Journey in Life

Thursday, February 20, 2020

"Half-baked" nghĩa là gì?

Nói gì mà nghe ngớ ngẩn vậy nhỉ? Photo by Charles from Pexels

"Half-baked" = nướng chưa chín hẳn -> chưa chín chắn, còn non nớt, khờ dại. Nghĩa khác là say rượu. 

Ví dụ
Yet the countless loose threads and half-baked ideas only frustrate (thất vọng), with sounds and melodies contradicting (mâu thuẫn) each other at every turn.

Reem Shaikh is cast as Malala, and she never really manages to emerge beyond the half-baked role she is given to play out, in a screenplay that reveals no attempt to look at the pervading (xâm nhập) Taliban situation from the eyes of its protagonist (nhân vật chính).

I know everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. But let’s be honest. Sometimes a lot of those opinions can be downright crazy. And when it comes to Social Security (An ninh Xã hội), lots of people share their half-baked or out-and-out nutty (quái gở) ideas with me. Today, I’m going to share some of them with you... 

Thu Phương

"Half-naked" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Julia Kuzenkov from Pexels 

"Half-naked" = bán khỏa thân. Đôi khi dùng để trêu ai mặc đồ thiếu vải. 

Ví dụ
18-year-old American model Kaia Gerber, daughter of legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford, pleased his fans with a half-naked selfie, shared on his page in Instagram. 

Rockets’ Russell Westbrook via twitter shared a poster of GQMagazine (March edition), where he is posing half-naked alongside his teammate (đồng đội) James Harden, who is dressed in a jacket.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested (bị bắt giữ) after police accused (cáo buộc) her of spitting (nhổ nước bọt) on an officer and twerking half-naked on top of a car parked outside of a North Austin grocery store (cửa hàng tạp hóa) Tuesday. 

Stephanie and Stephen Bonner believe she was with their son Rhys on the night he disappeared (biến mất) from the Barlanark area. Two weeks later his "half naked" body found on marsh ground (đầm lầy) between Easterhouse and Gartloch Village. 

Thu Phương

"Half-inch" nghĩa là gì?

"Miếng thịt này là của meow ta!" Photo by Janayara Machado on Unsplash

"Half-inch" có nghĩa là lấy cắp, ăn trộm. "Half-inch" phát âm gần giống với từ "pinch" (ăn cắp, ăn trộm) trong tiếng Anh. 

Ví dụ
This art was turned over and a lot of paintings were half-inched.

Someone had half-inched it! He called the police but it was probably already out of the country by then, these boys work so fast.

She shudders (rùng mình) and presses her hand to her eyes. Wets a bit of bog paper (giấy vệ sinh) from the roll she half-inched from a pub a few weeks back, dabs at the Cut. 

Jenna's face was as white as death, thanks to the powder and foundation (phấn nền và phấn phủ) she had half inched when Helen showed her the theatrical (phô trương, màu mè) shop on South Molton Street that they used for college supplies. 

Thu Phương

"Half a truth is often a whole lie" nghĩa là gì?

"Cô ta nói mình giàu, nhưng lại không nói mình là con chủ tịch." Photo by fauxels from Pexels 

"Half a truth is often a great/whole lie" = một nửa sự thật thường là những lời nói dối -> không nói toàn bộ sự thật mà chỉ nói 1 phần sẽ dẫn đến hiểu lầm, không khác gì nói dối cả. 

Ví dụ 
“I only told the half-truth about my father,” she said, “and a half-truth is worse than a lie." 

A half truth usually becomes a whole lie. You can work at play, but not play at work. Success is often just a little way beyond where we stop. Life is not so short but what there is time for courtesy.

He replied “This is the source of contamination (gây ô nhiễm) in West, and the fact that a one sided truth is a half truth and is a lie. This is what the Western media often describe other groups, that other people are small minded and are insignificant. 

Duality, it seems, is a shackle (sự trói buộc) that binds (trói, buộc) sincerity (sự chân thành) within inhibition (sự kiềm chế), leaving one half veiled (che đạy) from a curious eye. A person is the half he shows, and a person lives the half he hides, and two half-truths appear to be one big lie. 

Thu Phương

"Put to good use" nghĩa là gì?

"Put (something) to good use" = Dùng cái gì một cách có ích lợi và mang lại kết quả quan trọng.

Ví dụ
Why do we need such a definition of biological aging? A good definition can grab the essential characteristics of an entity and put them to good use. Two examples illustrate this.

Nick Connolly, managing director at End Youth Homelessness said: “I’m so excited that Mortgage Sleep Out is returning in 2020 and promises to be even bigger and better. The 2018 event raised a phenomenal amount of money that was put to good use to help homeless young people across the country. Just imagine what we can achieve this year.”

“There are billions of people in call centres today,” he said in an interview. “If I can automate [repetitive] functions they can focus on higher-level work, and that’s what we wanted to do. Those trying to solve simple requests shouldn’t. It’s one example where AI can be put to good use. Help desk employees want to work and become programmers, they don’t want to do mundane (thế tục) tasks. They want to move up in their careers, and this can help give them the roadmap (lộ trình) to do it.”

Ka Tina

"To put it another way" nghĩa là gì?

"To put it another way" = Khi mình đang nói chuyện với một người, người ta không hiểu điều mình đang nói thì sẽ dùng cụm từ này để nói lại cái điều mình vừa nói, thường là theo 1 cách đơn giản và dễ hiểu hơn (trình bày bằng cách khác).

Ví dụ
At which point, anyone who is up to speed with internet slang might possibly mutter “MRDA”, an abbreviation for Mandy Rice-Davies Applies. Or, to put it another way: “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?”

To put it another way, you don’t want to just accept what a publisher tells you. Even the best publisher can make mistakes, so you also want to understand what claims they’re making, what their sources are and whether those claims have been vetted by independent fact checkers.

But in the case of a mortgage (tiền thế chấp), putting extra money toward the principal may not be the best choice; it's certainly not for me. After all, I have already identified a double-digit collection of dividend stocks that I can buy and hold over the next 10 or 20 years that should consistently deliver better returns than I would get by just paying down my low-rate mortgage. To put it another way, I'm taking advantage of the mismatch between today's low-interest (lãi thấp) rate environment and the higher yields I can earn to grow my net wealth.

Ka Tina

"Putt along" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by  Court Cook

"Putt along" = Di chuyển dọc theo cái gì rất nhanh/đầy tốc độ và đặc biệt đi bằng xe hoặc động cơ nào đó.

Ví dụ
I parked my flivver (xe ô tô rẻ tiền, tàu bay cá nhân) under the light at the west end of the shed and spent the night staring out the exit until daylight allowed me to fire up and putt putt along westward to Pagosa Springs, where I gulped (ngụm) down a pot of black coffee at Al’s Café and shared tall tales with the early morning truckers.

The added benefit is totally silent, emission-free cruising for up to 30 nautical (thuộc biển, hàng hải) miles (55.5 km) at 5 knots (9.26 km/h), perfect for enjoying the beauty and tranquillity (sự yên bình, yên tĩnh) of life at sea there is nothing like it. With the diesel engines, the Greenline 45 Fly can reach the top speed of 30 knots (56 km/h), and it can also putt along at up to 6.5 knots (12 km/h) in electric mode.

The addition of a Sport mode to a small hybrid hatchback (xe ô tô đuôi cong) unleashes a whole different kind of car. You can putt-putt along and save fuel, but move that lever to the left and the power is surprising. You’ll see 60 mph in as (relatively) fast as 9.6 seconds (obviously you’re not going to have to brace your neck), according to Motor Week. This acceleration comes thanks to the combined 139 horsepower from the 1.6-liter four-cylinder and the 32-kilowatt motor.

Ka Tina

"Put up or shut up" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Thiago Barletta

"Put up or shut up" = Tiếp tục đứng lên hoặc là im lặng -> Thực hiện hành động/đưa ra các bước để giải quyết vấn đề mình không thích nếu không thì hãy ngừng than phiền về nó.

Ví dụ
Jenkins once insisted that Brown "put up or shut up" with his planned redevelopment of the Mechanic Theater site. The large hole created by the demolition has impacted leasing downtown and business recruitment, he charged.

After winning or tying in Iowa and New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders is looking to Latinos to build a delegate lead that could make him difficult to catch after Super Tuesday. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar are fighting to prove their embarrassing polling numbers with people of color don't reflect reality on the ground. And it's put-up-or-shut-up time for Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, who need a strong showing to prove they still belong in the race.

Typically in life, slicing crypto evaluation comes from the place you least anticipate it. And again on Tuesday, William Shatner — the 88-year-old who performed Captain Kirk within the authentic Star Trek collection — weighed into the controversy on whether or not Craig Wright truly is Satoshi Nakamoto, the nameless creator of Bitcoin. Shatner tweeted: “Ask your self why would somebody declare to be Satoshi and supply zero proof? Both put up or shut up, proper?” All of this comes as Wright continues to be wrapped up in authorized proceedings introduced towards him by the property of his late enterprise associate Dave Kleiman.

Ka Tina