Journey in Life

Friday, February 15, 2019

"Work all the hours God sends" nghĩa là gì?

nên biết nghỉ ngơi, thư giãn... Photo by Nicolas Moscarda on Unsplash.

'Work all the hours God sends' nghĩa là làm việc cả ngày, mọi ngày, làm việc cật lực.

Ví dụ
I know lots of parents work all the hours God sends, so I'm really lucky I do a job I love that also means I can be at home for the children a lot.

Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon and Angela Merkel all have certain things in common - total integrity, fantastic attention to detail and a willingness to work all the hours God sends.

Meanwhile women lower down the income distribution are forced by policies like Penny Mordaunt’s to work all the hours God sends them in low-waged jobs over which they have little choice.

It’s one of those careers that you know you want to pursue regardless; it does take up a lot of your time anyway. I’m not saying that’s an excuse to work all the hours God sends and not socialise because that’s an extremely slippery slope.

Phạm Hạnh

Thursday, February 14, 2019

"Put off the evil hour" nghĩa là gì?

không thể mãi trì hoãn năng lượng xanh, Photo by Dominik Vanyi on Unsplash.

'Put off the evil hour' nghĩa là trì hoãn điều gì khó chịu/khó ưa càng xa càng tốt.

Ví dụ
I will put off the evil hour when I start writing for as long as I possibly can.

I decided it was not becoming for a girl to ride a boy’s bicycle, and stuck out for one of my own, knowing full well that the state of the family’s finances would put off the evil hour indefinitely.

A government push for increased coal production would not only ignore all market signals, but also only put off the evil hour for struggling coal miners’ families. Instead, we should be helping them to acquire new skills that will make them successful in the modern economy.

Since it is generally expected that the government will lose the meaningful vote, Mrs May could put off holding it by a number of procedural ploys (mánh khóe, thủ đoạn; cuộc trác táng/truy hoan, trò nhậu). But running away would only put off the evil hour. If the UK is to leave on time with a deal, the vote will have to happen before 21 January next year.

Phạm Hạnh

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tình em trao anh

hoàn toàn sụp đổ,

triệu phú kiện vợ cũ vì lừa ông trong 21 năm, tưởng 3 đứa con trai là con ruột, trong khi thực tế ông bị... vô sinh bẩm sinh

...Richard divorced (ly dị) his first wife Kate in 2008 after having three sons, a now 23-year-old and a pair of 19-year-old twins. But his entire life came crashing down (sụp đổ) in 2016 when the UK businessman was trying to expand his family with his second wife, Emma, and having no luck.

During that time, Richard went to the doctor for what he thought was chest pain due to pleurisy (viêm màng phổi) he'd been suffering (chịu đựng, gánh chịu) from for a year. Richard's sister died from cystic fibrosis (xơ nang) in 1989, but he when he was tested for the disease in the '80s, he was given the all-clear. During this appointment, however, he received a different diagnosis that both altered (thay đổi) his quality of life and drastically  (một cách đầy kịch tính) changed his family.

"The consultant sat us down in his office and broke it to me as Emma sat by my side," Richard explained. “He said, 'I’m really sorry to tell you, Richard, that you’ve got cystic fibrosis.'" But the couple was also trying to have a baby, which the doctor knew, and his next bit of news was just as devastating. "He told me that 98 percent of male CF patients were infertile (vô sinh), and I realized he was telling me that it was highly unlikely I could have fathered any children," Richard remembered.

...Refusing to name the man she had been sleeping with, Kate finally admitted that she had been seeing him on-and-off during their 20-year marriage. She argued, however, that they had only slept together six to 12 times (ngủ với nhau (tình nhân, ngoại tình) 6-12 lần) and that each time they used a condom, so Richard still had to be the boys' biological dad.

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"Improve the shining hour" nghĩa là gì?

không buồn nản... Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash.

'Improve the shining hour' nghĩa là tối đa hóa năng suất; tận dụng tốt nhất thời gian của mình/ai đó.

Ví dụ
One of the world’s greatest playwrights (người viết kịch, nhà soạn kịch), Tom Stoppard, said, “He is a giver. He’s good at comfort and joy. He’s good at improving the shining hour and brightening the dark one, and, of course, he’s superlative fun…To me he is the best of America.”

Speaking ahead of MS* Awareness Week (April 23-29), she said: “A dear old cousin used to say you had to make the most of the shining hour and that’s what I have always intended to do. It all began when I was in my 20s and I started getting tingly (cảm giác ngứa ran) hands. I had no idea what it was but I found out when I went to the hospital and they had circled ‘MS’. It was a shock but I didn’t want to let it get me down. It has been a slow deterioration (hư hỏng, giảm giá trị; trở nên xấu xa, sa đọa, trụy lạc) over the years and it progressed to me dragging my foot and struggling to walk.”

Phạm Hạnh

* multiple sclerosis = đa xơ cứng

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

"At the eleventh hour" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Twisted Photo on Unsplash.

'At the eleventh hour' nghĩa là vào phút cuối/cơ hội cuối (như giờ thứ 11, trước nửa đêm/cuối ngày).

Ví dụ
Trump is right to blast the Democrats' detention center cap as "a brand-new demand" made at the eleventh hour.

The HSE have released an update on patient appointments after the nurses' strike was suspended at the eleventh hour.

THERESA MAY was today accused of seeking to run down the clock on Brexit to “blackmail” MPs into backing her plans at the eleventh hour.

Troubled UK regional airline Flybe was saved from bankruptcy at the eleventh hour having already met insolvency advisers while it was negotiating a deal to keep it trading.

Phạm Hạnh

Monday, February 11, 2019

"One hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after" nghĩa là gì?

mùa xanh lá vội ru em miệt mài. Photo by Andalucía Andaluía on Unsplash.

'One hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after' nghĩa là ngủ trước nửa đêm khiến bạn khỏe khoắn, nhiều sức sống hơn là ngủ sau nửa đêm -> cụm từ này khuyến khích bạn đi ngủ sớm.

Ví dụ
The time at which you wake up has a big role in how refreshed you feel. Everybody experiences four different stages of sleep overnight — stages one, two, three and REM or rapid eye movement sleep — that repeat once every 90 minutes or so. REM is the period of sleep in which you dream. "The secret to refreshing sleep is to wake up naturally after a sustained period of REM," Dr. Neel Burton writes for Psychology Today. "There is wisdom in the old saying that "one hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two after.""

Phạm Hạnh

Sunday, February 10, 2019

"Keep banker's hours" nghĩa là gì?

Bank of England, London, United Kingdom. Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash.

'Keep banker's hours' nghĩa là làm việc/hoạt động, mở cửa (kinh doanh, vận hành,...) dưới 8 tiếng một ngày.

Ví dụ
As a crisis communications manager and media trainer for executives, I always have to be “on” and ready for anything. Because I don’t keep banker’s hours – working early, late and weekends if required – I generally take Fridays off.

While the thrum of a hospital continues through the night, some surgery center doctors keep banker’s hours. That means patients whose surgeries end later in the day are sometimes left in the care of one or two nurses for up to 23-hour stays. Some patients have been sent home to grapple with (vật lộn với) complications (biến chứng) on their own.

Consumers are often annoyed when businesses only seem to keep banker’s hours. Consumers don’t all work banker’s hours and need to be able to contact a company any time of the day or night for assistance. A chatbot can be that point of contact that can assist with general questions or direct parties to the appropriate method of handling a more serious issue.

Phạm Hạnh