153.- Bang on about something. Profesor.

154.-Bang on about something

Summary

What phrase can you use to describe when a person talks and talks about something to the point where it gets a bit annoying? Do you know someone who does that? Find out how to use an interesting expression that native speakers use to describe this episode of The English We Speak.

Feifei
Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei…

Roy
…and me, Roy.

Feifei
We may sound a little different – that’s because we are not able to record in our normal studios during the coronavirus outbreak. In this programme, we have a phrase that means to keep talking about something – usually in a boring or annoying way. You kept talking about some band this morning. What were you banging on about?

Roy
What do you mean ‘banging on’? I wasn’t hitting anything this morning with a pan! I was just talking about music with Neil.

Feifei
Exactly! You were talking about it so much, and I was trying to work. ‘Banging on about something’ isn’t literal, and why would you mention a pan?! It means you were talking about something to a level that it became annoying.

Roy
Ahhh, the way in which you kept talking about that film ‘Unicorns Eat Bananas in the Stars’! You banged on about it so much last week that people left the room.

Feifei
That film is amazing.

Roy
Feifei, you kept giving people spoilers, and nobody went to see the film in the end because you kept banging on about everything that happened.

Feifei
Well, that’s your opinion, Roy.
Anyway, let’s listen to these examples…

Examples


My friend keeps banging on about where he’s going to go when he buys his new car. It’s really frustrating.

That person on the bus was really annoying. She kept banging on about how the prices had gone up.

Will you please stop banging on about my project!? If you think you could do a better job, you can do my work for me.

Feifei
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we’re talking about the expression ‘bang on about something’, which is used to say that someone is talking about something so much that it is annoying or irritating.

Roy
Sorry, Feifei. I didn’t mean to say you were banging on about that film. Everyone did love your enthusiasm about it.

Feifei
I’m sorry too, Roy. I just wanted to know more about the band you were talking about, so I found it annoying that I didn’t understand.

Roy
Well, next I’ll tell you more about it.

Feifei
That’s OK. I think I’ve heard enough about your taste in music for one lifetime, but thanks anyway.
Bye, Roy.

Roy
Bye.

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