McDonald’s customers blast ‘flimsy’ paper straws that ‘dissolve’ in drinks as 30,000 sign a petition to bring back plastic
・McDonald’s has divided fans with the debut of their new eco-friendly straws
・Many have praised the fast-food chain for serving drinks with paper straws
・Over 30,000 UK customers have signed a petition for the return of plastic straws
To blast (verb)
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” To criticize someone very strongly “という風に記載されていますね。
The administration was blasted for failing to create jobs.
In today’s Times, the proposal is blasted as ‘pathetic and inadequate’.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” very thin, or easily broken or destroyed: “という風に記載されていますね。
You won’t be warm enough in that flimsy dress.
We spent the night in a flimsy wooden hut.
a flimsy cardboard box
To dissolve (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” if a solid substance dissolves in a liquid, it is mixed into the liquid so that it becomes included in it “という風に記載されていますね。
salt dissolves in water
Dissolve two spoons of powder in warm water.
Drop two tablets into a glass of water and leave them to dissolve.
We have to keep stirring until all the cubes of jelly have dissolved.
McDonald’s has divided British customers after swapping plastic straws for paper in a number of branches.
The fast-food chain is gradually making the switch from plastic to paper across their 1,361 restaurants in the UK and Ireland after facing pressure from environmentalists to become more eco-friendly.
However, the new straws have left customers disappointed, with many taking to Twitter to express their frustration at the quality, saying they ‘dissolve’ in drinks.
To swap for (verb)
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” to replace one thing with another “という風に記載されていますね。
We swapped the worn-out tyre for a brand new one.
I’ll swap you my chocolate bar for your peanuts.
make the switch (from something) to something: (noun)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” a change from one thing to another “という風に記載されていますね。
Last year he made the switch to boxing from kickboxing.
When did the writer make the switch from fiction to non-fiction?
Customer Martin Reed even created a petition demanding for McDonald’s to bring back plastic straws which has received over 30,000 signatures.
A stream of social media users have blasted McDonald’s paper straws claiming that they dissolve before a drink can be finished.
Calling for the return of plastic straws, some customers have even suggested boycotting the fast-food provider until their demands are met.
Writing on Twitter one person said: ‘I agree with the plastic straws being scrapped, yet also agree with comments on the paper straws being useless for milkshakes, which is the only drink I get from McDonald’s. The paper straws collapse before your halfway through the drink’
Another wrote: ‘All for McDonald’s paper straws but they could make them a bit stronger yano, act like a *** bath bomb in my coke’
yano ＝ you know
fkn = fucking
A third added: ‘PurpleDon2973 this is what I was telling you about the other day! I couldn’t drink my shake at all, the straw dissolved before the shake was melted enough to suck! @McDonaldsUK’
To scrap (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to decide not to continue with something such as a plan or an event “という風に記載されていますね。インフォーマルな表現です。
There were political problems and the idea was eventually scrapped.
The trip was scrapped because of a lack of support.
We scrapped our plans for a trip to France.
Over 60% of all Georgians want to keep the present flag and only 29% want to scrap it.
the other day (phrase)
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” recently “という風に記載されていますね。インフォーマルな表現です。
I saw Andy the other day.
I saw him the other day.
She called the other night.
Following the news of the petition, many people have taken to the online platform to slam those who are campaigning for the return of plastic.
A user speaking under the handle ‘Gigglechops74’ declared that those asking for the return of plastic show a lack of care about the environment.
She wrote: ‘People are being blown up stabbed + murdered but McDonald’s fans have more important problems… hating paper straws + wanting plastic ones back which damage environment + kill nature… but as long as your pathetic issues are addressed huh? This world is doomed!’
Another said: ‘Absolutely loving how much everyone is starting to care about the environment, but then there’s those ***** that are signing petitions for McDonald’s to bring back plastic straws, just drink from the cup if you don’t want to use a paper straw?’
***** = arseholes
blow up (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to suddenly become very angry: “という風に記載されていますね。
My dad blew up (at me) when he saw the bill.
She just blew up at me.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” causing feelings of sadness, sympathy, or sometimes lack of respect, especially because a person or an animal is suffering: “という風に記載されていますね。
The refugees were a pathetic sight – starving, frightened and cold.
After the accident he became a pathetic figure, a shadow of his former self.
That’s the most pathetic excuse I’ve ever heard.
He made a pathetic attempt to explain his failure.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” certain to fail, die, or be destroyed: “という風に記載されていますね。
This is a doomed city.
Chief executive of McDonald’s UK and Ireland Paul Pomroy, previously revealed that the restaurant’s decision to introduce paper straws is the result of requests from customers.
Speaking in June last year he said: ‘Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws but to do so without compromising their overall experience when visiting our restaurants.
to do so は、「その為には」です。
‘Over the past few months, we‘ve been working closely with supplier partners to find a solution that works both for our customers, and that the supply is there given the size of our business.’
A representative of McDonald’s UK replied to a number of social media users who’ve voiced their hate of the paper straws revealing that the restaurant is working on an alternative.
‘…We completely understand your concerns and can reassure you that whilst paper straws will be introduced to all restaurants, we’ll be working on retaining an alternative option for those that require one.’
A spokesperson for McDonald’s told Mail Online: ‘Our suppliers have made us paper straws that last at least 30 minutes in most, if not all liquids. They were introduced following customer feedback, and we are pleased to be doing the right thing in removing plastic from our restaurants and taking significant steps to reduce our environmental impact.’
To compromise (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to accept that you will reduce your demands or change your opinion in order to reach an agreement with someone: “という風に記載されていますね。
Well, you want $400 and I say $300, so let’s compromise at/on $350.
To reassure (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to comfort someone and stop them from worrying: “という風に記載されていますね。
I was nervous on my first day at college, but I was reassured to see some friendly faces.
He reassured me (that) my cheque would arrive soon.
Her smile didn’t reassure me.
To retain (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to keep or continue to have something: “という風に記載されていますね。フォーマルな表現です。
She has lost her battle to retain control of the company.
These plans encourage the elderly to retain their independence.
I have a good memory and am able to retain (= remember) facts easily.
We’re trying to recruit and retain skilled staff.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” considering something as a whole, rather than its details or the different aspects of it “という風に記載されていますね。
The overall winner will be announced in October.
the overall costs of the project
The overall situation is good.
The overall situation is good, despite a few minor problems.
最後に、内容が理解でき、新しい単語も知ることができたら、必ずCambridge Dictionaryか、Macmillan Dictionaryで例文を読むようにしてください。そして一番シンプルで、自分が日常使いしときやすそうなもをノートやスマホに書き溜めておいてください。そしてこれを移動中の時などに声に出して覚えることが本当に大事です！（電車では難しいので、僕はよく歩きますw）