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BBC新闻词汇 第110期:Dallas comeback

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It was the soap opera that gripped us with the feuding and love-lives of the Ewing family, oil millionaires from Texas, who despite their vast wealth, all chose to live side by side in a vast ranch. Dallas became so popular that it was sold to TV networks around the world and the 1980 cliff hanger of 'who shot JR', the show's resident villain, was watched by 80 million people.

JR of course, survived the shooting, and now his character, played by Larry Hagman, is swaggering through Texas once more, alongside his saintly brother Bobby, and alcoholic ex-wife Sue-Ellen. The original series became synonymous with a free-market 'greed is good' view of the world, where it was acceptable, and even expected, that the rich would flaunt their wealth.

So making money will still be the main motivator for most of the Ewings. Yet in the middle of a global downturn, with real Americans struggling to find jobs and pay their bills, will anyone want to watch it again? Larry Hagman is optimistic. He says the original series became popular during a US recession, as people chose to stay at home to save money, and watched TV instead. Of course, what viewers will really want to see, is JR getting away with double-crossing his own family... again... and again... and again...

Vocabulary:

soap opera 肥皂剧

gripped vt. 紧咬,夹住

feuding n. 不和;争执

cliff hanger 悬疑

swaggering adj. 大摇大摆的

saintly adj. 圣洁的

synonymous adj. 同义的;同义词的

flaunt v. 炫耀

optimistic adj. 乐观的

double-crossing v. 背叛;欺骗

重点单词   查看全部解释    
global ['gləubəl]

想一想再看

adj. 全球性的,全世界的,球状的,全局的

联想记忆
cliff [klif]

想一想再看

n. 悬崖,峭壁

 
acceptable [ək'septəbl]

想一想再看

adj. 合意的,受欢迎的,可接受的

联想记忆
saintly ['seintli]

想一想再看

adj. 圣洁的

联想记忆
popular ['pɔpjulə]

想一想再看

adj. 流行的,大众的,通俗的,受欢迎的

联想记忆
hanger ['hæŋə]

想一想再看

n. 挂钩,衣架,悬挂物

 
opera ['ɔpərə]

想一想再看

n. 歌剧
n. 挪威Opera软件公司的浏览

联想记忆
soap [səup]

想一想再看

n. 肥皂
vt. 用肥皂洗,阿谀奉承

 
vast [vɑ:st]

想一想再看

adj. 巨大的,广阔的
n. 浩瀚的太

 
flaunt [flɔ:nt]

想一想再看

v. 挥动,夸耀,(厚颜无耻地)炫耀,飘扬,张扬

联想记忆


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