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a hoot

a hoot

Date: May 22 2008

Themes: Pop Culture

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“When we heard posters were being defaced to promote political or social ideas, we just got such a hoot out of that.”

- Actor Robert Downy Jr. on the widespread success of his new movie, Iron Man. (Entertainment Weekly)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

fun, a good time, amusement; to care

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

If you were having a really good time, you might make a noise out of excitement. That noise might sound like hoot! Or, if you’re having a good time, you might stay out late, late enough for owls to come out. In English, owls make the noise hoot.

So if something was a lot of fun, you could say it was a hoot. A person can be a hoot too: “Oh my brother? He’s a hoot! He’s always up to something funny.”

Robert Downy Jr. found out that posters for his new movie, Iron Man, were being vandalized for different causes. Since a movie has to be pretty famous for people to do that sort of thing, Downy was amused. He got a hoot out of the damaged posters.

Hoot has been a slang word for a long time, so long that it’s often used sarcastically. If someone says something was a hoot, but he doesn’t sound like he means it, it’s safe to assume to that he actually means the exact opposite. Whatever he’s talking about wasn’t fun at all.
A hoot also means, “to care,” and it’s usually used in the negative and when you’re trying to be mean. If you’re tired and trying to leave work, your boss might say, “I don’t give a hoot how long you’ve been here! You’re not leaving till your work is done!”

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“The party was a hoot! Everyone was there. “

“Look, I don’t give a hoot about your problems. Stop complaining! “

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

--dead-- to laugh at it
by --dead--
I suppose it means ' getting the kicks out of it'. Raghusolanki
by raghusolanki
amusing
by kaushalyats
no to mind a things or not take it seriously
by Abdoulaye alseny
fun,amusement; to care
by 永恒破灭者
Pavlionka to get a hoot out of it = to laugh at it
by Pavlionka

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02:16 PM Jan 31 2014 |

snakehunter

Turkey

good

03:47 AM May 28 2008 |

ananbaby

China

英文:我了一句话也不会说.

09:09 PM May 25 2008 |

epicatin

epicatin

Nicaragua

Hook means for me when happend something bad but you take it easy and don’y get worry about that, so this was a hoot for you.

03:27 PM May 25 2008 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

slangs are always welcome!!

12:15 PM May 25 2008 |

drAKA Marta Hood

Poland

who is a HOOT? ;)

04:47 AM May 25 2008 |

izam8480

izam8480

Malaysia

what such a hoot stuff, I can’t really understands it?

02:58 AM May 25 2008 |

Mariangela Giuliane

Brazil

THIS LESSON WAS A HOOT!!!
HIHIHIHIHI

02:32 PM May 23 2008 |

Mr.Blue

Mr.Blue

United Arab Emirates

thank body good lesson

11:47 AM May 23 2008 |

%hind%

%hind%

Saudi Arabia

Thanks sooooooo much!!I have learned new word,I love lessons like this..:)

02:51 PM May 22 2008 |

Lover for Ever

Saudi Arabia

great!

07:38 AM May 22 2008 |

Neo007

Neo007

Bangladesh

I don’t have a hoot about this article. Why English speaker always try to make their speech too hard? Damn it!!!

04:37 AM May 22 2008 |

teddy008

teddy008

China

Good

08:40 PM May 21 2008 |

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