There are two different meanings for the word 'smoothie'. Find out more in this week's The English We Speak.
The script for this programme
Neil: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I'm Neil.
Li: And I'm Li. Neil what are you drinking? Whatever it is, it sounds very refreshing.
Neil: Ah yes it is, Li. It's so fruity and refreshing.
Li: What kind of juice is it?
Neil: Oh it's not juice, it's a smoothie.
Li: A smoothie?
Neil: Yeah, a smoothie. The fruit is blended rather than squeezed.
Li: Oh I see. A smoothie is a fruit drink made from blended fruit rather than squeezed fruit.
Neil: And it sometimes has ice, ice cream or yoghurt in it too. Try it Li.
Li: Oh thank you. Oh it's delicious.
Neil: How would you describe the texture?
Li: Well, it's very thick and… smooth.
Neil: Exactly. And that's where the name comes from.
Li: It's called a smoothie because its texture is smooth.
A: Right, who wants a drink? I fancy a cup of coffee.
B: Yeah but it's way too hot for coffee. Can I have one of those smoothies?
A: Oh that's an idea. I think I'll have one too, if I have enough money.
Neil: Well, it's all gone now.
Li: Oh that's a shame.
Neil: Yes… No more smoothie... Shame…
Li: Oh well.
Neil: (Pause) Li, have you had your hair done? It really suits you.
Li: Oh thanks, Neil.
Neil: No, really. It suits your face. Actually, you're looking great at the moment. I like that outfit.
Li: Oh Neil…
Neil: I'd really love another smoothie, but I've just run out of money.
Li: Don't worry, I'll get you one.
Neil: Oh thanks! I can be such a smoothie sometimes…
Li: Yes you can… Smoothie is not just a word for a drink.
Neil: That's right. It's also an adjective describing a man who can persuade people to do things for him by being charming.
Li: I wondered why he was paying me so many compliments.
Neil: A smoothie for the smoothie, please Li.
Li: OK, OK…