Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Speakout Advanced p 37 . STEVEN SLATER “Quit your job with style”. Extra Word Formation Exercise

The story of JetBlue (1) ___________ (FLY) attendant Steven Slater has garnered quite a bit of attention. And rightly so. The guy snapped, cursed out an (2)_____________(COOPERATE) passenger, deployed the emergency slide, grabbed a cold one and slid off the plane onto the JFK airport tarmac. Come on…that’s (3)___________________(AWE)! The 80s gave us the ubiquitous “go postal”, and now, thanks to Mr. Slater, we all know what it means to “go stewardess”. (Yes, I know, “stewardess” is a relic of a bygone (4) ____________ (SEX) era, and not (5)____________________ ( POLITICAL) correct. I also realize that it is female-specific and that Steven Slater is a man. But “go flight attendant” just doesn’t work. Anyway, something tells me Mr. Slater himself would be thrilled with the expression.)
But, on the (6) _____________ (ASSUME) that someone out there might intend to realize their own “go stewardess” moment, I thought it worthwhile to discuss the potential legal consequences of Slater’s conduct? He was, of course, arrested at his home shortly after sliding of the JetBlue aircraft, and charged with (7) __________________ (RECK) endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. While I agree that Slater’s (8) _________________ (BEHAVE) is less the product of a “criminal” mind, and more the product of a” righteously-pissed-off” meets “fabulous-show-biz” mind, I DO think there are some legitimate criminal issues in this case for him.  He's now facing up to 7 years (9)____________________ (PRISON).
A (10) ________________ (DRAMA) way to quit his job to say the least, the epic of Slater has now become an internet meme in its own right, spurring animated flicks of the event, discussions on other craziest ways to quit, and even songs.


KEY:  

1. flight     



2. uncooperative



3. awesome



4. sexist



5. politically



6. assumption



7. reckless



8. behaviour



9. imprisonment



10. dramatic


Vocabulary:
Garner something (formal)/ ˈɡɑːnə/ to obtain or collect something such as information, support, etc. Gather, acquire. E.g. All the information that we garnered has been kept on file.
Snap: to speak or say something in an impatient, usually angry, voice. E.g.  I was tempted to snap back angrily at him.
Ubiquitous: /juːˈbɪkwɪtəs/ seeming to be everywhere or in several places at the same time; very common. E.g: The ubiquitous bicycles of university towns. The ubiquitous movie star, Tom Hank.

Go postal to become very angry. E.g. He went postal when he found out.
Bygone: happening or existing a long time ago. E.g. a bygone age/era.
Reckless: showing a lack of care about danger and the possible results of your actions. E.g. He showed a reckless disregard for his own safety.
Endangerment: hazard.
Mischief: Damage, destruction, or injury caused by a specific person or thing. E.g. The broken window was the mischief of vandals.
Trespass: /ˈtrespəs/ to enter land or a building that you do not have permission or the right to enter. E.g. He told me I was trespassing on private land. The sign on the fence said ‘No trespassing’.
Righteous: / ˈraɪtʃəs/ that you think is morally acceptable or fair.
Pissed off: very angry or annoyed. E.g. I'm pissed off with the way they've treated me.
Show business ( Showbiz): The business of providing public entertainment, for example in the theatre, in films/movies or in television. E.g. to be in show business. Show-business people/stars.
Meme: An Internet meme is an idea that is propagated through the World Wide Web. 
In your own right: because of your personal qualifications or efforts, not because of your connection with somebody else. E.g. She sings with a rock band, but she's also a jazz musician in her own right.
Spur: to encourage somebody to do somethin.
Flick: film 



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