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In this lesson you will learn about the idiom 'a damp squid' and how to use it in your conversations.
Fred: A 'damp squib' is an event which was expected to be exciting or impressive but turns out to be a disappointing one.
Sarah: Alright, so I can say: The magic show last night turned out to be a damp squib.
Fred: That's a good example. A 'Damp squib' is something which is much less impressive than expected. I'm sorry to hear that the magic show was not good.
Sarah: It was a damp squib. Everybody was so excited in the beginning, but it didn't really please the audience.
Fred: I thought so. Advertisements are often misleading. Do you remember how that new action movie got media attention but turned out to be a damp squib in the end?
Sarah: Yes, I remember that. So, if something is expected to have a great effect but it doesn't, then it is called a damp squib.
Fred: You got it. A 'damp squib' turns to be a failure and unsatisfactory in the end, despite any huge expectations in the beginning.
Sarah: Yes. Let's listen to some conversations to learn how the idiom is used.
Fred: Good idea!
Helen: Hey Jerry, how was the party?
Jerry: It was going well at first! But then the rain came and turned the party into a damp squib.
Helen: Ah, too bad. The rain comes without a warning at this time of the year.
Jerry: Yeah! It's hard to plan for it.
Jerry: Helen, did you visit the new museum?
Helen: Yeah, I did.
Jerry: Was it good?
Helen: Not as cool as expected. The whole thing turned out to be a damp squib.
Jerry: I thought it had some rare artifacts.
Helen: Maybe, but I didn't get to see them.
Sarah: I went to the beach festival.
Helen: Wow! I heard about it! Did you have fun?
Sarah: Not much!
Helen: Why not?
Sarah: It turned out to be a damp squib this year. More than half of the events on the pamphlets were canceled and replaced by lame events!
Helen: Hmmm...that must've been disappointing.
Sarah: I just wish I hadn't wasted my time.