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    vocabulary buzz


    I' m a French native speaker teaching English. Lately people have been using that expression" ils font le buzz" suggesting that everybody is talking about an event or a person. My question is how to say that in correct English?


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    Re: vocabulary buzz

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    Hi lily7.

    There are various ways "buzz" is used, but a common form is "There's a buzz around (or about) the person/event"

    Those online previews have created a real buzz around Joe Smith's new movie.
    I've been hearing a lot of buzz about this new fullback for the Tigers.
    There's too much media buzz about his private life for his own good.
    Let's get those concert posters out there and generate some buzz.
    Does online buzz always translate into sales?
    What's the buzz on her latest exhibition?
    There's plenty of buzz in town about that new restaurant.

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    Re: vocabulary buzz

    Bonjour, lily, and welcome to the forum.

    I don't think we're looking for 'correct' English, but rather 'colloquial' English. Perhaps 'ils font le buzz' can be rendered as 'it's a hot topic', 'her name's on everybody's lips', 'he's never off the TV'.

    I'm sure other suggestions will follow later when our American friends wake up.


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    Re: vocabulary buzz

    In Spain at least, people are starting to use the Twitter term "trending topic" with that meaning. Not that I really like the usage, and it's still not that very widespread, but it's still there.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: vocabulary buzz

    In addition to JMurray's great examples, I also hear "the latest buzz about..." and "a buzz surrounding sb/st." My best guess is that because buzz is the sound a bee makes, many voices talking around you might sound like a buzz.

    On a related note, a buzzword is a word that is somewhat new and becoming frequently used, as in "trending." When I hear people on TV talk about what's "trending now," I don't know whether they're referencing something discussed on Twitter or whether "trending" has become a new buzzword being applied to topics not related to Twitter.

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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