Journey in Life: February 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

"Work all the hours God sends" nghĩa là gì?

nên biết nghỉ ngơi, thư giãn... Photo by Nicolas Moscarda on Unsplash.

'Work all the hours God sends' nghĩa là làm việc cả ngày, mọi ngày, làm việc cật lực.

Ví dụ
I know lots of parents work all the hours God sends, so I'm really lucky I do a job I love that also means I can be at home for the children a lot.

Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon and Angela Merkel all have certain things in common - total integrity, fantastic attention to detail and a willingness to work all the hours God sends.

Meanwhile women lower down the income distribution are forced by policies like Penny Mordaunt’s to work all the hours God sends them in low-waged jobs over which they have little choice.

It’s one of those careers that you know you want to pursue regardless; it does take up a lot of your time anyway. I’m not saying that’s an excuse to work all the hours God sends and not socialise because that’s an extremely slippery slope.

Phạm Hạnh

Thursday, February 14, 2019

"Put off the evil hour" nghĩa là gì?

không thể mãi trì hoãn năng lượng xanh, Photo by Dominik Vanyi on Unsplash.

'Put off the evil hour' nghĩa là trì hoãn điều gì khó chịu/khó ưa càng xa càng tốt.

Ví dụ
I will put off the evil hour when I start writing for as long as I possibly can.

I decided it was not becoming for a girl to ride a boy’s bicycle, and stuck out for one of my own, knowing full well that the state of the family’s finances would put off the evil hour indefinitely.

A government push for increased coal production would not only ignore all market signals, but also only put off the evil hour for struggling coal miners’ families. Instead, we should be helping them to acquire new skills that will make them successful in the modern economy.

Since it is generally expected that the government will lose the meaningful vote, Mrs May could put off holding it by a number of procedural ploys (mánh khóe, thủ đoạn; cuộc trác táng/truy hoan, trò nhậu). But running away would only put off the evil hour. If the UK is to leave on time with a deal, the vote will have to happen before 21 January next year.

Phạm Hạnh

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tình em trao anh

hoàn toàn sụp đổ,

triệu phú kiện vợ cũ vì lừa ông trong 21 năm, tưởng 3 đứa con trai là con ruột, trong khi thực tế ông bị... vô sinh bẩm sinh
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...Richard divorced (ly dị) his first wife Kate in 2008 after having three sons, a now 23-year-old and a pair of 19-year-old twins. But his entire life came crashing down (sụp đổ) in 2016 when the UK businessman was trying to expand his family with his second wife, Emma, and having no luck.

During that time, Richard went to the doctor for what he thought was chest pain due to pleurisy (viêm màng phổi) he'd been suffering (chịu đựng, gánh chịu) from for a year. Richard's sister died from cystic fibrosis (xơ nang) in 1989, but he when he was tested for the disease in the '80s, he was given the all-clear. During this appointment, however, he received a different diagnosis that both altered (thay đổi) his quality of life and drastically  (một cách đầy kịch tính) changed his family.

"The consultant sat us down in his office and broke it to me as Emma sat by my side," Richard explained. “He said, 'I’m really sorry to tell you, Richard, that you’ve got cystic fibrosis.'" But the couple was also trying to have a baby, which the doctor knew, and his next bit of news was just as devastating. "He told me that 98 percent of male CF patients were infertile (vô sinh), and I realized he was telling me that it was highly unlikely I could have fathered any children," Richard remembered.

...Refusing to name the man she had been sleeping with, Kate finally admitted that she had been seeing him on-and-off during their 20-year marriage. She argued, however, that they had only slept together six to 12 times (ngủ với nhau (tình nhân, ngoại tình) 6-12 lần) and that each time they used a condom, so Richard still had to be the boys' biological dad.

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"Improve the shining hour" nghĩa là gì?

không buồn nản... Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash.

'Improve the shining hour' nghĩa là tối đa hóa năng suất; tận dụng tốt nhất thời gian của mình/ai đó.

Ví dụ
One of the world’s greatest playwrights (người viết kịch, nhà soạn kịch), Tom Stoppard, said, “He is a giver. He’s good at comfort and joy. He’s good at improving the shining hour and brightening the dark one, and, of course, he’s superlative fun…To me he is the best of America.”

Speaking ahead of MS* Awareness Week (April 23-29), she said: “A dear old cousin used to say you had to make the most of the shining hour and that’s what I have always intended to do. It all began when I was in my 20s and I started getting tingly (cảm giác ngứa ran) hands. I had no idea what it was but I found out when I went to the hospital and they had circled ‘MS’. It was a shock but I didn’t want to let it get me down. It has been a slow deterioration (hư hỏng, giảm giá trị; trở nên xấu xa, sa đọa, trụy lạc) over the years and it progressed to me dragging my foot and struggling to walk.”

Phạm Hạnh


* multiple sclerosis = đa xơ cứng

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

"At the eleventh hour" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Twisted Photo on Unsplash.

'At the eleventh hour' nghĩa là vào phút cuối/cơ hội cuối (như giờ thứ 11, trước nửa đêm/cuối ngày).

Ví dụ
Trump is right to blast the Democrats' detention center cap as "a brand-new demand" made at the eleventh hour.

The HSE have released an update on patient appointments after the nurses' strike was suspended at the eleventh hour.

THERESA MAY was today accused of seeking to run down the clock on Brexit to “blackmail” MPs into backing her plans at the eleventh hour.

Troubled UK regional airline Flybe was saved from bankruptcy at the eleventh hour having already met insolvency advisers while it was negotiating a deal to keep it trading.

Phạm Hạnh

Monday, February 11, 2019

"One hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after" nghĩa là gì?

mùa xanh lá vội ru em miệt mài. Photo by Andalucía Andaluía on Unsplash.

'One hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after' nghĩa là ngủ trước nửa đêm khiến bạn khỏe khoắn, nhiều sức sống hơn là ngủ sau nửa đêm -> cụm từ này khuyến khích bạn đi ngủ sớm.

Ví dụ
The time at which you wake up has a big role in how refreshed you feel. Everybody experiences four different stages of sleep overnight — stages one, two, three and REM or rapid eye movement sleep — that repeat once every 90 minutes or so. REM is the period of sleep in which you dream. "The secret to refreshing sleep is to wake up naturally after a sustained period of REM," Dr. Neel Burton writes for Psychology Today. "There is wisdom in the old saying that "one hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two after.""

Phạm Hạnh

Sunday, February 10, 2019

"Keep banker's hours" nghĩa là gì?

Bank of England, London, United Kingdom. Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash.

'Keep banker's hours' nghĩa là làm việc/hoạt động, mở cửa (kinh doanh, vận hành,...) dưới 8 tiếng một ngày.

Ví dụ
As a crisis communications manager and media trainer for executives, I always have to be “on” and ready for anything. Because I don’t keep banker’s hours – working early, late and weekends if required – I generally take Fridays off.

While the thrum of a hospital continues through the night, some surgery center doctors keep banker’s hours. That means patients whose surgeries end later in the day are sometimes left in the care of one or two nurses for up to 23-hour stays. Some patients have been sent home to grapple with (vật lộn với) complications (biến chứng) on their own.

Consumers are often annoyed when businesses only seem to keep banker’s hours. Consumers don’t all work banker’s hours and need to be able to contact a company any time of the day or night for assistance. A chatbot can be that point of contact that can assist with general questions or direct parties to the appropriate method of handling a more serious issue.

Phạm Hạnh

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Lịch âm hôm nay

12 vòng quay của mặt trăng, tính ra khoảng 354 ngày thôi, nên thỉnh thoảng phải thêm tháng nhuận (để bù),

lịch dương hiện nay được dùng làm tiêu chuẩn toàn cầu mới được ngót nghét 100 năm, cài vào máy tính, phản ánh thương mại và chủ nghĩa thực dân của châu âu...
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...A solar year — the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun — lasts around 365 days, while a lunar year, or 12 full cycles of the Moon, is roughly 354 days. To correct for seasonal drift (sai lệch theo mùa), the Chinese, Hindu, Jewish and many other calendars are lunisolar (âm lịch). In these calendars, a month is still defined by the moon, but an extra month is added periodically to stay close to the solar year.

...In the context of history, staying connected to an alternative calendar can also be a form of resisting the mainstream (chủ lưu/dòng chính), or maintaining an identity outside of it. When a calendar is imposed (áp đặt) on a society (lên toàn xã hội), it usually has to do with politics (chính trị) and power (quyền lực). The ability “to say when the year will start, or decide that a religious festival should be celebrated at a particular time, can be quite useful (có ích) for a politician (chính trị gia),” Dr. Stern said.

The Gregorian calendar has only been used as a global standard for about a century, and is “very much a reflection of European commerce and colonialism (chủ nghĩa thực dân),” Dr. Birth said. It has now been built into computer architecture, but that doesn’t mean another calendar couldn’t one day become dominant.

Bài trước: Mầm xanh kỳ diệu

"Read 'em and weep" nghĩa là gì?

Tiền có kiếm như nước rồi cũng sẽ trôi hết, Tay không trắng tay lại về không? Photo by Analise Benevides on Unsplash.

'Read 'em and weep' = read it and weep = đọc và khóc đi -> nghĩa là nghe/biết tin dữ/tin xấu; (trong chơi bài bạc) nhìn kết quả và mếu đi, mày thua/tao thắng rồi.

Ví dụ
Read it and weep — a nurse's memoir about life in the NHS.

Statistics can be massaged and misleading, but there’s no debating the enormity of the Colts’ proclivity (tuyên bố) for making things much harder than they need to be. In the influential takeaway-giveaway category, read ‘em and weep: the Colts are a minus-3 in turnovers (10 takeaways, 13 giveaways), and a league-worst and staggering minus-34 differential in points scored off turnovers.

Want to know what Mark Zuckerberg and his underlings really think about us users? Get ready to read ’em and weep: against the wishes of the Facebook CEO, the UK parliament’s inquiry into fake news has published confidential (tối mật) correspondence (văn thư, trao đổi) between Zuck and his staff. That correspondence has some revealing stuff in it.

You don’t need to be obnoxious (đáng ghét, khả ố) but you need to be prepared to talk about your business. As Brittany Hearst, author of the best-selling book “Influencer” and a mega-influencer in her own right said: “If you're not telling your own story, someone else will tell it for you.” So, it’s entirely up to you — control the dialog or read it and weep.

Phạm Hạnh

"Window shopping" nghĩa là gì?

chỉ lượn thôi, Photo by Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash.

'Window shopping' nghĩa là (hành động) lượn lờ các cửa hàng/cửa hiệu, hoặc nhìn qua cửa sổ các cửa hàng đó, xem có gì hay nhưng không mua gì cả.

Ví dụ
Brendan Rodgers frustrated by Celtic's lack of window shopping.

If you've never heard of this wellness center it's likely because Albers is following Herbalife rules, which don't allow her to advertise her product or store; she cannot publically announce costs of the product and; there can be no window shopping. The rules state that people cannot be able to look into the business, which is why you'll notice shades drawn all the time.

Not surprisingly, 82% of consumers compare or track prices when shopping. But an equal number now leverage search engines such as Google Shopping as do window shopping or shop in stores. And more believe that they get better deals when doing so — 36% compared to 28% who physically visit stores. Consumers are largely impulsive (bốc đồng) when they do track prices — almost half will make their purchase decision within a week, while the remainder wait on average about three weeks to make a decision.

Phạm Hạnh

Friday, February 8, 2019

'Động vật hoang dã không sinh ra để làm thú vui'

runner marathon bóp cổ sư tử tới chết khi bị tấn công trên đường chạy tập...
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The runner, whose name hasn't been released, fought off the cougar (báo sư tử), hiked out of the area after Monday's attack and drove himself to a hospital. He suffered facial cuts, wrist injuries and puncture wounds to his arms, legs and back.

...“We always say: if you encounter a mountain lion, be very big, make noise, stare at it, back away and don’t run,” she says. “And if you are attacked: fight back.”

Understanding basic facts about mountain lion biology and behavior can help. Mountain lions tend to spend the day in cover (chỗ núp, chỗ trốn, chỗ trú) and hunt when deer (hươu) are most active at dawn (bình minh, rạng đông, lúc sáng tinh mơ) and dusk (hoàng hôn, lúc chạng vạng, nhá nhem), in conditions of low light. Those can also overlap with times that people want to get out and walk to avoid the heat of the day.

Cullens adds that mountain lions don’t see the same things humans do. Their eyes are adapted for low-light periods, and they rely on the shape and movement of natural prey. “We encourage people to look as human as possible on the trail,” she says. That can also mean wearing brightly contrasting clothing, like black and white or red and white – since mountain lions don’t see color very well, the contrast helps people stand out.


"Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone" nghĩa là gì?

để cho em khóc... Photo by kevin laminto kvc on Unsplash.

'Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone' nghĩa là khi bạn vui vẻ, mọi người sẽ muốn ở bên cạnh bạn và cùng chung vui, còn khi bạn buồn, mọi người sẽ lánh bạn.

Ví dụ
Laugh, and the world laughs with you, Weep, and you weep alone. Drink alone, and the world assumes you must be weeping, and silently judges you for your lack of a drinking buddy.

It is rare these days for people to come together socially without a happy occasion to necessitate it. This gathering of people around food, drink, dance and music generates the inevitable sense that to be with others is to come together in joy. To quote the pedestrian: laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.

"Laugh and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone." Ella Wheeler Wilcox may not have known it while writing Poems of Passion and Solitude, but she unlocked a secret to being a fantastic flirter: smile. Smiling triggers two psychological phenomena in people. The first is self-perception theory*. The second phenomenon is emotional contagion**.

Phạm Hạnh



* As noted by Professors Simone Schnall and James D. Laird of Clark University, self-perception theory posits that if you act as though you are experiencing a certain emotion, you will feel that emotion. "In that sense, feelings are the consequences of behavior, not the causes: We feel happy because we smile, and angry because we scowl," they write.

** Happy people are more approachable, more attractive, and more enjoyable to be in relationships with because their happiness infects us. Morose (buồn bã, rầu rĩ, ủ ê) people, in contrast, bring others down and are anything but approachable when moping (chán nản, rầu rĩ, thẫn thờ, ủ rũ) in a corner.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

"Whomp up" nghĩa là gì?

không nghĩ là anh mời bạn tới nhà, nhưng em sẽ làm một bữa ra trò nhanh thôi... Photo by Alyson McPhee on Unsplash.

'Whomp up' nghĩa là làm/sửa soạn cái gì đó nhanh chóng (thường là bữa ăn); đánh bại ai/đội nào nhanh chóng, hạ gục.

Ví dụ
It is so easy to whomp up phony comparisons and destroys kids' and teachers' egos.

You can tell him some of those stories you whomp up. From his picture, he seems to be a patient human.

Like Little Caesars' famous Hot-N-Ready pizzas, Loaded Crazy Bread Bites are guaranteed warm and ready for pickup between 4-8 p.m. every day. Any other time, Little Caesars will whomp up a fresh batch for you, you'll just have to wait a few minutes.

Your marching orders are for you to take saw, ax or hatchet and whomp up on an eastern red cedar. It's a noxious, weedy thing that has long outlived its welcome.

Phạm Hạnh


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Bài trước: Chùa Sếu

Đầu năm đi lễ chùa Đống Cao

tọa lạc trên cánh đồng làng Khuê Liễu, xã Tân Hưng, TP Hải Dương. Nhiều tư liệu cho biết chùa có từ giữa thời Trần và thuộc thiền phái Trúc Lâm Yên Tử.

trước kia dân cư thưa thớt, lau cỏ mọc đầy bãi sông Thái Bình, chim sếu về sống từng bầy, cho nên mới có tên nôm làng Sếu. Chùa làng vì thế cũng gọi là chùa Sếu.


tương truyền, làng Sếu lúc đầu chỉ có một miếu nhỏ gọi là “Đống Cao địa kỳ” để tế lễ trời đất. Năm Giáp Thìn (1304) trong một chuyến du hóa qua trấn Hải Dương, Sơ tổ Trúc Lâm là Trần Nhân Tông đã dừng chân ở đây. Thấy thế đất “Huỳnh quy vọng nguyệt, phượng vũ lân triều” (rùa vàng ngắm trăng, phượng múa lân chầu) ngài đã khuyến hóa dân “cải từ vi tự” (chuyển miếu thành chùa). Nghe lời, các vị kỳ mục của ba làng Khuê Liễu, Thanh Liễu, Liễu Tràng đã chung sức xây lại miếu thành ngôi chùa với ba gian tiền tế và hậu cung thờ Phật. Từ đó có Đống Cao linh tự.


Chùa Sếu
Nhà thờ An Thái

"Weep buckets" nghĩa là gì?

yêu không hối tiếc... Photo by Ben White on Unsplash.

'Weep buckets' nghĩa là khóc nức nở, khóc như mưa.

Ví dụ
One of the main reasons for choosing a negative avatar is that the vamp (người đàn bà mồi chài đàn ông) has much more to do, as opposed to the dukhiyari female lead. It is also more fun to make someone cry on screen, rather than weep buckets yourself.

The Fault in Our Stars, the super-sad film that's been making audiences weep buckets since it opened in theaters June 6, naturally invites comparisons to an earlier super-sad film that made audiences weep buckets 44 years ago.

How I longed to revisit the hall, witness to me weep buckets in the dark. Watching schmaltzy flicks like Love Story, which told smitten (day dứt) teens love means never having to say you're sorry (absurd advice, we soon realised) and left girls pining equally for Ryan O'Neal's baby face and Ali MacGraw's thick eyebrows.

Get ready to weep buckets as Cass Hunter’s exploration of humankind’s complex relationship with technology spills over into a haunting and emotional journey that will tug hard on your heartstrings, and leave you questioning the pros and cons of cutting-edge robotics.

Phạm Hạnh

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

"White coat hypertension" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash.

'White coat hypertension' nghĩa là hiện tượng huyết áp người bệnh tăng cao khi xung quanh các bác sĩ.

Ví dụ
Your blood pressure reads higher at a clinic than in other settings. Many thought white coat hypertension was simply stress or nerves, but a recent study suggests there may be more to it.

Ambulatory blood pressure monitors are mainly used for indications such as white-coat hypertension, nocturnal hypertension, masked hypertension, and episodic hypertension. The devices are also used to monitor patients at major risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events linked to hypertension.

Ammar says the study suggests someone with white coat hypertension might benefit from 24-hour monitoring of blood pressure outside a clinic. But he adds that requires a quality blood pressure monitor (not the cuff or finger type you’d find at a drug store), and that any outside monitoring should be done in conjunction with a physician.

Phạm Hạnh