THE TROUBLE WITH MODERN AUDIENCES
Etiquette: the formal rules of correct or polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession.
To fidget: to keep moving your body, your hands or your feet because you are nervous, bored, excited, etc.
Bottom: the part of the body that you sit on.
To stroke: to move your hand gently and slowly over an animal’s fur or hair.
Mock: that is a copy of sthg; not real.
To conduct: to direct a group of people who are singing or playing music.
To bob up: to come to the surface suddenly.
Kick: a movement with the foot or the leg, usually to hit sthg with the foot.
To resort TO: to make use of sthg, especially sthg bad, as a means of achieving sthg, often because there is no other possible solution.
To seethe: to be extremely angry about sthg but try not to show other people how angry you are.
Righteous: morally right and good. What you think is morally acceptable or fair.
To open up: to talk about what you feel and think.
To flick: to hit sthg with a sudden quick movement, especially using your finger and thumb together, or your hand.
Mischief: bad behaviour (especially of children) that is annoying but does not cause any serious damage or harm.
To whistle: to make a high sound or a musical tune by forcing your breath out when your lips are closed.
To ruin: to damage sthg so badly that it loses all its value, pleasure, etc.; to spoil sthg.
Horrific: (informal) very bad or unpleasant.
Downside: the disadvantages or less positive aspects of sthg.
To dress up: to put on special clothes, especially to pretend to be sby/sthg different.
Black tie: a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket.
To stifle: to feel unable to breathe, or to make sby unable to breathe, because it is too hot and/or there is no fresh air.
Oblivious TO: not aware of sthg.
To pop on: to turn on a piece of electrical equipment.
Outburst: a sudden strong expression of an emotion.
Temper: a short period of feeling very angry.
On no account: (used to emphasise sthg) not for any reason.
In full working order: fully capable of operating.
Chopstick: either of a pair of thin sticks that are used for eating with, especially in some Asian countries.
To unwrap: to take off the paper, etc. that covers or protects sthg.
To wander off: to move away from the place where you ought to be or the people you are with.
To cocoon: [usually passive] cocoon sby/sthg (in sthg) to protect sby/sthg by surrounding them or it completely with sthg.
Unabashed: not ashamed, embarrassed or affected by people’s disapproval, when other people would be.
To dumb down: (disapproving) to make sthg less accurate or educational, and of worse quality, by trying to make it easier for people to understand.