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true to form

true to form

Date: Jun 14 2012

Themes: Pop Culture


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

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“We spent more time making fart jokes and ordering food, which was true to form.”

- Beastie Boy Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz on his last days with bandmate Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, who recently died. (Music Mix)

- 近日,野兽男孩乐队 (Beastie Boy) 成员亚当·约克 (Adam ‘MCA’Yauch) 刚刚过世,亚当·赫洛维茨 (Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz) 陪他走过了生命的最后几日。


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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like you would expect; authentic

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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New experiences change us in small or big ways. Still, there is always some part of us that remains true to form. In some ways, we stay the same no matter what.

Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch was a rapper for the Beastie Boys, an energetic, passionate, and fun hip-hip group. He recently died of cancer. But his former bandmate, Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz, says cancer didn’t change who he was. He stayed true to form, despite the difficulties he faced.

True to form can be positive or negative. If you act true to form by making the same mistake or displaying the same bad behavior as you always do, that’s negative. For example, when a known cheater lies, betraying his girlfriend, you might say, “I’m not surprised. He was acting true to form.” Or if someone is never on time, you might say, “True to form, she was 15 minutes late to class.”

But Ad-Rock uses the expression true to form in a positive way when talking about his friend. He is proud that MCA didn’t change, even when he was very sick. He continued to be himself, laugh, and have fun. He remained true to form in a good way.

Have you ever faced something challenging? Did you stay true to form?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“The movie is just like the book, totally true to form.”

True to form, the politician lied to the people.”

True to form, she did a great job on the assignment.”


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

Quynh Mai Genuine, natural.
by Quynh Mai
To be exactly as expected.
by candycandice
cubi1604 True to oneself. True to someone's personality
by cubi1604
goodmahsa which was true to form = as can be expected
by goodmahsa
 julito as was expected from them
by julito

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I have remained true to form in challenging situations in my life.

02:53 AM Jun 16 2012 |



Try to be not true to form, you won´t be able to stick it out for long.


10:00 AM Jun 15 2012 |




I had alot of challenges,but I faced them alhumdullah.I always feel that Allah helps me,so im always happy & true to form.I learnt alot of my life, & I feel satisfying.Allah is existent,so dont be worry.Laughing


04:48 PM Jun 14 2012 |




I like this slang which you can use for both positive and negative situations. Can anyone tel me that, is it correct to use this slang in written English..?   

03:16 PM Jun 14 2012 |




RIP “MCA” Yauch

02:58 PM Jun 14 2012 |




true to form, I love the slang.  lead a positive life true to form

02:45 PM Jun 14 2012 |




02:34 PM Jun 14 2012 |




 I’m True to form in any shape or form Smile

Have I ever faced something challenging, and how have I taken it?—I have, and true to form, I’ve kept my composure.  If anything spins out of my control, and there isn’t a thing I can do to remedy it, I draw back from it, for my own sake, period.

This is quite a double-edged expression and it suits me in every sense. My friends and my colleagues for instance have me all figured out, they know how I’m going to react to almost any given situation and they know how expendable I could be. Sometimes it bugs me that they know me so well :). One of my childhood friends whom I haven’t heard from for almost a year, he’s an oddball just like me ;) two weeks ago he finally called and tried to swing some money from me because he was in a tight spot.  I asked him flatly why I should give money to someone, a so-called friend who didn’t bother calling me for so long. His response was even more direct than mine, he said “you’re the only person I know who could get me out of this, don’t be such a girl, I will  give it back” and just like he had expected, I asked “How much do you need stranger, hurry before I change my mind” :). Well, it turned out he was neck deep in the mire ;) and I really helped his case that night. I gave him the money because that’s very typical of him not calling people and  he always keeps his words; he eventually reimbursed me as promised, in fact he gave me back more than I had given to him ;).

 However there are other situations when I stay true to form in a less pleasing way : ). For instance some people think it’s rude when I tell them that I can’t change overnight and they’d have to tolerate some of my habits for a while, before I even consider changing them. It’s not that I’m inconsiderate, but I feel I had to be blunt at all cost. I feel at peace with myself when I stay true to form, this firmness of personality is what defines me, why veil it? And I expect anyone I intend to befriend or maintain a relationship with, to be somewhat the same, I ask them “what’s wrong with you , tell me something about yourself I wouldn’t like and I have to deal with ;)”

Despite the negative aspect this expression may imply, I think people who stay true to form not matter what, are easier to deal with, it’s as if you can see through them, nothing is hidden.

I just love the wording of this expression “true to form” particularly the “true” part of it, think about an expression like “untrue to form”… yike  Cool




wonderful topic, in real life a lot stays a dream, cause it is only a dream, like psychology

12:59 PM Jun 14 2012 |




years ago, in the course of a conversation a friend of mine  gave me this advice: listen ,we have to make fun of this life,  years later i went to the hospital  to visit my terminally ill friend   , and    he was cracking jokes with the nurses..  Remembering his advice I thought , He is true to form.


10:48 AM Jun 14 2012 |



Saudi Arabia

true to form, arabic governments  turn a blind eye to  Bashar al-assad’s butcheries…..

10:22 AM Jun 14 2012 |




Adam “MCA” Yauch all my sympathy to you when you were alive and face-to face with cancer. All my condolence to your relatives at the moment.  

You went through the most difficult times and stayed true form despite the terrible illness.  

My endless admiration to the people like you are. Such “challenge” as cancer is almost impossible to overcome mentally.

Believe me I know what I’m talking about. This problem is familiar to me. 

“Did you stay true to form?” – I’m not interesting sort of person, because I’m predictable. I remain true to form so far. Wink

07:53 AM Jun 14 2012 |



Sometimes, we can really lose the control for any situation and not staying true to form.


04:29 AM Jun 14 2012 |




No :) I’m whimpy :) if anything goes out of control.

02:45 AM Jun 14 2012 |

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