“Shoot! I've got a hangnail.”

English Lesson: Shoot! I've got a hangnail.

You've been having lunch with a friend and just noticed that the skin around your fingernail hurts. This is what you say.

Shoot! I've got a hangnail.

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Shoot!

This is a more polite way to say "Shit!" You say this in situations like:

  • when you're annoyed
  • when you've made a mistake on something
  • when you've forgotten something

a hangnail

A "hangnail" is one of the following:

  • a small piece of skin around your fingernail that becomes torn
  • a small piece of your fingernail that becomes torn but is still attached to your fingernail.

Hangnails are painful and annoying.