English in the Airport: Agreeing in the Security Line
I recently traveled by plane to visit family and, since it’s been awhile, I noticed all kinds of English language learning opportunities for traveling musicians. For example, reading the Arrival and Departure boards out loud is a great way to practice the English alphabet (so many acronyms for airport names!), time and numbers. But what also struck me was language I overheard in the LONG security line: single-word responses for agreeing with your conversation partner(s).
Here's what I overheard:
Speaker1: I hate carrying this backpack. Gimme a duffle any day.
Speaker 2: Same.
“Same” in this case is a single word response for: I feel the same way. I agree with you.
Speaker 1: They should still let you check 1 bag for free.
Speaker 2: 100%.
“100%” in this case is a single word response for: I think that’s right. I completely agree with you.
Speaker 1: I hope there’s more leg room than the last time I flew.
Speaker 2: Totally!
“Totally!” in this case is a single word response for: I hope so, too! I agree with you.
Which of these expressions have you used or heard? Which are new to you? Can you think of more single-word responses for agreeing with someone?
Next up: Using single-word responses to disagree 😊