Viral 像病毒一樣迅速蔓延

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Image caption Will Fluffy become an internet star?

Li: Ahhh… So cute! Sweet and cute!

Rob: Cat videos on the computer, Li?

Li: Yes, yes Rob. They are adorable!

Rob: What makes people so obsessed about these cat videos? Let me watch this one with you.

(A cat meowing)

Rob: Oh, I've seen this one! It's everywhere! Look how many people clicked on this site to see it. About 100,000 by now!

Li: Yes, everybody loves Fluffy!

Rob: Fluffy. Yes. This cat is fluffy and... crazy!

(A cat growling)

Rob: Oh! It's gone viral!

Li: What do you mean? Fluffy is MY cat and she's very well-behaved and healthy. No virus in my cat! 你是什麼意思嗎?Fluffy 可是我的貓,它既有禮貌,也身體健康!絕對沒有病的。

Rob: In English, the expression 'to go viral' is used for a picture or a video which has become extremely popular by being circulated quickly and broadly on the internet.

Li: Oh, viral... you mean it spreads quickly like a virus. 啊,原來你是用 viral 來比喻什東西傳得很快就像病毒一樣迅速蔓延,對吧?想起來了,我好像聽說過 go viral...

Rob: Yes. It can be used with a verb, 'to go viral', or just as an adjective before a noun. You can say 'viral video'. 'Viral' is today's expression in Authentic Real English. Let's hear some examples of how it's used.

  • A video of First Lady Michelle Obama dancing with a turnip has gone viral on the internet. Hundreds of thousands of people have watched her video in support of healthy eating.
  • Viral videos are big business nowadays and even marketing companies are posting amateur-looking videos in the hope of cashing in on the trend.

Li: Rob, 雖然你把病毒蔓延的比喻解釋清楚了,可是,你憑什麼說它是瘋貓? What about the 'crazy cat' part?

Rob: I'm really sorry Li. The good part is that it's gone viral, so everybody finds your cat interesting. But the bad part is…

Li: Is...?

Rob: Is that you've got a very angry cat! Very fluffy and very angry! I know you love your pet but you've got to admit it is funny. Let's watch it again.

(A cat growling)

Li: Well, Fluffy is a bit grumpy sometimes... it is a bit funny!

Rob: Fluffy is a star!

Li: Yes. Thank you, Rob.

Rob: You're welcome.

Both: Bye!

(A cat growling)