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Monday, November 10, 2014

"Lord love a duck!" nghĩa là gì?

Fountain of Love, Cliveden, Buckinghamshire. (Statue on the shell Fountain, gradeII*, made for Lord Astor by Thomas Waldo Story 1897.) Photo courtesy mira66.

'Lord love a duck!' = My goodness! là cụm từ cảm thán biểu lộ sự ngạc nhiên (ôi Chúa ơi)

Ví dụ
Lord love a duck! How that rain is coming down!
Lord love a duck! Did you see that cat chasing that dog?

It’s overcast, cold and raining. Lord love a duck, it’s England, what do they expect? The only reason they ever had an Empire is that beastly (khó chịu) weather: they were looking for someplace with a little sun and something good to eat.

This origin is supported by the earliest example in a long-forgotten tale of 1907, The Wheel O’ Fortune, by Louis Tracy, a British journalist and prolific (viết nhiều) author: “‘Lord love a duck!’ he guffawed (cười hô hố). ‘If only I’d ha’ knowed, I could have told my missus (bà xã). It would have cheered her up for a week.’”

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