Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. Key Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 1,680
    #1

    He's stealing the star's hype

    Hi.

    A is a TV star who recently has become famous and is very well-known in China. A starred in a recent TV series and spoke a few sentences of English but he made some mistakes. For example, he said "on the mood" not "in the mood". Today, when I was watching short videos online, a Chinese English teacher use his mistakes to teach English. I think the teacher chose to use A's mistakes because A (The TV star) is now popular and people who are watching short videos will pay attention to him. Since the teacher is an ordinary person like me who can upload videos as I want, I wonder if it's natural to say "He's (the teacher) is stealing A's (the star's) hype".

    (The teacher is trying to use what most people are interested in now to gain attention to his own videos by using the star's mistakes he made in the movie.)

  2. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 66,538
    #2

    Re: He's stealing the star's hype

    I would say that he is using the star's fame or popularity, possibly piggybacking. I don't think stealing his hype works.

  3. Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 28,374
    #3

    Re: He's stealing the star's hype

    I've never heard 'stealing someone's hype'.

    Consider He's hanging onto the star's coattails. [link]

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •