Being old - Intermediate
Britain now has a falling birth-rate, which means that in the future over half the population will be over 65. Not surprisingly, we have many expression for 'old'.
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- old and wise
- over the hill
- past it
- pushing ninety
- in her nineties
- a pensioner / OAP / senior citizen
- getting a bit long in the tooth
- in my twilight years / second childhood
- losing her marbles / going senile
- an old codger / an old biddy
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- In phrase 1, the words 'old' and 'wise' have often been associated. This is a common collocation.
- Phrase 2 and 3 mean that the person is too old to do a certain job or task.
- In phrase 4, the person is nearly ninety years old.
- In phrase 5, the person is over ninety but less than one hundred years old.
- Phrases is 6 mean that the person has retired and is receiving a state pension. In the UK this happens at 65.
- Phrase 7 was originally used to describe old horses and means that the person is too old for their current (work) position.
- Phrases in 8 are more positive ways to refer to old age and retirement.
- Phrases in 9 are saying that a person is losing their understanding of the world because of old age
- Phrases in 10 are very negative and probably offensive. It is best to avoid using them as they indicate a very negative attitude to old age ('codger' id a man, 'biddy' is a woman). .