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  • Hello. This is The English We Speak,

  • with me, Feifei...

  • ...and hello, it's me, Rob.

  • Hey, Rob, you look a bit fed up.

  • I am. I had tickets to see Roy's Rolling

  • Biscuits next week - but now the gig

  • has been cancelled.

  • Cancelled - meaning a planned activity

  • will now not happen? Well,

  • lots of things have

  • been cancelled at the moment.

  • But this was 'The Biscuits' , you know,

  • the best band ever!

  • Well, Rob, to be honest, I cancelled

  • them a long time ago.

  • What?! You had tickets and

  • you cancelled them?

  • No, Rob. This is another meaning

  • of 'cancelled'. I didn't like

  • the bad language in the band's

  • songs so I stopped supporting

  • them - I 'cancelled' them.

  • Oh!

  • Yep. When you cancel someone,

  • you don't agree with what they do

  • or say, and you stop supporting

  • or promoting them. This particularly

  • relates to celebrities. So if you

  • don't like someone,

  • cancel them!

  • OK, Feifei. Let's hear some examples...

  • I was a big supporter of our local mayor

  • until he agreed to build

  • the by-pass. I've cancelled

  • him now.

  • My favourite singer started singing

  • anti-climate change songs.

  • She's cancelled as far as I'm

  • concerned!

  • 'Cancel culture' means we can shame

  • celebrities on social media

  • when they have controversial

  • opinions.

  • This is The English We Speak from

  • BBC Learning English, and

  • we're talking about a new meaning

  • to the word 'cancelled'. Cancelling

  • someone means to stop

  • supporting or following someone,

  • particularly a public figure, because

  • of something they have said or done.

  • It's also known as

  • a 'cancel culture'.

  • So, you've cancelled supporting

  • Roy's Rolling Biscuits, and my gig

  • has been cancelled. So

  • what am I going to do now?

  • Hmmm... what about trying to get tickets

  • for that other band you like?

  • The Bananas? No, no, I'm cancelling

  • them because their tickets are

  • always too expensive.

  • Oh dear, Rob. It looks like you'll be having

  • a quiet night in. Bye.

  • What are you doing tonight, Feifei? Bye.

Hello. This is The English We Speak,

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The new meaning of 'cancelled' - The English We Speak

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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