Video Vocabulary - Seinfeld - The Screener

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Script

KRAMER: It's all big business.. Oh hey, Jerry just walked in. Hi, George. (resumes talking on the phone) Yeah, yeah yeah, yeah, take my number - it's 555-8643. Okay, here he is. (hands phone to Jerry.)

JERRY: (to Kramer) Who is it?

KRAMER: Take it.

JERRY: Who is it?

KRAMER: It's for you.

JERRY: (into phone) Hello? Oh, hi Joel. (Jerry hits Kramer with a magazine.) .. No. I was out of town. I just got back. Kramer doesn't know anything. He's just my next-door neighbor. Uh, nothing much, Tuesday? Uh, Tuesday, no. I'm meeting somebody. Uh, Wednesday? Wednesday's OK. Alright. Uh, I'm a little busy right now. Can we talk Wednesday morning? OK... yeah... right... thanks... bye. (hangs up, then addresses Kramer) Why did you put me on the phone with him? I hate just being handed a phone.

KRAMER: Well, it's your phone. He wanted to talk to you.

JERRY: Maybe I didn't want to talk to him.

KRAMER: Well, why not?

JERRY: He bothers me. I don't even answer the phone anymore because of him. He's turned me into a screener. Now I gotta see him on Wednesday.

GEORGE: What do you mean Wednesday? I thought we had tickets to the Knick game Wednesday. We got seats behind the bench! What happened? We're not going?

JERRY: We're going. That's next Wednesday.

GEORGE: Oh. Who is this guy?

JERRY: His name is Joel Horneck. He lived like three houses down from me when I grew up. He had a Ping Pong table. We were friends. Should I suffer the rest of my life because I like to play Ping Pong? I was ten. I would've been friends with Stalin if he had a Ping Pong table.

Vocabulary

address
to speak to

The politician addressed the United Nations General Assembly about the matter.

bother
to disturb or annoy

Where's that flyswatter? This fly is really bothering me.

gotta
contraction of got to (to be required to)

Tell Max that he's gotta study every night if he wants to pass the exam.

resume
to start doing something again after a pause

We will resume taking the test after a short break.

screen (calls)
to find out the identity of the caller or the purpose of the call before possibly answering or returning the call (screener someone who screens his calls)

Mary is screening calls. If you want to talk to her, be sure to leave a message.

suffer
to experience something unpleasant or painful

Too many people around the world are suffering from diseases because they cannot afford the medicine that is available.

Vocabulary Practice Exercise

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