047 - Expression: Hit Or Miss

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This week's episode is all about THE NATIONAL ANTHEM of the United States which is called THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER. We will go through the expression HIT OR MISS as well.

The American English Podcast

The American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

"Shoot me for appreciating the moment, but I was like, here I am at the Super Bowl singing for a team and in front of, you know, the world and remembering what it was like to be that young… and look where I’ve made it now. And then it’s like, oh, and that night I knew I was like I just made myself a Trivial Pursuit question. In 2011, what female singer, you know, flubbed the lyrics? It’s just insane."


Hi everybody. How’s it going? In that introduction, you heard Christina Aguilera on Ellen talking about what it was like to sing the lyrics of the national anthem incorrectly at Super Bowl XLV . If you haven’t seen the footage instead of saying "o’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming," she said "what so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming."

The song was performed live in front of about 103 thousand people and broadcasted to over 111 million viewers on TV. So that’s what we might classify as an epic fail. The crazy thing, though, is that she’s not alone in screwing up the national anthem publicly. It’s actually fairly common.

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