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Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Big words" nghĩa là gì?

Feed Your Head, Young girl engrossed in a book. Photo courtesy Philippe Put.

'Big words' nghĩa là những lời nói huênh hoang, khoác lác, đao to búa lớn.

Ví dụ
Thousands of terms in the great word hoard of English inevitably fall by the wayside (lề đường), becoming forgotten or mere curiosities. Some people reflexively (phản thân) call any words not familiar to them "big words." And others of us bristle (nổi giận) at hearing what sounds like jargon (biệt ngữ). We often consider such English as language intended to impress or bewilder (làm hoang mang).

While it may be tempting to use big words to show off (khoe khoang, phô trương) your smarts in college admissions essays, short words -- to, and, they -- are actually the ones that matter, a new study says. Essentially, it's not the words you know, but how you use them. And the smallest, most common words, the study found, can tell a lot about someone's future success in college...

“The researchers we speak to, they speak normally, so we hear lots of big words on their end, so you can still come away from the show, with a broader understanding. So you do have some knowledge of astrophysics (vật lý học thiên thể), there might be some big cosmological (vũ trụ học) words that you can take away from it.”

Mostly, –thons are the worst. The first person to complete a marathon died immediately after. Telethons last just as long and all you get is the brief appeasement of your First World guilt and a tote bag (giỏ đi chợ). And Ironman triathlons are like, super hard. However, there is an exception to –thon suckiness: The first ever National Readathon Day is happening tomorrow and if you made it to the end of this paragraph without sounding out the big words, you’re ready.

Phạm Hạnh

"The big time" nghĩa là gì?

Microsoft Austria Surface Pro 3 Launch Event. Photo courtesy Ambassador Base.

'The big time' = thời đại to lớn, nghĩa là đỉnh cao của sự thành đạt (the time when someone is famous or successful).

Ví dụ
Kendal darts (phi tiêu) pro hits the big time: Tony Newell, 32, beat (đánh bại) three time World Champion John Part on his way to securing (giành được) victory at a qualifying (đấu loại) event in Wigan that ensured (đảm bảo) his place on the European Tour in Gibraltar. It is a momentous achievement for Newell who has now qualified for his first European Tour Event within just two years of turning professional. He now goes head to head against Europe's best arrowsmiths (a maker of arrows) to compete for a share of the £115,000 tournament pot.

Miley's favourite geeks hit the big time: On Saturday, Alt J play London's 20,000 capacity O2 Arena, the biggest headline show of their career. This huge arena seems an odd place to find such a quirky (quanh co), intricate (phức tạp), arty trio, as the band themselves concede.

At 21, Curtis cellist (chơi đàn celo) already at home in the big time: The Boston Symphony, it turns out, finds it easy to play with Aldort. The Curtis Institute of Music senior auditioned for the ensemble (khúc đồng diễn) over two days in October, and from a pool of 200 hopefuls won a spot in the cello section. At 21, he joins the BSO this fall as its youngest member, it announced this week.

It now appears that the Surface Pro 3 is relatively glitch (chạy không đều)-free and ready for the big time. That's a big step up from the problems we've seen with the last nine firmware patches (miếng vá, miếng đắp). Wonder how long it'll be before we see a Surface Pro 4?

Phạm Hạnh

"Have bigger fish to fry" nghĩa là gì?

Mitt MorMan Romney MorMan and Sidekick Paul Ryan. Photo courtesy Jane Wyman.

'To have bigger fish to fry' = có con cá lớn hơn để rán, nghĩa là có việc quan trọng cần làm hơn (to have something more important or more interesting to do).

Ví dụ
A stronger dollar undermines (làm suy yếu) prices of dollar-denominated commodities (thương phẩm) by making them less affordable to buyers in other currencies. Still, agricultural commodity investors have bigger fish to fry today even than these considerations, with Monday bringing a slew (một đống) of data.

And also today, Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitting the White House messed up (làm rối tung lên), saying the White House should have sent high-profile official, but not conceding (thừa nhận) that the president himself should have gone. But as annoyed as I am, it's time to move on. We have bigger fish to fry, like Islamic extremists (phần tử cực đoan). Even if the Obama administration won't use that term, I will. How about you?

After further back-and-forth on what should be done with the house, Robert Werner suggested they put a moratorium (tạm ngừng hoạt động) on it and decide later what to do. Phillips agreed. "We have bigger fish to fry," he said, adding that since the remaining trust funds are gathering interest, the county can slow down and make well-planned decisions on what to do with the home.

Mitt Romney isn't the only person who thinks that he should take another run at the White House in 2016. Hillary Clinton apparently also thinks it is a great idea. "We'd be much more concerned about Bush," a Clinton adviser told the New York Daily News last week, adding that if Romney somehow manages to secure the GOP nomination: "We will cream (đánh bại) him." The Republicans have bigger fish to fry. Namely, Hillary herself.

Phạm Hạnh

"A fish out of water" nghĩa là gì?
"Big fish in a small pond" nghĩa là gì?
"Cold fish" nghĩa là gì?

"In a big way" nghĩa là gì?

Waipio Valley, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Photo courtesy Carol Walker.

'In a big way' trong phạm vi lớn, trên bình diện rộng (to a great extent, conspicuously, very much, intensely).

Ví dụ
The rich keep getting richer – in a big way: As the world's elite gathered in Switzerland this week to talk about economic matters, the charity Oxfam released a report highlighting how the rich are getting richer while the poor continue to have less. According to that report, the richest 80 people in the world now have the same wealth as the bottom 3.5 billion people. And that gap is widening, rather than narrowing.

A two-time winner of the Open in Melbourne — 2012-13 — Azarenka’s crushing (hạ nhục) victory over former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the second round was further proof that the Belarussian is back in a big way and capable of claiming another Australian title.

Stating that India has now emerged as a land of aspirations (khát vọng), Prasad wooed (ra sức thuyết phục) the American business community to invest in a big way in the government’s ambitious programmes like Digital India and Make in India, which he said will change the face of the country.

Located within the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, the Valley of the Kings is probably one of the most popular sights to see in the Hawaiian Islands. This area doesn’t just have deep roots in the history of the ancient Hawaiians, it also feels like it in a big way too!

Phạm Hạnh

Am I depressed?

Lazy hours. Photo courtesy Md saad andalib.

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem be sure that you are not first, in fact, surrounded by assholes.
~ William Gibson

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