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#1407 Two And A Half Men - Behoove, Ducks In A Row, Turkish Mayor: Respect The Robot
 
 
Hi, I'm Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
 
Today we're studying a scene from a TV show called Two and a Half Men.
Two and a Half Men is an American sitcom that started being broadcast in 2003 and ended last month.
 
I think it was pretty funny in the earlier seasons and it petered out a bit towards the end.
 
Some of the humour I liked was when Jake couldn't understand certain words or expressions - because he was too young or not particularly smart. And the scene we're studying today is like that.
 
Charlie and Jake are in a car - Charlie is Jake's uncle - and they're driving to a restaurant to go on a double date.
 
And Charlie says to Jake: "Now, let's talk about your date. You need to get your ducks in a row before we get to the restaurant."
 
And Jake doesn't understand the expression: get your ducks in a row.
 
To get or have one's ducks in a row is an expression which means: to get or have everything organized; to be prepared.
 
Here's an example of the expression used in a headline: Have your financial ducks in a row before spring hits. That's an article in the Alberta Farmer Express advising farmers about the financial documents that they need to prepare.
 
Jake is confused about the expression because, he says, you can't line up ducks in a row. He says: "They're ducks. They move willy-nilly."
 
I really like the word willy-nilly. Willy-nilly means: without direction or planning or whether one likes it or not.
 
Here's an example of how to use willy-nilly in a sentence. This is from an article talking about how to use semicolons.
 
To be clear, you shouldn't use a semicolon willy-nilly in place of a period; use it to indicate a continuation of a thought within the sentence, a particularly close link between two independent clauses or a subtle if undefined relationship between them.
 
 
 
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Kia ora in Stick News today a mayor in Turkey is being sued after he erected a huge statue of a robot.
 
Ankara is the capital city of Turkey.
Melih Gökçek has been the mayor of Ankara for the past 21 years.
On the first of April a statue of a giant robot was erected at a crossroads in the city.
The mayor is now being sued for wasting public money.
According to Today's Zaman, the mayor has previously posed in front of giant robots and published the photos on Twitter, asking his followers, "Which robot is more handsome?"
The mayor released a statement saying the robot was more clever than the people who sued him. He said: "Respect the robot."
 
And that was Stick News for Monday the 13th of April.
Kia ora.
 
 A tour guide showing tourists a mosque in Ankara.
This is the largest mosque in Ankara.
Beautiful.
 
The Ankara mayor sitting at his desk thinking about robots.
This city needs more robots!
 
The Ankara mayor talking to his assistant. 
The agenda for tomorrow's meeting, sir.
Meeting, schmeeting. Let's build a robot!
 
The Ankara mayor’s assistant showing the mayor a document.
We're being sued, sir.
Meh. They hate us cause they ain't us.
shrug
*"They hate us cause they ain't us" is a quote from the movie The Interview.
 
The Ankara mayor’s assistant showing the mayor a document.
Your latest Twitter stats, sir. You now have 2.5 million followers.
See! People love emoticons! Let's use more!
 
A boy at a desk looking at a laptop.
To be fair, it is a pretty sweet looking robot.
 
 
 
 

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Today's word is behoove.
 
In today's conversation, Charlie says to Jake: "Well, if this little girl's important to you, it would behoove you to have a plan."
 
And Jake says: "Behoove?"
 
And Charlie says: "It would benefit you."
 
Behoove can be spelt with one or two o's. American English has two. And I'm going to spell it with two because I think it looks better with two o's.
 
It's a formal verb and it means: it is a duty, responsibility, or appropriate response for someone to do something.
 
So, it's kind of a fancy way of saying you should.
 
When Charlie says: "It would behoove you to have a plan." He could say: "You should have a plan", or "It would be a good idea to have a plan."
 
 

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Charlie: Now, let's talk about your date. You need to get your ducks in a row before we get to the restaurant.
 
Jake: What do you mean?
 
Charlie: Well, if this little girl's important to you, it would behoove you to have a plan.
 
Jake: Behoove?
 
Charlie: It would benefit you.
 
Jake: Oh, yeah sure. What was that thing about ducks?
 
Charlie: It's just an expression.
 
Jake: Well, it's confusing.
 
Charlie: Sorry.
 
Jake: You can't get 'em in a row.
 
Charlie: I know, I know, now just listen to me.
 
Jake: They're ducks.
 
Charlie: Right.
 
Jake: They move willy-nilly.
 
Charlie: Shut up!
 
Jake: Whoa, it would behoove you to speak nicer to me.
 
 

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ESL Video Quiz: #1407 Comprehension
 
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And that was The Daily English Show. I think one of the best ways to remember a new word or expression is to try and use it in a sentence. So, please leave a comment under this video using one of the words or expressions that we studied today: to get or have one's ducks in a row, willy-nilly or behoove.
Good luck. And I'll see you tomorrow. Bye!
 
 
 
NOTES
I said Two and a half Men ended "last month". I should have said "two months ago".
"peter out" means "diminish or come to an end gradually"
When I said Two and a half Men "petered out a bit towards the end" I mean that it got worse in the later seasons. I am saying this in an understated way ... I really think it was terrible after Charlie Sheen left the show.
Today's conversation is from Two and a Half Men, Season 5 Episode 14. Starts at 10m05 
 
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Show intro
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Stick News intro
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Question Answer intro
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Question Answer + Ending
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Published: Monday 13 April 2015