Journey in Life: 01/17/15

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Cut someone to the quick" nghĩa là gì?

Sailor uses chainsaw to cut through barricade. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

'Cut someone to the quick' nghĩa là tới tận tâm can, tận xương tủy, tới chỗ nhạy cảm nhất (to injure someone emotionally / deeply, completely, intensely, acutely, genuinely, intensely, passionately = touched to the quick, stung to the quick, cut someone to the bone); hay làm ai buồn bực vì đã chỉ trích họ (to upset someone by criticizing them).

Ví dụ
I was cut to the quick by her harsh (cay nghiệt) remarks.

The first episode's climax (đỉnh điểm), for instance, involves one of his classmates calling the young Eddie a racial slur (điều nhục nhã, vết nhơ bẩn), and it cuts to the quick, slicing through the inherent (vốn có) artifice (kỹ xảo) of comedy to get at the frustration (sự vỡ mộng, thất vọng) and anger Eddie feels in that moment.

The central question of this show is, "Can a freak (người kỳ dị, đồng bóng) find love?" — and since most of us think of ourselves as freaks, that theme can cut to the quick, if the production is up to the job. "Side Show" tried out in Washington and arrives on Broadway with stellar (xuất sắc, vai chính) advance word from there.

- What about The Last Ship initially grabbed you?
- There’s something visceral (theo bản năng) that happens when I first encounter material (tài liệu). It isn’t much about intellectual judgment. I’ll be reading a piece and somewhere along the line (ở một giai đoạn nào đó) something catches. That’s always a good sign, and I definitely felt that. Even though the world is very different from mine, there's something about The Last Ship that instantly cut me to the quick.

Phạm Hạnh