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Date: Apr 26 2013

Themes: Fashion

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs


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Do you know anyone with pierced ears? How about a pierced nose? Or a lip, or eyebrow, or maybe even a bellybutton? In the United States, ear piercing was popular for many years, and in the 1990s putting a hole in nearly any body part became much more popular. The trend has continued in some parts of the country, but in other parts, it’s already played out.

Some people find piercings fun or attractive, but some people think they look painful or even disgusting. If you have a piercing, it’s important to take care of it to make sure it doesn’t become infected, because an infected piercing is definitely painful and disgusting. Find out what Marni and Lily think about piercings in this fashion English lesson.

你知道有谁打耳洞了吗?又有谁穿过鼻环?或者在嘴唇、眉毛,甚至在肚脐上穿孔?在美国,打耳洞已经流行了很多年,而在 20 世纪九十年代,在几乎任何一个身体部位穿孔都变得很流行。这种潮流在美国的部分地区仍然盛行,然而在其他地区却早已过时。



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Lily:  These days there are a lot of people with piercings. It’s like a new thing.

Marni:  Well, it seems like piercings were really popular, I don’t know, 15 or so years ago, and then they’ve sort of ebbed and flowed. But it’s weird, cause it’s like, you do these things to stand out, but then there’s so many people that are doing it, is it really standing out or is it just… I don’t know.

Lily:  I’m too much of a baby. It seems too excruciating to get holes punched into your ears, and then you might get an infection, you know. I’m too much of a weenie for that.

Marni:  Body modification has been around for centuries, many cultures have done it and still do do it, but it’s an interesting trend to me that you see so many current young people committing to this pretty drastic piercing.

Lily:  It’s not just nose piercing anymore or anything. Like the little things on your upper lip, that kind of stuff.

Marni:  Yeah, I kind of always liked that. So some things don’t strike you as really, wow, that’s a huge commitment-

Lily:  Dramatic.

Marni:  Yeah, they’re not so dramatic. But there is definitely- I mean people get pierced everywhere these days.

Lily:  Everywhere.

Marni:  Seems painful.

Lily:  Mmm hmm.


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Lily notices that piercings have been popular in recent years. Marni thinks that they may not be that popular right now, but that their popularity ebbs and flows. She thinks the power of piercings to make someone stand out lessens when many people are doing it.

Marni and Lily know that piercing and other forms of body modification have a long history, but they both think that getting pierced would be painful. They also think it’s a very dramatic commitment to make. It doesn’t sound as if either of them will be following this trend anytime soon.

What do you think of piercings? Do you have any? Do you think that piercing or other forms of body modification is a form of rebellion?



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United States

i don’t know how they feel and they puting these piercings its realy weird 

10:31 PM Apr 26 2013 |

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back in 90s, piercing was sure popular. i still can remember i almost got myself an ear piercing when i was in middle school, it was so trendy. in moives the coolest guy was always the guy with piercings, if u wanted to be cool u better get yourself some piercings. 

09:52 PM Apr 26 2013 |



I got two ear piercings , one when I was a kid and the second one 5 months ago, I am thinking of having the third one :) . I remebmer it was a bit painful but tolerable and till now I have to clean it so it won’t be infected.

I like eyebrow piercing sooo much it really makes you look elegant and attractive but I don’t have the enough courage to do it even though recently young women started to do nose piercings and it became very familiar to see a lady with a ring in her nose or a raw of rings in her ear.

but for men , oh no its not acceptable at all. 

05:56 PM Apr 26 2013 |

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Actually yes i have the most popular piercing ear piercing and i don’t really remember if it was painful or not because i got it when i was a little baby, i think the eyebrow piercing is kind of cute but the other are so painful and annoying, for me i can’t take putting a hole in my lips or my nose but in general piercing makes you kind of special and different.

03:09 PM Apr 26 2013 |

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personaly i consider piercing a change in anture and the person who get pierced looks disgusting…it is very beautiful to keep on nature .you are beautiful as you were born.

02:58 PM Apr 26 2013 |

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There is a way of doing everything. But again it is everyone’s personal choice and also don’t forget this  is a cultural thing too. Just like it is not consider weird in my culture (South Asian). Just a normal thing. Almost every girl’s ears and nose is pireced at certain age.  Like I got mine at the age of 19. And it also look good on us. We know how to carry it.


02:18 PM Apr 26 2013 |




I’m just a normal student and I never want to stand out on the appearance.I think the process of being pierced must be painful,and it is easy to be infected.

Only girls get pierced on their ears in our country,and few people get pierced everywhere.We don’t have a tradition to get a hole on other body part except ears.

I don’t think it is cool or beautiful to get pierced everywhere.But you know,everybody has right to do that,and I respect that absolutely.

01:50 PM Apr 26 2013 |



what is ?

01:04 PM Apr 26 2013 |



United States

I dont have any but i think its a very attractrive thing.

12:21 PM Apr 26 2013 |




I respect those getting pierced or tattooed on different parts of their bodies. It is their personal desicion after all and we have to respect that, but my respect for their choice does not mean I would ever get pierced or tattooed.

And honestly speaking, maybe it will sound like a conservative or overprotective manner but I would not let my children have them, as I am concerned about the health problems such as HIV and cancer, piercings and tattoos may cause. It is better to stay healthy and have a smooth skin. :)

12:10 PM Apr 26 2013 |




Today is friday and i want to start the day with a little humor. The new settlers to America and Africa (conquistadores) not only brought with them deadly germs that  decimated the native population ,they also brought along  Christian missionaries  that were in shock at the sight  of  nude  people with pierced and tattooed  bodies. They started by teaching   them the bible, and as new  Christians  (not savages) they taught them  to put on   clothes and   condemned as evil  piercing and tattoos . What we are seeing in our modern societies ? nudity, piercing and tattooed bodies, it might be that after all the so-called ” savages “weren´t wrong , were they????   lol.. happy friday to all !!!

11:08 AM Apr 26 2013 |



Piercings are relatively normal here in Brazil. However, if you’re a job applicant, you’d better not to show your piercings. Sometimes the Human Resources employee faces a piercing as a frowned upon thing, as well as tattoos are so.

As per the previous dialog, body modification is something very serious. This kind of commitment is something to take in consideration, because if you have second thought concerning a tattoo or a piercing, you’ll have some issues to deal with…

I really respect this option, and sometimes I really appreciate this style! Piercings are like earrings… They could fit well some people!

11:05 AM Apr 26 2013 |




I dont like these body modifications but the young people do it to stand out.I think its normal if they like this method to differ from others.But my kids dont have piercings.its not usuall in our country.

11:02 AM Apr 26 2013 |




For me,i like ear rings,i’d never make something like piersing or tatoo on my face and body,but i never criticize the people who have tatoo or piersing.It is even looks attractive on some people.

09:28 AM Apr 26 2013 |

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Palestinian Territory, Occupied

When God Created us In a good Image we should protect and save this image from any damage , I don’t know How those people could live when they look at their selves .

don’t tell me this is a form of freedom , Never when we do some body modification for being more beautiful or more wiser .

where is the benift when we decided to change our appearance , No need .

for me I dislike piercings specially when the men wear more than the women .

we can consider  some traditions in some countries over the world , If piercings was a form from the culture , specially in India and Pakistan .

07:50 AM Apr 26 2013 |



Saudi Arabia

I think the body modification is culture of some people like usa or india but we respect them it’s personal opinion

07:03 AM Apr 26 2013 |


United States

mojtaba is right piercings only look good on ears (women’s of course) more than that can make you look like an aboriginal of some lost african tribe…or like a farm animal!

06:39 AM Apr 26 2013 |



 thanks God my mom didn’t let me to get any piercing when i was teenager,because i would be regret in this moment, i think tattoo and piercing or any other body modificaction look cool when your teenage or young,

05:47 AM Apr 26 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

in my opinion except pericing ears the pericing other part of body is ridiculous and makes inelegance in body

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