“I got it on a whim one day a few years ago.”

English Lesson: I got it on a whim one day a few years ago.

You have a tattoo on your arm. You didn't think very carefully about it when you got it. You're on a date, and your date asks about your tattoo.

I got it on a whim one day a few years ago.

a few (of something)

"A few" is a number that's not specific, but it usually means somewhere between 3-10. It's a little less formal than "several" and also sounds like a slightly lower number. Here are some examples:

You may want to consider hiring a personal trainer for a few sessions.

That's a very generous offer. Um, let me think it over for a few days and get back to you.

get a tattoo

A "tattoo" is a drawing that's permanently drawn on your skin with a needle.

Use the word "get" with "tattoo". "Getting a tattoo" means that you pay someone (or ask a friend) to tattoo you.

(do something) on a whim

When you have a small, temporary feeling of wanting to do something, it's called a "whim".

Doing something "on a whim" means doing it wihout planning it carefully or thinking about it seriously. You do it just for fun.

"On a whim" is a neutral phrase: not positive or negative, and neither very formal nor very casual.


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