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629 The Olympics
Simon and Todd discuss their views about the winter olympics.

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Do you think the Olympics has become too commercialized?

A holiday or event becomes too 'commercialized' when it becomes all about advertising and making money. Notice the following:

  1. New Year's celebrations are so commercialized now.
  2. When I first started shopping here, nobody knew about it. Now it's very commercialized.

big money

With too much media attention and too many sponsors, Olympics has become big money.

'Big money' refers to a lot of money or something that can make you a lot of money. Notice the following:

  1. It's sad that their company is motivated by big money now.
  2. Valentine's Day is no longer a holiday of love. It's about big money.

sit on the fence

I would hate to sit on the fence on this one because I'm sitting on the fence but I do think so.

If you 'sit on the fence' about an issue, you don't know how you feel about it. You could agree with both sides. Notice the following:

  1. He always tries to sit on the fence until he hears other opinions.
  2. This is not a situation where you can just sit on the fence. We need you to make a decision.


Although there is corruption and all that in the Olympics, it's something we always enjoy watching.

'Corruption' refers to the dishonesty that exists in the ways people win Olympic competitions. It means that methods for winning are either illegal or don't follow the rules. Notice the following:

  1. There is so much corruption in politics now that it's hard to know who to believe.
  2. There were many claims of corruption and cheating when people heard the results of the race.


If I could change the Olympics, I'd probably give it a more organic feel.

Here, 'organic' refers to something that is more natural. Simon would prefer that people win based on ability rather than the money that his country can contribute to trainers and facilities. Notice the following:

  1. Children's activities are no longer organic. All they do is play with electrical toys.
  2. The first year they had this concert it was amazing, but now it has really lost its organic feel.