Journey in Life: 08/09/18

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Moca cafe - 87, Trích Sài

Bưởi, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội

Bài trước: Nhà hàng Bud' Mo - Ẩm thực Nga ở Hà Nội

"Throw his weight about" nghĩa là gì?

Berlin goddess of fertility. Photo courtesy Ralf Steinberger.

'Throw one's weight around' nghĩa là kiêu căng, ngạo mạn (be unpleasantly self-assertive).

Ví dụ
In all available evidence, Usain Bolt is not a bad footballer. Decent left peg, knows how to throw his weight about and none too shabby in a foot race.

The arrogant EU negotiators are now more buoyant, knowing they can rely on their very own Fifth Column at Westminster. Even the pipsqueak Irish PM thinks he can throw his weight about.

Randy Andy, as he used to be called, was a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War and is therefore one of the few royals, besides your Harry, actually to have earned his medals. He is now the Duke of York and likes to throw his weight about in the Household. One of life's 'do you know who I am?' brigade. Not the lightest of conversationalists.

"What  a setup!" said Jerry Bechhofer,  his friend from Fürth and Washington Heights who was stationed in Heidelberg. Bechhofer used to come  for  visits and  was a guest  at  the  parties  Kissinger used  to throw. "He  had a very elegant villa, modern  in the style of the 1930s. His girlfriend  was intelligent  and  beautiful, and they used to give fabulous feasts. You could  tell how much  he liked the  trappings  of power, though  he never threw his weight around."

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...The investigation found that in this year’s entrance exams the school reduced all applicants’ first-stage test scores by 20% and then added at least 20 points for male applicants, except those who had previously failed the test at least four times. It said similar manipulations had occurred for years because the school wanted fewer female doctors, since it anticipated they would shorten or halt their careers after having children.

It is not clear how many women have been affected, but the practice started in 2006, according to Japanese media, potentially affecting a large number of candidates.

The education ministry official’s son, who had failed the exam three times, was given a total of 20 additional points, which eventually elevated him to just above the cutoff line.

The report said the manipulation was “profound sexism”, according to lawyer Kenji Nakai.

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