The English We Speak
Episode 160823 / 23 Aug 2016
When Feifei arrives at the studio, she realises that Sian is not in a very good mood! What is wrong with her? Maybe she just needs something to eat - quickly! There is a word to describe this combination of anger and hunger. Find out what it is in the programme.
Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Feifei and joining me is Sian.
Are you OK Sian?
Yes, of course I am! Can we just get on with the programme?!
Um Sian, have you had your breakfast today?
No I haven't. I overslept and then the bus was late and, uh, it's just not been a good day so far!
Hmmm, maybe we should do the programme once you've eaten something. Here have this chocolate bar.
Oh I'm sorry, I know I'm a bit hangry this morning. I do tend to get moody when I don't eat. My husband's always complaining about it!
Hangry? Don't you mean 'angry'?
No, 'hangry'. 'Hangry' describes someone who is angry – or irritable – as a result of being hungry. Like me today – I'm feeling a bit annoyed because I haven't eaten breakfast!
You certainly are! So 'hangry' is a combination of 'angry' and 'hungry'?
Yes, that's right. Let's hear a few examples.
A: This food is taking forever to arrive. I'm not coming to this restaurant again.
B: Oh dear, someone's getting hangry! Let's get you some food quickly!
My boyfriend is a nightmare whenever he misses a meal; he gets so hangry!
People tend to get a bit hangry when their blood sugar level drops.
Interesting. You wouldn't catch me getting 'hangry' though, I'm always very chilled.
Is that right Feifei? You know, I'm feeling much happier after eating that chocolate bar. Shall we do the programme again? I feel ready now.
No! come on that will do. I'm starving!
Oh dear, it seems like you're a bit hangry too Feifei! Let's get you to the cafe now.
Good idea! Let's go.
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