Journey in Life: 10/06/13

Sunday, October 6, 2013

"Damn with faint praise" nghĩa là gì?

Nhà phê bình giả vờ khen để chê bai, dù bộ phim nhận được rất nhiều lời khen ngợi. Photo courtesy vagueonthehow.

'Damn with faint praise' gồm có faint nghĩa là yếu ớt, nhạt nhẽo, và praise là lời khen ngợi. Thành ngữ này có nghĩa là làm bộ khen để chỉ trích chê bai.

Ví dụ
Is it any wonder that (có gì ngạc nhiên đâu) my dad and I aren’t that close? No matter what I achieve, it always seems it isn’t good enough. He doesn’t actually say so directly. But the way he damns me with faint praise, I always feel like I’m not meeting his expectations (kỳ vọng). Why can’t he complement me once in a while?

The movie director had received many positive reviews for her latest work. One critic (nhà phê bình), however, didn’t seem to care for it much. It’s not that he gave an openly bad review. Instead, he wrote that he was pleasantly surprised that the film was shorter than the other films. It was easy to see that he was damning the director with faint praise.

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