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934 Darren's Christmas
Darren's talks about his feelings for Christmas season.

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Christmas is becoming too commercialized.

When something is commercialized, it is used to earn money, much like a business.  Note the following:

  1. People complain the beach town has become too commercialized.
  2. Valentine's Day has become very commercialized.

the latest thing / the in-thing

You have to buy the latest toy, the in-toy.

We use the phrases 'the latest' or 'in-thing' to talk about something that is very popular now.  Note the following:

  1. Tight jeans are the in-fashion at the moment.
  2. Have you seen the latest gadget by Apple? It is the in-thing to have.

spot on

The cooking is usually absolutely spot on.

The phrase 'spot on' is similar in meaning to 'perfect' or 'excellent'.  Note the following:

  1. He is British, but his American accent is spot on.
  2. The acting in the movie was spot on.


After Christmas dinner, I feel very bloated.

We feel bloated after we eat or drink too much.  Note the following:

  1. I always feel bloated after eating a big steak.
  2. Even though the children were starving, they had bloated bellies.

flake out

After the meal, I flake out on to the settee.

Here, the phrase 'flake out' means to fall asleep when sometimes we don't plan to.  Note the following:

  1. Some students flake out during lecture.
  2. He often flakes out watching late night movies.