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Date: Aug 09 2001


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

“Critics will find flaws in our movie, so we can’t trip about that.”
-Marlon Wayans, actor, director talking about Scary Movie 2


1. Definition - Study the definition.

think bad thoughts, feel bad, worry, be concerned
Trip can also mean:
think weird thoughts, feel strange, act weird

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

The verb “to trip” has numerous uses. The most common way it’s used in conversation is when people say things like:
“I was _trip_ping out.”
(I was feeling really weird.)
“Don’t trip out on me.”
(Don’t act weird around me.)
“Jeff was totally _trip_ped out last night.”
(Jeff was acting very strange last night.)
In all of these cases, “to trip” means to act weird, or to think strange thoughts.
The word can also be used like this:
“That movie was _trip_py.”
(That movie was strange. It made me feel weird.)
“That movie was a trip.”
(That movie was strange. It made me feel weird.)
The origin of this word (as far as I know) has to do with drugs. When a person takes drugs, s/he usually acts weird. His/her mind leaves the normal world and “goes on a trip.”


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

””I don’t mean to trip out on you, but I have the feeling you’re not telling me the truth. Tell me again. Where were you last night?”“

””Eric _trip_ped out on me last night. He started telling me he was totally in love with me and wanted to marry me. It’s weird because we’ve only known each other for two weeks.”“

””Dianne went to India last month. She said it was a trip because there were cows walking around in the streets.”“

””The movie Requiem for a Dream is probably the _trip_piest movie I’ve ever seen. You should definitely see it.”“


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

I understand it as “so there is nothing we can’t do about that”.
by Damian
Can’t trip about that means avoid making errors.
by L.Chan (Hong Kong)
I think what this slang word “trip” means is someone tends not to take something seriously.
by Ralph
trip: live with
by Taimei

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