Journey in Life: 12/13/15

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

"Kick the bucket" nghĩa là gì?

Elephant and metallic bucket. Photo courtesy Tambako The Jaguar.

'Kick the bucket' (đá cái xô) nghĩa là chết (to die). Có lí giải là nhiều người tự sát, đứng trên một cái xô và thòng lọng kề cổ (treo cổ). Lí giải khác là vào thế kỉ 16, từ bucket còn có nghĩa là beam, yoke, cái xà, cái ách để treo gia súc và giết thịt, vì thế những con gia súc struggle và spasm (co thắt, co giật) sau khi chết -> kick the bucket.

Ví dụ
A bucket list (danh sách những điều phải làm trước khi chết) is a list of things that you want to do before you kick the bucket.

An exit plan is vital. Working until you kick the bucket is not a proper exit plan.

Though woefully (thiểu não, đáng thương) young by modern standards, 69 is a decidedly cheeky (thú vị nhưng có phần không thích hợp, trơ trẽn) age to kick the bucket.

People living in Ontario have other financial advantages to planning and paying for their funeral (đám ma) long before they kick the bucket.

Phạm Hạnh


"You could hear a pin drop" nghĩa là gì?

'You could hear a pin drop' (có thể nghe thấy tiếng kim rơi) thường dùng để miêu tả sự im lặng tuyệt đối (used to describe absolute silence); lặng như tờ.

Ví dụ
When Frank Sinatra walked out on stage (sân khấu), you could hear a pin drop.

You could hear a pin drop as leaders of each faith (đức tin) prayed (cầu nguyện) for harmony.

In a vacuum, the Orange play in the dome in front of crowds in the hundreds where you can hear a pin drop.

You could almost hear a pin drop in North Dunedin this time of year as thousands of tertiary (đại học) students head home for the summer break (kì nghỉ hè).

Phạm Hạnh

"Drink like a fish" nghĩa là gì?

'Drink like a fish' nghĩa là uống rượu như hũ chìm (to drink alcohol excessively; to be in the habit of drinking alcohol excessively).

Ví dụ
“Jenna Jameson would drink like a fish and pop pills and treat me like a slave,” admitted the assistant.

Sorry to disappoint all the finger-waggers (người chỉ trích), but I'm on the Churchill diet - eat like a king, smoke like a chimney (hút thuốc như ống khói), drink like a fish, and live to 90.

Like whiskey, but are on a gluten-free diet? In other words, if you've somehow fooled yourself into believing that you can drink like a fish but are simultaneously 150 crunches (tập gập bụng) away from achieving shredded abs, then this delicious spirit is for you.

It’s pretty much Belfort’s own ad for himself, we soon understand. He proudly lists his possessions and tells us: “I also gamble like a degenerate (người thái hóa, biến chất), I drink like a fish, I fuck hookers (điếm, đĩ) maybe five, six times a week, I have three different federal agencies looking to indict me — and, oh yeah, I love drugs.”

Phạm Hạnh

"In less than no time" nghĩa là gì?

Waleed Hassan nổi tiếng rất nhanh. Photo credit: thenewsteller.

'In (less than) no time' nghĩa là rất nhanh (very quickly).

Ví dụ
People who are ill are shifted to hospitals in less than no time, thanks to the bridge.

They said when they approached the FCT authorities, they were promised their money “in less than no time”.

In less than no time, the policy arguably crumbled like a pack of cards all under the watch of the nominative King Solomon.

Some times even getting the chance never let you prove yourself as you have to put more of your effort and struggle. But this is opposite in the story of Waleed Hassan, who just became a superstar on social media in less than no time, the young-Multani boy breaking the internet successfully.

Phạm Hạnh

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