今日美语MP3:流言蜚语 Word On the Street
Word On the Street
Has anything embarrassing ever happened to you? The answer is probably yes. Nobody is perfect, and we all make mistakes. Unfortunately, people love it when we mess up, and they love to tell other people. Sometimes the gossip can get so bad that your mistake becomes the word on the street.
People learned the word on the street from neighbors long ago, and that information took time to reach friends and family. But it's much harder to keep something secret with the existence of social media. The best way to get through it might be to laugh along with everyone else.
Jessica and Gary believe that a ghost lives in the building. Does Sara agree? Read on in today's English lesson about gossip.
Jessica: Hey, Sara. You're working late.
Sara_R: I am done with work, actually. But none of the other bike messengers will deliver to this building. So, I said I would drop this off on my way home.
Gary: Wow, thanks. But why won't they come to our office?
Sara_R: You can't tell me you haven't felt it.
Jessica: She must be talking about Oscar.
Gary: We are pretty sure there's a ghost in our office. We named him Oscar.
Jessica: Oscar's been causing trouble for a long time.
Sara_R: Have you talked with any of the other tenants in the building? Word on the street is they're having some of the same problems with Oscar.
Gary: I thought we were the only ones.
Sara_R: Oh, no. A lot of people can corroborate Oscar's existence. You have the makings of a real story here.
Jessica: Oh my gosh. Sara's right. Why couldn't we see that before?
Gary: See what?
Jessica: Gary, we're a celebrity website. What could be better publicity than a ghost in our office?
Sara_R: I deliver to a lot of the local TV stations. I can put you in touch with some of the people I know there.
Gary: You'd do that? That's really nice of you.
Sara_R: Why not? Maybe I'll get on TV, too. Can you write a press release?
Jessica: I can do it right now. What should it say?
Gary: Who, what, where, when, why, and how. Everything about us and Oscar.
Sara_R: This is kind of exciting. What else needs to happen?
Gary: Could you write down the names of all the other tenants that you've spoken with?
Sara_R: You should put this on your website, too.
Jessica: Oh, that's true. I'll do it right after I finish this press release and email it to the local TV and radio stations.
Gary: Oh, and don't forget social media.
Gary: Thank you.
Sara_R: You guys have a lot of work to do. So, I'll go.
Jessica: Thank you so much, Sara. You're the best.
重点解析 Key Phrases/Words
1. tenants n. 房客
2. corroborate v. 证实，支持（某种说法、信仰、理论等）
3. makings n. 素质，必要因素