in, such
as their own looks, intelligence, or financial situation.
I think it's nice to screen me for Abby.
"To screen" is to filter out the undesirable, or in this case,
to protect someone by making sure that her admirers are OK.
Goat cheese? Oh, that's the stuff that
smells of vomit. :: No, that's Parmesan.
A well known type of Italian cheese.
Mine is more of a fromage.
The French word for "cheese." Used only by French lovers.
I got them through a freakish inheritance.
"Freakish" is an interesting adjective meaning very strange,
abnormal or unexpected. An "inheritance" is the money or property
that one legally receives after someone else dies.
She thought you'd be all bent out of shape about it.
"To be bent out of shape" about something is an
interesting way to say upset or angered about.
Friends should look out for each other.
"To look out" for someone is to watch them in order
to make sure that nothing bad happens to them.
Balls made of bad processed cheese. A cheap American snack.
I was mesmerized by his eyebrows.
"To be mesmerized" by someone (or something) is to
be totally amazed, transfixed or hypnotized by them.
Rejection kills. Disappointment only maims.
In this case, "rejection" refers to the situation where one person tells another
they are not interested in becoming romantically involved. "To maim" is a powerful
verb meaning to disable, often by tearing off the arm or leg of a person.
They just pay the rent.
The words an artist will use to describe various works that he
does (in this case, photographs) that help pay his bills, but are
not seen by that person as real works of art.
She knows more about this artsy kind of stuff.
A useful colloquial adjective referring to painting, photographs and
other media that is considered to have at least true artistic potential.
Noelle learns how to be a turtle doctor while trying to be
a TV Broadcaster, and Abby discovers the world of cosmetics
When I heard there was a vet in the house, I assumed they could come over.
"Vet" is a short word for "veterinarian," or animal doctor. "To assume"
something is to take it for granted, or believe it's a given. Note that
"to come over" usually implies to go to a persons house.
A type of turtle.
He's got pneumonia.
A deadly disease in which the lungs become infected.
We got a hypodermic of antibiotics, but we can't get him out of his shell.
A "hypodermic" refers to needles for giving medical shots. "Antibiotics" are
medicines used to fight bacteria and other harmful agents in the body.
He's amiably tolerating my presence until he can be with you.
Someone who is "amiable" is friendly, but this is a relatively rare adverb.
"To tolerate" someone is to accept them, even if you don't necessarily like them.
Hold him steady.
Another way to say "hold him so that he doesn't move."
How do I a get hold of his legs? :: Very simple,
you're going to poke him in the butt with your finger.
"To poke" is a good little alternative verb for stick or push.
A "butt," of course, is an ass, or derriere. Butt is the most neutral.
Your palms are sweating.
The part of a person's hand between the fingers and wrist.
Malls make me nauseous.
"Malls" are streets closed to cars with lots of stores.
To be "nauseous" is to be sick to one's stomach.
You and I combined make the perfect political
prisoner; We act self-righteous and starved.
A person who is "self-righteous" believes that they're opinion
is morally correct. "Starved" means very hungry. Over the years, many
well known political prisoners have refused to eat as a form of protest.
In this case, a type of cosmetic you put on your cheeks.
There's a TV station in Riverside looking for an
anchor and they asked if I'd audition next week.
An anchor refers to a "news anchor," or the person who
is the major broadcast journalist for a TV news program.
"To audition" is to try out for a job, such as an actor in a play.
79 people drowned on a passenger ferry.
A small ship that transports people, often between the same
two locations, such as Dover England and Calais, France.
Stymied by the dense fog, rescue workers could
only hear the desperate screams of the victims.
"Stymied" is an educated word for being frustrated due to an
inability to act. Here, "dense" is another word for thick.
You might want to make the carnage a little less upbeat.
"Carnage" is another word for a massacre, or great amounts
of violence and bloodshed. "Upbeat" means happy or cheerful.
The face cream neutralizes the free radicals that attack the skin.
"To neutralize" something is to make it harmless. "Free radicals" is a new term
referring to subatomic substances that are supposed to harm the body, but in reality,
nobody knows what they are, including people who love to use the words!
What's your skin regime?
A ridiculous way to ask "What kind of stuff do you use on your skin?"
A "regime" is a system of therapy or governmental rule.
They're staging a coup.
A "coup" is a widely used French word for a sudden and often violent
change in government, but, as here, used metaphorically in various other contexts.
Men don't buy all this expensive crap in hopes women will want them.
A vulgar but common and important word meaning
bullshit, junk, and/or lies, depending on the context.
If I were a guy, I'd think women would be lining up to go out with me.
"If I were" is noted simply to show that the subjunctive verb tense
is still used in English! "To go out" with someone is a very common way
to refer to dating, with romantic possibilities.
I'd fuck you. :: Thank you, I know you would, honey.
The very common, very vulgar and much loved verb meaning to have sex. Cleverly used here
for laughs, since while men use such words without thinking about it, women are generally
more diplomatic when speaking among each other (At least thats what Im told ;-) ).
Noelle discovers that Roy is a loser, while Brian and the
real Abby have the best phone call either has ever had...
There's something off balance about her.
An interesting way to say odd, strange or not quite right.
She's articulate on the phone, but in person she's scatty.
"Articulate" is an excellent adjective to describes a person who knows how to express
themselves well. "Scatty" is rarely used in the US, but "scatterbrained" is used to
describe someone who doesn't have the ability to concentrate or focus.
Anybody that fine, it doesn't make any difference.
As a new slang word, "fine" can mean physically beautiful.
"Loser Guys and How to Spot Them." [Headline seen in the film]
A "loser" can colloquially refer to any person who has a bad personality
or is just undesirable. "To spot" someone is to detect or find them.
A very popular psychological concept referring to how individual people
view themselves. Self-esteem can be either low (negative) or high (positive).
You're the voice, I'm just the body :: And what a body it is!
Noted here for the grammatical style, which is used to
place emphasis on what the previous speaker had just said.
What are you up to? :: Nothing, just hanging.
"To be up to" something is a common way to simply say doing something. "To hang" is short
for "hang around," which is a slangy way to say passing time doing nothing in particular.
How about we talk?
An alternative way to ask "Why don't...?"
You know what kills me about him?
A colloquial way to ask "you know what I really don't like about him?"
No, people never let you pet their stomachs.
"To pet" something is to stroke or caress it gently.
Is that portentous, or merely noteworthy? :: It's rank, actually.
"Portentous" is an educated word meaning important due to what is implied for the future.
"Noteworthy" means deserving to be noticed. As an adjective, "rank" means bad smelling.
I love an animal-like pungent stench.
"Pungent" is strong or sharp smelling. A "stench" is a very bad or rotten smell.
You're kidding. You don't strike me as the shy type.
"To kid" someone is a common way to saying to tease or lie to them,
or to simply speak without being serious. "To strike someone as shy"
is to appear shy to that person.
Do you have a position on pickles? :: It's more of a deeply held belief.
In this case, a "position" is a viewpoint or perhaps political belief.
If a belief is "deeply held," you feel strongly about it.
Oh really, a pickle conviction.
Another way to say a deeply held belief!
When it comes to tuna fish, I am emphatically anti-pickle.
A powerful adverb meaning "absolutely."
My mother triumphed over this ordeal of
placing herself in front of the lens.
"To triumph over" something is to defeat it, or be victorious.
An "ordeal" is an excellent word for a horrible or very difficult
experience. A "lens" refers to the glass lenses of a camera.
Don't do that, then, or we'll chicken out.
"To chicken out" of something is a slang expression
meaning to become too scared to do it.
Give me a second to collect myself.
"To collect oneself" is to calm down and organize one's thoughts.
It will be awkward and then strange and then weird and then awful.
Three great adjectives: "Awkward" means socially undignified or embarrassing. "Weird"
means very strange or unexpected, and "awful" means truly horrible or very bad.
Let's wait for another night to screw it up.
"To screw up" something is a widely used phrasal verb meaning
to do something very poorly, perhaps creating many problems.
I have a mining mask on.
A mining mask is the type of face protector that men
who work underground in coal mines would wear.
I said shut up, Jesus!
Commonly used to express emotion such as anger or surprise.
It turns out that Roy is a loser.
A great phrasal verb which means to appear, used
when the speaker is surprised by what she has learned.
Have you ever noticed how Superman and Clark
Kent are never in the same room at the same time?
In the famous movie "Superman," Clark Kent and
Superman are actually the same person.
So? :: Sew buttons.
Noted here simply to show the use of a play on words.
Noelle agrees to tell Brian the truth, but just can't seem to do it.
It's kind of dark :: Yes, I was in a dark mood when I took that.
Noted to show that "dark" can refer to moods, as well as be the opposite of light.
This stuff is left over from a shoot I did.
"Stuff" is a critical word meaning things or material. For a
photographer, "a shoot" is the act of taking (shooting) pictures.
It's the letters Simone de Beauvoir wrote to Sartre.
Two famous French philosophers/writers.
It's funny how self-conscious we are, considering...
To be "self-conscious" is generally to be overly concerned with
what others think about you. A real problem when dating!
Me, too. I'm completely feeble-minded.
"Feeble" is weak, and thus this means mentally slow.
Probably more common in England than the US.
All you have to do is get near me and I turn into this gibbering idiot.
"To gibber" is to speak quickly with words that are crazy or make no sense
("gibberish"). In the US, a "blithering idiot" is more common. An "idiot"
is a very common word for a stupid person.
You're clever, funny, modest and sweet.
"Clever" is intelligent, and much more commonly used
in England. "Modest" is another way to say humble.
I've messed up really bad.
"To mess up" something is to do it poorly. Similar to "screw up"
She's been licking her belly. :: Is she sensitive in that area?
"Belly" is a cute word for stomach.
A person (or animal) with a pot-belly has a big stomach.
Often, people will simply say that such people have "a pot."
You're on in 60. :: Is it OK if I hang around and watch?
The first sentence is a short way to say "you will be on the air in one minute."
"To hang around" is a very common way to say stay, watch, and/or do nothing in particular.
I refuse to degenerate into some misogynistic cliché.
Having said that, how can you do this to me?
"To degenerate" is another word for deteriorate, or fall apart.
"Misogynistic" is an adjective referring to a person who hates
women, and a "cliché" is an overused or unoriginal expression.
I was all set to do it...
"To be set to do" something is another way of saying ready to do it.
Maybe it was all the cake he fed me. :: What is that, the twinkie defense?
"Twinkies" are sweet sponge cakes that children love. This refers to the
legal defense that some have made that they committed crimes because they
had eaten too much sugar, and therefore are not really guilty of the crime (!!)
We find out how he feels about us in a roundabout kind of way.
An interesting way of saying "indirectly" (as opposed to directly asking him).
If you were stranded in the bubble thing in Arizona....
This refers to "The Biosphere," a huge plastic tent that was built in
the Arizona desert to see how people could survive for up to a year
without direct interaction with the rest of the world.
Who would you take with you? Time Magazine's
Woman of the year or Playboy's Playmate of the year?
In general, Time's person would probably be very intelligent
and Playboy's Playmate would be sexy and beautiful.
I object to both of these categories on both of our behalves.
To do something "on behalf of" somebody is to do it for them.
What is idea number two? :: We go over
there, get shit faced, and see what happens.
An interesting, crude expression meaning to get drunk.
Abby and Noelle return to Brian's studio but can't seem to tell him
the truth, and Brian confides in "Donna" what he truly loves about Abby.
Your eyes---They're extraordinary.
A good word for amazing or beyond what is usual, or in this context, beautiful.
Yes, just swap.
"To swap" is an interesting verb meaning to trade one thing for
another (You can, in theory, swap anything, from food to wives).
I'm hammered. I gotta go home.
A slang word for drunk (or possibly stoned, from illegal drugs).
Secret rendez-vous? :: You know it.
A commonly used French word that simply means a meeting.
("You know it" can be a stylish way to say "Yes, you're right").
So you're telling me she's no longer young and attractive
and you're seeking my approval to have her put to sleep.
"To put an animal to sleep" is a gentle way of saying
to have it killed, usually done when it is old or suffering.
I hope that aesthetically unpleasant dog of yours bites you in the ass.
"Aesthetically" is an educated word that refers to physical beauty.
Your "ass," of course, is your butt, rear end, etc.
Don't hang up. I hate hang-ups.
One "hangs up" the phone, of course, but this is noted to
show that even phrasal verbs can be made into nouns.
We started wrestling around and kissing, but he kept calling your name.
"To wrestle" is a sport involving hand-to-hand fighting, but
Noelle uses "wrestling around" for kissing and related things.
I'm avoiding a guy who calls me Abby and I'm very frustrated that
I screwed up a friendship with the nicest woman I ever met.
Again, a heavily used phrasal verb meaning
to do badly, or as here, to badly damage or harm.
A silly expression referring to skin cleaning
promoted by various cosmetic companies.
I must be in a daze; I didn't hear you.
A good little word referring to a stunned or confused condition
when you can't really think. Note a person can also be "dazed."
Department stores; I get that too.
The huge stores that sell clothes, furniture and everything else.
It's a photo album. I had her initials embossed.
Your "initials" are the first letters of your first and last name.
"To emboss" something is to burn or carve a name on to a surface.
She's not talking to me for a week. It's driving me mad.
"To drive someone mad" is another way of saying to make them crazy.
I heard her on the air. She was brilliant :: That's a bit much, don't you think?
"Brilliant" means very smart, but it's much more used in England.
Before I listened to Abby on the radio, I wouldn't
have really given a cat the time of day.
This is Brian's way of saying he didn't care at all about cats.
You look like a cat lover from way back.
In this context, "way back" means "for a very long time."
Do you have this thing in England, "the Freshman 10?"
Freshman year in collage is the first year. This expression is Abby's reference
to the fact that many Freshman woman gained 10 pounds after arriving at school.
I meet a woman I'm attracted to, and it's very exciting,
and then I get over her and we have nothing in common.
"To get over" someone is to no longer be emotionally
effected by them, or perhaps even interested in them.
Or the opposite happens. There's lots in common,
fabulous woman, but there's no excitement, no spark.
A "spark" is a tiny burning particle that causes a fire to ignite.
In this context, used to mean emotional or sexual excitement.
Let's say.....you enjoy her personality, thereby igniting all your
lust and passion. Have you ever thought about that?
"Thereby" is a connecting word meaning approximately "therefore."
"Lust" is a great little word meaning sexual desire.
You're shivering! :: So chivalrous, thank you.
"To shiver" is to shake uncontrollably, usually because it is cold.
"Chivalrous" means very polite and honorable, as when men agree to
open the door of a car before a women gets in.
There's nothing disgusting in there, is there?
A critical adjective meaning gross, horrible or repulsive.
You can hear the moment when the sun hits the hills.
A romantic, poetic, and perhaps ridiculous thing to say.
I need to talk with you 10 minutes so we can clear everything up.
"To clear up" something is a common phrasal verb meaning
to clarify or discuss a possible misunderstanding.
You look gorgeous.
A powerful adjective meaning very pretty or beautiful.
I'm more of a mystery type of girl, or maybe a romance.
Here, these words refer to types of books (or movies).
I used to only date guys who didn't speak English.
It took ages to find out it wasn't working.
If something takes "ages," it takes a very long time.
The cats and dogs are covered.
If something or a particular situation is "covered,"
this means that it has been taken care of.
I got an appointment.
Another word for meeting.
Brian arrives unexpectedly at Abby's apartment,
and soon learns the truth about Abby and Noelle.
I don't think he can be dissuaded. Tell him to come
back in half an hour or I'll call the whole thing off.
"To dissuade" someone is to convince them not to do something.
"To call off" something is an alternative way to say cancel it.
You're the boss!
A funny little expression people use when they agree to let
the person their speaking to make the necessary decision.
She's a little bit out of it. I think she'll call you later.
An interesting expression meaning that the person
is feeling tired and confused, or possibly sick.
I made this list. If I could just run it by
you once to get a female opinion on it.
"To run something by someone" is to discuss it
in order to get their opinion or point of view on it.
Then we could make any adjustments that you think it might need.
An important word meaning minor changes. The verb is "to adjust."
I love your eyes. When they fix on mine, they burn
into me and I forget what it is I wanted to say.
When a pair of eyes "fix" on something, they continue to look or stare at it.
Maybe she's right. Maybe I am rushing things.
"To rush things" is to do them in a hurry, and note it can be
used for anything, from making dinner to starting a romance.
I want to read you to sleep every night and
wake up to you playing violin every morning.
Parents will "read their children to sleep," by reading kid's books
out loud as they fall asleep in bed. Adults rarely do this.
I love her for who she is, and if she
weren't beautiful, it wouldn't matter.
The "weren't" is noted here to show that the subjunctive tense is
alive and well. If something "doesn't matter," it's not important.
The truth is Helen of Troy.
Helen was a beautiful Greek goddess.
Men die for that shit.
If something is "to die for," it's very highly valued or loved. This is Abby's way
of saying that men are absolutely obsessed with the physical beauty of women.
The truth is that you would not be so enamored of Abby if she looked like...
"To be enamored of" someone is to be fascinated or charmed by them.
A key word meaning appealing or pleasing, but if describing a
person physically, often it is not quite as strong as pretty.
Is this some kind of weird game you two play for kicks?
"To do something for kicks" is to do it just
to have fun, but not for anything serious.
You pick up a guy together and see how much you can screw him up?
"To pick up" someone is a very widely used phrasal verb meaning to try and
attract, in hopes of later sexual or romantic adventures. In this context, to
"screw up" someone is to hurt or confuse them, either physically or emotionally.
A practical joke? :: Not a joke, "ha ha..."
A "practical joke" is a joke designed to make a particular person
feel stupid or confused. "Ha ha" is the sound of a laugh.
I get it! You're a comedy duo.
Of all the meanings of "to get," one of the most common is,
as here, to understand. A "duo" is a two person team.
Besides, he's got this small personal habit that just drives me crazy.
"Besides" is another way to say in any case, or regardless.
"To drive someone crazy" is a common expression meaning
to annoy, irritate or perhaps frustrate them.
How did your audition go? :: I Didn't make
the cut. Still not dignified enough for the news.
"To make the cut" is to succeed well enough to be called back
for more interviewing or testing. "Dignified" is an important
adjective meaning poised, graceful or showing self-respect.
You should give it a shot.
A common colloquial expression meaning simply to try!
You dumb bitch.
A crude and common word for an unpleasant or mean woman.
With time to reflect, Brian must decide whether to forgive
them, and then decide which of the two he truly loves.
You can leave it on the stool.
A type of backless chair found in most bars.
The situation got completely out of control.
If something is "out of control," it can't be managed or contained.
It's mentally exhausting feeling really bad about
something you can't really do anything about.
An important word that means very tiring.
All of that stuff doesn't come in a perfect package.
A box or container, or in this case, a human body.
I'm at the mechanics getting my tune up, and there she is looking back at me.
A tune up is what your car needs every 30,000
miles of driving (oil change, new filters, etc....).
You know what tipped me off? When she
was dealing with that turtle, and she was like...
"To tip off" someone is to show something that makes that
person think there is something suspicious happening.
My German shepherd is driving me insane.
A "German shepherd" is a type of dog. "Insane" means crazy.
He peed in my bed.
"To pee" is to piss, take a leak, or more officially, to urinate.
People are very good about hiding their emotions, but your dog
tearing up your apartment was trying to tell you something.
Note that you "tear up" a piece of paper, which is to rip it into
two or more pieces, but if you tear up an apartment, you are
probably causing a lot of general damage and chaos.
Am I supposed to put on my poop shoes and just go out shopping?
"Poop" is a gentler alternative to shit, or more officially, "feces."
Were going to wrap it up!
"To wrap something up" is a colloquial way of saying to finish it.
So is humiliation on skates for your amusement, or am I missing something?
"Humiliation" is the act of being completely embarrassed
or having one's pride or dignity taken away.
The humiliation was just a bonus.
An important word meaning "a little extra something," such
as an additional few hundred dollars pay at the end of the year.
Come on, boy :: No, this is beneath you. Never stoop!
If some behavior is "beneath" someone, this means it is too
embarrassing or humiliating and they should not do it.
"To stoop" is to lower one's back or neck in a servile manner.
Mine wasn't that bad. Hank's was pathetic.
A powerful word meaning "so bad that it deserves pity."
The Truth about Cats and Dogs:
Possible Questions for ESL Class Discussion
1. What does this movie tell us about the importance of physical
attraction in a romantic relationship?
2. Why is Abby so insecure? What does her insecurity say about
American woman and American culture?
3. How important are physical looks in your culture? To you?
4. Given the emphasis of this movie on the importance of looks,
what is perhaps the film's biggest flaw or problem?
5. For your taste, who's more attractive: Abby or Noelle?