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Saturday, October 31, 2020

"One drop of poison infects the whole of wine" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Douglas Lopez

"One drop of poison infects the whole of wine" = một giọt thuốc độc làm nhiễm cả chai rượu -> nghĩa là con sâu làm sầu nồi canh, tương tự với thành ngữ "One scabby sheep is enough to spoil the whole flock".

Ví dụ
If she attent, our team could be the winner. She's like "one drop of poison infects the whole of wine".

"One for all, all for all" is our team's slogan, we will never let any members make one drop of poison infects the whole of wine.

I heard through the media and social networks about how Hà Nội Pediatrics Hospital security guards prevented an ambulance from leaving even though it was carrying a nine-month-old heart patient. I myself think that it is con sâu làm rầu nồi canh, “One scabby sheep is enough to spoil the whole flock”. I myself once had to stay at a hospital for treatment. I have two little children and sometimes I have also brought them to see doctors at the Pediatrics Hospital.

Ka Tina

"God never sends mouths but he sends meat" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Mylon Ollila

"God never sends mouths but he sends meat" = trời không ban cái miệng mà ban thịt -> nghĩa là trời sinh voi, sinh cỏ.

Ví dụ
No need to worry about what you eat or drink because God never sends mouths but he sends meat.

"God never sends mouths but he sends meat". For example, God made elephants, he gave grasses for them too.

When God created the world, he also creates everything for meeting human's needs (đáp ứng nhu cầu loài người). That's why we say "God never sends mouths but he sends meat."

Ka Tina

"Fortune smiles upon fools" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Etornam Ahiator

"Fortune smiles upon fools" = may mắn luôn mỉm cười với kẻ khờ -> nghĩa là thánh nhân đãi kẻ khù khờ.

Ví dụ
You're wrong when you think fools are just fools because fortune smiles upon fools.

Everyone has an equal right to live and thrive, so do fools. More fortunately, fortune smiles upon fools.

At this point I began to do some serious thinking. I didn’t want to hide behind a male pseudonym (bút danh/nghệ danh). That would be weak and cowardly. I’d rather use a name that was incomprehensible, neither one thing nor the other. But what? It had to be a name that would bring good luck. Best of all would be the name of some fool — fortune smiles upon fools. Finding a fool, of course, was easy enough.

Ka Tina

"For mad words, deaf ears" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Richard Jacobs 

"For mad words, deaf ears" = tai điếc nghe chửi -> nghĩa là không việc gì phải xấu hổ/mất mặt khi nhượng bộ hay lùi bước trước kẻ mạnh hơn mình (tránh voi chẳng xấu mặt nào).

Ví dụ

It's fine to avoid encountering that super big guy, my little boy. For mad words, deaf ears!!!

You don't have a supernatural power (năng lực siêu nhiên) to conquer (chế ngự) this mad elephant. Just run way as soon as possible. Come on, for mad words, deaf ears!

You shouldn't say sorry to yourself for not fighting against your huge enemy until the end because you're not strong enough now. Anyway, for mad words, deaf ears.

Ka Tina

"Set the heather on fire" nghĩa là gì?

"Set the heather on fire" =  đốt cháy cây thạch nam -> nghĩa là rất phấn khích, thành công.
Ví dụ
Ryan Fraser's cameo from the bench was encouraging, while the driving force of John McGinn looks like our best hope of creating an opening. Although the performances haven't set the heather on fire, we're unbeaten in our last six and I fancy us to take that to an impressive seven on home soil (đất) - with a narrow win.

The Ukrainian winger (cầu thủ chạy cánh) has been sent to the Belgian club on loan after a miserable (khốn khổ) spell at Neil Lennon 's side where he struggled for first-team minutes. But he's not exactly set the heather on fire in his new setting either with just one appearance so far from a possible five.

Rangers haven’t set the heather on fire since the winter break. Hamilton will think they have a chance on Saturday. Big Brian Rice has done well since he went in there. I think Accies have to be at their best and Rangers have to have an off day.

Boris is not seen as an asset (tài sản) for the party in Scotland. He does not play well in Scotland; he does not set the heather on fire for all the doubts people have expressed about his suitability (thích hợp) for high office.

Ngọc Lân

Ở đâu vọng đến thế nhỉ

gần cuối buổi họp (qua mạng) hội đồng giáo dục trường thì nghe thấy tiếng... làm tình :D

Someone with WMAR-2 News heard the noises on the recording before it was deleted.

The Board of Education of Baltimore County and Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams said they are very concerned about the incident that happened near the end of the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night when "inappropriate audio" was heard by those in attendance.

Không bao giờ cho con nghịch điện thoại

bé gái 2 tuổi gửi ảnh khỏa thân của mẹ cho tất cả mọi người trong danh bạ điện thoại, có cả đồng nghiệp và bạn đại học... :D

Emily Schmitt allowed her daughter Carsyn to play with her phone while she dried her hair (sấy tóc) on Sunday.

But as she stood naked (khỏa thân), the 30-year-old did not notice that her child was taking naked shots of her bare (trần truồng) behind and sending them to various friends on Snapchat.

When she received a message from a co-worker saying "thanks for the nude", Emily realised (nhận ra) what little Carsyn had done.

Chỉ là mưu đồ thôi

các lá thư của sherman cho thấy/tiết lộ rằng ông ta chỉ chú tâm bảo vệ quyền lợi của doanh nghiệp nhỏ và thiếu hiệu quả, chứ không phải là bảo vệ quyền lợi người tiêu dùng,

thật sự, chính sách chống độc quyền ngay từ đầu đã là mưu đồ để bóp nghẹt cạnh tranh,
trích dẫn hôm nay… is from page 275 of the late Werner Troesken’s 2002 Review of Austrian Economics article, “The Letters of John Sherman and the Origins of Antitrust“:

Sherman’s letters reveal that he was more concerned with protecting the interests of small and inefficient businesses than with protecting the interests of consumers.

DBx: Indeed. Antitrust policy was born as a scam to suppress competition in favor of politically influential producers (các nhà sản xuất có ảnh hưởng chính trị) and other rent-seekers (những kẻ tầm tô), it has always been used in this noxious (độc, hại) manner, and it continues to be such a scam.

Bài trước: Có một việc thôi

Dan Klein đã nói gì?

sự cuồng nộ, tuyên truyền, và phản ứng thái quá về chính sách đối với covid-19 chỉ là chiêu trò phá hoại nền kinh tế và đổ lỗi cho trump thôi,

qua tháng 11 là hết, về bình thường...
Prediction: Covid Insanity (sự điên rồ) Will Decline (suy giảm) After the Election (sau bầu cử)

By Daniel B. Klein

Back in July I suggested that much of the Covid-policy hysteria (sự kích động, cuồng loạn), propaganda (tuyên truyền), and over-reaction (phản ứng thái quá) in the United States was a strategy – if only a subconscious (tiềm thức) strategy. By wrecking the economy (phá hoại nền kinh tế) and making people miserable (khiến người dân khổ sở), propagandists (tuyên truyền viên) and lockdowners (những kẻ ủng hộ "phong tỏa") would talk voters into blaming (đổ lỗi) President Trump and vote him out.

In September I doubled-down on the idea.

Now I’ll triple-down: I predict that—regardless of the outcome of the election—Covid-policy discourse (bài thuyết trình, diễn thuyết, diễn văn) in leftist media (truyền thông cánh tả) will change not long after the election. The Covid propaganda will start to fade away. It won’t happen over-night, but, I predict, that from, say, November 20 the insanity will begin to recede and that thinking and policy will start going back to normal. The main impetus of the propaganda and wreckage will have passed.

By December 1 we should be able to perceive whether such a trend had started from November 20. Let’s meet again on December 1 and see how my prediction has turned out!

Bài trước: Có một việc thôi

Quá khứ là ảo ảnh

Photo by Man Chung on Unsplash

The past is an illusion. You must learn to live in the present and accept yourself for what you are now. What you lack in flexibility and agility you must make up with knowledge and constant practice.
~ Bruce Lee

Quá khứ là ảo ảnh. Bạn phải học cách sống trong hiện tại và chấp nhận những ưu khuyết của bản thân. Nếu bạn thiếu tính linh hoạt và sự nhanh nhẹn, cần phải bù đắp bằng kiến thức và tập luyện liên tục.

Bài trước: Happy Valentines Day

"Money is no object" nghĩa là gì?

"Money is no object" = tiền không thành vấn đề -> nghĩa là có rất nhiều tiền, tiêu xài xả láng. 

Ví dụ
IF money is no object, house hunters will certainly admire this Giffnock villa on the market for offers over £1.1million. Positioned on half an acre of land, the home carries an Art Nouveau Era charm, incorporating fine wood panelling (lót ván) throughout.

Then there’s the Porsche Design Mate 40 RS, which is a Pro+ with a sporty exterior straight from the drawing board of the design firm. The price is high, but this is aimed at the “money is no object” crowd (đám đông) so it doesn’t matter.

Then you can play Shadow Creek for just $600 per player, which is the approximately green fee (phí). You're taken to Shadow Creek in a private limousine that picks you up and takes you to the property. From there, you get a personal concierge (người giữ cửa) who will help you have the experience of a lifetime. That's all included in the rate, though you'll pay for your caddie separate from your green fee. If money is no object or you want to guarantee yourself a spot at Shadow Creek, plunk down the money and just do it. It's an experience you'll never forget.

It seems there are two broad categories (hạng mục) of consumers: those for whom money is no object and those who are struggling to feed healthy food at a good price to their family.

Ngọc Lân

"It fits like a fist in the eye" nghĩa là gì?

"It fits like a fist in the eye" = vừa như cú đấm trúng mắt -> nghĩa là vừa khít.

Ví dụ
Some students we have the programs here and it fits like a fist in the eye, and some students we do not.

This Levi's jacket looks and feels like real leather and has diamond quilted panels on the sleeves for a touch of personality. Happy customers love the jacket's look, with one reviewer writing that it "fits like a fist in the eye!" The jacket is thicker than many other faux leather options, but can still be tossed in the washing machine on a delicate cycle.

What's so great about this blazer? Well, dear reader, so many things. It fits like a fist in the eye; it's not too tight in the arms, too short, or too oversize in the shoulder. It's just right. The buttons add a little flair but don't feel overwhelming on someone like me, who has a bigger chest. The best part, though, is that it's machine washable. I'll let you have a second to soak that in. I've never owned a blazer that's machine washable, and since I always forget to pick up my clothes from the dry cleaner, it's settled; I'm never taking this off.

Ka Tina

"It fits like butt on a potty" nghĩa là gì?

"It fits like butt on a potty" = vừa như ngồi trên bô -> nghĩa là vừa khít.

Ví dụ
It fits like butt on a potty and will have you returning to it time and again. If there’s one small gripe, it would be that the volume control borders on the on-off variety; for much of the control turn, there is no gradation and very little happens.

First things first, Wang washes her face with Image Skincare's Vital C Hydrating Cleanser, which contains a blend of antioxidants (chất chống oxi hóa) and vitamins to brighten and protect her skin from free radicals. "I love how creamy and hydrating it is," she says. Next up, she pampers her complexion with 111Skin's Bio-Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask, as she says it helps hydrate and tone the skin. "It fits like butt on a potty, and I leave it on for 20 minutes or so," she adds.

As with any Otterbox case, the Exo Edge for Apple Watch 5 is built to withstand any rough treatment. Not even the wildest boxing match or extreme sporting activity will dislodge (đuổi ra khỏi) this tough little case. It protects all the edges and screens of the Apple Watch without covering the screen, buttons, or controls. This is the most resilient Apple Watch case on the market, and it fits like butt on a potty, but this one does come in at a higher price range. This is one of the best Apple Watch Series 5 cases if you have the budget.

Ka Tina

“It fits like shoes painted on with a brush” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jia Ye

“It fits like shoes painted on with a brush” = vừa như đôi giày được sơn bằng cọ -> nghĩa là vừa khít.

Ví dụ
Before I leave the shop, I try on a 1980s Hanae Mori evening dress with big, puff shoulders. It fits like shoes painted on with a brush, and I decide, it’s coming home with me to London. 

With his latest single, Mexican producer and singer-songwriter Andrés Arzate made an accidental anthem for these COVID-19 times. Originally inspired by the long, tedious wait that comes with running errands in a government office, “Esperar” transforms this familiar frustration into a bright, dancey indie-pop track we can easily relate to, and it fits like shoes painted on with a brush in our current global situation, where it seems all we do is wait.

Even Paul Mescal, the Irish actor who brought Connell to life, knows its power. In an interview with The Cut, Mescal said he insisted on wearing a chain in the show, just as Connell does in the book. He told the outlet, "It’s absolutely part of Connell’s identity. If another character wore one, it would be totally jarring. With Connell, it fits like shoes painted on with a brush." At the end of filming, Mescal gave the chain to Daisy Edgar-Jones, who plays Marianne on the show, though he told The Cut she "lost the fucking chain."

Ka Tina

"Drunkness reveals what soberness conceals" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Philipp Meiners

"Drunkness reveals what soberness conceals" = cơn say tiết lộ hết điều lúc tỉnh táo che giấu -> nghĩa là rượu vào, lời ra.

Ví dụ
Drunkness reveals what soberness conceals. They say the truth comes out when you're drunk, but research actually shows that isn't true. 

'I wasn't in a state where I didn't know what happened, but you don't think of how your actions and words, when you're drunk, can have an affect on your life'. The truth is drunkness reveals what soberness conceals.

He taught me many things, mostly that when there is a problem, alcohol is not the answer. But that should be my first guess. Mac was an unfiltered truth-teller. There are only three things that will tell you the truth: small children, tight jeans and drunkness reveals what soberness conceals.

Ka Tina

"Circle the wagons" nghĩa là gì?

"Circle the wagons" = vòng vây xe ngựa -> nghĩa là đoàn kết để tự vệ, nghĩa khác là chỉ trao đổi với những người/nhóm đáng tin cậy. 

Ví dụ
That the tech giants and much of the mainstream media either suppressed, ignored or minimized the New York Post story is a scandal in and of itself. This is, however, an increasingly common occurrence in this era of Trump hatred (hận thù). Circle the wagons until Joe Biden crosses the finish line.

The change, Beer says is necessary, but warrants additional help. She's now looking at outside agencies to assist (hỗ trợ) her staff. "Again, the quicker we can identify these clusters and circle the wagons around them," said Beer, "the quicker we can contain it."
On the other hand, the New England Patriots lost to struggling Denver after a few positive tests. The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Las Vegas Raiders after having a practice squad player and a strength coach test positive. Based on all of this, the team most affected by COVID-19 gets a positive bounce-back effect, a circle-the-wagons mentality (trạng thái tâm lý) that carries them through a difficult challenge. 

If Brexit has taught the EU anything, it’s that it pays to stick together in an uncertain world. Donald Trump’s presidency and the assertiveness of China have pushed the Europeans to circle the wagons in defense of their greatest asset (tài sản).

Ngọc Lân

"Don't trouble trouble till trouble troubles you" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Niclas Gustafsson 

"Don't trouble trouble till trouble troubles you" -> nghĩa là nếu cứ muốn gây sự thì đằng nào cũng có chuyện sẽ xảy ra (sinh sự, sự sinh). 

Ví dụ
Don't let your fist run into that good wall when rage call 
Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you 
React, act against the fact that life doesn't fight fear 

Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles 
you Winnipeg inspired me, to stay, but I'm´unsure 
how I long to be, a portrait in a fire, hand over a match 
I always make it harder than it is, 
I need another thing I don't need at all 
I need you to remind me, refresh my point of view

I think I got it but I'm not sure, something good I keep telling myself 
When I told you way you would´t buy it, my dreams are bigger than common sense 
Then I start to over analyze, make up another thing that doesn't exist 
You refuse to be the one in color I feel like Jekyll and Hyde 
And I know that it is something good 
Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you 
Don't start a fire 

Last week, for example, one of my friends I meet for breakfast every morning at Jack’s related a proverb: “Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.” That one was just delightful, but he followed it with a question: “Haven’t you ever heard that one before?” No, I hadn’t, and that got me to thinking, which is always dangerous since it leads to more questions.

Ka Tina

"If you cannot have the best, make the best of what you have" nghĩa là gì?

Gấu có thể không có nhưng chó phải có một con. Photo by Maria Teneva

"If you cannot have the best, make the best of what you have" = nếu không có cái tốt nhất thì hãy làm tốt nhất cái mà bạn có -> nghĩa là có còn hơn không, tương tự với tục ngữ "không có cá thì lấy rau má làm ngon".

Ví dụ
“Who’s to say how much money would actually get paid out,” Almeida said, “but if you cannot have the best, make the best of what you have.”

"Addiction (sự nghiện) is not a 9-to-5 habit. That said, if you cannot have the best, make the best of what you have, which is why we’re opening 10 to 4."

"Anythings would be helpful at this point 'cause I guess something’s better than nothing," Christian said. "If you cannot have the best, make the best of what you have."

Ka Tina

"Something better than nothing" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Clement Souchet

"Something better than nothing" -> nghĩa là có còn hơn không.

Ví dụ
“If the government were to say it’s unnecessary to travel for a wedding, I would get my money back because then I have government restrictions to fly,” she says. “[We’d get] 30 per cent back, but still something’s better than nothing at this point.”

“It’s hard not getting in that 100% game, those full-contact practices and games that you need,” New Canaan junior Barrett Schmitz said. “With 7-on-7, I love doing it. You see us getting emotional and really fighting out there. It’s just good to be out there doing something better than nothing.”

“All proceeds go to Black and Brown running groups in Chicago,” said Saulinier, who represents one group that is raising money virtually for charitable causes. It’s not ideal, and it’s not the marathon we’re used to, but as that organizer said, “We’re still doing something, and something’s better than nothing.”“All proceeds go to Black and Brown running groups in Chicago,” said Saulinier, who represents one group that is raising money virtually for charitable causes. It’s not ideal, and it’s not the marathon we’re used to, but as that organizer said, “We’re still doing something, and something’s better than nothing.”

Ka Tina

"Better die on your feet than live on your knees" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Johnny Cohen 

"Better die on your feet than live on your knees" = thà chết đứng còn hơn sống quỳ lạy -> nghĩa là chết vinh còn hơn sống nhục.

Ví dụ
"You would rather die on your feet than live on your knees," spit the band in a track that unfortunately doesn't quite live up to its title, in one of the least memorable and remarkable tracks on the album. Saying that, it is a minor low-point on an album of otherwise consistent peaks.

As extra police were drafted in to control angry crowds outside the parliament (quốc hội, nghị viện) in Nicosia, protesters brandished placards (vung tranh cổ động/áp phích) reading ‘No to Fourth Reich’ and ‘Better die on your feet than live on your knees’.

“There’s an old saying that you’d rather die on your feet than live on your knees,” Moorhead says. “We wanted to do everything we could to show respect to a game that’s very important to two schools, but we won’t be a program that’s going to take a back seat to anyone. The fans saw the head coach and primary leader of the program stand up not just for the kids but for the school and the team. I think that meant a lot to them.”

Ka Tina

"Better die a beggar than live a beggar" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Egor Myznik

"Better die a beggar than live a beggar" = thà chết như một tên ăn mày còn hơn sống làm kẻ ăn mày -> nghĩa là chết vinh còn hơn sống nhục.

Ví dụ
Translated, “Zapata quote is my way of saying I love the movie and believe in it. Made it for the fans. Best experience of my life” means “I’d better die a beggar than live a beggar.”

"Better die a beggar than live a beggar," Charb told Le Monde in 2012. On Wednesday, multiple gunmen killed at least 12 people, including Charb and other cartoonists from the magazine, when they opened fire at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo.

The Zapata quote, which is often attributed to Che Guevara and was co-opted by Charlie Hebdo’s editor Charb before his death at the hands of terrorists (kẻ khủng bố), translates as: “I’d better die a beggar than live a beggar.” It was tweeted by Ayer just over an hour after the first reviews for Suicide Squad were published. Ayer qualified his use of the quote in a second tweet.

Ka Tina

"Beauty dies and fades away but ugly holds its own" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by kevin laminto

"Beauty dies and fades away but ugly holds its own" = sắc đẹp rồi cũng tàn phai nhưng xấu xí vẫn giữ được vẻ của chính nó -> nghĩa là cái nết đánh chết cái đẹp.

Ví dụ
The title of the play comes from an Albert Einstein quote — “Beauty is but skin deep, ugly lies the bone. Beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own.” Ferrentino workshopped the show in 2014 and 2015 before its New York City premiere in 2015.

The thirtysomething Jess is less good at domestic relationships. She is uneasy with Kacie, her older sister, and especially suspicious of Kacie’s new boyfriend Kelvin, an unemployed waster. And then there’s Stevie, Jess’s ex, who is now married, and works as a gas station attendant. He is awkward, but oddly friendly. But can he get over the fact that Jess has been so violently disfigured? At first Ferrentino turns up the comedy as Jess, who is in constant agony (sự đau đớn, khổ cực), is confronted by the obsessive positive-thinking of her closest friends. By making her vet a woman she is also able to crystallize (kết tinh) a host of issues about body image, attraction and beauty. The title of play alludes to Albert Einstein’s two-line verse that ends: “Beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own.”

Ka Tina

“Ill-gotten, ill-spent” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Taylor Simpson

"Ill-gotten, ill-spent” -> nghĩa là của bỗng dưng mà có, không do sức mình làm ra và rồi lại mất ngay, không giữ được (của thiên, trả địa).

Ví dụ
Come on, don't wait for money without working! After all, "ill-gotten, ill-spent".

A lazy man wishes money comes from God but hard-working people don't because ill-gotten, ill-spent.

Happiness is to do what you love and enjoy what you make. Just remind yourself of trying your best to gain your goals no matter how hard it is rather than "ill-gotten, ill-spent".

Ka Tina

“Man propose, god dispose” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Davide Cantelli

“Man propose, god dispose” -> nghĩa là mưu sự tại nhân, thành sự tại thiên.

Ví dụ
APC President had turned to media mockery (nhạo báng) in different style. APC Government is an evidence of man propose God dispose. 

There is a saying; Man propose God dispose. So rest assured that those dreams of his belong in an alternate universe that will never be part of reality.

Thank God for a successful medical surgery. went for a 5 days Vacay trip to California with my son and this is where I ended up ma Vacay. We all should all get close to God Man propose God dispose. tomorrow ain’t promised you never know what next. Am fine now God is the greatest #nunugang

Ka Tina

"A big shot" nghĩa là gì?

"A big shot" = đóng góp lớn -> nghĩa là người quan trọng và có ảnh hưởng lớn.

Ví dụ
Boyle, who is forty and has a thick beard, represents a working-class district in northeast Philadelphia. He wondered why they wanted to talk to him. “I’m not a big shot,” he told me recently. “I represent sixty-five thousand people.” 

It’s incredibly competitive — but not cut-throat like New York or L.A. — it was just a very welcoming community. Everybody is sort of a big shot in their own small town and then everybody goes to Nashville and finds out there are really talented musicians there. It’s a very humbling experience, but if you stick it out it makes you so much better. 

Don’t be like Moira Rose, the matriarch in Schitt’s Creek, who lands upon the small town a cappella (ca sĩ hoặc nhóm nhạc biểu diễn mà không cần nhạc đệm, bài hát được viết với mục đích biểu diễn không nhạc đệm) group with all the subtlety of a grenade (lựu đạn). Just because you’re a big shot in the city doesn’t mean all the people in your new country town are desperately waiting for you to come and be their friend, or join their group or volunteer with their organisation. Of course volunteer groups welcome new members and expertise – but be careful not to foist yourself on to people until you have assessed the lay of the land and held back for a bit.

Ka Tina

"Break even point" nghĩa là gì?

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"Break even point" -> nghĩa là điểm hòa vốn (trong kinh doanh).

Ví dụ
Exactly when your business hits the break-even point depends on many factors and your ultimate goals shouldn’t be reaching the break-even point quickly. Rather, you want to break-even as soon as it’s reasonably possible.

Though the future of Universal's Epic Universe is still in limbo, Comcast has confirmed that things are starting to look up for their theme park division, and they are expecting to hit a break even point in 2021, even if Universal Studios Hollywood remains shuttered due to restrictions in California. And though attendance, revenue, etc. are all down significantly year over year, with current difficulties breaking even might be the best that not just Universal, but any theme park group can hope for in the age of COVID-19. 

In the negotiations (cuộc đàm phán), the management suggested biennial wage (tiền lương hai năm một lần) talks, an increase in base pay of 22,000 won and seven million won in bonus to be paid by next year. The payment increased 1.5 million won from the previous offer and the management removed the precondition that 1.3 million won can be paid only when the company is above its break-even point at the end of this year. On the management’s part, this is a substantial concession in that the company’s cumulative (tích lũy, dồn lại) losses amount to three trillion (nghìn tỷ) won or so and COVID-19 led to a production loss of 60,000 cars in the first half of this year.

Ka Tina

“The greater you climb, the greater you fall” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jhon Jim

“The greater you climb, the greater you fall” -> nghĩa là trèo cao té đau.

Ví dụ
“The greater you climb, the greater you fall” is my direction beacause I'm simple and satisfied with everything I have.

Don't let fames make you blind! The greater you climb, the greater you fall. It's better to try your best for simple goals.

She thinks that she's a smart and ambitious girl, so she always sets high goals for herself but not realizes that “The greater you climb, the greater you fall”.

Ka Tina

“Diamond cuts diamond” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Edgar Soto

“Diamond cuts diamond” = kim cương cắt kim cương -> nghĩa là vỏ quýt dày có móng tay nhọn.

Ví dụ
Fiction offers a useful medium for such activism, for diamond cuts diamond. To the fiction of state, we offer our own fiction. 

You can pick your metaphor (phép ẩn dụ): It takes iron to break iron. Diamond cuts diamond. If you so wish, you can even say, poison (thuốc độc) is the only antidote (thuốc giải độc) for poison. It means the same thing. But the last may be more appropriate, given that the election campaign we are talking about is our most venomously bitter yet.

Diamond cuts diamond is a useful proverb but one that is almost always ethically justifiable as far as a game of wits is concerned. Once it turns physical, the matter becomes wholly subjective. If Nair was one end of the extreme, spewing hate against women, didn’t the women’s physical misbehaviour categorise them as the other end?

Ka Tina

"The stars have aligned" nghĩa là gì?

"The stars have aligned/line up" = các vì sao đã thẳng hàng -> nghĩa là tình hình hiện tại rất lý tưởng, có triển vọng cho hoạt động nào đó; thời cơ đã đến. 

Ví dụ
The Cleveland Browns star receiver looks much better than he did all of last year and has played a key role (vai trò) in the franchise’s 4-1 start, its best since 1994 when Bill Belichick was the coach. For Beckham, the “stars have aligned.”

If you're looking for more space in your life, look no farther: The stars have aligned to bring your four separate (tách biệt) space events today (Oct. 21).

It is as if the stars have aligned to bring about this unparalleled exhibition (triển lãm) of six art legends, originally planned for the same year as the Olympics. “We planned to introduce artists that people coming from all over the world most wanted to see,” said Museum Director, Mami Kataoka.

In terms of sequels (phần tiếp) that fans want, it seems like fans of HOCUS POCUS are down for a witchy return as long as the three original stars came back, and not just as mere cameos. Judging from Midler's enthusiastic reaction, it looks like the stars have aligned for the Sanderson sisters to make a worthy comeback. Not much is known about the sequel but it is in development at Disney+ with Adam Shankman tapped to direct a screenplay by Jen D'Angelo.

“For me, the most exciting thrillers come out of real-life situations, situations we can all imagine ourselves getting into — if the stars line up the wrong way,” writer Jason Starr told The Hollywood Reporter. “Casual Fling is an erotic thriller about how one mistake can tear a family apart, but it’s also about control — using sex to control, but also about how the decisions we make can control the outcomes of our lives. It’s ultimately an extremely empowering story.”

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Friday, October 30, 2020

"Depend on the kindness of strangers" nghĩa là gì?

"Depend on the kindness of strangers" = dựa vào lòng tốt của người lạ -> nghĩa là tự lừa bản thân.
Ví dụ
Blanche Dubois’s famous line, from “A Streetcar Named Desire,” has long struck me as poignant (đau nhói: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Perhaps Ms. Dubois was being a bit melodramatic (quá đáng). It’s also entirely possible she had depended on the kindness of strangers a little more than was good for her.

Knight tells us that the contestants will not even have so much as a tent (cái lều), and will need to depend on the kindness of strangers for nearly everything. The contest starts this Friday morning, July 10th.

It’s never wise to depend on the kindness of strangers – or Donald Trump – but it should be a different story when it comes to your neighbor (hàng xóm).

Moreno has fond memories of harvest (thu hoạch) season with his father. It was a time of year when they had to depend on the kindness of strangers who volunteered (tình nguyện) their time and energy to the harvest. It was the only way that running the church was possible. 

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"The lap of luxury" nghĩa là gì?

"The lap of luxury" -> nghĩa là sống trong điều kiện giàu sang, xa hoa.

Ví dụ
Their values don’t align (ngang hàng) with your values. They are living in the lap of luxury while you are wallowing (đầm mình) in the pits of despair. The are wealthy while you struggle to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. Your anger explodes into intense rage, usually against someone in you community.

Businessmen and women, who used to travel shorter distances by flights, are now opting (thích) to drive or to be driven rather than take a flight. The younger generation is more aspiring and more willing to spend their money. Many youngsters aspire (tham vọng) to get into the lap of luxury. We opened bookings (đặt hàng) for the Audi Q2 only on October 3, but have received over 100 bookings.

Build your own pool and swim in the lap of luxury. The local lido (bể bơi công cộng) is out. So why not make a splash in your own backyard with a private pool? Splashing out £50,000 on a heated outdoor pool might sound like an extravagance (phung phí), but David Cameron is only going with the flow at his £1.5 million Cotswolds home.

As Coppola’s latest adventure begins, we see Felix, who has made his millions as an art dealer, in the lap of luxury with a chauffeured (tài xế) Mercedes, first-class hotels and sensational (kỳ lạ) magic in his persona (tính cách).

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Không hề giấu diếm

phát thanh viên truyền hình dọa... giết thị trưởng vì lộ chuyện nhắn tin hẹn hò giữa hai người...
An inappropriate relationship (mối quan hệ không đúng đắn) between a news anchor (phát thanh viên truyền hình) and the married mayor (thị trưởng) of Anchorage, Alaska is blowing up both their careers. Anchor Maria Athens shot a bizarre (kỳ lạ, kỳ quặc) promo for her Facebook page accusing (buộc tội) Mayor Ethan Berkowitz of being a pedophile (kẻ ấu dâm). Athens also left him a voicemail that ended with her threatening to kill him and his wife. The mayor said he had an inappropriate texting relationship with Athens, but denied her other claims. Police found no evidence of Athens' claims against Berkowitz.

Có một việc thôi

có một việc để chính phủ làm thôi,

đừng can thiệp vào lựa chọn cá nhân của người dân, chấm dứt "phong tỏa"...
Here’s a response to a recent comment by Thomas Hutchison:

Mr. Hutchison:
Commenting on a blog post in which I link to several essays that argue against covid-19 lockdowns, you write “All have good points, but all seem to fall short in not being specific enough about what to have done/to do instead.”

With respect, to oppose the lockdowns is to endorse leaving individuals free to choose their own levels of prevention (ngăn ngừa, ngăn chặn), both for themselves and their loved ones. Individuals differ in their risk preferences (ưa thích rủi ro), in their and their loved-ones’ vulnerabilities (dễ tổn thương), and in many other personal and family circumstances that require the making of trade-offs – trade-offs that will and should be made differently by differently situated people. Therefore, to criticize those who oppose government-imposed lockdowns for not specifying “what to have done/to do instead” is to miss the point entirely.

There is no one set of specific actions to be done. There is, instead, a range of different responses that is as wide and open-ended as is the vast range of differences among individuals. Or, put differently, there is one specific thing for government to do: get the hell out of the way of individual choice and initiative. Immediately end the lockdowns, grand and petit, as well as all threats and prospects of such. This course of action is the one that the authors of the pieces to which I linked call for wisely – and specifically.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics

Hãy đánh giá đúng

ko phải những thành tựu kinh tế chỉ có người giàu hưởng (như truyền thông hay nói), mà người nghèo mới là người thắng cuộc lớn nhất,

ở các nước giàu, giờ ko phải đói ăn đói mặc nữa, kể cả người nghèo, có lo là lo những vấn đề của "thế giới thứ nhất", như béo phì hay netflix chẳng có gì hay để xem...
trích dẫn hôm nay… is from page six of the print version of Art Carden’s and Deirdre Nansen McCloskey’s superb lead essay for the September/October 2020 Cato Policy Report – an essay  (tiểu luận) (“How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World”) that is excerpted (đoạn trích) from their forthcoming book (for which I have already placed my order at Amazon, and encourage you to place yours), Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich):

It would be cold comfort (sự an ủi ít ỏi) if the gains since 1800, or 1960, had gone to the rich, as you hear claimed every day. But the poor have been the big winners. The great economist Joseph Schumpeter described “the capitalist achievement” in his 1942 book, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: “Queen Elizabeth owned silk stockings (vớ dài bằng lụa). The capitalist achievement does not typically consist in providing more silk stockings for queens but in bringing them within the reach of factory girls in return for steadily decreasing amounts of effort.” Marie Antoinette is supposed to have said, when told that the peasants had no bread, “Let them eat cake” (well, “brioche,” but same difference.) In rich countries now, people worry about different problems. All of us, even the poor, have too much bread. We eat too much cake. We are on our way to a world in which everyone has “first‐​world” problems such as bulging waistlines, cluttered closets, and nothing good to watch on Netflix.

"Fall into your lap" nghĩa là gì?

"Fall into your lap" = rơi vào lòng -> nghĩa là tự dưng đạt được điều gì, không cần cố gắng.

Ví dụ
In essence, changing - or 'spoofing' - your location with an app such as a VPN will open up a world of new cities and streets for you to virtually (gần như) explore. Let's face it... what are the chances that there's a Lucario just loitering (lảng vảng) in your location? And a Mewtwo is hardly just going to fall into your lap.

When it comes to building a strong and successful business, this isn’t something that’s likely to just fall into your lap. Rather, you have to be proactive (chủ động giải quyết khó khăn) in going after what you want, and these three top tips are designed to help you do that. Put them into action today to create an enterprise (sự nghiệp) that goes from strength to strength.

Risk-takers know that success isn’t going to fall into your lap. Sometimes you have to hunt (săn tìm) for it. And in that chase, opportunities arise, those best waves, if you like, that may never have been found if they had waited.

You shouldn’t wait for signs (dấu hiệu) of child identity (nhận dạng) theft to fall into your lap, though—especially if you’re estranged from the child’s other parent or have a family member you think could be capable of such a crime. 

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything" nghĩa là người không có lập trường sẽ ngả theo bất kỳ điều gì. 

Ví dụ
I just feel like that’s completely unacceptable because your silence is your violence. Malcolm X once said that ‘A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything’ and I feel like this is the time where if people say they care about black people and that they are for the movement, they need to show it and definitely verbalize (phát biểu thành lời) it.

First-year Ashley Sha held a sign with a quote from Malcom X: “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” She said Coleman’s emotional speech was particularly impactful (ảnh hưởng) for her. “Just him speaking and showing his emotions,” she said. 

Definitely support the players. Would also support them if they boycotted (tẩy chay) the league. "A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything"

“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything”, said Malcolm X. The quote simply means if you aren’t committed to a thought or idea, you will be an easy victim of distraction (quẫn trí). It seems with today’s society, distractions are almost impossible to get rid of (vứt bỏ).

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"Have your name in lights" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Quick PS on Unsplash

"Have one's name in lights" = có tên trong ánh sáng -> nghĩa là nổi tiếng nhờ các hoạt động nghệ thuật.

Ví dụ
Have your name in lights with a $200 donation (ủng hộ) to sponsor a hole! A sign will be on display with your name or your company’s name, and will be mentioned in the brochure (and the WS Blog as well!).

''We haven't done too badly for a couple of immigrants (nhập cư),'' Roy told the New York Times in 1989 as they performed in the city. ''When two guys come from Germany with absolutely nothing, it's a great thing to have your name in lights at the Radio City Music Hall, don't you think?''

I can assure you that if you were a teacher, fireman, politician the good ole boys of the RCMP would have your name in lights for all to see. Why is it when it is one of their own screw ups that they get protected. Even if you are a bad mountie, you still get protection.

We’ve heard all of his accomplishments, but no one so far has mentioned the Robert Aldrich I knew, the humanitarian (nhân đạo). He was always kind, and thoughtful regardless of who you were. You didn’t have to be a big name, you didn’t need have your name in lights, but he treated everyone on a humanistic level.

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