Video appunto: Dodgy and Endanger


Dodgy is an adjective used mostly by the British to describe something that is risky or chancy. Something dodgy is unreliable, while someone described as dodgy is tricky.
My brother is a dodgy choice for captain of the soccer team. He's often late for practice and sometimes forgets half of his equipment.

Investing in a new business is a dodgy proposition. You could lose all of your money or even be held responsible for the company's debts.
Used in slang, dodgy means dishonest and corrupt, and someone who behaves in this way is a dodger.The noun, dodge, is a trick, while the verb form means to fail to meet a responsibility or to be evasive, as in dodge the question.
In The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Jordan Belfort, a dodgy stockbroker who runs a firm that engages in fraud and corruption.
Never buy a Rolex watch from someone on the streets of London. The seller is a dodger who will sell you a fake timepiece.


Simply put, endanger means to put in danger or imperil. Anything described as endangered is at risk.
The red squirrel is highly endangered. There are so few of them that they are at risk of disappearing altogether.
The use of DDT to kill insects endangered many bird species in the middle of the twentieth century. Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring to educate people about the problem and it is now illegal to use DDT.
If you endanger your reputation, you put your reputation on the line. In addition, one who is a careless driver endangers himself and others on the road.
President Kennedy put his reputation on the line when he claimed that America would put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s. The moon landing in July of 1969 prevented his reputation from being endangered.
It is possible to endanger others without intending to. Listening to loud music, eating, or texting while driving make drivers careless about their own and others' safety.