Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today’s mistake comes from a message on twitter by Lang-8
which is a website I like and I follow them on Twitter
. A while ago, they wrote this message on Twitter: Lang-8 is maintenancing now. Please access again after an hour. Lang-8, Twitter, 26 May 2009
What’s wrong with that message?Maintenance
is not a verb, it’s a noun. So it’s strange to say the website is maintenancing
Instead you could say: Lang-8 is currently under maintenance.
Or: Lang-8 is currently down for scheduled maintenance.
By the way, although maintenance is not officially a verb, as far as I know, some people use it as a verb.
Here’s an example someone was talking about on their blog
It was a note that they found taped to their door.
WE WILL BE ENTERING YOUR APARTMENT ON THURSDAY JANUARY 24, TO MAINTENANCE HEATER FILTERS
What do you think about using maintenance
as a verb?click here
Today I’d like to tell you about this site: Drawords
I think it’s an interesting idea. An artist posts a new drawing every week and people can submit captions. And then he chooses the best one and then posts it the next week. And he’s planning to make a book out of all the best drawings and captions – and if he uses your caption, then he’ll send you a copy of the book.
Here’s an example of one of the captions. The picture is of a guy mowing the lawns and he doesn’t have any feet. And the caption is: They wanted an arm and a leg for the mower but Jim talked them down.
There are two idioms there. An arm and a leg
means a lot of money
and to talk someone down
means to get the price reduced by negotiating.STICK NEWS
Kia ora, in Stick News today the New Oxford American Dictionary
has chosen “unfriend” as its word of the year
According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, "unfriend," is a verb, which means: "To remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook."They chose the word as their word of the year. But some people aren’t too happy about the selection. They say it should be defriend. An Oxford spokesperson said that their researchers found that "unfriend" was more commonly used.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday 18th November.
Kia ora.Oxford Word of the Year 2009: Unfriendtoday's STICK NEWS pictures
conversations with sarah
Do you say unfriend or defriend?Bob
Do you say unfriend
Ah, I still haven’t got around to using Facebook, so I don’t say either.Bob
How about other sites?Sarah
Um, YouTube is unsubscribe
and Twitter is unfollow
, I think. So, yeah, I’d probably go with unfriend
サラのメモ：I deleted this video and uploaded it again to fix a mistake
Comments from the last video:
Congrats for this episode! Just wanted to let you notice that in the final quiz you gave one definition twice and you forgot to mention one. Take care
Still glad to hear you enjoy lang8, such a great site I enjoy quite often when I have spare time.
that's one awesome shirt
I 'block' or 'cull'
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