Journey in Life: 12/06/15

Sunday, December 6, 2015

"A man of no scruples" nghĩa là gì?

Theda Bara in the title role of the film "Cleopatra" (1917). Photo courtesy Orange County Archives.

'A man of no scruples' có từ scruple là sự đắn đo, lưỡng lự, cân nhắc, tính quá thận trọng (về tính đạo đức hoặc sự đúng đắn của hành động); vì thế cụm từ này nghĩa là người bừa bãi, người bất chấp luân thường đạo lý.

Ví dụ
Russell, in his day, was exposed in court as a man of no scruples, of Lying under oath, and deficient in moral character.

Some scholars suspect Defoe met and interviewed Selkirk, and when a Selkirk descendant recently sold his birthplace to settle inheritance taxes, she lambasted (quở mắng, xỉ vả) Defoe as "a man of no scruples" who had stolen and distorted (bóp méo, xuyên tạc) her ancestor's story.

Indeed, Theda Bara became an almost instant star with that film, achieving international fame in a matter of months. Over the next four years, Fox had her make 37 movies. In most she played the heartless vamp (người đàn bà mồi chài đàn ông) corrupting decent men, but in some the tables were turned, and she was the chaste (trong trắng, tiết hạnh) innocent (ngây thơ) who was brought to ruin by a man of no scruples.

Phạm Hạnh

Samurai bị ám sát hàng loạt...

vì mải vừa đi vừa cắm mặt vào smartphones :D
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We've all been told of the perils of walking while texting. And yet we do it anyway. In fact, the problem only seems to worsen. But what if edo-period samurai had smartphones? Well, a humorous public service announcement imagines what would happen if a group of samurai making their pilgrimage to the Edo capital on foot were glued to their screens.

"Samurai Smartphone Parade" was created by mobile carrier NTT Docomo in an attempt to warn their users of the dangers of walking while texting, a phrase known in Japan as arukisumaho (literally, "smartphone walking"). The video, released yesterday, depicts the very real tradition of sankin kotai: a strategy employed by the Tokugawa Shogunate to keep local lords from amassing too much wealth and power by mandating exhaustive group-pilgrimages to the capital.

In the video, the samurai can be seen bumping into each other, falling into rivers and getting assassinated. Yes, even for Samurai walking while texting would have been very dangerous.