To Take The Piss – Two Great British Expressions
“To take the piss” is British English expression that can be used to mean two different things. In this week’s video I discuss the 2 meanings with plenty of examples. It’s an incredibly common expression but it is also incredibly informal. So use it at your own risk!
1. To take the piss (out of someone or something)
First of all it means:
To mock, tease, or make fun of someone or something. “of someone or something” can be included or omitted. It is in this expression that we see the style of humour that many of us British people have. It’s very dry and shows we can have fun with other by teasing but not offending. However, because of its tendency to sound critical of its target you should use it wisely: only in situations where you know it will be understood to be humourous and not genuinely insulting.
Not “take a piss”
“To take a piss” means something completely different. It means to urinate. Don’t make the mistake! To take the piss is often something fun to do. You don’t want to mess it up ;).
2. To take the piss
If something or someone takes the piss it means they are being unreasonable and due to their action they are being insulting. For example: a boss making you work longer without respect for your life outside work. Watch the video for more examples.
Over to you
Have you heard either of these expressions before?
Have you used them?
Could you give me one example of how you could use each of them?
Let me know below in the comments or on YouTube!
Thanks for watching and reading. I hope I didn’t take the piss by taking up 10 minutes of your day. Forgive me if so ;).
Have a nice weekend guys!