What does takeaway mean here ?

Gavin

Member
Chinese
I just watched an American soap opera in which one guy asked " What's the takeaway on boko haram?" . I know takeaway usually means food or restaurant, but what it means here ? a special usuage ? thanks
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    If someone tells you a story, at the end, they may ask you, "What did/can you take away from that story?" They mean, what message, lesson or information did you receive from the story.

    Now there appears to be a noun - the "takeaway" -> information/news

    "What's the takeaway on Boko Haram?"-> "What's the latest information on Boko Haram?"
     

    Miss Julie

    Senior Member
    English-U.S.
    This is an odd use of "takeaway", Gavin. I suppose it means "What have we learned about boko haram?", but I'm not sure.
    That's how I'd interpret it. The use of "takeaway" in this context is becoming more popular in U.S. media.

    Gavin...I think you heard this on a news program, not a soap opera. ;)
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    That's how I'd interpret it. The use of "takeaway" in this context is becoming more popular in U.S. media.
    Thank you, Julie. I wondered why boko haram would turn up in a soap opera. :)

    Cross-posted with Velisarius.
     

    Gavin

    Member
    Chinese
    Thank you, Julie. I wondered why boko haram would turn up in a soap opera. :)

    Cross-posted with Velisarius.
    Thank you for answering:), this is a soap opera named State of Afairs in which a group of girls kidnapped by boko haram ..so .. I came across this question :idea:
     

    JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    That is not called a "soap opera" - it is called a TV series or TV drama. A nuance in some cases, perhaps:D
    Cross posted.
    The WRF dictionary says this about soap operas
    a serialized drama, usually dealing with domestic themes and characterized by sentimentality, broadcast on radio or television
    and they are so named because the early ones were "sponsored" by soap manufacturers.
     

    Gavin

    Member
    Chinese
    I don't think we even have soap operas anymore...they've been cancelling them left and right over the past few years. :) :D
    Thank you Julie, this soap operas named State of Affairs , seems a new one, and this is a soap on politics. So maybe it uses usuage on media. Thank you for letting me know it is the popular way in media in the US media now :)
     

    RM1(SS)

    Senior Member
    English - US (Midwest)
    Thank you Julie, this soap operas named State of Affairs , seems a new one, and this is a soap on politics. So maybe it uses usuage on media. Thank you for letting me know it is the popular way in media in the US media now :)
    The Wikipedia article on the show calls it a "an American espionage thriller series." If that's an accurate description, then it is definitely NOT a soap opera.
     

    RM1(SS)

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    English - US (Midwest)
    I don't think we even have soap operas anymore...they've been cancelling them left and right over the past few years. <img src="images/smilies/smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" smilieid="1" class="inlineimg"> <img src="images/smilies/biggrin.png" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" smilieid="3" class="inlineimg">
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    According to Wikipedia <em>General Hospital</em> and a few lesser shows are still on.<br><br><font size="1">I miss <em>Dark Shadows</em>....</font>
     
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