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dateline: 23 June 2015

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Disgruntled Ex Cuts Belongings in Half

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • disgruntled: bitter; unhappy about a situation
  • ex: a person who is no longer in a relationship
  • to take something literally: to think of something in the sense of the words themselves, rather than the intended idiomatic sense
  • possession: something that you own
  • witty: funny in a wise way
  • notable: worth noting; noticeable
  • wear (noun): a deteriorated condition caused by usage

Disgruntled Ex Cuts Belongings in Half

A disgruntled German man was recently ordered by the to give half of his belongings to his ex-girlfriend. The man took the order literally. A YouTube video shows him their joint possessions in half with his power tools. Some of the objects that he in half were a flat screen television, a mobile phone, a car, and a bed. The man is selling his half of the possessions on eBay. Each item comes with a witty description. For example, the motorcycle claims to offer good visibility on one side, while the car has some notable of wear.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why was the man disgruntled?
  2. How did the man react to the court order?
  3. What does the report say about the eBay ads?

Discussion Questions: How do you think the man’s ex reacted when she saw her possessions literally cut in half? Do you think he will be returning to court?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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