#219 - The four letter word no one likes | Curio

#219 - The four letter word no one likes

23 mins | May 27, 2022

Today's episode from 27th May 2022. First up this Friday: With Twitter and Elon Musk seemingly deadlocked about a potential sale, which hinges on how many fake accounts live on the site, we explore how a deal might be forced on the world's richest man. We delve into the “reverse termination fee”, which might mean him paying $1-billion if he withdraws. Then later, Cher Horowitz famously punctuated almost all of her lines in the movie Clueless with the word "like". It's now seen as lazy use of language but is the word a lot more nuanced and intelligent than we all think? The strength of the $44billon agreement comes into focus as Tesla's chief appears to have second thoughts. For The Financial Times, Sujeet Indap and James Fontanella-Khan examine whether Twitter could make Elon Musk take the deal if he tries to end it. Saying the word ‘like’ has long been seen as a sign of laziness and stupidity. But as Sam Wolfson explains in The Guardian, its use is actually richly nuanced, goes back to Shakespearean times, and is an indicator of, like, intelligence. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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