BBC Learning English: The English We Speak – Eye candy (with transcript video): Feifei and Finn chat about a party they went to last night. Finn had a very good-looking woman with him and everybody was curious. Was she his girlfriend? Listen to the programme to find out.
Hello. I’m Feifei and with me in the studio is …
Hey, do you feel a bit tired, Finn? Well, I do. What a party yesterday!
Yes, it was good, wasn’t it? Great food, plenty to drink…
Now… forgive me for being nosey but…you said you were too busy working to have a love life. So… who was that beautiful woman you were with?
Ah, that was … just a girl I know…
Come on, Finn, don’t be so mysterious. Everybody was looking at her. She looked like a supermodel! Is it serious? No offence, but how did you manage to attract a woman like that?
What do you mean? I’m very handsome! But she’s not my girlfriend…
Just some eye candy, then?
That’s not fair. I mean, yes she’s beautiful – but eye candy means someone who is attractive, but not very interesting…
I know – just teasing! It sounds like you like her…
Err, OK then, I do quite like her…
Ooh, you admitted it!
We can also use eye candy to talk about things which look good but are not very useful. Let’s hear some examples.
I was going out with this gorgeous footballer but it didn’t last. He was just eye candy.
This illustrated cookbook looks good but you can never find the ingredients for the recipes. These pictures are just eye candy!
Well, the party was fun anyway. And you know what? Today I’m going on a date with a guy I met there.
Mmm… is this the beginning of a romance, Feifei?
Oh, no. He’s very boring, actually.
Just some eye candy then?
Well… we’ll see. But I want to make all my friends jealous!
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