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Posted by Smokey Stover on June 10, 2006

In Reply to: RIDE LOW posted by Yuri on June 10, 2006

: Dear native-speaking experts,

: Your assistance is highly appreciated. The fact is, I am not after using slang (that would be foolish) - rather I am concerned with phrases that may present difficulties for foreign students when reading original unadapted English.

: Right now I would like to hear your comments on the phrase RIDE LOW and ask you to authenticate the expression RIDE SOMEONE LOW listed in an online slang dictionary:

: Ballast water may also be carried so that a ship rides low enough in the water to pass under bridges and other structures.

: Selma is riding me low asking me for my phone number.

: Thank you,
: Yuri
I am gratified that Yuri is not planning actually to use these slang phrases in his speech. The sentence about the ship riding low in the water is good, idiomatic English, and certainly not slang. As for Selma, I'm not a member of whatever generation understands that sentence. ◘ SS ◘