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.
But not a snitch!
* Watch this conversation below from 2:45
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.
But not a snitch!
No, I don't think I will.
This is such a crock of shit!
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.
発言にご注意を。 ここはベアード校で兵舎と間違えないで頂きたい。 シムズ君、君に最後のチャンスを与えよう。
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.
そんなものは要らん。 何が「ベアード校にふさわしい男子」だ！ この学校のモットーを当ててやろう。 「告げ口をして自分の身を守れ、でないと火あぶりにされるぞ」 ケツに火がつくと、ある者は逃げだし、ある者は踏みとどまる。 チャーリーは踏みとどまり、ジョージはおやじの懐に隠れ逃げた。 なのに君らはジョージを褒め、チャーリーを処罰するのか。
Are you finished, Mr. Slade ?
No, I'm just gettin' warmed up.
Show 787 Tuesday 8 July
The Daily English Show