Check out today’s Teatime Titbit: Speak like a native: Hotly debatable – UP your English.
Meetings often involve discussions and possibly lead to heated debates on some matter of importance. Here are 1 + 7 UP your English terms to help you keep up with the natives and allow you to add your two cents (seinen Senf dazugeben) (BTY – that was no. 1).
- to ‘advocate sth’ means that you support sth e.g. “I don’t advocate the use of funds in such a way.”
- to ‘oppose sth’ means that you are against sb/sth e.g. “I bitterly oppose the use of money in that way”.
- to ‘contend / maintain sth’ both mean that you say sth is true, especially used in an argument e.g. “I would contend that your thinking is flawed on this point”.
- to ‘dismiss sth’ is to decide that sb/sth is not important and not worth thinking or talking about e.g. “The suggestion should not be dismissed out of hand” (= without thinking about it).
- to ‘digress’ or more colloquially ‘fly/go off at a tangent’ is when you start to talk about sth that is not connected with the main point of what you are saying e.g. “Stick to the point, please, you’re digressing/going off at a tangent again”
- to play devil’s advocate’ is when a person expresses an opinion that they do not really hold in order to encourage a discussion about a subject e.g. “Cut the BS, Dave, you’re just playing devil’s advocate to test the waters. (das Terrain sonderien)”