Posted by: Idioma Extra | January 13, 2010

Wednesday’s News

The Weird and the Wonderful

Hundreds strip for ‘no pants’ subway stunt
Organizers of NYC event aim to cause ‘scenes of chaos, joy in public places’


NEW YORK – Hundreds of New Yorkers rode the city’s subway trains in their underwear on Sunday.

They stripped down to their undies for the ninth annual No Pants Subway Ride.

The idea is to act like nothing unusual is going on.

Participants met up at six locations throughout the city. They formed groups and dispersed to subway stations to catch trains. Once inside the subway cars, they began calmly removing their pants and folding them up.

Most people read magazines or chatted with their companions like any other straphanger.

The event started in 2002 with just seven people. It has spread to other cities.

The stunt was organized by Improv Everywhere, a group that says its mission is to cause “scenes of chaos and joy in public places.”

Word of the Day

Main Entry: spread
Pronunciation: \ˈspred\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): spread; spread·ing
Etymology: Middle English spreden, from Old English -sprǣdan; akin to Old High German spreiten to spread
Date: 13th century
transitive verb
1 a : to open or expand over a larger area <spread out the map>
b : to stretch out : extend <spread its wings for flight>
2 a : to distribute over an area <spread fertilizer>
b : to distribute over a period or among a group <spread the work over a few weeks>
c : to apply on a surface <spread butter on bread>
d (1) : to cover or overlay something with <spread the cloth on the table> (2) archaic : to cover completely
e (1) : to prepare or furnish for dining : set <spread the table>
(2) : serve <spread the afternoon tea>
3 a : to make widely known <spread the news>
b : to extend the range or incidence of <spread a disease>
c : diffuse, emit <flowers spreading their fragrance>
4 : to push apart by weight or force
intransitive verb
1 a : to become dispersed, distributed, or scattered
b : to become known or disseminated <panic spread rapidly>
2 : to grow in length or breadth : expand
3 : to move apart (as from pressure or weight) : separate
spread·abil·i·ty noun
spread·able adjective

More Vocabulary

Aim: v. to aspire, intend
Straphanger: n. a standing passenger in a subway, streetcar, bus, or train who clings for support to one of the short straps or similar devices placed along the aisle
Stunt: n. any remarkable feat performed chiefly to attract attention
Underwear (undies): n. clothing worn next to the skin under outer clothes

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Go on: to happen or take place

     Jack couldn’t figure out what was going on when he arrived to the office and it was closed. He had forgotten it was a holiday!

Meet up: to encounter

     Jack and Brian decided to meet up before the meeting to review their notes.

Strip down: get undressed

     Julie had to strip down in the bathroom to try on her new company uniform.


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