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

  • I'm Feifei.

  • Neil: And I'm Neil.

  • Feifei: And Neil - we have a musical expression...

  • Do you like rock music?

  • Neil: Rock. Yeah I love it.

  • Feifei: Really?

  • Neil: When I was younger I was in a rock band -

  • we had it all: long hair, loud guitars,

  • even louder drums, leather... all that jazz!

  • Feifei: Jazz? Hang on, was it a jazz or a rock band?!

  • Neil: Aha - very funny - 'all that jazz' is our phrase.

  • And it has nothing to do with jazz.

  • Feifei: Indeed, it simply means 'and so on',

  • or 'and other similar things'.

  • Neil: You often use it after listing things.

  • For example: I love Christmas dinner -

  • you've got turkey, Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes,

  • gravy, all that jazz. It's just great.

  • Feifei: You're not wrong. I love all that jazz too.

  • And now you've made my mouth water,

  • so let's take a break and listen to these examples.

  • Examples: I had a super lazy weekend.,

  • I woke up late, got some coffee, went for a walk

  • watched a couple of movies, all that jazz.

  • It was great.

  • I don't read celebrity gossip. You know: who's going out

  • with who, who got plastic surgery,

  • all that jazz. I'm just not interested!

  • Feifei: It's often used - in a list of unpleasant

  • or boring things.

  • Neil: For example: This morning I cleaned the whole

  • house - washing, scrubbing, vacuuming, all that jazz!

  • Feifei: Yes, by using "jazz" to describe dull things,

  • it's ironic and brings some humour.

  • Neil: It does, Feifei. Especially when we compare it

  • with the phrase to "jazz up".

  • You can 'jazz up an outfit' or 'jazz up a meal', for example

  • - which means to make something

  • more interesting and even glamorous.

  • Feifei: Before we go, we should of course mention

  • the phrase is also the name of a song from the

  • 1975 Broadway musical, Chicago.

  • Fancy singing it for us, Neil?

  • Neil: I really couldn't. After all, I was in a rock band.

  • Not a jazz band! What about you, Feifei?

  • Feifei: Maybe next time. I can't remember the words!

  • Neil: Excuses, excuses! Bye for now.

  • Feifei: Bye.

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak.

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    Samuel posted on 2017/12/27
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