Being a comedian can be a difficult job. Comedians try to make people laugh by telling jokes, but sometimes their jokes can go a step too far and become offensive. A joke might cross the line between being funny and being sexist or racist. I’ve seen people walk out of a comedy club because they got offended by a joke that was based on a negative stereotype of their culture. Do you think comedians should be more careful in what they say, or do you think people need to lighten up when it comes to offensive jokes?
Have a look at today’s video to learn more about this common idiom.
Lighten up? Like, be more light?
Yes! Lighten up means don’t be so serious; relax!
Let’s see how we can use this naturally:
- Oh, lighten up! I was only joking! OK, I’m sorry, your haircut looks fantastic!
- OK, your team lost. It’s just a game. Lighten up!
- It was a joke, Dad. Lighten up! Here’s your real present, OK?
So, there we are: lighten up. Do you have a similar phrase in your language? Let us know, using the comments section below.
Ok, now it’s your turn! Try out today’s expression by answering the questions below.
- Do you know anyone who was ever offended by a joke that you told? What did you say to them? Did you apologize?
- Do you have any friends who are pessimistic or seem to take life too seriously? What could you say to them?
- What might you say to a friend who is having trouble getting over a breakup that happened several months ago?