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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Prepositional Phrase number six. The

  • prepositional phrase today is " on the fritz. " Okay. Let's take a look at the note

  • here. If an electrical or mechanical appliance is on the fritz, it is out of

  • order, malfunctioning, or not working correctly.

  • So we often say that some machine might be on the fritz. That's just not working

  • for some reason. All right. Let's continue. Some people believe this phrase comes

  • from a comic-strip. It's a very old comic strip called "The Katzenjammer Kids. " Okay.

  • The comic strip centered around two brothers and one of them was "Hans and

  • Fritz. " Well it's where the fritz comes from and was syndicated in hundreds of

  • newspapers around the world. Meaning you know, it was ... It appeared in hundreds of

  • newspapers around the world in the early 1900s.

  • Okay. The two brothers were always messing things up and getting into

  • trouble. Okay. Fritz was the more serious troublemaker.

  • Yes troublemaker. This was popular in the early 1900s and many gadgets often had

  • trouble. So this is maybe why this was part of the topic of this comic strip as

  • well. In a number of the strips Fritz created some new inventions and they

  • usually stopped working as soon as they were touched. So that's the idea of why

  • some ... it might be on the fritz. Like Fritz made it. So well now you touch it well

  • it's on the fritz. Once Fritz touches it. It stops working. So I guess that's the

  • idea that they're trying to say. Let's continue. The Hearst corporation owned a

  • number of newspapers and it claims that William Randolph Hearst .. okay loved the

  • comic strip and used this term often. So maybe he helped to popularize this term.

  • Now if you do look in the dictionary some dictionaries say that they don't

  • really know the origin of it. And there is another idea out there that some

  • people think that because Fritz is a German name

  • this, this phrase seemed to come into you know, into being or into use in the early

  • 1900s. Even though, I think it was World War

  • One was probably you know, in the teens, they think that maybe because the

  • Germans were unpopular , maybe people did as a way to mock the Germans. It's on the

  • fritz. But to be honest I like this story better . It sounds more logical too. All right.

  • Anyway let's look we have a couple of examples here. Example number one. The

  • dishwasher is on the fritz again. It's a typical way you might hear it. Or

  • number two. The air conditioner is on the fritz. I think we need a new one. Okay. It

  • sounds good. I hope you got it. I hope it was clear.

  • Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Prepositional Phrase number six. The

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英語家教Nick P介詞短語(6)關於Fritz的介紹 (English Tutor Nick P Prepositional Phrase (6) On the Fritz)

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