Monday, March 28, 2016

The Simpsons, The first Season, Episode 1. Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire


"The Simpsons Christmas Special" appears on screen. The episode begins with Homer, Marge and Maggie arriving at Springfield Elementary School. They are late for the schools' Christmas show.

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The Simpsons, The first Season, Episode 1
Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
After Bart’s tattoo removal, Homer’s failure as a department store Santa, and a bad day at the dog track, Christmas prospects look dim for the Simpsons.  But Homer seizes the day and, with the help of Santa’s Little helper, blunders home with the best gift of all – something to share the family’s love.  And frighten prowlers.  A holiday classic.

1)     Roasting on an open Fire (phrase):  Cooking (chestnuts at Christmas) in a fireplace or on flames not on the stove.  Grandpa Moe: “Mmm, those chestnuts roasting on an open fire smell good.”
2)     How’s it going (idiom)?:   How are you?  What’s new?  How are you going?  Nanny:Jack, how’s it going?”  Jack: “I’m good, and you?”
3)     So you got dragged down here too? (Idiom):   Were you forced to come here also?
Jim: “Hi Sharon, so you got dragged down here too?”  Sharon: “Yeah, I had no choice, oh well.”
4)     Scuse me. (informal idiom):  An abbreviation of excuse me.  Pardon me.  Jim:Scuse me, Colleen.”  Colleen: “Oh, OK, no problem, please pass by
5)     Galosh (noun): Over shoes.  Plastic/rubber wraps to wear to protect your shoes when it is snowing or raining.  Mom: “Put on your galoshes, or your leather shoes will be ruined.
Whipping rod (noun):  A long stick or piece of metal used to strike or lash at people or animals.  Also a very old kind of gun. Saddam Hussein: “Make sure to use the whipping rods during the torture!”
6)     I have eyes in the back of my head (idiom):  Even if I can’t see what you are doing, I know what you are doing.  Teacher (to students while writing on the board): “Stop playing games and passing notes; I have eyes in the back of my head!”
7)     Favour us with a melody (idiom):  Please us with a music/song.  Principal (at a school Christmas concert): “The 2nd grade class is now going to favour us with a melody.”
8)     Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg, the Bat Mobile lost its wheel, and the Joker got away (song):  Children often sing a funnier version of the song, Jingle Bells.  Bart: Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg, the Bat Mobile lost its wheel, and the Joker got away.
9)     Life goes on (idiom):  A need to keep going, to persevere, to continue.  This is said when you are trying to encourage someone who has just experienced something bad.  Erin: “Cookie the cat died, but life goes on, since we bought a new cat, Cookie II.”
10)   Speaking of… (Idiom):  Said when you want to remind someone of something, or refer back to something just said.  The new sentence relates back to what was just said.  Glen: “The Patriots (National Football team) just won the Super bowl.”  Mike: “Speaking of the Super Bowl, I need a bowl of soup.”
11)   Straight “A”s (noun):  Got an “A” grade in each course.  Did very well on the report card. Dad: “Very good son, you got straight ‘A’s on your report card.  You are very smart.”

12)   The magic of the season has touched us all (phrase):  The special feeling of Christmas has affected each of us.  Norah: “Last Christmas was very special, since everyone came home to celebrate.  I feel like the magic of the season has touched us all.”
13)   Heaven’s sake (idiom):  Come on!  Are you joking?!!  Usually said when shocked, surprised or in anger.  Carol: “For heaven’s sake, Michael, the TV is too loud.  Turn down the volume!”
14)   D’oh! (Interjection):  A phrase used by Homer Simpson when he is hurt, angry or makes a mistake.  D’oh can me Ow, hey, darn it.  D’oh is now a popular saying amongst all native English speakers worldwide. Bruce: “D’oh, I just dropped the pizza on the floor!”
15)   Santa’s Workshop (noun):  A place in the North Pole where Santa’s elves make toys for Children at Christmas time. Elf: “I need to get some toys for the kids from Santa’s Workshop.”
16)   Can’t you take a hint (idiom)?:  Are you unable to accept an indirect suggestion?  Jay: “She doesn’t like you; stop asking her out on dates.  She told you 17 times that she is not interested.  Can’t you take a hint?”
17)   All right! (Informal):  Wow!  Awesome!  Said when excited.  Jonathan: “All right!  I’m going to go to Thailand where it is fun!”
18)   Yello (informal):  Said when answering the phone, instead of saying hello.  Pierre (phone is ringing): “Yello?  Oh, hi Larry, how’s it going?”
19)   Looking forward to something (verb):  Expect something or hope for.  Hany: “I love Thailand.  I have been looking forward to going to Thailand for a long-time.”
20)    “Marge, turn on the juice” (idiom):  To turn the power or electricity on.  To plug in the power cord.  Homer: “We need power and electricity. Marge, turn on the juice.”
21)  Hold your horses (idiom): Please wait a moment.  Kevin: “OK, OK, wait a sec; hold your horses.”
22)   Neato!! (Interjection):  Wow, cool!!  Neat!!  Super!!  Bea: “That card is so nice; neato
23)   I outta…Flanders (informal):  I ought to!!  Flanders is their neighbour.  Linda: “I am so angry at Bob.  Why, I outta…”
24)   Muzak (noun):  Background music, like on the elevator or when you are put on hold on a phone.  Roz: “Heather, isn’t this muzak on our elevator so boring?”
25)   Mm-hmm (interjection, informal):  Yes, ok, I understand.  Carol: “OK, Mm-Hmm, I understand.”
26)   Ay, Karamba!! (Phrase)Oh, wow!!  Leo: “Ay, Karamba, that girl is super-cute!”
27)   Sucker (noun):  A loser.  A person with no social skills. Also unspecified thing. Used as a generalized term of reference, often as an intensive: "our goal of getting that sucker on the air before old age took the both of us”.  Also a lollipop candy.  Krista: “Wow, look at that pencil.  It is quite a big sucker!”
28)   Quit it! (Verb):  Stop it!  Kodiak: “Mike, stop grabbing my face.  Quit it!”
29)   “Used to be a real boss tattoo” (Adj., slang):  This was a really cool, first-rate, top-notch tattoo before.  Jennifer: “I love my slick car.  It’s so boss.”
30)   Wanna (informal):  Want to.  Leslie: “I wanna move to Toronto
31)   Circus of values (noun):  A store where you can buy really cheap things.
Lea: “I am going to Circus of Values to do some discount shopping!”
32)   A six-pack (noun):  Buy something in a set of six.  Also a 6-pack of abs (abdominal/stomach muscles).  Christine: “I want to go to the store for a 6-pack of Budweiser Beer”.
33)   Gimme! (informal):  Give me!!  Greg: “Gimme that 4 leaf cover back, now!”
34)   Gee (informal):  Said when surprised.  Doug: “Gee, we have twins?”
35)   You bet! (informal idiom):  Of course!  Duane: “Did I get the ticket for the Eddie Van Halen concert?  You bet I did!”
36)   A lump of coal in your stocking (idiom):  To get nothing for Christmas.  Mark: “You were bad this year, Son, so all you’re gonna get is a lump of coal in your stocking!”
37)   Sucking your… (informal):  A way of drinking from a bottle.  Joanne: “Look at the baby, she is sucking her bottle.”
38)   Drinks all around (idiom):  I am buying everyone drinks.  Owen (at a bar): “I just won a million dollars, so drinks all around.”
39)   Crazy get-up (idiom):  A silly costume.  Terry: “Look at Brad’s crazy get-up.  He looks so silly.”
40)   Now, from the top (idiom):  Let’s start over.  Music teacher: “Let’s start over (the song).  Now, from the top.”
41)   Tubby! (noun):  A fat or chubby person.  Lisa: My dad is becoming a little tubby.  I hope he can lose weight.
42)   Egghead (noun):  Stupid person.  Eleanor: “That George Bush is such an egghead.  He is really dumb.”
43)   Uh-oh! (interjection, informal):  On no!  Lee-Anne: “I just spilt the milk.  Uh-Oh!”
44)   Get a load of the quote un quote Santa” (idiom):  Have a look at that supposed Santa.
Laurent: “That silly East Bunny costume looks so terrible. Get a load of the quote un quote Easter Rabbit.”
45)   “I can’t believe kids are falling for that” (idiom):  Kids are being tricked.  Carmen: “That man on the corner is pretending he is poor and begging for money.  I can’t believe people are falling for that.”
46)   Ah, touché (interjection):  Admitting to sarcasm, a cold joke, dark humour.  Steve: “That was a funny comeback.  Ah, touché. ”
47)   What’s shaking man? (idiom): What’s new?  What’s up?  Allan: “Hi Jeremy, long time no see.  What’s shaking, man?”  Jeremy: “Oh, not too much.  Same old same old.”
48)   Who the hell are you? (idiom): Bart often said this, and it is now a very common idiom in the English language.  It means; who are you?  Santa: “Hello, little boy.  What’s  your name?”  Bart: “My name’s Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?”
49)   Jolly old St. Nick (idiom):  A happy Santa Claus.  Erich: “Oh, look, it’s Jolly old St. Nick.  It must be Christmas time again.”

50)   Cover for me, Elfie (idiom):  Take my place, elf.  Mike (Dressed as a mall Santa): “Cover fro me Elfie, I need to eat lunch.”
51)   Let’s not get mushy (idiom):  Please, don’t be emotional.  Darren: “The movie was sad, but let’s not get too mushy.”
52)   Here ya go (phrase):  This is for you.  Paul: “This chocolate is for you; here ya go.”
53)   “Let’s go cash this baby” (idiom):  To change the check into money.  Neil: “I just got my pay check (salary).  Let’s go cash this baby!”
54)   A total washout (idiom):  A complete loser.  Joan: “That man has no job and no education.  He is a total washout.”
55)   Ten to one shot (idiom):  A chance at odds; something to bet on.  Myles: “That horse in the 5th race is a ten to one shot.”
56)   Money in the bank (idiom):  To earn to money will be so easy.  Jeff: “That job is so easy, it’s like we aren’t even working.  Money in the bank.”
57)   “We’re in the money, we got a lot of what it takes to get along!” (idiom):  A song sang when you earn or win a lot of cash.  Bart (singing): We’re in the money; we got a lot of what it takes to get along
58)   Scrawny little bag of bones (idiom):  Something skinny with no meat/muscle.
Jeff: “That scrawny little bag of bones wants to be a bodybuilder?  Ha, good luck!”
59)   Unadulterated pap (noun):  Something that is 100% garbage, of no worth.
Fred: “Smoking 2 packs of cigarettes is unadulterated pap, unless you want cancer.”
60)   Doofus (noun):  An idiot.  Frank: “Fred, you are so silly some times, just a big doofus.”
61)   “I’m just trashing your father.” (slang):  To speak poorly or badly of.  Brian: “Moby, that movie really sucked.  It was the worst movie ever!”  Moby: “Brian, you really trashed that movie.”
62)   Whirlwind by a country mile (informal):  The dog won by a great distance.  Maxim: “Hey, look, the dog, Whirlwind won by a country mile.  I just won $3.00!”
63)   Jeez (interjection):  Used to express surprise or annoyance.  Joe: “Jeez, that street is really dirty.”
64)   Smelling like cheap perfume (slang):  When a man cheats, he may come home smelling like the perfume of the girl he was with.  Candy: “Jeremy, you smell like cheap perfume.  You’ve been cheating on me!”
65)   Shnozzola (noun):  A snoz; a large nose. Also schnozz, schnozzle.  Of Yiddish (Jewish) origin from 1935-40.  Sean: “Jim, you have a huge Shnozzola!”  Jim: “Well, Sean, I do have a big nose, but you have a huge pot-belly!
66)   You’ll go down in history (idiom):  People will remember you.  Teacher: “Do something grand, like a leader would and you’ll go down in history.”

1.     What were the Simpson’s attending at school?
2.     Tell us about a time you performed at school.
3.     What was Lisa in the Christmas performance?
4.     What song did Bart sing?
5.     Have you ever sung in a school performance?
6.     What did Homer not receive this year from work?
7.     Do many families not have enough money?
8.     What did Bart want for Christmas?
9.     How do you feel about tattoos?
10.   What did Lisa want for Christmas?
11.   Have you ever wanted a pony?
12.   What did Homer do to make more money?
13.   Does your country have mall Santas?
14.   Where did Homer go when he was feeling blue?
15.   Is going to a bar, because you are sad, wrong or ok?
16.   Where did Homer go with Bart and Barney?
17.   Is it OK to take a child to a dog track?
18.   How do you feel about gambling?
19.   What did the Simpsons find for Christmas?
20.   Do you have a pet?

1.     Ask Santa for gifts.
2.     Find out you are not getting a Christmas bonus.
3.     Pretend you are performing at school.
4.     Go to a discount store and buy cheap gifts for your family.
5.     Your son has just gotten a tattoo.
6.     Remove the tattoo at the doctor’s office.
7.     Pretend to be a mall Santa.
8.     Go to a dog track.
9.     Get a pet for Christmas.

10.   Sing a song in front of your group partners.

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