Journey in Life: 05/25/16

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"What's that got to do with the price of fish?" nghĩa là gì?

Trước cửa chợ cá lớn nhất thế giới Tsukiji ở Nhật Bản. Ảnh chụp 9:04 sáng ngày 24/8/2009.

'What's that got to do with the price of fish?' (điều đó thì liên quan gì đến giá của cá cơ chứ?), đây là một câu hỏi tu từ gợi chú ý đến một tuyên bố lạc lõng, không liên quan, không có quan hệ gì với tiền đề do người khác đưa ra (a rhetorical question calling attention to a non-sequitur or irrelevant statement or suggestion made by another person); câu hỏi tương tự là "what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?" ảnh hưởng gì tới giá chè ở Trung Hoa cơ chứ?.

Ví dụ
Yes, I agree that health care is an important issue, but what's that got to do with the price of fish? We're discussing tax incentives for local businesses—not exactly a related topic!

Patient, 42, who TWICE had his heart operation cancelled found dead on hospital toilet: Very sad, but did we really need to know that he was a lifelong bachelor DM? What's that got to do with the price of fish? Condolences to his family and friends.

When people complain of a seemingly irrelevant problem, English speakers often reply: "What's that got to do with the price of fish"? Well, in a dispatch from Tunisia's central market, Ed Lewis reveals the answer is - everything. In Tunis, strikes, unemployment, terror attacks and political uncertainty have all had a direct effect on the lives of fishmongers (người bán cá) and their customers.

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