Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Show 787 Tuesday 8 July

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

Today’s movie is Scent of a Woman. Scent of a Woman came out in 1992. I was at high school when it came out and I remember watching it at the cinema in my hometown – which was probably a year or two after it came out everywhere else.

I think it’s a great film – and one of the best parts is Al Pacino’s speech near the end, he’s brilliant.

And I think the speech is great to study because it’s full of idioms and colourful language.

For example: a crock of shit.
He says: This is such a crock of shit!

He’s talking about the situation – where the headmaster of the school is trying to bribe one of the students into telling him something.

A crock is a kind of pot, so a crock of shit literally means a pot full of shit, but it’s slang which means: something considered to be complete nonsense.

So it’s like saying: this is crazy, or this is ridiculous.

It’s classified as vulgar slang, so be careful if you use that.
The character saying that used to be in the army, so he always uses language like that, but it’s not considered appropriate in that formal setting, so the principal says:

Please watch your language, Mr. Slade. You are in the Baird school, not a barracks.

Watch your language or mind your language – is an idiom which means:
To be careful about what you say in order not to upset or offend sb.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, Reuters has reported that a woman in Tokyo overpowered a thief with tea and sympathy.

A 30-year-old woman was walking along a corridor in her apartment building with her six-month-old baby when a man holding a knife demanded money.
The woman said she had none, so the man barged into her apartment.
She then tried to calm him down by making him a cup of tea.
Reuters reports the man put his knife away and began a 20-minute monologue about his life.
The woman gave the man 10,000 yen and ran outside to call the police.
But by the time the police arrived, the thief was gone.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 8th of July.
Kia Ora.

Word of the day

Today’s word is snitch.

Snitch is an informal word for an informer.

Here are some similar words:


conversations with sarah
#485 But not a snitch!
* Watch this conversation here from 2:45

Step 1: Repeat Frank Slade’s lines.
Step 2: Read Frank Slade’s lines and talk to Mr. Trask.

Mr. Trask I'm going to recommend to the Disciplinary Committee ... that you be expelled.Mr. Simms, you area cover-up artist ... and you are a liar.

Frank Slade But not a snitch!

Mr. Trask Excuse me?

Frank Slade No, I don't think I will.

Mr. Trask Mr. Slade.

Frank Slade This is such a crock of shit!

Mr. Trask Please watch your language, Mr. Slade. You are in the Baird school, not a barracks. Mr. Simms, I will give you one final opportunity to speak up.

Frank Slade Mr. Simms doesn't want it. He doesn't need to be labeled ... "still worthy of being a Baird man." What the hell is that? What is your motto here? "Boys, inform on your classmates, save your hide; anything short of that, we're gonna burn you at the stake"? Well, gentlemen, when the shit hits the fan, some guys run ... and some guys stay. Here's Charlie facin' the fire, and there's George ... hidin' in big daddy's pocket. And what are you doin'? You're gonna reward George ... and destroy Charlie.

Mr. Trask Are you finished, Mr. Slade ?

Frank Slade No, I'm just gettin' warmed up.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


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artist: BrunoXe
album: aprendiendo desde 2004
track: Mandrake
from: Jerez, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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

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artist: Briareus
album: Occidental
track: Beirut Love Songs
from: Michigan, United States
artist at Jamendo

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

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artist: Improject
album: Beta Release
track: Improject Three
from: Barcelona, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site


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by: Hiro.Y
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