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  • Feifei: Welcome to The English We Speak.

  • Hello, I'm Feifei...

  • Rob: ...and hello, I'm Rob. Feifei, why the

  • sad face?

  • Feifei: It's not a sad face, it's an angry

  • face.

  • Rob: Oh no, has someone upset you?

  • Feifei: They sure have. I've just overheard

  • Neil saying I have no fashion sense - he

  • says I dress like I'm living in the 1980s!

  • Rob: Ouch!

  • Feifei: And he says my clothes are

  • uncoordinated and dated!

  • Rob: Well, Feifei. I hate to say it, but if

  • the cap fits...

  • Feifei: What cap? I don't wear hats.

  • Rob: No, Feifei. I mean, the criticism is

  • probably true and you should accept it. In

  • other words, he's probably right.

  • Feifei: Hmm! Rob, I can't believe you agree

  • with Neil!

  • Rob: Let's hear some examples, shall we?

  • A: My boyfriend calls me messy and

  • untidy - what a cheek!

  • B: Well, if the cap fits.

  • You say your teacher thinks you're lazy

  • because you never do your homework?

  • Well, if the cap fits!

  • A: They think I ate all the biscuits because

  • I was the only one in the kitchen last

  • night.

  • B: Well, if the cap fits!

  • Rob: This is The English We Speak from

  • BBC Learning English and we're finding

  • out about the phrase 'if the cap fits', which

  • means you agree with someone's

  • criticism or an opinion about someone else -

  • and they should accept it. But Feifei,

  • you're claiming you can't accept what Neil

  • said about your fashion sense?

  • So you're sayingthe cap doesn't fit?

  • Feifei: Exactly. But Neil is rude, unkind

  • and tactless.

  • Rob: Absolutely!

  • Feifei: And you are the same for agreeing

  • with him. So Rob, 'if the cap fits'...

  • Rob: I know... I should wear it! Actually,

  • Feifei, your clothes aren't that bad. You

  • look very fashionable in fact.

  • Feifei: You're a hypocrite too. Rob, keep

  • wearing that cap!

  • Rob: Fair enough. See ya.

  • Feifei: Bye.

Feifei: Welcome to The English We Speak.

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If the cap fits: The English We Speak

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