1. VOA Standard English
  2. VOA Standard English Archives
  1. Technology Report
  2. This is America
  3. Science in the News
  4. Health Report
  5. Education Report
  6. Economics Report
  7. American Mosaic
  8. In the News
  9. American Stories
  10. Words And Their Stories
  11. Trending Today
  12. AS IT IS
  13. Everyday Grammar
  14. America's National Parks
  15. Agriculture Report
  16. Explorations
  17. The Making of a Nation
  18. People in America
  1. Learning English Videos
  2. English in a Minute
  3. English @ the Movies
  4. News Words
  5. Everyday Grammar TV
  1. Bilingual News
  2. English in a Minute
  3. Learn A Word
  4. How to Say it
  5. Business Etiquette
  6. Words And Idioms
  7. American English Mosaic
  8. Popular American
  9. Sports English
  10. Go English
  11. Wordmaster
  12. American Cafe
  13. Intermediate American Enlish

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Welcome to English in a Minute, where we teach you all about idioms in American English. If you have ever heard American English, you may have heard this: a day late and a dollar short. What does this mean? Let's find out by listening to an American English conversation. A: Hey- did you hear Steve was late to the birthday party, and he forgot to bring a gift!
B: Yes, I did, he is always a day late  and a dollar short to everything.
A: I know!
When people say a day late and a dollar short, they mean you are too late, unprepared, or ....... disorganized. You only want to say this with your friends, because it is an informal phrase. You don't want to use this in a formal or a business setting, because it may be rude. Remember, a lot of American English delivered by your facial expressions. And that's English in a Minute.
mr007