Journey in Life: 07/18/18

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"Lightning never strikes twice in the same place" nghĩa là gì?

Lightnings over Dresden Inner City. Photo courtesy Andre Klärner.

'Lightning never strikes twice in the same place' = sét chẳng đánh ai hai lần -> nghĩa là vận rủi không bao giờ xảy ra tương tự với cùng người đó lần hai (misfortune does not occur twice in the same way to the same person).

Ví dụ
THEY say lightning never strikes twice, but, through no fault of his own, young Sydney auctioneer Jake Moore yesterday found himself at the centre of another controversy.

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place, the old adage goes. But the appearance of teenage prodigy Rodrygo at Santos shows that the Vila Belmiro side can still produce electric attacking talents on an incredibly regular basis.

They say lightning never strikes twice, but sometimes winning lottery tickets do. A Methuen man has won $1 million on a scratch ticket for the second time in 2018. The Massachusetts State Lottery says Jason Williams visited lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the $1 million prize he won playing the “200X” $30 instant game.

The myth goes that lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Don't tell Russell Knox that. During the final round of the European Tour's Irish Open, Knox needed to sink about a 50-foot putt for birdie in order to force a potential playoff with Ryan Fox. Following Fox's birdie putt sliding by for the win, the two headed back to the 18th tee for a playoff. As fate would have it, Knox then placed his approach shot in almost the exact same spot on the playoff hole.

Phạm Hạnh

"In the same breath" nghĩa là gì?

out of breath (hết cả hơi). Photo courtesy Lazurite.

'In the same (next) breath' nghĩa là nói một câu/nhận xét mà 2 ý trái ngược hẳn nhau (of a statement, immediately or almost immediately after something else has been stated, often something contradictory); vừa nói thế này, lại thế kia; nghĩa khác là đồng thời, một hơi, một mạch (= at the same time).

Ví dụ
The state BJP has condemned (lên án) the attack (vụ tấn công), but in the same breath held the organisers responsible.

Governor Dannel Malloy joined advocates and the legal team. He applauded the U.S. District Court ruling declaring the children’s separation from their parents unconstitutional (vi hiến), and in the same breath, made a suggestion to the federal government (chính quyền liên bang).

He may not be the easiest person to work for, yet the fruits of Bezos’s labour are evident in Amazon becoming not just a retail powerhouse, but gaining the more prestigious title of Silicon Valley tech leader, now mentioned in the same breath as Apple and Google (dare anyone who’s dropped paper books for the Kindle to bet that that’s not the future of reading).

Since the 2016 campaign Trump has forcefully rejected any suggestion of Russian support for his candidacy. After his electoral victory, which caught even Trump by surprise, the president reluctantly (miễn cưỡng) acknowledged (thừa nhận) Russian meddling (can thiệp) in the election (bầu cử) — the unanimous consensus (đồng thuận, nhất trí) of the intelligence community (cộng đồng tình báo) — while in the same breath suggesting other countries could be responsible.

Phạm Hạnh

Ồn ã rất khác lạ

A child enters your home and for the next 20 or so years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. Then the child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.
~ John Andrew Holmes

Em bé đến với gia đình bạn và trong 20 năm sau đó náo loạn suốt ngày khiến bạn không thể nào chịu đựng được. Sau đó nó rời đi, để ngôi nhà lặng ngắt khiến bạn nghĩ mình sẽ phát điên.

Photo courtesy USAG- Humphreys.

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A central New York man got a rude awakening when a large snake fell from his bedroom ceiling and landed on him while he slept.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says Wednesday that one of its officers responded to a call on June 29 from a man who says a snake had fallen on him while he was sleeping in his apartment in the Oswego County village of Pulaski, which is about 35 miles north of Syracuse.

DEC officials say the officer determined a 6-foot-long red-tailed boa constrictor (trăn Mỹ nhiệt đới) had escaped its enclosure in an apartment.