Journey in Life: 12/03/13

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Wild Goose Chase" nghĩa là gì?

What can a goose do that a duck can't and a lawyer should*? Photo courtesy Michael Gil.

'Wild Goose Chase' có hai từ mới. Một là googse nghĩa là con ngỗng, và hai là chase nghĩa là đuổi theo. Wild goose chase là một sự đeo đuổi viển vông, một sự tìm tòi vô hy vọng.

Ví dụ
Gramma wanted me to pick up a ribbon (ruy băng) for her old typewriter (máy chữ) even though I told her it’s nearly impossible to find one. So I went to every office store around. No luck. Finally she realized that she’d sent me on a wild goose chase. After that useless search, I showed her how to use a computer.

In 1804, Lewis and Clark set out on a dangerous journey (hành trình) across the unexplored (hoang vu) western area of the U.S. Their expedition (cuộc thám hiểm) was no wild-goose chase (sự viển vông). They discovered rivers, mountains, plant and animal species, and Indian tribes that greatly added to our knowledge.

Huyền Trang

* Stick his bill up his ass!

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