Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
Yesterday I was reading some of the comments under one of the videos about the naked man who jumped into the moat at the imperial palace.
There were quite a few comments in English by non-native English speakers. And one of them said something like this: The man threw rocks to the police.
What do you think is wrong with that sentence?
It should be: The man threw rocks at the police.
If you throw something to someone, then you want them to catch it. Like a ball or a pen or a lollypop or whatever it is that you throw to people.
Sam threw the ball to Tom.
But if you throw something at someone, then you don’t want them to catch it. You usually want to hurt them.
Sam threw rotten tomatoes at Tom.
Tom threw a grenade at Sam.
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I was having another look at it today and I found a football quiz which I thought was quite cool.
You can score a goal if you get three questions right within 30 seconds.
I’ll put a link to that quiz on the blog.
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This Monday’s guest, Jon, said that he studied criminology at university.
Criminology is: the study of crime and criminals.
-ology in this sense, means: a subject of study.
Another example is: Biology, the study of life.
Wikipedia has a whole list of sciences ending in –ology.
Half of them I’ve never heard of, like:
Futurology - the study of the future
Ripperology - the study of Jack the Ripper
Garbology - the study of rubbish
Musicology - the study of music
Dendrology - the study of trees
Omnology - the study of everything
If you feel like making up a new word to mean the scientific study of something, you can just add -ology to the end of it.
Like: thedailyenglishshowology, the study of The Daily English Show.
Or maybe it would be better a bit shorter?
conversations with sarah
What’s going to happen to him?
That guy is lucky to be alive. If it was another country he would have been killed.
Mmm … I don’t know. I think police usually don’t shoot people if they can help it.
If a naked guy ran into the White House they’d probably shoot him.
I don’t think so. If they thought they could grab him and arrest him then I think they’d do that.
It’s so disrespectful doing that at the palace.
Yeah, it sounded like it might have been, kind of a prank, just reading the story and looking at the pictures. But when you see the footage, I think it’s obvious he’s not mentally stable – or he wasn’t at the time - so it’s kind of sad.
What’s going to happen to him?
I guess he’ll be deported.
Sent back to Spain?
No, England. I think he’s actually British. At first the media were saying that he was Spanish … but I think it turned out he was an English guy living in Spain.
いや、イングランドに。 あの男、実は英国人だったらしいね。 速報でスペイン人って言っていたけど途中からスペイン在住のイギリス人に変わった。
Attacking police officers is a pretty serious crime though.
Yeah, and doing that at the palace is pretty bad too, because it’s a kind of sacred place, so maybe he’ll get a prison sentence.
Show 849 Wednesday 8 October
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