Journey in Life: 03/15/20

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

"Table d'hôte" nghĩa là gì?

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"Table d'hôte" trong tiếng Pháp có nghĩa là "table of the host" (bàn của chủ nhà). Cụm từ này là tên gọi kiểu thực đơn chỉ có một vài món theo set (theo phần) với giá cố định. Menu theo set bao gồm món khai vị, món chính, món tráng miệng và chủ yếu thấy ở nhà hàng Pháp.

Ví dụ
'Happening Gourmand' is continuing its brunch (bữa xế) table d’hôte specials across Old Montreal until March 1.

The establishment (cơ sở) changes its table d'hote menu on a monthly basis to keep its food seasonal (theo mùa) and interesting.

This is on display alongside the £40 table d’hôte – comprising (bao gồm) three courses – and the extensive à la carte (bữa ăn phục vụ theo đặt hàng từng món).

There is an a la carte menu, a table d’hote offering (phục vụ) Monday to Saturday from 5-7pm – with three courses for £19.95 – a comprehensive (hỗn hợp) lunch menu from 12-3pm and a serving of afternoon tea at £14.95 from 3-5pm daily.

Thu Phương

"Set the table" nghĩa là gì?

Xếp được bàn ăn là cả một nghệ thuật. Photo by mali maeder from Pexels

"Set/lay the table" nghĩa là chuẩn bị, bày biện lên bàn ăn (thìa, nĩa, đĩa, bát...). Nghĩa bóng là khiến kết quả mong muốn xảy ra.

Ví dụ
Since I spend much of my time in the part of our house near the kitchen these days, I often earn at least part of my meals by setting the table according (theo) to the likely menu of the day.

Bill Gates steered (lèo lái) the company through a period of massive growth (tăng trưởng lớn) but also set the table for his successor (người kế nhiệm), Steve Ballmer, to deal with antitrust (chống độc quyền) issues.

It was supposed to be the day to imagine the possibilities (khả năng): all the tantalizing (trêu ngươi) matchups, the favorites, and, of course, the underdogs (kẻ thua)— so many underdogs — that would pop up on the 68 lines to set the table for America over the next three weeks.

A PUnS-based robot only made six mistakes (lỗi) in 20,000 attempts (lần thử) at setting the table, even when the researchers (nhà nghiên cứu) threw in complications (phức tạp) like hiding a fork -- the automaton (máy tự động) just finished the rest of the tasks and came back to the fork when it popped up.

Thu Phương

"Table scrap" nghĩa là gì?

Chăm cún cũng như chăm con vậy, vất vả phết. Photo by Kasuma from Pexels

"Table scrap" = thức ăn thừa trên bàn. Cũng có nghĩa là cuộc cãi vã (trên bàn ăn).

Ví dụ
Foods to focus on for your pup, if you’re feeding them table scraps, are fruits, vegetables and cooked meat.

Lean (thịt nạc), cooked meats like chicken, turkey and beef also top the list as far as safe-for-Fido foods, as they add protein to your pup’s diet, much like cooked eggs, which are also a good table-scrap snack.

"I was already giving you everybody else’s table scraps, Robyn. Do you think that’s fair? I don’t. It’s just that you were the one willing (sẵn sàng) not to sit there and fight and argue and scrap it out,” he yells.

We recently chatted with the Pioneer Woman while she hung out with puppies from the North Shore Animal League America rescue (giải cứu) and launched the three newest flavors of her Purina dog treats. Seeing as her human recipes are so delectable (khoái trá), we couldn’t help but wonder what her table scraps policy is with her pups.

Thu Phương

"Get the royal treatment" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Emile Guillemot on Unsplash

"Get the royal treatment" = được đón tiếp kiểu hoàng tộc -> cụm từ này nghĩa là nhận được sự tiếp đón, chăm sóc công phu, long trọng.

Ví dụ
You can truly get the royal treatment during your stay because both accommodations provide plush, hotel quality beds, complimentary wine and s'mores kits, coffee, tea, toiletries and more.

As of now Wildcard has not announced which Dinos will get the royal treatment for TLC 3 but has promised to do so closer to the patch's release date. Like all gameplay-focused updates, TLC 3 will be free for all players.

"They have been very gently prepared," enthuses sommelier (người phục vụ) David Stephen, eyeballing the pale spears with approval. Only the most tender parts of the 25-centimetre-long stalks are utilised, and given a milk bath to boot—Cleopatra of Egypt wasn't the only one to get the royal treatment.

Thảo Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Refresh them with" nghĩa là gì?

"Not tonight, Josephine" nghĩa là gì?

Nhanh gọn, dứt khoát! Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

"Not tonight, Josephine" = không phải tối nay, Josephine -> từ chối, cự tuyệt lời mời mang hơi hướng tình dục. Cụm từ được cho là vị vua Napoleon đã nói với vợ mình.

Ví dụ
"Baskin-Robbins?" Martha asked. They always went for ice cream after the movies.
"Not tonight, Josephine." Her father didn't look at her. "I have to get back to Betsy. She's waiting, anticipating (mong đợi)."

It's one of history’s most famous love affairs (chuyện tình) – and spawned (sinh ra) the well-known phrase ‘Not tonight, Josephine.’ But the reality of French emperor (hoàng đế) Napoleon Bonaparte’s relationship with his wife Josephine de Beauharnais was totally different than commonly believed, according to a new documentary (tài liệu) series.

'Well, the love of a good woman, as they say ... c'mon, I've got lots to tell you on the drive back to your hotel.'
'My hotel?' she said as they walked to the car. 'Don't you mean our hotel?'
'Not tonight, Josephine,' he said drily (lạnh nhạt), tossing (ném) her bag onto the back seat and opening the passenger door for her.

Thu Phương

"Poacher turned gamekeeper" nghĩa là gì?

Coi chừng ghét của nào trời trao của đó nha. Photo by mentatdgt from Pexels

"Poacher turned gamekeeper" = từ kẻ săn trộm thành người canh không cho săn trộm -> công việc, vai trò hay quan điểm của người nào đã thay đổi hoàn toàn, trở thành người có quyền lực kiểm soát những người giống họ trước đây; người mà bây giờ lại bảo vệ cái mà trước đây họ ghét. Cũng có thể nói ngược lại "gamekeeper turned poacher".

Ví dụ
Talk about poacher turned gamekeeper; from being the best shoplifter (kẻ trộm đồ) in my year I have become a scourge (người trừng phạt) of the light-fingered loiterers (kẻ lảng vảng), keeping a beady eye out for them at my volunteer job in a MIND shop.

Many printing companies (công ty in ấn) are frustrated (thất vọng) how hard it is to engage buyers (thu hút người mua) in today’s world. That’s where Matthew Parker can help. He is a gamekeeper turned poacher. Parker has bought print (bản in) for more than 20 years and received over 1,400 print sales pitches. He now uses his buyer’s point of view to give practical advice (lời khuyên thiết thực) to printers.

Reform (cải cách) windows would open briefly on three further occasions over the coming two decades of Ukraine’s post-Soviet progress. Following his 1999 reelection (tái tranh cử), Kuchma again flirted with a reformist agenda (chương trình cải cách). However, his attempt to deploy (triển khai) “gas princess” Yulia Tymoshenko in a poacher-turned-gamekeeper role to clean up the country’s energy sector (ngành năng lượng) provoked such strong protests (biểu tình) that it eventually led to her removal and temporary imprisonment (tống giam).

Thu Phương

"Poach on your territory" nghĩa là gì?

Tấc đất, tấc vàng. Photo by John Lambeth from Pexels

"Poach on (one's) territory" = xâm phạm lãnh thổ của người khác -> lấn chiếm, xâm phạm tài sản của người khác.

Ví dụ
Maybe he did poach on your territory, but in both cases (trường hợp) he had your support (ủng hộ) when he did so.

You think I'd poach your territory? You forget that I patrol (đi tuần tra) with you. I don't want to be at the wrong end of your daggers (dao găm).

You're constantly on the move, always having to be careful not to expose (phơi bài) your true nature to the human cattle (kẻ thô lỗ), but also alert (cảnh giác) for rival vampires (ma ca rồng) eager (khao khát) to poach your territory.

"Don't concern yourself," Devona said with a hand held out in calming encouragement (khích lệ). “I am not here to poach your territory, Amara. I don't think Mina even meant to, really. You know what she's like. She was a bitch in heat before she even became...well, a bitch in heat.”

Thu Phương

Không có khẩu trang, phải làm sao?

như một số anh chàng nhật bản, đeo 'quần lót nữ'...
This is either ridiculously (lố bịch) smart or tragically (thảm họa) stupid.

With face masks (khẩu trang) that supposedly protect from coronavirus in short supply around the globe, some men in Japan are trying out another idea: Wearing women’s underwear over their faces instead.

Twitch streamer Cjaysan discovered that when, while visiting Japan, a couple of men walked up to him with newly purchased underwear covering their noses and mouths.

Though face masks have become a popular item in the wake of the fast-spreading virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it’s not necessary to wear one if you’re healthy (unless you’re taking care of somebody who might have the infection (nhiễm bệnh)) but to put one on if you are coughing (ho) or sneezing (hắt hơi).

"Ne plus ultra" nghĩa là gì?

Rồi một ngày, tôi sẽ tỏa sáng! Photo by Wendy Wei from Pexels

"Ne plus ultra" nghĩa là sự hoàn hảo tuyệt đối. Trong tiếng Latinh, câu khẩu hiệu có nghĩa "vươn xa hơn nữa", ẩn dụ về việc chấp nhận rủi ro và phấn đấu cho sự xuất sắc. Cụm từ là sự đảo ngược của cụm từ gốc Non plus ultra ("Không có gì xa hơn nữa").

Ví dụ
‘We’ve never cheated (lừa dối) on each other, we’ve never broken up. We hang in there,’ she told PEOPLE back in 2018. ‘Raising children, maintaining my sanity (tỉnh táo) in a crazy world. Our world is crazy, it’s getting crazier, and Hollywood is the ne plus ultra of crazy.'

The look has remained so influential (ảnh hưởng) and is still talked about so frequently that you’d almost swear (thề) he wore it to this year’s Golden Globes, not 2019’s. It’s become the ne plus ultra of modern men’s style and an early indicator of (hopefully) more exciting, gender-bending (bẻ cong giới tính) red carpets (thảm đỏ) to come.

The MSC is the ne plus ultra of security (an ninh) wonkery, a sort of Cannes film festival for ugly people. It is exciting to see the whole wider community (cộng đồng) in one place, to ogle (liếc mắt đưa tinhf) at the stars of our little world, and to imagine yourself on the main stage next year after everyone finally recognises your genius (thiên tài).

Thu Phương

Văn phòng quốc hội chung tay đẩy lùi dịch bệnh Covid-19

cho người dân tiền mặt trực tiếp,
hoãn yêu cầu người nhận bảo hiểm thất nghiệp phải tìm việc làm,
cho gia đình thu nhập thấp có con phải ở nhà tiền trợ cấp ăn uống,
Congress should make direct cash payments—mailed checks or direct deposits—to low-income households in places with severe outbreaks (đợt bùng phát nghiêm trọng/nặng nề). Hourly wage workers (lao động làm việc nhận lương giờ) should not feel compelled to (không cảm thấy bị ép buộc phải) show up to work sick because they need to pay bills. Congress can help these Americans recover and keep other people healthy by financing their time away from work.

In states experiencing severe outbreaks, Congress should waive (từ bỏ, khước từ, thôi) the requirement that people receiving unemployment insurance payments look for work. Better that such unemployed workers receive financial assistance for rent, mortgages and groceries than to risk spreading the virus by applying and interviewing for jobs. Congress should also waive work requirements in the food-stamp program.

Children in low-income families will miss subsidized (trợ cấp) meals if schools are closed. Federal subsidies to those households should be increased to account for lost breakfasts and lunches. This might help relieve some of the pressure on low-income parents, who might otherwise feel the need to go to work even if ill.

Cash-strapped (thiếu tiền/thiếu vốn) states may be reluctant (do dự, e dè) to divert (chuyển hướng) spending from other priorities (ưu tiên) toward health care, especially as more people use services. States that experience outbreaks may also lose tax revenue. Congress should increase the share of Medicaid spending financed by the federal government to alleviate the budget pressure.

Phóng viên bố láo

nói rằng đại dịch covid-19 khiến người già chết bớt, và có lợi cho nền kinh tế...

He reasoned Spanish flu had a 'lasting impact on supply' because it killed off 'primary bread-winners', which he said is unlikely to happen with coronavirus.

Then he said: 'Not to put too fine a point on it, from an entirely disinterested economic perspective, the COVID-19 might even prove mildly beneficial in the long term by disproportionately culling* elderly dependents.'

A screengrab of Warner's comments on 'culling elderly dependents' received a strong backlash (phản ứng dữ dội) online, with readers blasting them as 'despicable' (đáng khinh; ti tiện, hèn hạ) and 'deeply sinister' (ác, độc ác, hung hãn, nham hiểm; đầy sát khí).

* Culling là thuật ngữ chăn nuôi chỉ việc tiêu hủy có chọn lọc những cá thể có tính trạng không mong muốn, bị bệnh trong bầy đàn.

"Plus ça change" nghĩa là gì?

Dù có thay đổi thì con người vẫn là con người. Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels 

"Plus ça change (plus c'est la même chose)" (tiếng Pháp) nghĩa là càng thay đổi thì lại càng giữ nguyên -> các vấn đề hoặc tình huống xấu vẫn như vậy ngay cả khi người hoặc những thứ liên quan đến chúng không giống nhau.

Ví dụ
So while we Brits have been stockpiling (dự trữ) toilet paper, the French have been looking for answers in a piece of allegorical existentialist (người ủng hộ thuyết sinh tồn) writing by a Nobel Prize-winning author. Plus ça change...

Observing (quan sát) Boris Johnson’s current merry band of brothers and sisters, one would be tempted to wheel out the phrase plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Which, in a roundabout way (một cách vòng vo), brings us to the curious (tò mò) decision by ITV to resurrect (gợi lại) Spitting Image for their new SVoD service BritBox.

As the people started looking forwards, not back, it was inevitable (không tránh khỏi) that Buzz would beat Woody, rockets (tên lửa) would replace railroads (đường sát)... But the more we looked forwards – the more we realised that the people slinging (treo) guns and herding livestock (chăn gia súc) under the endless, open skies of the prairie (thảo nguyên) weren’t that different from the people mining ore (khai thác quặng) on some desolate moon of Jupiter (sao Mộc) surrounded by the twinkling canvas of infinity. Frontiers (biên giới) were frontiers, and people were people. Plus ça change.

Thu Phương

"Plus interest" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by John Guccione from Pexels

"Plus interest" = lãi suất thêm -> một khoản thu nhập tích lũy bổ sung, thường dựa trên tủ lệ phần trăm cố định hàng tháng của tổng số tiền chưa thanh toán.

Ví dụ
Check Into Cash, Jasper, vs Kyle Roach, Otwell, default judgment (xét xử) last week in favor of Check Into Cash in the amount of $682.50 plus interest.

In a separate statement (tuyên bố riêng), Walsh said Rio will pay him A$6.8 million ($4.40 million) related to a portion of his long- and short-term (ngắn hạn) incentive awards (phần thưởng khuyến khích), plus interest. Two more payments are still to be made, one in December 2020 and another in May 2021.

It should be fairly obvious (rõ ràng) that a repo market intervention (can thiệp thị trường repo*) isn’t like, say, printing $1.5 trillion to pay for an expansion of health care. If the Fed funded (tài trợ) Medicare-for-all that way, it would not get $1.5 trillion back plus interest. It would just spend a whole lot of money on doctor’s and nurse’s salaries (lương), MRI equipment, hospital mortgages (thế chấp), etc., and never get it back.

Thu Phương

(*) Repo chứng khoán là giao dịch mua hoặc bán lại chứng khoán có kỳ hạn được sử dụng trên thị trường tài chính

"Plus-minus" nghĩa là gì?

Đôi khi cho chắc cú, 1+1 tôi cũng phải tính máy tính. Photo by Kaboompics .com from Pexels

"Plus-minus" hoặc "plus or minus" = cộng-trừ -> nhiều hơn hoặc ít hơn, đại khái, ưu điểm/khuyết điểm. Đây còn là phương pháp tính toán sự hiệu quả của một cầu thủ chơi khúc côn cầu.

Ví dụ
The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 1,001 registered voters between March 8-9. It has a margin of error (biên sai số) of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

A strange thing is taking place on one of the two best teams in the Western Conference. Colorado Avalanche defenceman (cầu thủ phòng thủ) Ryan Graves is – and I believe I have this right – plus-one million on the NHL season to date.

A majority of Democrats (Đảng Dân chủ) say a primary would be better (64%), as do a plurality (đa số) of Republicans (Đảng Cộng hòa) (43%). The poll, conducted by Selzer & Co., interviewed 800 Iowa adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Andre Iguodala is still getting settled (ổn định) into his new team and role with the Miami Heat. The 36-year-old wing has only played seven games this season and as a result, the former All-Star’s -5.4 plus/minus stat from this season leaves much to be desired (mong muốn).

Thu Phương

Có mẹ nào là Phật tử, ăn chay trường và bị nhà chồng ghét giống mình không?

đừng nói là ăn chay, vì ám chỉ là hơn người khác về tâm linh, tôn giáo,

nói là ko ăn thịt động vật vì lý do sức khỏe thôi (chứ ko phải đạo đức, luân thường đạo lý chi hết)...
Dear Dan,

I’m a committed vegan, but whenever I tell people they tend to have a negative reaction. Is there something about veganism that turns people off?


A recent study by Vlad Chituc, a doctoral student in psychology at Yale, found that people tend to dislike vegans because they give the impression of thinking that they are morally superior. Vegans can defuse this reaction, however, if they say they are avoiding animal products for health reasons rather than ethical (đạo đức, luân thường đạo lý) ones. So next time the subject comes up with a new acquaintance, try emphasizing this aspect of your diet, at least to begin with.

Mẹo để trẻ hết đi học muộn

phải tự dậy theo báo thức và đi bus của trường, lỡ thì tự đi bộ, bị cô phạt v.v...

ko phải cứ lỡ bus rồi lại đánh xe đưa con đi học, con nhờn ra...
Dear Dan,

My son is a high-school senior who frequently misses the bus. Every morning I try to wake him up several times, but I often can’t get him out the door on time. When he misses the bus and I have to drive him to school, I end up reprimanding him, which makes him angry. How can we solve this problem?


People learn behaviors by making associations, either consciously (ý thức) or subconsciously (tiềm thức), between an action and a response. Even though you’re trying to help your son, your response when he oversleeps reinforces his bad behavior. Every time you wake him up and drive him to school, he is learning that he has a viable backup if he ignores his alarm clock. My recommendation is to stop helping him get to school on time: Don’t wake him up and don’t offer to drive him. After a few painful failures, he should learn that he needs to go to bed earlier and respond more diligently to his alarm clock.

Cách chào hỏi nhau trong mùa dịch Covid-19

hồi ebola là chạm khuỷu tay,

giờ có chạm chân kiểu cún,
Dear Dan,

I know that because of the coronavirus we are supposed to stop shaking hands. But when I meet someone I find myself doing it anyway, mainly because it would be awkward to suggest a different form of greeting. Any suggestions?


When you’ve just met someone, there’s no time for a discussion about the coronavirus before you shake hands, and you don’t want to imply that you suspect the other person might be infected. What we need now is a substitute (thay thế)—something we can all do without thinking too much about it or causing offense.

During the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the Nigerian government discouraged handshaking to reduce the spread of the disease. Instead, they introduced the “Ebola handshake,” where people bend their arms and bump elbows. This approach recognized that it’s not enough to tell people what not to do; you also have to give them an alternative.

Now that technique is catching on in the U.S. Last week, Vice President Mike Pence was photographed greeting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee by bumping elbows. A video from Wuhan, where the pandemic originated, shows another approach: Two men say hello by tapping their feet together, a move dubbed “the Wuhan Shake.” If we adopt one of these new techniques in the U.S., however, let’s not call it the “coronavirus handshake,” because we might want to have it in store for future viruses as well.

Bực mình vì phải đóng tiền sân tennis khi đi giao lưu

đến giao lưu ở trường của con gái, toàn đồ "free", cảm thấy rất là sung sướng, mà thật ra có free đâu, học phí đã đóng quá cao rồi,

nhưng đi giao lưu tennis, bị bắt đóng thêm 10 usd thì bực mình, vì sao?

-> đó là do nghĩ đến các chi tiêu riêng rẽ nhau, mà ko nhìn vào bối cảnh tổng thể 

-> là lý do đưa ra các quyết định chi tiêu phi lý như trả tiền trước hằng năm cho tiki để được giao hàng miễn phí, hoặc bực mình khi siêu thị bắt mua túi đựng đồ,
Dear Dan,

Our daughter attends a very expensive private university, where I recently attended an event. There were lots of freebies for us to take, including fancy snacks and notebooks with the university logo. I was excited to get these items, but of course they aren’t really free since we pay so much in tuition.

I thought about this last week when my tennis team was playing a match at a different club, and we were asked to pay a $10 fee to use the facilities. This felt annoying and unfair, even though I spend a lot more than that on my tennis hobby overall. Why did I get so excited about those “free” items and so angry about this small expense, when neither of them really matters in the big picture?


The problem is that we tend to think about each of our expenses separately, rather than seeing them in their overall context. This is the source of many of our irrational financial decisions and emotions—whether it’s paying high fees to money managers who don’t justify the cost, or paying Amazon an annual fee for “free” shipping or getting annoyed when the supermarket starts charging a nickel for a plastic bag. It’s not easy to think clearly about each small expense in terms of our total financial situation, but if you can, you will be able to make better decisions about money.

Ứng dụng miễn phí giúp quản lý chi tiêu

nếu chỉ đặt ra hạn mức chi tiêu rồi quên bẵng đi đến cuối tháng mới xem lại thì ko ích gì, thường bị overspend,

điều cần làm là thỉnh thoảng phải phân tích, xem chi nhiều vào mục nào rồi, và từ đó điều chỉnh, để đi đúng hướng, chi tiêu hiệu quả...
Dear Dan,

I use a budgeting app (ứng dụng quản lý chi tiêu) to set monthly spending goals (hạn mức chi tiêu hằng tháng) for each category of expense, but every month I find that I’ve gone over my limit in multiple categories. Are budgeting apps just a waste of time?


The struggle that you are experiencing is not between you and your app but between your emotional (cảm xúc) self, which wants to get things now, and your cognitive (liên quan đến nhận thức; dựa trên hiểu biết, kinh nghiệm) self, which wants you to plan for a better future. My guess is that you’d be in an even worse situation without the app.

Budgeting isn’t effective if you set a spending goal and then don’t think about it again until the end of the month. Instead, try using the app to analyze (phân tích) your spending every other day. That way, when you find yourself spending too much, you’ll be able to adjust (điều chỉnh) your behavior (hành vi) to stay on track for your monthly goal, rather than discovering you’ve overspent only when it’s too late to do anything about it.

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Tư vấn mua máy tính

nhiều máy tính quá, ko biết chọn cái nào -> cùng ngồi chọn trên mạng chỉ 2 tiếng thôi (giới hạn thời gian) và sẽ chọn mua cái tốt nhất tìm được trong thời gian đó,
Hi, Dan.

I offered to purchase a computer as a gift for a close relative, and I asked him to pick out the one he wanted. But he simply can’t make a choice. He keeps comparing different models and researching all the available features, even though I’m sure he will never use most of them. How can I help him to make a decision?


Choice paralysis, or what’s sometimes called “paralysis by analysis,” (tê liệt vì phân tích) is a common problem. Some famous experiments in behavioral science have shown that making decisions is harder when you have too many options and too much information (quá nhiều lựa chọn, quá nhiều thông tin). To force your relative to limit his search, tell him that the two of you will sit down together and go shopping online for two hours; then you’ll buy the best computer you’ve found in that time. Using firm deadlines (hạn chót) is a good way to combat our indecisive nature.

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Vì sao thời gian check-in trong khách sạn thường vào lúc 14 giờ?

ko rõ, cũ rồi, giờ The Hoxton và một số khách sạn đã chuyển sang áp dụng check-in giờ linh hoạt...
Check-in and checkout usually run like clockwork: between 2 and 4 p.m. on the front end and around 11 a.m. or noon on the back end. And breaking free of that mold has traditionally meant one of two things: cracking the upper tiers of a hotel loyalty program (where flexible check-in might be a perk of elite status) or requesting extended hours when booking, only to have to plead your case in person. But nowadays The Hoxton and other hotels are embracing more elastic time frames as an across-the-board offering — a move that substantially changes the guest experience, particularly for business and red-eye travelers.

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người đàn ông đốt giường bệnh viện để được y tá chú ý...
John King admitted to setting a plastic bag on fire on Saturday because he felt the AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach staff were ignoring (phớt lờ) his request (yêu cầu) to bring him his clothes and he believed that the fire would get their attention.

King’s roommate (bạn cùng phòng) in the hospital explained to officials that he had seen King light a small object on fire, but convinced (thuyết phục) him to put out the flame, records show. However, when he returned to his bed behind a curtain, he saw King relight the fire and the roommate used the emergency button (nút gọi khẩn cấp) to notify staff,

"Table the motion" nghĩa là gì?

Lại hoãn lịch học, lại phải nghỉ. Photo by Mohammed Suhail from Pexels

"Table (the motion/ something)" có nghĩa là trì hoãn, hoãn lại, đình chỉ cái gì để xem xét/thảo luận sau.

Ví dụ
The board (hội đồng) Tuesday voted to table the motion until its March 24 meeting.

DAP organising chairman (chủ tịch tổ chức) Loke Siew Fook said Hadi should table the motion when the Dewan Rakyat meets in May.

I propose (đề nghị) that Hadi table a motion of confidence (tin tưởng) in Muhyiddin so we can debate and vote in Parliament (Nghị viện).

A review of the numbers shows that a united front (mặt trận thống nhất) of parties pushing for his removal can easily manage 115 signatures (chữ ký) required by law to table the impeachment (buộc tội) motion in the House.

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"Wait on table" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jonathan Borba from Pexels

"Wait on table" hoặc "waiting/waited table" nghĩa là làm bồi bàn hoặc phục vụ đồ ăn thức uống cho khách quen.

Ví dụ
I’ve waited tables in a local supper club, in a chain restaurant (chuỗi nhà hàng), in a pizza/pasta joint.

By day Stringer teaches high school chemistry. By night, she waits tables at the British Open Pub in Venice.

Their meetings are held Tuesday evenings in the basement of the United Church.The older girls waited tables all evening. They enjoy their times and various projects under the leadership (lãnh đạo) of Susan Demchuk, Lynn Joseph and Meg Wisner.

The “unstoppable” Distinguished Young Women (DYW) candidates (ứng viên) from Snake River waited tables at Tommy Vaughn’s on Wednesday evening to meet people, practice their interview skills (kỹ năng phỏng vấn), and raise money (kiếm tiền) for the DYW program.

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"Table-hop" nghĩa là gì?

Đông như này đổi bàn hơi khó nhỉ. Photo by Marcus Herzberg from Pexels

"Table-hop" = nhảy bàn -> chuyển từ bàn này sang bàn khác (trong nhà hàng, bar, pub).

Ví dụ
"You're like having to table-hop," Kidman teased (trêu) her pal (bạn). "She should be at every table."

They leap up (nhảy lên) to shake hands and table-hop, all the while keeping an eye on the door to see who’s coming in.

People table hop all the time. We are very friendly. Inside is rustic (mộc mạc) and down home, and there is a takeout window if you'd rather not stay to eat.

I, who never meet a stranger (người lạ), comfortably mingled (hòa mình) among the crowd. With my Diet Coke in hand, it was easy to table hop, as they all enjoyed breakfast together.

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"Table read" nghĩa là gì?

Đọc kịch bản là phần rất quan trọng trước khi quay phim, giúp các diễn viên ăn khớp với nhau hơn. Photo by Andreas Ohman

"Table read" = đọc bàn -> buổi đọc kịch bản giữa các diễn viên trong một bộ phim, chương trình TV... đạo diễn và tổ sản xuất cũng sẽ có mặt ở đó.

Ví dụ
On Wednesday, the HBO show's official social media accounts (tài khoản) posted a first look at a table read for season 2.

In a video posted to their official YouTube channel, the “Stranger Things” cast showed off glimpses (thoáng qua) of their first table read for Season 4.

"Our last table read sad because its ending but so grateful (biết ơn) and happy to have been able to be part of this family," Sofia Vergara captioned a series of photos from the set.

The table read is vital (quan trọng). It can even be considered the most important part of your scriptwriting (viết kịch bản) and selling process. A table read puts your screenplay (kịch bản phim) at a huge advantage.

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"Refresh them with" nghĩa là gì?

Làm một cốc đây đạt 200% năng lượng! Photo by Brando Makes Branding on Unsplash

"Refresh somebody/something with something" nghĩa là làm cái gì đó mới, thú vị, sáng sủa hơn bằng cách bổ sung một cái khác; làm tươi mới, hồi sinh ai bằng một cái gì đó.

Ví dụ
For the seventh U.S. Girls album, Meg Remy returned to three older songs to refresh them with new arrangements, which feature alongside a host of new material. She recorded Heavy Light live with a crew of 20 musicians.

God has the power to rescue them from bitterness and shame and refresh them with Your love. He can heal their brokenness and revive the spirits of all who lament this sin. In order to call for justice, we must first deepen our respect for the dignity of every human life. Only God has the power to restore.

It appears Microsoft will introduce new Surface Book and Surface Go models with both due out this spring, according to Petri's Brad Sams. Current versions of these Surface devices are underpowered; however, the report reveals (tiết lộ) exactly how Microsofts aims to refresh them with modern specifications (đặc điểm kỹ thuật).

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Bài trước: "Refresh your memory" nghĩa là gì?

"Kiddie table" nghĩa là gì?

Không nghe lời là cho ra bàn chơi một mình nè. Photo by Johan Bos from Pexels

"Kiddie table" = bàn dành riêng cho trẻ nhỏ, thường tách riêng với bàn ăn của người lớn. Nghĩa bóng là tả tính cách ai đó trẻ con.

Ví dụ
“They’re good people. And in my opinion, they did their job. But as a litigator (luật sư tranh tụng) mentioned to me last week, they were at the kiddie table,” Ray said.

In 2016, when Republicans (Đảng Cộng hòa) also had a large field of presidential candidates (ứng viên tổng thống), those getting the lowest poll numbers seethed at being relegated (loại bỏ) to a debate frequently referred to as the “kiddie table” debate because it did not include any of the polling leaders.

You might also get the feeling that the people who are happily in love will look at you with pity (thương hại) — oh those poor miserable (khốn khổ) people forced to sit at the kiddie table, trying to have a good time but deprived (bị tước đoạt) because they don’t have any true love in their life. Even when we hate this lie, we sometimes buy into it anyways.

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