AE 283 – Expression: To Have Your Mind In The Gutter

Learn Australian English in this expression episode of Aussie English where I teach you to use TO HAVE YOUR MIND IN THE GUTTER.

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 AE 283 – Expression: To Have Your Mind In The Gutter

G’day guys. What’s going on?

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening wherever you guys are listening to me at the moment.

Welcome to everyone who’s listening for the very first time.

This is Aussie English. I’m your host Pete.

And my mission here at the Aussie English podcast is to teach you Australian English, whether it’s understanding Australian English, speaking Australian English or even sounding just like an Australian when you speak English.

That is my aim. That is my mission. That is my passion.

That is the reason that I started this podcast.

So today is an expression episode, and the expression is to have your mind in the gutter, to have your mind in the gutter.

And you’re often going to hear this as get your mind out of the gutter.

So you can have your mind in the gutter, and someone could tell you to get your mind out of the gutter.

We’ll get to what this expression means shortly, but first as usual guys let’s go through the different words in this expression and define those.

So “mind”, your mind, your mind is your brain. Your thoughts.

The thing that gives you the ability to think and reason.

It’s your intellect. Your mind. It’s where you think about things.

I’m sure you guys know what “in” is.

If you’re in something it’s the opposite of being out of something.

So it’s within something. That’s an easy one. You’re all going to know that.

And the same with “out”, “out” is the opposite of “in”.

If you’re not inside of something you’re outside of something.

If for instance, you have a coin sitting in a jar.

If you take the coin out of the jar, and put it down, it is… It’s out of the jar.

It’s outside of the jar. So that’s what “out” and “in” are.

“Gutter”, “a gutter” is a groove or a channel for flowing liquid.

So, on my roof, the roof of my house, there is a gutter that collects water, as the water, if it rains, runs down the roof of my house.

It collects in the gutter, and then flows down the drain. And the same on the road.

There’s a gutter on the edge of either side of the road, and when it rains all of the water flows down into the gutter.

So, “a gutter” is a groove or a channel for flowing liquid.

And as we’ll get to later on, it tends to be associated with obviously dirty water or dirt in general, waste, all kinds of, you know, filth, trash.

Everything that gets washed away down the gutter.

So the definition of this expression, though, to have your mind in the gutter or for someone to tell you to take your mind out of the gutter or to get your mind out of the gutter.

If you have your mind in the gutter it means that you are thinking or saying things that are obscene, that are usually dirty, that have a sexual nature.

So, the idea there being that your thoughts are dirty.

So, your mind is in the gutter, which is a dirty place.

So you can have your mind in the gutter if you’re constantly thinking about these things or talking about these things, you know, sexual jokes, sexual innuendos, or maybe you just bring up those sorts of topics quite a bit.

And someone might say to you, if you have your mind in the gutter and you’re talking about these things, “You should get your mind out of the gutter.”

Meaning you should stop talking about these sexual things, these dirty things, these obscene things.

So it’s often said to someone as an order, a command, a statement.

“Dude get your mind out of the gutter. Get out of it mate. Get your mind out of the gutter.”

So as usual, let’s go through some examples, guys, of where I would imagine using this phrase.



Example number one. Imagine that you go on a date.

You go out with a girl or you go out with a guy. You have an amazing time.

And then you get home, you come home, you walk in the door, and imagine your dad is sitting on the couch.

And this would happen with me quite a bit when I was young.

Obviously, he probably knows that you’ve gone out on a date. You’ve met someone.

You’ve gone out, had dinner, gone to a movie, had some drinks.

You come home, dads on the couch, and he says to you as soon as you walk in the door, “Hey hey! Did you get lucky?”, which is effectively saying, “Did you get any sex? Did you kiss the person? Did you have any kind of, you know, sexual relationship with them?”, whether it was just having a pash, having a kiss, or completely you know getting all the way to the other end of the spectrum and having sex with that person.

He might say, “Did you get lucky?”.

In that response… in a response to that I might say, you know, your dad’s asking about sexual activity.

He’s said something that’s a little obscene. He’s asking a dirty question.

I might say to him, “Dad get your mind out of the gutter, mate. Get your mind out of the gutter. Why… Every time I walk inside after a date you’ve got your mind in the gutter? Your mind’s in the gutter. Stop thinking about sex. Stop talking about sex. Don’t ask me about sex. Get your mind out of the gutter dad. Jesus. You’re being dirty. Stop it.”


Example number two. Imagine that you mishear someone.

You’re having a conversation with someone, and you mishear something that they say.

So, you don’t hear correctly. You mishear what they’re saying.

So, maybe they say something like, “We had a bag” and instead of, “We had a bag” you hear, “We had a shag”.

And, “a shag” is a slang term for to have sex.

So, you automatically assume, when you mishear something like that, that the other person is talking about sex, is talking about something dirty, is talking about something obscene when it really wasn’t.

It was harmless. Maybe they also said something like, “We had a boot”, and you heard instead, “We had a root”.

And again, “a root” is the same as, “a shag”. These are both slang terms in Australian English for sex.

So you keep thinking you’re hearing these kinds of things, you know, whether it’s all you know that evening or just it’s something you do all the time but you automatically always assume someone’s talking about sex.

When you mishear words like that.

When you say that, “Did you just say you haven’t a shag?” or “Did you just say you were having a root?”

The person might say you, “Dude, why do you always assume that? Get your mind out of the gutter. You always have your mind in the gutter. Every time I say anything and you mishear it you automatically assume I’m talking about sex. Get your mind out of the gutter. You’re so dirty. Take your mind out of the gutter. Your mind is in the gutter. Get it out.”


So example number three. Someone is always talking about sex.

Someone is always talking about dirty things. Someone has a dirty mind.

Someone’s always making what we call “dick jokes”, if they’re a guy.

They’re always talking about penises. They’re just always talking about dirty things.

Your friends might always just have to say to this person, “Get your mind out of the gutter. Take your mind out of the gutter. Stop talking about this stuff. It’s all that’s ever on your mind. It’s all that you ever think about. You need to get your mind out of the gutter. Your mind’s in the gutter. Take your mind out of the gutter.”

So I’m sure you guys get this at the moment, and hopefully by talking about sex quite a bit in this episode you’re not going to comment, “Pete, get your mind out of the gutter.”

But this is a really common one that you’re here in Australia. It’s a really great expression to use.

You don’t have to necessarily be serious, you know?

Like if someone is talking about this stuff you can kind of joke with them and be like, “Ah man, get your mind out of the gutter?”, you know, “Cut it out!”.

And people will sort of hear you do that as a foreigner who’s learning English, and they’ll think that’s really cool expression.

Yeah, that’s really funny. That’s that’s kind of cute.

It’s awesome that you know how to say that kind of expression. And yeah, it’s really cool.

Anyway, let’s get into the listen and repeat exercise today, guys.

So as usual, we’ll go through a sentence, and the sentence is going to be, “I’ve got my mind in the gutter.”

So listen and repeat after me guys and practice your pronunciation.

Listen and repeat:

I’ve got my mind in the gutter.
You’ve got your mind in the gutter.
He’s got his mind in the gutter.
She’s got her mind in the gutter.
We’ve got our mind in the gutter.
They’ve got their mind in the gutter.

Now let’s just quickly practice to the statement of, “Get your mind out of the gutter”.

Get your mind out of the gutter.
Get your mind out of the gutter.
Get your mind out of the gutter.
Get your mind out of the gutter.
Get your mind out of the gutter.

So there’s a few different things going on here, guys, that I want to talk about in the pronunciation tip.

So this is where I talk about how I pronounce these things like a native, and the different pronunciation changes that I make when I speak quickly.

Often when you hear words that end with a T sound like “Get”, and then are followed by words like “you” or “your”.

So they have the “Yeh”-sound.

When we have the T join with that “Yeh”-sound, it combines into a CH.

And that’s why you’re going to hear me say “Getcha mind out of the gutter.”

So if I was speaking quickly with another person who was Australian as well I might just say, “Oh, getcha mind out of the gutter, mate. Getcha mind out!”, as opposed to “Get your mind out of the gutter”, because it’s quicker, it’s more fluid, it’s easier to pronounce it like that.

Getcha. Getcha. So go back and have a listen.

You’ll hear that “Getcha, getcha” when I say “Getcha mind out of the gutter.”

Give that a practice. And just now, I’ll give you some other examples.

So get you can become getchu, getcha.

Want you can become wantchu, wantcha.

Look at your shoes will often become look atchaw shoes, or look atcha shoes. So look atchaw, look atcha.

Stopped you can become stopchu, stopcha.

And can’t you can become can’tchu or can’tcha.

So you might hear a bit of variation from time to time.

Some people might say getchu vs. getcha, or can’tchu instead of can’tcha. But in all those cases, they’re saying can’t you or get you etc..

So that’s it for today’s episode, guys. I hope you enjoy it. I hope you got a lot out of it.

I hope you know now how to use the expression to get your mind out of the gutter or to have your mind in the gutter.

As usual, I’ll give you a rundown of what the exercises are going to be in today’s bonus stuff.

If you sign up to be a member on the Aussie English website you can try it for a dollar for the first week.

The exercise that’s going to be a substitution exercise will be tackling the phrasal verb “to get out”.

So, we’re going to go through all the different synonyms for “get out” and practice substituting that in.

We’ll go over the Aussie slang in this episode, a pash, a root, a shag.

You know, the sort of sex slang. We’ll talk a bit about that.

We’re also going to go over the T and “Yeh”-sound becoming a chu sound or a cha sound, chu or cha, in the pronunciation exercise.

And then in the grammar exercise we’re going to be practicing splitting different phrasal verbs.

So like, “I blew up the station” can become “I blew the station up.”

I hope you enjoy this episode guys if you want to support me and you want to take your English to the next level go over to Aussie English, click Learn English Faster, and join up to be a member.

Give all the bonus content go, and let me know what you think.

I hope you guys have a great weekend, and I’ll chat to you soon.

See you guys.

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