American English 美式英语
Imagine that you are sitting peacefully in a chair. Maybe, you are reading a book or playing a game on your phone. You might even be taking a quick nap. All of a sudden, something hits you. It is your friend, and his hand is full of flour. It gets all over you, and your clothes turn white. Your friend yells, “Smack cam!” You have just been the victim of a prank video!
Prank videos are all over the internet. People film themselves playing tricks on their friends. Other pranksters play tricks on strangers. Some people even get into a prank war and play tricks on each other over and over. For many internet users, prank videos are a fun, hilarious source of entertainment. However, other people do not like these videos. They find them to be mean-spirited or too extreme.
Romeo and Dominique are talking about prank videos. Listen to find out what they think.
Romeo: Have you seen the videos of that guy, they call him Gotem?
Dominique: No, what is it about?
Romeo: He pranks people, and then, when they get pranked, he says, “Gotem!”
Dominique: Yeah, no. I really don’t like prank videos. They’re not for me. They’re not funny, they’re not hilarious... they’re actually kind of mean.
Romeo: Hmm, well, I guess it depends. I mean, if you’re the person who’s getting pranked, yeah, that would probably be cruel, but then it just ups the stakes and you’d have to get the other person back.
Dominique: No. Have you seen the ones where they do the smack cam? With the water?
Romeo: That was awesome.
Dominique: So you’re sleeping, and then someone smacks you, and then they throw water… or maybe, it’s the other way around. I don’t know, but I hate it.
Romeo: I think it’s powder, or something.
Dominique: I wish somebody would do that to me.
Romeo: What? You would want someone to pour flour or something…?
Dominique: No, no, only because I don’t like it, so my reaction would just be, you know, perfect.
Romeo: Oh, yeah. I know you, I know you really well. You’re probably more mean-spirited than the prankster.
Dominique: Yeah, I’d go overboard.
Romeo: OK, well, remind me never to prank you.