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刊登日期: 2020.06.26
作者: Grace Tse  

At a concert, when you love a song very much, what do you do to show your praise? The audience normally gives much applause by clapping their hands. Some even stand up cheering and shouting,“Encore! Encore!” 

The English word“encore”was originally a French word, which means“still, again, furthermore”. Do look up the internet and find out its pronunciation. It might have also come from the Italian word“ancora”. 

However, neither French nor Italians use“encore”or“ancora”to call for an additional performance at the end of a concert. Instead, French say“une autre”(“another one”)or the Latin“bis”(“a repeat”), whereas Italians use“bis”. 

The word“encore”was first used in the English language in 1712 by the audience. 

“Whenever any gentlemen are particularly pleased with a song, at their crying out Encore ... the performer is so obliging as to sing it over again.” 

Nowadays, apart from as an interjection,“encore”may be used as a noun or a verb. 

No encores are allowed due to time constraints. 

The audience encored the singer

While most performers at live music events appreciate the demand for an encore, the audience should behave appropriately. While it is acceptable to scream or shout excitedly at a rock music concert, would it be better to give prolonged applause at a classical music concert ? 

Summer holiday is approaching. Hopefully when the re strictions due to the pandemic are eased, you may attend a concert and shout“Encore”(再來一個)to your favourite singer.  

Glossary

Audience 

觀眾

Applause 

熱烈鼓掌

Interjection 

感嘆詞 

Appreciate 

感謝

Rock music 

搖滾音樂

Classical music 

古典音樂

Restrictions 

限制

Pandemic 

疫症大流行

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