= to consider someone as inferior
e.g. Studies have shown that women tend to look down on other women who have sexy profile pictures on Facebook


Hello everyone, this is Luke and it’s time for another phrasal verb a day episode. It’s been ages since I did one of these. It’s been a very long time. You probably thought that I’d given up. You might’ve thought that I’d stopped doing it but I haven’t stopped. I’m still going and it’s time for another episode, okay? You’re probably a subscriber now. I hope so. I hope that you’re subscribing to these episodes. Hopefully you have subscribed on iTunes or somewhere else and if you’re listening to this it means that you know where the new location is for this podcast because I’ve now set up ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’ as its own podcast channel. You can find it in lots of different ways. You can subscribe to it very easily. If you’ve got iTunes, just open up iTunes, search in the iTunes’ store for ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’, you’ll find it. If you do it through Audioboo, just go to Audioboo, search for ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’, you’ll find it there too. In fact you can just google ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’. Just google it. Just type in ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’ into Google, hit it and I think it’s like a fourth result. You should find it there. ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’ – Luke’s English Podcast. Click that. It’ll take you to my page for this podcast on my website and it’ll give you all the details, alright? So, it’s much easier to subscribe. It’s much easier to get all the latest episodes of ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’ now.

So. it’s time for me to give you another phrasal verb and I think the last one was ‘to let someone down’. This one is ‘to look down on’, ‘to look down on someone’, okay? And this is when you kind of consider someone else to be inferior. You kind of judge someone and consider them to be lower than you or inferior to you in some way, alright?

Now, I just read on the Internet, I found a news report, which says that apparently if you’re girl and you have as your Facebook status picture, sorry, if you’re girl and if you have like a sexy photograph of you as your profile picture on Facebook be careful because other women might LOOK DOWN ON you for it. Apparently a new study has shown that females of the same age group will LOOK DOWN ON other other females if they have a kind of overly sexy photograph on Facebook. It seems that women judge each other on their Facebook profile. So, watch out because other women might be LOOKING DOWN ON you for it.

Another example of this phrase ‘to look down on someone’ might be, for example in the UK it used to be the case that people would look, kind of LOOK DOWN ON you if you had a strong regional accent, that that was considered to be a kind of a negative thing. It’s not the case any more. People don’t LOOK DOWN ON you for it. In fact people quite like it. They like a sort of a regional inflection to an accent. Any more [I don’t know why I said “any more” here] it doesn’t have the same slightly negative connotation that it used to have. I’m not saying that every accent was considered negative in the past but these days it’s not LOOKED DOWN ON at all. In fact certain regional accents are considered to be very desirable and trustworthy and so on. ‘Look down on’, alright?

Another example might be people tend to LOOK DOWN ON the poor or if you don’t dress appropriately people might LOOK DOWN ON you, okay? If you kind of walk around in really dirty shoes people might LOOK DOWN ON you. I live in Paris and people do tend to LOOK DOWN ON you if you’re not dressed appropriately. People are very conscious of dressing in the right way. So, if you’re not dressed nice and smart people might LOOK DOWN ON you for it. Personally I don’t care about that so much. But that’s just my opinion, isn’t it? Alright? So, there you go. ‘Look down on someone’.

I wonder what you think when you meet someone who doesn’t speak excellent English. Do you LOOK DOWN ON people who don’t speak very good English? Or do you just realise that it’s difficult to learn English and perhaps they’re just in the process of improving it. I wonder. Let me know. You can leave your comments on teacherluke.co.uk but that’s it for this episode of ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’. Speak to you again very soon. Bye.