Neil: Hello, this is Real English from BBC Learning
English, I’m Neil.
Neil: In Real English, we look at words and phrases
that you might not find in your dictionary.
英语是在现实生活中不断发展的语言，所以我们需要随时更新词汇，最好的方法莫过于收听 BBC Learning English 制作的地道英语。
Neil: That’s right, Helen.
Neil: Well today’s word is a very common word in
English but it’s a word you probably never want to hear in relation to yourself.
Helen: That sounds scary! What’s the word?
Neil: Today’s word is to sack. S.A.C.K. Sack.
Helen: I thought a sack was a kind of bag.
Neil: It is, but we use the verb ‘to sack’ to refer to
being dismissed from your job.
Helen: 那么说 to sack somebody 就是解雇某人的意思，炒鱿鱼。
Neil: That’s right. Your boss might sack you because
you’re always late for work or because you do your job very badly.
A: Did you hear about Andrew?
B: No, what happened?
A: The boss sacked him.
B: He got sacked! Why?
A: Because he was late for work every day for a month!
Neil: That’s right. It is very embarrassing and
shameful to get the sack.
Helen: To get the sack?
Neil: Yes, that’s another way to use the word. It’s
possible to say: I was sacked; or my boss sacked me; or I got the sack.
Helen: 看来，这个词又有其他的用法，虽然意思相同。 Have you ever been given
the sack, Neil?
Neil: Certainly not! I’m a true professional. Anyway,
we’re nearly out of time.
Helen: So let’s recap. To sack somebody 就是解雇某人，to get
the sack 就是说因为犯错或者做了什么坏事，被解雇了，从而丢掉了工作。
Neil: Exactly so. Now it’s time for us to go now,
Helen. See you all next time.
Helen: Yes, see you next time. Bye.