The language of ranting.
Inspired by Jürgen Klopp’s ranting and raving on the touchline during the Liverpool vs. Naples tie yesterday and getting a yellow card for his efforts, today I decided to cover the topic ……. RANTING !!!!
Everyone loves a good old rant (= when you speak or complain about something in a loud and/or angry way) every now and again to vent or in other words let off steam and get something off one’s chest.
As you can see below, it’s a very simple construction but do you know all the possibilities, when it comes to ‘choosing’ your words correctly:
“What really (anger / annoys / gets / bugs / riles / pisses me off) is (that) …….”
You can get away with the first 3 in a professional situation whereas bugs etc are better placed down the pub.
This construction can also be used in other situations e.g. to express surprise/disbelief:
“What really (surprises / amazes / confuses / astounds me) is (that) …….”
Another great phrase is “It beggars belief” and when I think of the word ‘beg’, you can also disagree with someone by using “I beg to differ” or what about “It begs the question” for your meetings.
Anyway, here’s a RANT I prepared earlier:
“What really pisses me off is this damn incessant rain” See, I already feel much better!!
‘to rant’ (Tirade loslassen), to rant and rave (toben und rasen), touchline (Seitenlinie), tie (hier: (Fussball) Spiel), to let one’s hair down (sich gehen lassen), to vent (etw rauslassen), to let off steam (Luft ablassen), to get something off one’s chest (sich etw von der Seele reden), to get away with sth (mit etw davon kommen), disbelief (Fassungslosigkeit), “It beggars belief” (es ist unfassbar), to disagree with sb (mit jdm nicht übereinstimmen), “I beg to differ” (“Ich bin anderer Ansicht”), “It begs the question” (Damit stellt sich die Frage), damn (verdammt), incessant rain (Dauerregen).