FAST: The Word Of the Month September 2010

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.

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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 Examples:

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…

Fun Fasts:

  • 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!

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