#130 – TO PIPE UP

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Hello, My name is Luke Thompson.You’re listening to ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’ and here is another phrasal verb for you. In the last episode we had ‘to pipe down’ but this one is ‘to pipe up’, OK? ‘To pipe up’. And, well, ‘to pipe down’ was to, you now, be quiet, stop talking:

– Could you pipe down please?

Well, ‘pipe up’ is the opposite basically, and it means to say something suddenly like after you’ve been quiet or after someone’s been quiet to suddenly say something. OK? So it’s to say something suddenly probably after a period of silence, alright, or maybe to join a conversation after you’ve been quiet, or to interrupt a conversation, or speak for the first time. So, period of being quiet and then you speak.

Alright? So, let me give you an example. So, again I’ve google-searched the expression ‘piped up’. I put it in the past tense ‘piped up’. Google News search and I found something on a website called ‘theage.com.au’ which is an Australian website, like a newspaper website, and the article is all about how to talk to kids about terrorist attacks. How do you talk to kids about terrorist attacks? And the author is just talking about an experience that she had talking to her children about the Paris attacks that happened recently. And so, I’m going to read a part of the article to you just very quickly and I’d like you to just try and identify where the expression ‘piped up’ is, OK? So, here we go.

‘My kids spent the rainy days that followed the horrific Paris Attacks with their grandparents playing Monopoly. So, it was with a lack of confidence that I introduced the subject later asking what they had heard and knew. – Not much – they responded, both walking into the kitchen and shrugging nonchalantly – Not much – A couple of minutes later my nine-year-old piped up – Well, I did read the newspaper and found out some stuff – Like what?! – With an alarming level of detail she quickly outlined the number of people who’d died and how, the carnage inside the Bataclan concert hall, the reaction of the rock band on stage and the bombs outside the stadium. She then asked if she could see footage of the shooting. I refused.’

So, did you notice it there?

‘A couple of minutes later my nine-year-old piped up – Well, I did read the newspaper and found out some stuff’

OK. That’s it. So, ‘to pipe up’ is to, sort of, say something suddenly, to speak up after you’ve been quiet for a little period. OK. That’s it. If you haven’t left a comment on these phrasal verb episodes then, you know, don’t be silent. I suggest you pipe up. Obviously you can’t actually pipe up in text form. You know, you can only pipe up with your voice. But anyway, don’t stay silent. Leave comments on these. It’s a good way of practising your phrasal verbs.

OK, that’s it for this one. There’ll be another one soon, but for now – goodbye.