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criteria • roll off • switch
slip of the tongue • flip over
  1. Did that comment just your tongue?
  2. I don't think she would intentionally what I said.
  3. The for judging was given before the contest started.
  4. I had to back and forth medications to see which one works.
  5. I must admit that what I said was just a .
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1122 DJ Host

Shifani talks about being a bilingual DJ and how this affects her audience.

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The criteria was spoken in a way that makes people understand even if they don't speak the language.

Criteria is what we use to form an opinion or make a decision about something. Notice the following:

  1. The criteria was based on gossip.
  2. By what criteria did you make that decision?

roll off the tongue

Does it just kind of roll off your tongue?

When something rolls off our tongue, that means we say it without much thought or effort. Notice the following:

  1. The words just rolled off his tongue.
  2. After two years in the UK, the English just rolled off her tongue.

switched back and forth

You hear languages being switched back and forth.

To switch back and forth means to quickly and repeatedly change from one thing to another. Notice the following:

  1. They switched back and forth from French to English.
  2. The lead switched back and forth several times during the match.

a slip of tongue

It just happens, it's a slip of tongue.

When we say something we should not have, it's called a slip of the tongue. Notice the following:

  1. A slip of the tongue almost cost him his job.
  2. Sorry, it was a slip of the tongue.

flip over

A good DJ would be able to flip it over very quickly and make it controversial.

When we flip something over, that means we change the meaning. Notice the following:

  1. The lawyer flipped over everything I said.
  2. He could quickly flip anything over.