Idiom: one of those things
Hello and welcome to The Everyday Language Podcast, today I want to talk about the idiom, “one of those things”.
So this idiom, “one of those things” is used when you want to talk about a difficult situation that cannot be explained, or that you do not like, but you can’t change it.
So this idiom is often used to give an excuse or to give consolation to someone that is disappointed.
For example, you have arranged to meet a friend who you haven’t seen for a long time, and your work has been really stressful, so you could really do with some chill-out time. Where you don’t think of work at all.
You know, you’re looking forward to catching up, sharing what’s been going on in your lives, and telling some jokes, and just chilling out and relaxing.
And just when you’re about to leave your house to meet your friend, you get a message from your boss and it says “I’m really sorry, but can you come into work today, I really need you. We’re short of people”. And you’re like, “I don’t want to go to work”, but, you know, you feel like, you’ve got no choice. So you agree, you know, you like your job, you like the boss, you like the company, so you agree to go.
And then when you call your friend up to explain that you can’t meet you say, “I’m sorry, can we rearrange meeting up?” “I have to go to work, it’s one of those things”.
So another example of usage is when you need to make an excuse, but you don’t want to be clear about the reasons. Either because you don’t want to tell the exact reason or you just don’t know.
For example on Twitter, I found this quote from Tiger Woods, the golfer. And he was talking about his failure to win or perform well at a particular golf course, and he says this, “I love the golf course, I love the layout, it fits my eye, and I play awful. It’s very simple, it’s just one of those weird things.”
So yeah he put the adjective ‘weird’ in between those and things, “it’s just one of those weird things”, and you can put different adjectives like, “it’s just one of those crazy things” “it’s just one of those annoying things” and other kinds of adjectives too.
So that’s about all today on the idiom, “it’s one of those things” please try to use it, you know, you can write me a comment in the comment section below, and yeah tell me if you’ve had one of those things happen to you, you know, that you didn’t like, but you just had to deal with. Okay, I’ll see you soon. Bye!
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