1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.
“The myth arrives before them. The word comes around the bend months before they arrive.”
- Actor Johnny Depp on the similarity between pirates and rock stars. (Rolling Stone)
1. Definition - Study the definition.
emerge, become visible; pass the next turn
2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.
Johnny Depp stars in Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards (who looks a lot a pirate already). Rolling Stone Magazine (which isn’t related to Richards’ band) interviewed the two stars together and asked them what they think the biggest similarity between famous rock musicians and pirates is. Depp said that people used to hear that pirates were on their way before the actual pirates arrived. The same is true for rock stars who you see on TV and websites long before they visit your city.
Depp says that news of pirates and rock stars comes around the bend before they actually show up. A “bend” is a turn so this phrase is often used when traveling on roads. When you’re close to something but it isn’t quite in sight because the road curves, you can say that it’s coming up around the bend. But Depp uses the phrase to describe news appearing instead of a landmark on a road.
1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.
“Now that Britney Spears is washed up, it will be interesting to see who the next pop superstar to come around the bend is.”
“I think the town we’re looking for is coming up around the bend.”