Talking about Good Times: Idioms

 Let’s say your friend has just returned from vacation.

If you don’t want to hear about every moment of her trip, just the best parts, you can say:  Tell me the highlights of your trip.  This means tell me about the parts that stand out, the parts that were most memorable.

A: What were the highlights of your trip?
B:  I saw the most incredible sunset.  Just as the sun was setting, some migrating geese flew by.

You could ask for the same information like this:

A: What stood out about your trip?
B: I loved people-watching on Venice Beach.

 Or, you could ask:
A:  What was the high point of your trip?
B:I loved not having to cook for myself.  It was fun to eat out a lot.

If you want someone to go to the same place or do the same things, you might talk it up.  To talk something up (a separable phrasal verb) means to promote it.  You can put the noun object (or its pronoun replacement) between the verb and the preposition, or you can put the noun object after the final preposition.

After my trip to Mexico, I talked it up.  I talked up the people.  I talked up the service.  I talked the culture up as well.

Most people use YELP, Trip Advisory, or other on-line review sites to help them make decisions about a movie, a concert, a restaurant, or a hotel.

Thus, we often ask:

A:  Did it get good reviews?
B:  It got rave reviews.  The reviews were excellent.

Practice by answering the questions, below:

        • What were some of the highlights of your last vacation?
        • What was the high point of your weekend?
        • What is a restaurant or an event that you often talk up?
        • What is something you would give rave reviews?