Neil: "Negative! Well, both. I'm over the Moon because I'm on the Moon"
Joking aside, here are some issues to take into account to see what this conversation really means:
First, 'Roger' is often used in aviation instead of 'Received', but why?
Secondly, we've got "do you copy me?" meaning "Can you hear me?", but why? (the Phrase Finder)
Thirdly, what is the difference between the idiom "over the moon" and the expression "on the Moon". The first one is a synonym of 'elated' (extreme adjective of 'happy', which we saw in the previous post), according to the Cambridge Dictionary. The second one can have a literal meaning, that is to stay, 'to be standing right on the surface of the Moon', although at an informal level it can mean almost the same as the first one, according to the Urban Dictionary. Notice also that when we refer to the Moon as the astronomical body we tend to write with capital letter at the beginning.
We usually leave the LINGOHACK section to the end of the posts, but this time we will put it at the beginning so that you can become familiar with the vocabulary related to 'space travelling':
- Episode 190717 / 17 July 2019 >>> Moon Landing: Why was Neil Armstron first?: Language related to 'the right candidate'. Need-to-know language: qualified, a (man) of many talents, broad viewpoint, broad exposure & representative.
And now some related articles for you to read about the moon landing by The Eagle (Apollo 11) on 20th July, 1969:
Hear Buzz Aldrin tell the story of the first moon landing (Science Museum)
Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Special 🌝Behind the News (ABC News)
THINGS YOU WANNA KNOW | NAT GEO KIDS T1 • E3
Apollo 11 - The First Moon Walk | Things You Wanna Know
and here's another interesting video: Over (to) The Moon: Crash Course Kids #13.2
Let's go back to Earth and to English learning. Here are some activities for you to do:
News Review: Trump 'racist' tweets (BBC Learning English)
English with Lucy >>> DO NOT say "how are you?"! Ask the question PROPERLY!
'Actually', 'in fact' and 'well' - Learners' Questions