Journey in Life: 04/04/19

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

"Busy little beaver" nghĩa là gì?

bận lắm, siêu bận luôn ý... Photo courtesy USFWS Midwest Region.

'Busy little beaver' = 'chú hải ly bé nhỏ cần cù' nghĩa là người rất bận rộn, siêng năng, chuyên cần, say mê công việc.

Ví dụ
Now that the latest government shutdown is over, the FAA has been a busy little beaver, announcing some new initiatives in the drone (thiết bị bay không người lái) space.

But Issa — allegedly, of course — was a busy little beaver who "fraudulently obtained at least approximately $55 million in funds belonging to or held for the benefit of (Weston) or the (Weston) family office," as authorities allege in 10 pages of charging documents (tài liệu buộc tội, kết tội) that outlined much of criminal misconduct (hành vi không đứng đắn, hành vi sai trái).

When I see these kinds of stories, I can’t help but think that Stephen Miller has been a busy little beaver lately. It has always seemed clear that Trump put him in charge of coming up with anti-immigrant (chống nhập cư) schemes (kế hoạch) to “make America white again.” But at least in the case of asylum-seekers (tìm kiếm tị nạn) on our southern border, the resistance just fought back and won.

Phạm Hạnh

"Off the top of my head" nghĩa là gì?

Nói gì cho ngầu nhỉ? Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash.
'Off the top of one's head' nghĩa là nói hay làm gì đó nhưng không có sự suy nghĩ hay cân nhắc trước đó.

Ví dụ
There have been so many from the beginning that it’s hard to say right off the top of my head. I’d say the film shoot (bấm máy/quay) at the Hotel du Cap, in Antibes (in 2015). We used a helicopter (trực thăng) and there was something so beautiful and extravagant (khoa trương, lòe loẹt, phung phí) with that wall of flowers. That’s still a sublime (tuyệt vời, tuyệt đẹp) moment. To me, Dior symbolises (tượng trưng cho) strength (sức mạnh) of character as much as a bold style of femininity (nữ tính).

I'll probably wake up at 4 am thinking of at least two better choices but off the top of my head I'm going to go with that first Cyberpunk 2077 teaser. It's rhythmic and catchy and integrated perfectly with the minimal ambient audio in the trailer, and it may not have a hell of a lot to do with the game but so what? Neither does the rest of the video. It's an AV showcase intended to stoke hype, and by God it worked. 

When asked by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) how many children the program would affect, DeVos said she didn’t know off the top of her head. “It’s 272,0000 kids,” Pocan responded.

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"Keep a civil tongue in your head" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Merch HÜSEY on Unsplash.
'Keep a civil tongue in your head' nghĩa là nói chuyện một cách nhã nhặn, lịch sự.

Ví dụ
He told Winslow: "All the time you struggle (đấu tranh) with anger (sự giận dữ) building up inside you, and don't respect (tôn trọng) other people, you will keep going back to jail (nhà tù) for longer and longer sentences (tuyên án của tòa). "You've got to learn to keep a civil tongue in your head, keep your fists (nắm đấm) to yourself and be nice to people."

Her foul (tục tĩu) language (từ ngữ) really upset (phiền lòng) the judge (quan tòa). “Keep a civil tongue in your head, number one, and just answer the questions,” said the judge.

It's perfectly legitimate (hợp pháp), understandable and even desirable (khao khát) to cheer your team and its players and razz (chế giễu) the opposing team and their players. But for heaven's sake, keep a civil tongue in your head to do it. Be creative (sáng tạo).

Bích Nhàn

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