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    roasts

    Dear Teachers,

    What does "perform roasts" mean in the following excerpt from a website?
    I guess it's a kind of play on words.

    Sunday morning consists of presentations on Athlete High Performance and the international judging system. The athletes then will get to show their lighter side as they perform "roasts" of coaches and officials.


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    Re: roasts

    Quote Originally Posted by hellokitty View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    What does "perform roasts" mean in the following excerpt from a website?
    I guess it's a kind of play on words.

    Sunday morning consists of presentations on Athlete High Performance and the international judging system. The athletes then will get to show their lighter side as they perform "roasts" of coaches and officials.


    Kitty

    A roast, in North American English, is an event in which an individual is subject to publicly bearing comedic insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, racial stereotypes and heartwarming tributes. The implication being that the roastee is able to take the jokes in good faith and as not being serious criticism or insult, and therefore showing their good nature. It is seen as a great honor to be roasted, as the individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a roast. The host of the event is called the roastmaster

    Roast (comedy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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    Re: roasts

    Quote Originally Posted by hellokitty View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    What does "perform roasts" mean in the following excerpt from a website?
    I guess it's a kind of play on words.

    Sunday morning consists of presentations on Athlete High Performance and the international judging system. The athletes then will get to show their lighter side as they perform "roasts" of coaches and officials.


    Kitty
    In "perform roasts", 'roasts' is a noun but 'roast(s)' can also be a verb. A roast is a social function, usually including a meal, in which there is usually one guest of honor, who usually is a famous person.
    The guest of honor is roasted by several people who know him/her, which means (s)he is made fun of in a good-natured manner. The roasters will make jokes about the guest of honor and may tell embarrassing and/or funny stories about them.

    In your sentence, the athletes will roast the coaches and officials, so not only one person will be roasted.

    roast verb, can also mean to severely criticize of ridicule someone or something, but in your sentence it has the lighthearted good-natured meaning.

    I see that riverkid has just posted, but I will still post my answer too. :)

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    Re: roasts

    Thank you, riverkid and 2006!

    So, "The athletes then will get to show their lighter side as they perform "roasts" of coaches and officials." probably means the athletes will have dinner (or lunch) with coaches and officials, and talk with them (The athletes may tease the coasches and officials.), doesn't it?


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    Re: roasts

    Quote Originally Posted by hellokitty View Post
    Thank you, riverkid and 2006!

    So, "The athletes then will get to show their lighter side as they perform "roasts" of coaches and officials." probably means the athletes will have dinner (or lunch) with coaches and officials, and talk with them (The athletes may tease the coasches and officials.), doesn't it?


    Kitty
    No, it's more structured than that. Usually they all will have a meal first, and then one athlete at a time will speak. The athletes will each have a chance to roast the coaches and officials.

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    Re: roasts

    No, not "maybe" tease them. They will certainly tease them, make fun of things that happened over the past year, perhaps, but definitely make fun of them in a good-hearted way.

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