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Hullabaloo 吵吵闹闹

Hullabaloo 吵吵闹闹

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Li: 大家好,我是杨莉,欢迎收听BBC的《地道英语》节目。

William: Hi there. I'm William Kremer.

Li: So what's today's word – ?

Muffled shouting from outside the studio and banging on the door.

Li: Eh?

William: What on earth is all that hullabaloo about?

Shouting and banging stops.

Li: Ah... I think it's stopped.

William: What was all of that about? It sounded like there was a crowd of people outside the studio!

Li: 我不知道是怎么回事... 回头打听打听。不过更让我疑惑的是你刚才使用了一个词,我从来没有听说过...

Hullabaloo 吵吵闹闹

These fans are making such a hullabaloo!

William: Oh right. And what's that?

Li: 你说的是什么 Hulla… 什么什么...?

William: Hullabaloo?

Li: Yes.

William: Ahh, hullabaloo. You spell it H.U.L.L.A.B.A.L.O.O. Hullabaloo. It means a loud noise or commotion.

Li: A loud noise or commotion 一片吵闹声。Hullabaloo. 我们再听一个相关的例句。

Example

Woman: I tried to quieten the class down, but there was such a hullabaloo that no-one could hear me!

Li: 在这个例句里,一位老师说他试图让全班学生们安静下来,不过,噪音太大 a hullabaloo 没人能听到他的声音。Is that word used in any other ways, William?

William: Well, the word hullabaloo can imply anger and disapproval.

Li: Disapproval 表示不满和反对的吵闹声。

William: Can you imagine lots of people shouting because they're angry? Have a listen to this example:

Example

Man: That actor was so angry with the film's director and producer that he refused to do any promotional work. But then when he didn't go to the premiere in L.A., there was such a hullabaloo from his fans that he had to apologise.

William: So in that example, a film star didn't go to a premiere and there was a hullabaloo from his fans because they were so angry with him.

Li: 在以上例句里 'hullabaloo' 并不表示熙熙嚷嚷的吵闹声,而是指大量粉丝们对这个明星没有到场所纷纷表示不满的情绪,也许是通过博客,或通过媒体上的言词等等。 Now William, 'hullabaloo' is a very strange sounding word! Where does it come from?

William: Well, no-one knows for sure. But some people think that it comes from people going "Hullo! Hullo! Hullo!"

Li: Really? That's very –

Shouting and banging starts again.

Li: Oh, our own hullabaloo has started again!

William: Right. I'm going to see what they want!

Gets up and opens studio door.

William: What's all this noise? We're trying to record a programme here!

Fan 1: Is Yang Li here?

Li: Hello, yes? Who is it?

Fan 1: Yes! She is, she is!

Fan 2: Oh brilliant! Hi Li! Hi!

Fan 3: We're your biggest fans! Can we have your autograph?

Li: Oh well, I...

William: Oh Li, I didn't know you had a fan club! Oh well, I think we'd better end the programme there! Goodbye!

Li: Where do you want me to sign? Do you want me to write something special?