English Vocabulary


In my lesson to-day, Philip Cheeter says "sucker" to a restaurant-worker. I got the translation of this word and it seems to be an insult. I don't understand why he is insulting this person... ? Can somebody explain ? Thanks !


  • Philip Cheeter's linguo is matched by his character: easygoing, offhand, crude, coarse, taking liberties with anyone, especially women.
  • Also, "so long, sucker" is a set phrase which is used when you are leaving and you have beaten someone, or done something that they can do nothing about. "Sucker" implies that they are stupid or powerless.
  • You can also use the verb suck with the same meaning. For instance: "it sucks", which can be translated in French by "ca craint".

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