Saturday, November 01, 2008

#872 A Wonderful Guy, Toilet Art, Gay, Halloween

Show 872 Friday 31 October
Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.

Happy Halloween if it’s still Halloween where you are by the time this video is uploaded.

Last week when I was looking up stuff about South Pacific I came across a video of one of the songs in that musical which I think is a good one to study. It’s called: A Wonderful Guy.

This song is easy to understand – it’s just about a girl who is in love. And there is a lot of interesting language in it to study.

The song starts like this:

I expect every one of my crowd to make fun
Of my proud protestations of faith in romance

My crowd means: my friends or acquaintances.
Protestation is a formal word: a strong statement that sth is true, especially when other people do not believe you.

So she’s saying she knows everyone will make fun of her for going on about how much in love she is.

And they'll say I'm naïve as a babe to believe
Any fable I hear from a person in pants

I love that line.
A fable is a story and a person in pants is a man – I guess women didn’t usually wear pants in 1949. So she’s saying her friends will say she’s very naïve to believe anything that men say.

Later she sings: I'm as corny as Kansas in August

Corny means: not original; used too often to be interesting or to sound sincere.

And the examples here are:

a corny joke or song
I know it sounds corny, but it really was love at first sight.

So her song is very corny – and she’s comparing it to Kansas, which is corny in a different way - because they grow a lots corn.


Kia Ora in Stick News today hundreds of people have flocked to see art exhibition in a public toilet in Germany.

According to Reuters, the toilet house was built in 1894 but was closed in 1992 because it was rarely used. So, someone decided to transform the toilets into an art museum. The organizer said that a toilet was a great place for artistic expression because art is a form of relief in the same way that going to the toilet is. Four artists contributed their work to the exhibition and the art exhibited is mainly graffiti.

And that was Stick News for Friday 31st of October.
Kia Ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is: gay.

A line in today’s song is: I'm as trite and as gay as a daisy in May

Trite means not original.

Gay means many things.
Two of the dated meanings are:

Light-hearted and carefree
And: Brightly coloured; showy

So she’s meaning gay, in both those ways I think.
As I said, those meanings are dated, so gay is not usually used like that these days.

So, if you feel light-hearted and carefree, it’s probably not a good idea to say, I’m gay, because they’ll think you mean something else.

friday joke

* I found today's joke here.

Why do witches use brooms to fly on?
Because vacuum cleaners are too heavy.

conversations with sarah
#542 People don’t dress up?

Step 1: Repeat Brian’s lines.
Step 2: Read Brian’s lines and talk to Sarah.

Brian Do people celebrate Halloween in New Zealand?

Sarah Not really. I think some people do, but I never did when I was a kid … partly because I grew up in the wops so trick or treating would’ve taken hours of walking just to get to a few houses.

Brian How about in Japan?

Sarah No, not really. Although shops try and get people to celebrate it because they want to sell stuff.

Brian People don’t dress up?

Sarah Mmm, most people don’t. Some people do though. Kids who go to an English school usually have a Halloween class – so they dress up. I used to help teach a great kids class in Tokyo – and the other teacher who was organizing the class, she organized some fantastic Halloween parties.


wops - this is slang for a rural area (also wop wops)
In Wikpedia it says this word is unique to New Zealand.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: Boom Tschak
album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: More Chocolate, Please
from: Former Yugoslavia

WOD start
artist: DJ iPep's
album: Home Mix 2007
track: Game Toy
from: EVREUX, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

friday joke start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: Sumbala
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: Wolfgang S.
album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: Dynamite
from: Belgrade, Serbia, Former Yugoslavia
artist site

qa start
artist: ioeo
album: triptracks
track: triptrack2
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Zeropage
album: Ambient Pills Update
track: Is It Real
from: Switzerland
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Jarek said...

Dear Sara, could you explain what 'wops' means?
I haven't found it in any dictionary. Thanks a lot.
Kind regards, Kasia and Jarek.

The Daily English Show said...

Good question ... thanks. It is slang for a remote rural area. "The boondocks" and "the sticks" are slang words meaning the same thing.
I didn't realize "wops" was only used in New Zealand ... or maybe I had forgotten.