Karen wandered home from work alone. It was her birthday, but she was feeling depressed. None of her friends were free to meet her for dinner. Even worse, her boyfriend had sent her a message to say he had been asked to work late, and he hadn’t mentioned her birthday at all. He must have forgotten. As she approached her home, she noticed her boyfriend’s car parked around the corner. “There’s something fishy going on!” she thought. “Why isn’t he at work?” Karen turned the key and pushed the front door open.
She jumped backward. Her boyfriend was there holding a cake. Her friends and family were there, too! They hadn’t forgotten her birthday after all. Have you ever been surprised like Karen?
Watch Dara’s latest video below to learn more about today’s idiom.
Something fishy? Like, something that tastes like fish?!
No! If you think something’s fishy, then you think it’s suspicious or untrustworthy.
Let’s look at a few example sentences to see how to use this phrase naturally:
- There’s something fishy about this website. Everything is too cheap. I don’t think we should give them our credit card details.
- There’s something fishy about this deal. It sounds too good to be true. I don’t trust it at all.
- There’s something fishy about this guy. I don’t think we should trust him.
So, there we are. Do you have a similar phrase in your language? If so, let us know in the comments section below.
Read the questions below, and try to write your own sentences using today’s phrase.
- Have you ever suspected that someone was planning a surprise for you? Why were you suspicious?
- Have you ever received an email where someone asked you to send them personal information? Did you trust the sender of the email? Why or why not?
- Have you ever seen a suspicious person loitering on your street? What did you do?