Lesson 89 A slip of the tongue口误
First listen and then answer the question.
Who made the only funny joke that evening and why?
People will do anything to see a free show -- even if it is a bad one. When the news got round that a comedy show would be presented at our local cinema by the P. and U. Bird Seed Company, we all rushed to see it. We had to queue for hours to get in and there must have been several hundred people present just before the show began. Unfortunately, the show was one of the dullest we have ever seen. Those who failed to get in need not have felt disappointed, as many of the artistes who should have appeared did not come. The only funny things we heard that evening came from the advertiser at the beginning of the programme. He was obviously very nervous and for some minutes stood awkwardly before the microphone. As soon as he opened his mouth, everyone burst out laughing. We all know what the poor man should have said, but what he actually said was: 'This is the Poo and Ee Seed Bird Company. Good ladies, evening and gentlemen!"
人们总要想尽办法看不花钱的演出——哪怕是拙劣的演出。当“皮尤”鸟食公司将在我们当地影院演出喜剧节目的消息传开后，我们都赶紧跑去观看。我们不 得不排了好几个小时才进得场去。在演出开始前场内肯定已有好几百人了。不幸的是，这次演出是我们看过的最乏味的演出了。那些没能进到场内的人没有必要感到 失望，因为很多应该出场的专业演员都没有来。那天晚上唯一有趣的事情是节目开始时那个报幕员的开场白。他显然非常紧张，局促不安地在麦克风前站了好几分 钟。但他刚一开口说话，人们便哄堂大笑起来。我们都明白那个可怜的人应该说些什么，而他实际说的却是：“这是‘浦伊’鸟食公司，好女士们，晚上和先生们！”
New words and expressions 生词和短语
v. 演出；adj. 出席，到场的
Lesson 89 自学导读First things first
课文详注 Further notes on the text
1．A slip of the tongue，（标题）说走了嘴，失言。
You've made some slips (of the pen) in your report.
When he was nervous, he would sometimes make a slip of tongue.
Are you sure that it was just a slip of tongue?
2．People will do anything to see a free show…人们总要想尽办法去看不花钱的演出……
anything用于肯定句时表示“不论什么”、“任何事情”，to see a free show表示目的，也可以用for+名词形式：
He will do anything to save his child's life.
He will do anything for the child.
3．When the news got round that a comedy show would be presented at our local cinema by the P. and U. Bird Seed Company…当“皮尤”鸟食公司将在我们当地影院演出喜剧节目的消息传开后……
（1）when引导的这个时间状语从句中含有一个同位语从句，即the news that…。由于that引导的同位语从句较长，便与它所修饰的news隔开了，放在谓语动词之后，以免句子头重脚轻。同位语从句中用了被动语态的过去将来时形式。
（2）get round在这里表示消息、谣言等“传开”（也可以用get around/about）：
The word soon got round that there was buried treasure in that cave.
Bad news gets round quickly.
4．…there must have been several hundred people present just before the show began．……在演出开始前场内肯定已有好几百人了。
Those who failed to get in need not have felt disappointed, as many of the artistes who should have appeared did not come.
must+have+过去分词表示对过去发生的事进行推测（其否定式为can't+have+过去分词，cf．第17课语法）；need+have+ 过去分词表示过去不必做但实际已做了的事（cf．第41课语法）；should/ought to+have+过去分词表示本来应该做而实际未做的事（cf．第65课语法）：
He had found five empty whisky bottles which the ghost must have drunk the night before.
The examiner must have been pleased with my performance.
You needn't have said that.
You needn't have told him about my plans.
He should have gone along a side street.
5．As soon as he opened his mouth, everyone burst out laughing.
At the sight of the drunk, everyone burst out laughing/in laughter.
When she heard that her father had died in the accident, she burst out crying.
6．We all know what the poor man should have said, but what he actually said was…
I should have left home before 9 o'clock, but actually I didn't.
You should have written the word‘too’, but what you actually wrote was‘to’.
词汇学习 Word study
The girl‘gave’her mother a free dress once a week!
She has got some free tickets to the comedy show.
You are free to make your own decision.
I'm free on Friday evening.
I enjoy being single.
Are you married or single?
There are more and more single women in modern cities.
a single parent单亲（独自一人养育儿女的父亲或母亲）
We had to queue for hours to get in.
She has to queue for the bus every morning.
There's a long queue/line of people waiting for the bus.
We'd better join the queue for tickets.
You can see me in this old photo, standing in the back row.
Please put the desks in four rows.
I don't find Jim's jokes very funny.
He included a large number of funny stories in his speech.
I thought there was something funny about the parcel, so I phoned the police.
This morning I saw her wearing a funny hat which looked like a lightouse.
Lesson 89 课后练习和答案Exercises and Answer