Today’s Word: escalate

June 21, 2018 =========

☆  escalate エスカレートする


This week’s useful phrase is “That escalated quickly” meaning that a relatively calm situation intensified or increased quickly. For example, if two people are having a discussion about something, and it suddenly becomes more like an argument, you can say, “That escalated quickly.”

It’s often used I a humorous way, to lighten the mood. So, if people are arguing on a Facebook post, or in a Twitter feed, you could reply with “That escalated quickly” as a way of making people stop and think about how they are reacting. Hopefully, this quick pause will make them laugh at themselves and realize they have overreacted.

Is there a similar phrase in Japanese for this kind of situation?