Welcome to The English We Speak with me, Rob.
And me Feifei. So how did your interview go?
You know, quite good… ok… well not bad.
So did you get the promotion?
Well… no. I didn’t… it was a bit of a slap in the face actually.
A slap in the face? Did they hit you?!
No, no, no. I mean not getting the job is a bit of an insult – You know I was the right man for the job – look at all my qualifications and experience.
Oh dear. You sound quite offended Rob.
That’s what ’a slap in the face’ means – it’s an action that can be seen as an insult or cause offence.It can also cause disappointment because you were expecting a more positive outcome.
Like getting that promotion?
Exactly.Here are some more examples…
After all the extra work we put in,it was a slap in the face not to win the contract.
Not being invited on his stag do, was a real slap in the face –I thought I was his best friend!
So ’a slap in the face’ is an insult – or an action that causes offence or disappointment. It’s not actually a physical slap in the face?
So what are you going to do about getting a promotion?
Well to be honest, Feifei, it wasn’t much of a promotion anyway –it was quite a boring job role and no more money – an idiot could have done it –I think you would have been good at it……ow, what was that?
That’s a real slap in the face!
Was it something I said?