The Office - Sorry I'm Late(0113)

A:  Where is everyone? We were supposed to start fifteen minutes ago!
B:  Jo called and said she'd be here in a sec. She said she got tied up with a client.
C:  Sorry I'm late everyone. There was a huge traffic jam on the highway this morning.
D:  Morning everyone! Were you stuck in traffic as well, Jess? There was a huge pileup on the highway and traffic was backed up for miles.
B:  Scott just called and said that he's running late. His last meeting ran over, but he's on his way now.
A:  Guys, this is not acceptable. If I say the meeting starts at ten, the meeting starts at ten. Not ten-oh-one! And definitely not ten-ten! All right. Let's get started. So the first thing I want to talk about is our...
E:  I'm really sorry, everyone! I know I'm late. But really, it's not my fault. I was getting a coffee at Starbucks, and the line was way too long. I was waiting for twenty minutes to get my coffee!

Key Vocabulary

backed upverbblocked so you can't move forward
get tied upphrasebecame busy; unable to leave
running lateverbgoing to be late
run oververbto go beyond a limit
stuck in trafficphraseso may cars on the road that you can not drive or move forward
in a secphrasesoon
hugeAdjectivevery big
traffic jamcommon noun, singulara lot of cars stopped from moving
pileupcommon noun, singularan accident where many cars crash into each other

Supplementary Vocabulary

punctualAdjectivethe quality of always being on time
behind schedulelater than planed; late
sleep inverbsleep later than planned
tardinessAdjectivethe quality of often being late
hustleverbmove very quickly