A: It’s expensive to live in this city. How often do you eat out?
B: Not very often. We only go out for dinner once in a blue moon.


To eat out (pv) – to go out to eat in a restaurant.
Once in a blue moon (i)(adv) – not very often, rarely, seldom.

A: She has no work experience. We can’t hire her.
B: I know she’s green, but she has a lot of passion! Please reconsider.


Green (s)(adj) – to have very little experience, or immature. Origin: unripe fruit (mango).

A: What’s the matter?
B: It’s my cousin. She doesn’t show her true colors when my parents are there. But when they leave, she’s very mean to me. She has two faces.


What’s the matter? (e) – What happened? Are you okay?
To show/hide/see one’s true colors (i) – true character, personality, belief or attitude.
Two faces (i)(n) – to act or behave differently in front of different people, a deceitful person. Synonym: two-faced (adj).

A: My old school friend called me out of the blue last night. It was very unexpected.
B: What did you talk about?
A: He was complaining about his country, and he told me he really wants to live here in the United States. He thinks everything is much better here. It’s all just in his head.
B: The grass is always greener on the other side.


Out of the blue (i)(adv) – unexpectedly, suddenly, surprisingly.
Something is in one’s head (i) – in one’s imagination, not reality.
The grass is always greener on the other side (p) – other people, places, or situations look more comfortable than our own. Our imagination is often better than the reality.

A: Yesterday, we painted the town red. I went bar hopping with some friends. We were so wasted! We drank way too much.
B: I heard about that. I also heard you got kicked out of a bar!
A: Beats me. I’m not sure. I blacked out. I don’t remember anything.


To paint the town red (i)(s) – to go out and enjoy yourself in the evening, usually drinking, dancing and socializing with friends.
To bar hop (s)(v) – to go to several different bars in one evening. Synonym: pub crawl.
Wasted (s)(adj) – drunk. Levels of drunkenness: sober → tipsy/buzzed → drunk → wasted/hammered → plastered/smashed/fucked up → to black out/to pass out → a hangover, to be hungover.
To kick someone out (pv) – to tell someone to leave a place. Synonym: to throw someone out, to boot someone out.
Beats me (e) – I don’t know. Synonyms: Dunno, I have no idea, I have no clue, How should I know? Who knows? Don’t ask me.
To black out (pv) – To lose consciousness, to faint, usually after drinking too much or getting knocked out.

A: Last night the power went out in our apartment while I was writing my book report for class. It was pitch black so I couldn’t see anything. Unfortunately, I didn’t save the document so I lost all my work.
B: Jesus Christ! What a disaster!
A: Well, kind of. I couldn’t work, so I went out for a walk. I sat next to a very beautiful girl on the bench in the park. We started talking, and I asked her number. I think I like her.
B: Haha. 🙂 It’s true what they say: every cloud has a silver lining.


Pitch black (i)(adj) – really dark, unable to see anything.
Jesus Christ! (e)(s) – expression used when feeling shocked, surprised. Synonyms: Oh my God, Oh my Gosh, Oh my Goodness, Holy Shit, Holy crap, Jesus.
Every cloud has a silver lining (p) – in every bad situation, there’s always some good part to it. Don’t lose hope because difficult times always lead to better days.

PEPSI Discussion Questions 

  1. How often do you eat out every week?
  2. Tell me about something you do or someone you meet once in a blue moon.
  3. Are you green at your job? How did you feel when you first started working?
  4. Do you hide your true colors when you meet someone for the first time? How can you force someone to show their true colors?
  5. Do you know anyone with two faces? Do most people have two faces?
  6. Create a sentence using out of the blue.
  7. Why do we think that the grass is always greener on the other side?
  8. Tell me about a time you painted the town red or went bar hopping?
  9. What do you do when you are wasted? Dance, talk a lot, stay quiet…?
  10. Have you ever been kicked out of somewhere? a restaurant, a bar, a school?
  11. Have you ever blacked out?
  12. Finish this sentence: ……..  is pitch black. 
  13. Do you believe that every cloud has a silver lining? Have you experienced this in your life?