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  • Nearly a million Twitter users leave as Elon Musk takes over.

  • This is News Review from BBC Learning English.

  • - I'm Neil. - And I'm Beth.

  • Make sure you watch to the end to learn vocabulary to talk about this story.

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  • Now, the story.

  • Almost one million.

  • That's how many Twitter accounts have been deactivated since Elon Musk bought the social media platform last month.

  • Musk's takeover has been controversial.

  • Some people are worried about his approach to free speech.

  • Thousands of staff have lost their jobs, and there are plans to make some users pay a subscription.

  • Many users are moving to an alternative called Mastodon, a free social network platform where posts are called "toots".

  • Eugen Rochko, the founder of the platform, tooted on Monday that he thinks the massive increase in users is pretty cool.

  • You've been looking at the headlines, Beth.

  • What is the vocabulary?

  • We have "flock", "on fire", and "mammoth".

  • This is News Review from BBC Learning English.

  • Let's take a look at our first headline.

  • This one comes from "The National", a Scottish media outlet.

  • Top Scottish Twitter users flock to Mastodon amid Elon Musk's Twitter takeover.

  • OK, so, Twitter users in Scotland as well as many other places in the world are leaving.

  • And the word that we are looking at in this headline is "flock" , which is connected to birds, isn't it?  

  • Yeah, so "flock" as a noun is a group of birds.

  • And, remember the Twitter logo is a bird, and you post "tweets".

  • Now, "tweets" is a word that is the sound a bird makes.

  • Yeah. So, the headline writer uses "flock", because of Twitter's connection to birds.

  • And, it is used as a verb in the headline, but we can also see it as a noun, to refer to a group of bird or sheep.

  • So, what's the connection to sheep?

  • Well, if you picture a field with one sheep and it moves over here, all of the other sheep follow it.

  • Sheep are famous for following each other.

  • And, so, the headline writer has used this as well to describe all of these people moving from Twitter to Mastodon.

  • They're following each other, like sheep.

  • And so, there's a nice double meaning in this headline related to birds and sheep.

  • But the word "flock", is that one that we use in everyday English?

  • Yeah, we do.

  • So, imagine a shop has a sale, then all of the shoppers might "flock"there because they want to buy something for good price.

  • Yes, and if your favorite singer or group is going on tour, people will "flock"to ticket websites to try and get a place at the concert.

  • And also, if we make a good video, people "flock" to our website to watch it.

  • I hope that happens.

  • Yeah, same.

  • Let's take a look at that again.

  • Time for our next headline.

  • This one is from CNN.

  • With Twitter in chaos, Mastodon is "on fire".

  • So, the headline says that Twitter is in chaos, lots of people are leaving, they're joining Mastodon, a rival.

  • The expression we are looking at is "on fire".

  • Now, this sounds a little bit dangerous.

  • Beth, if something is on fire, that's not a good thing.

  • Shall I call the fire brigade?

  • No, no. Don't call the fire brigade.

  • So, this expression, "on fire", is used to talk about a good thing, to say that something is amazing or is doing well.

  • So, the headline writer is actually praising Mastodon because it's so popular at the moment.

  • Yeah. So, often in this programme, we talk about metaphorical language.

  • "On fire" , literally, means that something is in flames.

  • That's not the sense here.

  • No, in this headline, and also in informal conversation, we use "on fire" to say that we're impressed with something.

  • Yeah. And not just social media platforms, we use it more widely.

  • Yes, we do. So, we often use it to talk about "skills".

  • For example, I watched my friend play football yesterday, and she scored three goalsshe was "on fire".

  • Yeah. And I saw you preparing the script this morning.

  • Beth, you were "on fire".

  • Thank you, Neil.

  • I think we're both "on fire" today.

  • Let's take a look at that again.

  • Time for our next headline, please.

  • This one is from "Slate".

  • The headline is asking, if Mastodon could become a social media "Mammoth".

  • "Mammoth" is the word we're looking at.

  • What is a "mammoth"?

  • Well, they are extinct animals.

  • They looked a little bit like hairy elephants: They have a big trunk and they were absolutely enormous.

  • Yes. And so, size is the key in this headline.

  • It's asking whether Mastodon could become a really big social media platform.

  • Exactly. And "mammoth" is also related to another very big and extinct animal, that also looks like a hairy elephant, "a mastodon."

  • And that is the name of this new social media platform.

  • Yeah. So, there's a really nice double meaning in the headline.

  • It's quite clever.

  • It links the "mammoth" to the "mastodon", another really big extinct animal, and also the name of this social media platform.

  • And, we're looking at "mammoth", though as an adjective, it can be used to describe really big things.

  • Yes, it can.

  • So, for example, this morning, it took me over two hours to get to work.

  • It was a "mammoth" journey.

  • Yes, and I had a "mammoth" task at the weekend.

  • I tried to get my kids to clean their bedroom and took a long, long time.

  • Let's have a look at that again.

  • We've had "flock", move together in a large group.

  • "On fire", impressive because something is done very well.

  • And "mammoth", something very big.

  • Don't forget there's a quiz on a website, bbclearningenglish.com.

  • Thank you for joining us and goodbye.

  • Bye!

Nearly a million Twitter users leave as Elon Musk takes over.

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