Journey in Life

Monday, August 29, 2016

"Obituary column" nghĩa là gì?

Jacky on Life Magazine, Funeral Museum, Houston. Photo courtesy Hoshi_sae.

'Obituary column' nghĩa là mục cáo phó.

Ví dụ
I didn't even know he was hospitalized and learned of his passing from the newspaper's obituary column.

This era marked the beginning of modern fame, when the media began paying intense interest in a diverse range of stars (People magazine, for example, was launched in 1974). As this first generation of celebrities near the end of their lives, it’s only natural that more and more recognizeable names appear in the obituary column.

Alfred Nobel had the unique opportunity of reading his own obituary. One day he opened the newspaper and saw his name in the obituary column. It had been printed by mistake, of course, but Nobel was distressed that he was remembered as the man who created dynamite, something used for mass destruction. Nobel decided to make some dramatic changes in his life. Wanting to change what people would remember him for, he went on to create the Nobel Peace Prize.

Phạm Hạnh

"Lonely hearts column" nghĩa là gì?

Tìm chồng ngoan, hiền :D. Photo courtesy Ben Sutherland.

'Lonely hearts column' nghĩa là mục tìm bạn bốn phương.

Ví dụ
Three years after her ex left, Helen plucked up the courage to start dating and put an ad in a lonely hearts column.

A rapist (kẻ hiếp dâm) serving a life sentence in prison (tù chung thân) managed to post an advert in a lonely hearts column, it was revealed today.

A divorced couple are accused of torturing (tra tấn) two women to death (đến chết), one of whom they met after she responded to a lonely hearts column.

An attractive octogenarian used tranquillisers (thuốc an thần) to sedate elderly men she met through lonely hearts columns and steal their jewellery and cash, a court in Poland has heard.

Phạm Hạnh

Sunday, August 28, 2016

"Agony column" nghĩa là gì?

Nhìn những cột này không thấy agony chỉ thấy tranquility. Photo courtesy x1klima.

'Agony column' nghĩa là mục Nhỏ to tâm sự/Tâm sự bạn đọc (của 1 tờ báo); kiểu chị Thanh Tâm/Tầm Thư/anh Chánh Văn... (a column in a newspaper or magazine offering advice on personal problems to readers who write in).

Ví dụ
Daniel Defoe, the author of “Robinson Crusoe”, penned an agony column for the Review, a magazine he founded in 1704.

In his first "Agony Column" Jon Speelman briefly remembers the times when Magnus Carlsen was still a kid and then presents two interesting games by Rudy Van Kamenade, who will soon turn 70.

Before my time, agony columns were sources of advice on how to behave. There were leaflets such as “How to Eat an Avocado Pear”, “How to Lay a Table” and “How to Furnish a Guest’s Room”.

Phạm Hạnh