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Friday, June 7, 2019

"A play on words" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Mihai Surdu on Unsplash.
'A play on words' -> dùng từ như một trò chơi, sử dụng từ ngữ sáng tạo.

Ví dụ
My Twitter handle says: ‘I am Welsh before I am anything else.’ It’s a play on words. Coming out I hoped to remove all the labels (nhãn mác) and tags (gắn kèm) that followed my name. In fact it added many, many more. I’m cool with that.

The bottle’s label (tên nhãn) featured a play on words using “baijiu,” China’s signature(kí hiệu) grain alcohol (cồn uống được hay ethanol)  and the Chinese words for 89, or “bajiu.” A court convicted four people involved in designing the bottle in April.

Launched (phát động) by actress and freelance writer (tác giả tự do) Yumi Ishikawa, the campaign (chiến dịch) has been dubbed (gắn cho cái tên) #KuToo, a play on words from the Japanese word "kutsu" - meaning shoes - and "kutsuu" - meaning "pain", and a reference to the global #MeToo movement (phong trào) against sexual abuse (lạm dụng tình dục). 

Bích Nhàn

Traphaco - chi nhánh Bình Định

Traphaco - chi nhánh Vũng Tàu
Bia hơi Tấn Hói - 169, Thanh Am

"A name to conjure with" nghĩa là gì?

Tượng điêu khắc của George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt và Abraham Lincoln. Photo by Stephen Walker on Unsplash.

"A name to conjure with" nghĩa là tên của một người hoặc tổ chức/ công ty quan trọng hoặc nổi tiếng; một cái tên của người có nhiều ảnh hưởng hoặc nói đến một cái tên thú vị, khác lạ. 

Ví dụ
A man is skilled in using analysis (phân tích) especially in thinking. He does things right and pull strings to make great strides (bước tiến) without exception (ngoại lệ). That is why lots of men have names to conjure with.

I first heard the name of Paul Maas during one of the famous seminars (hội thảo) on Aeschylus' Agamemnon conducted (thực hiện, hướng dẫn) by Eduard Fraenkel, then engaged on his great edition of that play, and at once realised that it was a name to conjure with.

In the time of Sinclair Lewis as in Eliot's time, on the campus (khuôn viên) at Yale as in Harvard Yard, the name of names to conjure with was that of H. G. Wells. Sinclair Lewis went forth from his alma mater (trường cũ) persuaded (thuyết phục) that the mercurial figure whose name it is was little less than a god. 

For we children of the nineteenth and twentieth century have learned to regard a man's name as something accidental and indifferent ... And yet the survival among us of such a phrase as " a name to conjure with " indicates (chỉ ra) that we have not long emerged from a phase of culture in which a man's name was regarded as mysteriously (bí ẩn) bound up (gắn liền) with his personality (tính cách), in such wise that, if he be himself gifted (ban tặng) with powers beyond the ordinary (bình thường), his name is vehicle of similar power.

Thu Phương

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