Journey in Life: 07/15/18

Sunday, July 15, 2018

"I don't care a farthing" nghĩa là gì?

đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia có vô địch world cup 2018 cũng chẳng quan tâm... Photo courtesy FaceMePLS.

'I don't care a farthing' = tôi cóc cần.

Ví dụ
The East India Company maintained a small fleet in Bombay habour to deter attacks, but as ensign John Burnell wrote in 1710: “Angria doth not care a farthing…sometimes braving and threatening them in the Port.”

The media grind all this grist far too finely and often not too fairly. Most of us wait for results, knowing the process is carried out by well-intended legislators of limited talent, along with a few too many zealous masochists and some possibly certifiable pathological psyches. Best practices indicate most of us are better adjusted if we ignore all that stuff until something does look likely to be resolved. Case in point: The 2016 Media Election began sometime this spring. The 2016 People's Election well get serious next August. Gotta understand money, motives and ratings. We should not care a farthing right now.

What dangers you can make us scorn (khinh miệt, khinh rẻ)! With ale (rượu bia), we fear no evil; With whisky, we’ll face the Devil! The ales so swam in Tam’s head, Fair play, he didn’t care a farthing for devils. But Maggie stood, right sore astonished, Till, by the heel and hand admonished, She ventured forward on the light; And, vow! Tom saw an incredible sight! Warlocks and witches in a dance: No cotillion (điệu nhảy côticông), brand new from France, But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels, Put life and mettle in their heels.

Phạm Hạnh

"Not worth a brass farthing" nghĩa là gì?

con gái muốn chơi gì là tùy, các nhà làm luật không nghĩa lý gì ở đây... Photo courtesy Brian Evans.

'Not worth a brass farthing' có từ farthing là đồng pha-đin = 1/4 penny -> cụm từ này nghĩa là chẳng đáng một xu (completely worthless or useless; having little or no value).

Ví dụ
Would playing football have kept all that from happening? Probably not, but how the hell do I know? I do know I didn’t want to find out. My advice may not be worth a brass farthing, but parents should make the decision on their own. If legislators don’t want their children playing football, don’t allow it. Just don’t tell us what to do with ours.

With a few honourable exceptions, virtually the entire political class has been plotting to either overturn the Leave vote, or water it down so significantly that it becomes meaningless. Neither of the main parties’ manifesto commitments, to implement properly the wishes of the 17.4 million people who voted to take back control of our laws, trade deals and borders, was worth a brass farthing.

Still, it’s interesting to observe Makal using the whole of the final chapter to admit his appreciation of “primitive” Anatolian folk songs: “How deeply they touch one, though it may be that they are not worth a brass farthing to our bright modern musicians.” It’s a revelation of sorts. After 190 pages of railing against the ignorance and backwardness of village life, Makal is finally able to resign himself: “Perhaps what makes me weep is the very fact that the world is not worth joy or grief, and yet one cannot help but weep for it.”

Phạm Hạnh