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news to me

news to me

Date: Aug 28 2008

Themes: News, Pop Culture


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

“Cindy, have you ever voted for an American Idol? She says she has. That’s news to me.”

- Senator John McCain on watching TV with his wife. (ew.com)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

I didn’t know that

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Recently Entertainment Weekly interviewed both American presidential candidates about our favorite subject here at English, baby!...popular culture!

They asked the candidates if they’ve ever voted in an American Idol competition. They both said no, but McCain discovered that his wife had voted. Since he didn’t know that, it’s news to him.

If you learn about something that happened a while ago that isn’t new or exciting to everyone but is to you, it’s news to you. You can also use this phrase as a joke if someone says something that you are certain is untrue. If someone walked up to McCain and said, “I heard you’re not running for President anymore.” He could say, “Well, that’s news to me since I have campaign stops planned non-stop for the next two months.”

Come back next week for a slang lesson by Barack Obama and see what’s new on our US election page!


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“No I hadn’t heard you’re moving to Japan! That’s news to me.”

“I’m dating Caroline now? Well, considering I haven’t seen her in months, that’s news to me.”


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

nickpan abnormal information to somebody who doesn't believe.
by nickpan
highlook surprise, something that is shocking to know about, or surprisingly.
by highlook
renemex this is totally unknown to me, and very unexpected too (maybe in a weird way)
by renemex
merllan to be a piece of information that surprises someone
by merllan
Pavlionka surprise, new unexpected information
by Pavlionka
jonwangh something occurs as a surprise to someone, which is never heard about or imanged before
by jonwangh
Pasta it means he didn't know it before and couldn't imagine that.
by Pasta
Luichi unexpected information about sth
by Luichi
nooonaaa it's something he wasn't know about it. and it's like news to him.
by nooonaaa
leely something make sb surprise to know
by leely
dofkele15 that was something new for him about his wife, that he doidn't know about her...
by dofkele15
birsencan unknown for me,something new for me..
by birsencan
majid_jjs something that you did not know. You say the jury found him guilty? That's news to me. The boss said it was news to him that some of the employees had shredded documents. Usage notes: usually said about something that surprises you
by majid_jjs
my_high_IQ ''That's news to me'' means that it is something that he didn't expect to hear at all
by my_high_IQ
leely a surprise thing to know.
by leely

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this slang is also news to me

01:59 AM Aug 30 2008 |



useful information, thanks

08:05 PM Aug 29 2008 |




It’s kind of news to me to use the phrase

08:10 AM Aug 29 2008 |




American Idol isn’t news to me~I like it very much!

11:51 PM Aug 28 2008 |




12:09 PM Aug 28 2008 |





11:05 AM Aug 28 2008 |




It’s a news to me.

06:41 AM Aug 28 2008 |

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