Today we’re studying a scene from a movie which I found on Joost called The Wild Ride. It was made in 1959 and it stars Jack Nicholson.
I’ve only watched the start of the movie so far but I think it’s pretty funny. I like the classic, cheesy dialogue.
In the scene we’re studying, a guy called Johnny is in a police station talking to a police officer. The police have brought him into the station because they think he ran a police officer off the road – but they don’t have any evidence. And Johnny seems to be a bit of a bad boy and he obviously doesn’t have much respect for the police.
He says to the police officer: Lovely place you got here.
This is actually a very nice thing to say to someone if you visit their house.
Lovely place you’ve got here. Or: Lovely place you got there.
But to say it to a police officer at a police station is very rude and disrespectful. And Johnny is saying it to show that he doesn’t respect the police and he’s very confident and not scared of them. He’s taking the piss, basically.
And so the policeman says: All right, knock it off! Do you know what knock it off means?
This is one meaning of to knock something off. I knocked the bottle off the tray.
But knock it offis an idiom. Used to tell sb to stop making a noise, annoying you etc.
Two 27-year-old Irish men went to New Zealand on holiday. On their last night in Queenstown they went out for a few drinks and went on a scribbling spree with a permanent marker. The owner of the bar they defaced said they scribbled on walls, tables, glasses and windows. The New Zealand Herald reported their graffiti included thank-you notes, pictures of male genitalia and the men's details. They were due to fly out of the country but they missed their flight after they were arrested at the airport the next day and charged with wilful damage.
And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 2nd of June. Kia ora.