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  • Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak.

  • I'm Feifei.

  • Neil: And I'm Neil.

  • Feifei: Where's... your beard?

  • Neil: I, uh, shaved it off. I fancied a change.

  • Beards are such a thing these days.

  • Feifei: Yup, ever since beards became a thing,

  • I've found them a bit boring.

  • Neil: 'A thing'. Of course, we know what the word

  • 'thing' normally means, but what does

  • 'a thing' mean here?

  • Feifei: Our phrase for today means 'a trend'

  • or 'something recognisable in popular culture'.

  • If beards are 'a thing', it means they've become

  • fashionable: lots of people have them.

  • Neil: Yes. Cats on the internet - they're a thing.

  • Feifei: Oh, fidget spinners. They're definitely a thing.

  • Neil: Fidget spinners?

  • Feifei: Yes, those little metal or plastic toys

  • that you spin on your finger. Know them?

  • Neil: Oh, those things that kids everywhere

  • are playing with.

  • Feifei: Not just kids. Anyway. What else is a thing?

  • Listen to these examples.

  • Examples: Using funny GIFs in your message

  • is such a thing.

  • You know parkour: the sport of running and jumping

  • across buildings? Why is that such a thing?

  • Organic powdered food.

  • Since when has that been a thing?

  • Feifei: A well-known use of this phrase was after

  • American personality Kim Kardashian

  • posted a picture of herself pregnant,

  • with the words "pregnancy lips".

  • Neil: It's not a term that many people had heard of,

  • and prompted responses like this:

  • "Pregnancy lips? Is that even a thing?"

  • Feifei: Yes, when someone refers to a trend

  • you haven't heard of, or that you doubt exists,

  • feel free to respond with

  • 'is that even a thing?'

  • Neil: But there's little doubt the phrase 'a thing'

  • is itself 'a thing' -

  • it's now been included in major dictionaries.

  • Feifei: There we are. A thing.

  • No plans to grow the beard back, then?

  • Neil: Only when being clean-shaven

  • becomes too much of a thing!

  • Feifei and Neil: Bye.

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak.

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    Samuel posted on 2018/01/03
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