Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.
Fast (adjective & adverb): quick, rapid or speedy.
Fast (noun): a voluntary abstinence from food or drink and other ‘vices’.
The word ‘breakfast’ literally refers to ‘breaking’ or ending the night-long ‘fast’. Coffee and croissants, anyone?
Fast food : cheap, unhealthy food like burgers and pizzas. Not an issue on Ramadan and Yom Kippur, but you can get fast food while driving a fast car…
Fast cars Cars that travel at high speeds, often Italian and German. Impressive on dates, especially if you want to pick up a fast man or woman…
Fast men / women: Promiscuous people, that move quickly sexually. Not an issue on Ramadan and Yom Kippur, but often fast people lead a fast lifestyle…
- Ramadan: a month-long Muslim fast from sunrise to sunset every day (in 2010: Aug 11-Sept 10).
- Yom Kippur: a 25-hour Jewish fast from sunset to nightfall the following day (in 2010: Sept 17–18).
- Lent: a 40-day partial fast in Christian faiths leading up to Easter.
Fast lifestyle: a wild, ‘immoral’ way of living, often involving sex, drugs & rock ’n’ roll.
Fast forward: a magical button on the remote control that advances the images on a video. Helpful if you have a date with a fast man or woman.
Fast asleep: In a deep, profound sleep. Perfect for Ramadan and Yom Kippur. Sweet dreams!