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bread and butter

bread and butter

Date: Oct 15 2003


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I’m pretty immature. But that’s my bread and butter. I’m definitely mellower when I’m off-duty, but I’m not any more mature—just a little more relaxed.”
- Jack Black, star of the new movie School of Rock, talking about his personality and what he’s famous for.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

thing one does best, thing one is most successful at doing, thing one can do easily

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

People most often use “bread and butter” in reference to a specific skill. For example, Michael Jordan’s “bread and butter” in basketball was the turn-around jump shot. He was very good at making the shot, and would shoot it when it was very important for his team to score.
You can use “bread and butter” to describe something you’re good at. For example, if you’re very good at math and you always do very well on math tests, then math is your “bread and butter.” It’s something that comes very easy to you and which you’re very successful at.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“When I go on a first date, I always wear my favorite blue shirt. It looks best on me and people always seem to like it. That shirt is definitely my bread and butter.”

“Mariah Carey sings lots of different kinds of songs, but slow love songs are her bread and butter. Her slow songs are always popular.”

“Matt is a good basketball player, but his problem is that he doesn’t have a bread and butter move yet. He doesn’t do anything perfectly. He needs to practice more often.”

“David Beckham is a great soccer player. One of his bread and butter skills is the corner kick.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

It refers to the way you make money, the things you do in order to do it to keep living, well or not.
by José (São Paulo, Brazil)
The way that someone earns most of their money.
by Natalio Gagliardi (Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina)
They way someone does something very well and does it a lot.
by Arun (Bombay, India)

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