This episode's vocabulary
- Stick out (phrasal verb) - to be very noticeable because of being different.
- Complimentary (adj.) - praising or expressing admiration for someone.
- Gear (noun) - the equipment, clothes, etc. that you use to do a particular activity.
- Run-of-the-mill (adj.) - ordinary and not special or exciting in any way.
- Casual clothes (adj.) - casual clothes are not formal or not suitable for special occasions.
- Flair (noun) - a situation in which something is done in an exciting and interesting way.
- Sheer (adj.) - not mixed with anything else; pure or complete.
- Underdress (noun) - underclothing.
- Trimming (noun) - (a piece of) decorative material added around the edge of something.
- Eye-catching (adj.) - very attractive or noticeable.
- Show stealer (noun) - something or someone that ‘steals the show’.
- Convention (noun) - a usual or accepted way of behaving, especially in social situations, often following an old way of thinking or a custom in one particular society.
- Mortally (adj.) - extremely.
Questions and Answers
M: Rory, are you ready?
R: I am dressed up to party. I'm dressed to impress.
M: Bring it on.
R: Well, when it comes to people who dress unusually, Maria, someone who sticks out a lot is you. And I mean that in an entirely complimentary way. I'm used to dealing with people who are dressed in sort of dull business gear or sort of run-of-the-mill kind of casual clothes. But, whenever you show up, there's always at least either a flair or color or a significant break with the expected style that sort of draws my attention. And it's not just my attention that gets drawn, it's other people's as well. So I feel very well supported in this idea. Um, I think my favorite memory of this phenomenon was when we were waiting for a meeting to start at our former workplace. And that's how we originally knew each other, actually. Um, and you showed up in a dress that was like, it's sort of like a cross between a female vampire from the 19th century and an imperial officer's uniform from Star Wars. If you can imagine that combination. I mean, that's my best explanation for it. It was like sort of sheer dark gray with a kind of bright red underdress, and the trimmings were also bright red as well. And that carries on to this day, though, it doesn't have to be something quite so serious. I think you've got a sort of pink fluffy sweater that's quite eye-catching. And the shoes are always a show stealer as well. Despite the fact that it sort of breaks with convention, I quite like it, though. I mean, after all, if everybody dressed the same, I think it would be quite dull, to be honest with you. I can't imagine what it would be, what you would be like if you didn't dress like this, in fact. So, I think that really sums it up quite nicely. And hopefully, you won't be too mortally offended by the fact that I picked you as the unusual person, as the unusually dressed person I should say. But there you have it.
M: What's about your friends? Do they think that I dress in an unusual way?
R: My friends frequently comment upon the things that you wear. In a positive light.
M: Oh, thank you, Roro. That was nice. Cute.
M: Yes, dear listener, feel free to talk about me. In your IELTS speaking exam. Why not? Yeah. Also, if you don't have this person who you think wears unusual clothes, you can make it up. Well, not make it up, you can make him or her up. Right. You can talk about Rory wearing his kilt, which kind of does stick out a little bit. And for you, it might be unusual.
R: You would be struggling to talk about that for two minutes. Because I only have two kilts.
M: Yeah, but our listener can describe your kilt and talk about your personality, and how and where they saw that kilt of yours. Yes, dear listener. A person who you think wears unusual clothes. So make your decision now who you're going to be talking about. Okay. So a person who wears unusual clothes, you can paraphrase it by saying something oh, this person sticks out. Okay. Or I'm going to be talking about Rory, who does stick out.
R: Yes. And it's a phrasal verb. And it's good because it means that someone has attention drawn to them. However, usually, it's seen in a negative light. So you have to say, in an entirely complimentary way. And that just means like, as a way of saying something nice about somebody.
M: Yeah, but you can also talk about the person wearing unusual clothes in a negative way. So if you have such a person who is, I don't know, a punk or wears, like really strange clothes like Lady Gaga putting meat all over her body. You can do that. Right? You can talk about Lady Gaga, by the way, can you?
R: Yeah, well, you could. I don't know what she wears these days. But I imagine it's not nearly as unconventional as it was the first time but whatever she's wearing, it's definitely not run of the mill, which is a way of describing ordinary clothes, which is something I said.
M: Yep. Yeah, so this person doesn't wear any run-of-the-mill clothes, or they don't wear dull business gear. Gear meaning clothes, right?
R: Yeah. It can also mean equipment. But in this case, it's like clothes.
M: Yep. So again, dear listener, it could be positive, could be negative, unusual clothes, like, you know, to you. Like, what do you think is unusual, right? Because we have different ideas about unusual clothes. So feel free to talk about, you know, anybody, and saying that, okay, their clothes are unusual. Yeah, careful though, clothes are unusual. Clothes are plural in English. Okay?
R: We should talk about the parts of clothes and clothing. So we can talk about the style, which is just how something as worn, or how it's presented. And there are different ways of doing that. You talk about flair of color, which is like just a small piece of color that sticks out from the norm that's there. And you can break with style, significantly or not. Um, which just means that you don't follow the style.
R: But either way, if you do it, it will draw your attention. Which means it gets your attention, it means you focus on it.
M: Yeah, it drew my attention, or it always draws my attention, or it draws all the people, people's attention. Then you can describe the outfit, the outfit or the clothing, or the dress. It could be like, I don't know, a costume if a person wears a costume of a vampire in broad daylight. Not on Halloween. Yeah, some people are like that. And, yeah, it's a good idea to describe the specific clothing. So Rory talked about a dress. I don't remember this dress, to be honest. Maybe Rory made it up. But anyway, it's possible. So like, this person showed up in a dress that blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Or in a suit that blah blah. Even you know if the socks were unusual if the socks were like, I don't know, yellow with black suit. That seems to be unusual to me. Maybe it's usual to you. Yeah. So I like your description. A dress that was like a cross between a female vampire's outfit.
R: But do you know what I'm talking about, though?
M: No, I have no idea what you're talking about?
R: Oh. You don't know the dress I'm referring to at all?
R: Oh, I need to find a picture of it. It's really cool.
M: Is it gray?
R: Yes. I said sheer dark gray. Which just means like it's the same tone all over basically. And it's uncompromising.
M: Vampire. Yeah, maybe. Maybe. Yeah, I have one gray dress. Yeah.
R: It's probably that one that I'm talking about. Maybe it's navy blue and my like, I just, I'm colorblind.
M: Anyway, anyway, cool. And Rory used cool vocabulary. Like sheer dark gray with a bright red underdress and trimmings.
R: Yes. Trimmings are just the edges of the outfit. So like around the cuffs, or in your case, the edges of the dress.
M: Yep. Yep. So you see, you can describe a dress or a suit that the person was wearing. Another one is a good one, like eye-catching. This person has always some eye-catching accessories you can say. Accessories, like, you know jewelry or hat.
R: So it's like to draw your attention basically.
R: Although the process of drawing attention can be faster or slower, as eye-catching is always very quick.
M: True. And the shoes are always a show-stealer.
R: Yeah. It's important to point out like a show stealer is usually an actor or an actress that outperforms the other ones. But the shoes, like show-stealer, is just like stealing attention as well. So you can get attention but you can also steal attention.
M: Can you say that hats are always a show-stealer? Like your hat or your T-shirt are a show-stealer?
R: You can, if they stand out enough.
M: Cool. So we can say like, okay, this person dresses or is dressed in unusual clothes or wears unusual clothes. What else can we say?
R: They're dressed to impress.
M: Yeah, they're dressed to impress. Nice. They have unusual clothes, eye-catching clothes. Their style is something.
R: Their style is something else.
M: Their style is out of this world. Yeah.
R: Right. S, with that in mind, we've unpacked our wardrobe of vocabulary, shall we pack it away and move on to part three? Where we're going to talk about, well, clothing in more detail.
M: Yeah, we'll see you in part three. Bye-bye!
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