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  • Hi, everybody. Today I'm going to be having a look at The Sun, one of the fine contributions to U.K. publishing.

  • We're going to be looking at terms, words that are used in a tabloid.

  • A "tabloid" is a small newspaper that opens like this. We're looking at use for journalistic terms used in the U.K. press.

  • Lovely. Lovely. I hope you enjoy my words that I'm going to be giving to you today.

  • Make sure that as we're going along, you practice saying them, too.

  • I don't want you sitting there, like this. That's no good.

  • You're going to say the words back to me. Okay?

  • So, on page number seven, I read about an "Obsessive Mum and Dad".

  • Look at them, they're talking about their little child. They're really thinking about what they should do with the child.

  • They are "helicopter parents". Okay? They have a lot of money. Right?

  • And they can afford to give anything to their child, but they think a bit too much about that child.

  • We call them "helicopter parents". Yeah? Great.

  • Now, I turn to page 11, and it's this person, Ulrika Jonsson, and she is showing me some arguments.

  • Now, she makes a good point about Miley Cyrus, and she goes: "Boom!" Okay?

  • If you're having a bit... A bit of a conversation with a friend and you win the argument, you go: "Boom!"

  • Okay? It's an exclamation mark to show that you won the argument. This is an exclamation mark.

  • You're shouting out. "Ex", out, "clamo", the Latin word "to shout".

  • Yeah, I'm a bit of a boffin; clever person.

  • Now, I turn to page, I think it was 12, and I'm reading all about the economy, and the "EU is in trouble".

  • The European Union, right? So, what do we call it? "Eurageddon". Okay?

  • All this language, it's exaggerated. Yeah? It's silly language. We make it like a disaster movie,

  • because bad news sells. "Eurageddon", obviously we get that from Armageddon, end of the world, the EU in trouble.

  • Now, some poor girl's got bitten by a dog. Where was she? But look at the use of verb.

  • We say that she's been "mauled". Yeah? A "savage" is like a wild person. The dog has savaged her so much

  • she's got blood bursting out. [Roars] Yeah? Savage, mauled.

  • It's... You know, she's actually just been bitten by a dog, but you know, we exaggerate.

  • These are strong verbs. Strong, yeah, strong.

  • Oh, dear, there's a man wearing tights. Good thing he's called David Beckham. What do we call these "man tights"?

  • We call them "mantyhose". Yeah, that is the correct word for "man tights".

  • Not quite sure where... Why Becks is wearing them here, but there we are. Becks, mantyhose.

  • So, some people have been criticising David Beckham's choice of man tights, here. In fact,

  • they've been "slamming" them. Yeah? Because The Sun likes to exaggerate. Yeah? So it's

  • slamming it. Yeah? It's not just saying: "Becks, not a very appropriate choice of underwear."

  • They've slammed it. Slam, yeah? You slam the door, that's how badly they've criticised it.

  • They've said he's a little bit different, but they haven't just said: "He's a little

  • bit different", they've called him a "loony". Yeah? That's really rude to call someone a loony.

  • He's completely mad.

  • And the new launch, okay? It didn't go very well, so they don't just say that it "went badly",

  • something can go badly or it can go well; they say that it "flopped". Yeah? It flopped.

  • So we could talk about this the opening weekend of a film, the premiere of a film, and it flopped.

  • Okay? No one went to go and see the film.

  • And if I look on page 15, if I remember correctly, we have a "1st time that the story has been told",

  • yeah? "Revenge Slayer", okay? So this is a "world exclusive". "World exclusive"

  • means the first time it has been told. Okay? It's just a... Sort of, again, exaggerate.

  • It sounds really important: A world exclusive.

  • "Showing off his legs" in a photo, we call that a "legbombing". See this lucky lady, here,

  • she's showing off her legs, she's sticking in her legs, she's legbombing. We're not talking about... We're not talking about a bomb, okay?

  • We're talking about the surprise caused by showing a bit of leg.

  • Uh-oh.

  • Now, if I turn to page three, I see a bit of a "stunner". Okay? So, "stunner" is a word for "good looking".

  • Now, what I want you to do is become a bit of a "boffin", a "clever person", and go to the quiz, and get 10 out of 10.

  • And never buy this newspaper. Thank you.

  • You'll become much more of a boffin if you read a slightly more intellectual newspaper.

  • Thank you very much for watching today. We've had an obsessive Mum or Dad; a helicopter parent.

  • "Boom!" You're going to win your arguments. EU in trouble, we hope not, but if it is, it's Eurageddon.

  • I hope you subscribe to my YouTube channel, thanks for watching today,

  • and really go out there, read some English papers. You can get them online as well, if you're not in the U.K.

  • So, keep reading, keep learning.

  • Until next time, see you later.

Hi, everybody. Today I'm going to be having a look at The Sun, one of the fine contributions to U.K. publishing.

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