Journey in Life: 05/01/20

Friday, May 1, 2020

"Inside story" nghĩa là gì?

Hẳn là mọi người đều tò mò câu chuyện bên trong "ông lớn" này. Photo by Anderson Guerra from Pexels

"Inside story" = chuyện nội bộ -> nghĩa là câu chuyện chỉ người trong cuộc mới biết, câu chuyện thầm kín, ít người biết.

Ví dụ
Fans have been given their first look at Arsene Wenger's new book - with the Arsenal legend set to reveal (tiết lọ) the full inside story of his rise and fall at the Gunners.

Doctors waiting at St Thomas's hospital for Boris Johnson to arrive only realised he wasn’t coming when they saw him clapping the NHS on TV, reveals Harry Cole, as he shares the dramatic inside story of the PM's coronavirus battle.

Steven Levy who has written FACEBOOK The Inside Story. For three years, tech writer Steven Levy has had unprecedented (chưa từng có) access to Facebook’s key executives (giám đốc điều hành) and employees, including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. His new book FACEBOOK: The Inside Story is a fascinating narrative (câu chuyện hấp dẫn) that digs deep into the company’s history, revealing (tiết lộ) fascinating new insights as he tells the full story of the company that has changed the world and reaped the consequences (hậu quả).

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"Banbury story" nghĩa là gì?

Nói chuyện tào lao, buồn ngủ dễ sợ. Photo by Polina Zimmerman from Pexels

"Banbury story/tale" nghĩa là câu chuyện vô nghĩa, lan man dài dòng mà không có kết thúc rõ ràng.

Ví dụ
Is it indeed! God! Never heard such a Banbury story!

A: 'And you think this Banbury tale will make me look more favourably (thuận lợi) on you?'
B: 'I hope it will because I have a proposal (cầu hôn) to make.'

Isabel was not at all convinced (bị thuyết phục). As soon as Mr.Stanton's steps had retreated (rút lui) beyond their hearing, she turned to Sophy, her eyes shining. 'Why, Sophy! What a Banbury tale! He came to see you, I am sure of it.'

"Mr.Tretower," Olympia said, "has a Celtic flair (năng khiếu) for the dramatic. I expect he tells that Banbury tale to every gullible (cả tin) young girl who comes to the spa. Then he rents her one of his ponies to go off trekking for a day. A most profitable business, I think."

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"That's a likely story" nghĩa là gì?

"Không biết thật hay đùa ta?" Photo by Afif Kusuma on Unsplash

"(That's a) likely story" = nói điêu, tào lao -> thể hiện sự hoài nghi đối với lời nói của người khác.

Ví dụ
The other thing I've noticed is the organic (hữu cơ) fruit and vegetables are sweeter, you might think that's a likely story.

Unlike the tale of Atlantis, the account of the cosmos (vũ trụ) he's about to give should be seen not as the truth but as "a likely story.”

If my Dad could still speak, he would probably say, “That's a likely story.” However, the story could be true. Who can say it's not? “Who knows?"

Isla: I didn't know that you had that in you — imagination (tưởng tượng). But New Yorkers are big. We know that our entire world's a stage for we have Broadway. Darlene: That's a likely story. I've heard more, no need to feel embarrassed (xấu hổ) by that acclaim, Isla.

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"That's the story of my life" nghĩa là gì?

Cho nhau những lời khuyên chân thành. Photo by Seven 7 from Pexels

"That's/it's the story of my life" nghĩa là cái số tôi nó thế (nói về những điều tệ thường xảy ra nhưng theo cách hài hước).

Ví dụ
It may not be the story of my life as it actually happened, and definitely not as I wish it happened.

I believe that's what the signs (dấu hiệu) are for and then the reality of her not being in my life sets in and I have to try and let go again. That's the story of my life for the past two years.

I shrug (nhún vai) again. It's the story of my life lately. One big shrug of ambivalence (mâu thuẫn). "I don't know, but it doesn't matter. I've been fussed (quấy rầy) over on my birthday for most of my life. You know, to keep up appearances and all."

That is, when they're not trying to drain (hút) every drop of blood out of me for one of their test that never tells anybody anything. Well, at least not me that's why I never stick around (lảng vảng) to hear the results. Then again, that's the story of my life.

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"But that's another story" nghĩa là gì?

"Lúc khác kể cậu nghe nốt chuyện." Photo by Pressmaster from Pexels

"(But) that's another story" = nhưng đó là câu chuyện hoàn toàn khác -> dùng khi không muốn kể chi tiết câu chuyện hoặc sẽ kể sau.

Ví dụ
That's another story for another day, though.

I’ve purchase (mua) hundreds of items online from private sellers with very few issues. Most of those issues were of items not being in as good of shape as described in the advertisement (quảng cáo), but that’s another story.

Whether fact or fiction no one would or could tell. In fact, any question into serious calamity (tai họa) or illegal (bất hợp pháp) behavior, and especially the mention of brothels (nhà chứa), has been met with the same answer, “Oh, that's another story,” the local version of “off the record” (không công khai).

On that very night I slept through without waking and the next morning I cried and I cried. It was so wonderfully restorative (phục hồi) and I grieved (buồn) for what I had so missed. This only lasted the one night but I went back every week so that gradually it became the norm (thông lệ) and the screaming habdabs (tiếng la hét gây bực mình) became the odd exception (ngoại lệ). Then just as I started to get a good night's sleep, the menopause started, but that's another story.

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"Bedtime story" nghĩa là gì?

À á à à ơi... Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels 

"Bedtime story" nghĩa là truyện kể ru ngủ (cho trẻ) hoặc câu chuyện bịa đặt. 

Ví dụ
Tonight’s bedtime story is all about a little cactus (cây xương rồng) called Felipe, who just wants a hug too.

A 6-foot-10 police officer ironically (trớ trêu) read a bedtime story about the shortest girl in her first grade class to kiddos of the Chico community (cộng đồng).

The Isle of Sheppey writer said: "I hope parents will read them to their youngsters. KentOnline has agreed to help me share them as I hope they will make great bedtime stories."

Knox County Schools announced that the current Athletic Director and former national championship-winning head coach (huấn luyện viên trưởng) for the Vols, Phillip Fulmer will read a bedtime story for KCS students Tuesday night.

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"A tall story" nghĩa là gì?

Walt Disney. Photo by Benjamin Suter from Pexels

"A tall story/tale" = một câu chuyện cao -> nghĩa là câu chuyện khó tin, mang tính tưởng tượng cao.

Ví dụ
Just 'cause it's a tall tale, don't mean it ain't true.

Stop me if you’ve heard this tall story because I have—countless times.

One expert (chuyên gia) described the situation as “a global environmental nightmare (cơn ác mộng môi trường toàn cầu)”. In Scotland, it was said that 600,000 mattresses (nệm giường) were thrown away every year – surely not? – which, if piled up (chất đống) together, would be 100 times taller than Ben Nevis. A tall story indeed.

Joshua Hague, who is listed in court records (hồ sơ tòa án) as the lead attorney (luật sư chính) for Smith and Carver, did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday. In its own filings (hồ sơ), Lippert has dismissed (bác bỏ) ASA’s allegations (cáo buộc) as a “tall tale” that spins a conspiracy (âm mưu) out of nothing, and portrayed (mô tả) its hiring of Smith as unimportant.

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"Shaggy dog story" nghĩa là gì?

Không hiểu sao lại bị lôi vào câu chuyện luôn ớ. Photo by Denise Duplinski from Pexels

"Shaggy-dog story" = câu chuyện chú chó lông xù. Đầu thế kỷ 20, nhật báo Times Of London ở Anh đăng một quảng cáo nói rằng nếu ai tìm được một con chó có lông xù nhiều nhất trên thế giới thì người đó sẽ được lãnh một số tiền thưởng là 5000 bảng Anh, vào thời đó là một số tiền rất lớn. Sau nhiều tháng trời tìm kiếm, cuối cùng người ta tìm thấy một con chó lông rất xù tại Australia. Người ta đem con chó đó sang Anh quốc và 100000 người Anh đã ra đón con chó này. Nó được đưa về nhà của vị quý tộc đã treo giải thưởng. Vị này nhìn con chó rồi nói: “Tôi không cho rằng con chó này có lông xù”. Và câu chuyện chấm dứt ở đó. Vì thế “A Shaggy Dog Story” ngày nay được dùng để chỉ một câu chuyện dây cà ra dây muống, chẳng có kết luận gì cả khiến người nghe phải thất vọng.

Ví dụ
I hope this doesn’t seem like a shaggy dog story, but Alan’s harrowing (đau lòng) experience came to mind in the light of this Sunday’s readings. The notion (quan niệm) of taking a journey and being on the right path is a metaphor (phép ẩn dụ) for human experience that runs through the entire Bible (Kinh thánh).

In 2018, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz released (phát hành) Beastie Boys Book, a memoir (hồi ký) as brilliant and unorthodox (không chính thống) as their music. Its 571 pages were packed with first-person anecdotes (giai thoại), photographs, lists, illustrations (minh họa), recipes, mixtape playlists, flyers and shaggy dog stories.

The sort of high-wire (mạo hiểm), playfully enjoyable riff (đoạn ngắn) on movies that only Quentin Tarantino could get away with, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a massively fun shaggy-dog story that blends (pha trộn) fact and fiction, inserting made-up characters (nhân vật) at the heart (trung tâm) of real, horrible events (Charles Manson horrible) and then daring history to do its worst.

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"It's a long story" nghĩa là gì?

Chuyện tình dài tập của cặp đôi. Photo by Josh Willink from Pexels

"It's a long story" = đó là một câu chuyện dài và hấp dẫn (khó có thể kể tiếp vì quá dài hoặc phức tạp).

Ví dụ
Clive decided not to go into too much detail when telling the story, opting to leave fans wanting more. However, he did quip (nói nước đôi): ‘It’s a long story and I probably deserved it!’

I knew I wanted to be a business school professor (giáo sư) when… This is a little embarrassing (xấu hổ), but it’s a long story that goes back to when I was in college, and my wife and I were still dating.

Hobbie grew up in Waite Park. Carol was born in St. Cloud. They met by happenstance (tình cờ). "It's a long story," Hobbie started, noting one of his friends had a "big truck" and planned to help Carol's family move from just west of town to a house on Ninth Avenue.

I ended up in the Twin Ports and got married to my lovely wife in large part because of Vice President Hubert Humphrey. It’s a long story but a phone call from the V-P to the Base Commander at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Ohio got the wheels turning to have me transferred (chuyển) here while I was in the service.

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"Every picture tells a story" nghĩa là gì?

Đằng sau mỗi bức ảnh đều có một câu chuyện. Photo by Rodolfo Clix from Pexels

"Every picture tells a story" nghĩa là mỗi bức tranh đều ẩn chứa một câu chuyện.

Ví dụ
Every picture tells a story don't it. It's not just a song lyric. We want to see your pictures or videos of your sports life. Tell us the story behind the image and there's a good chance we'll put it on the air (phát sóng).

It is rightly said that every picture tells a story and when it comes to pictures of our Bollywood celebs (người nổi tiếng) there are no exceptions. Apart from their films, Bollywood celebrities often share moments from their personal lives that not only grab eye-balls (thu hút ánh nhìn) but also become viral on the internet.

Every picture tells a story but we’re really not sure what the story is here. A bemused (sửng sốt) Radio One Mike Read gets a trim (cắt tỉa) at Ian Anthony’s hairdressers before visiting Bolton Indoor Bowling Alley in 1990. The hairdressers was situated behind the bowling alley. It’s the strange expressions (biểu cảm lạ) on the faces of those standing by which is the real mystery (bí ẩn).

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"Cover story" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jess @ Harper Sunday from Pexels

"Cover story" nghĩa là câu chuyện trang bìa (tạp chí), câu chuyện hot và quan trọng. Nghĩa khác là lời khai (gian dối) dùng làm bằng chứng ngoại phạm.

Ví dụ
For his 2001 cover story, the actor was photographed neck-deep in water, in a state of undress (không mặc gì). If that sounds familiar, it’s because this isn’t the first time, thankfully, Law has lost his shirt.

The famous story is that Joe Kennedy “knew it was time to get out of the market when he received stock (chứng khoán) tips from a shoe-shine boy (cậu bé đánh giày).” Or we talked in February about a Bloomberg Businessweek cover story about the influence (ảnh hưởng) of Reddit day traders on the stock and options (quyền chọn) markets.

With Powers flying in radio silence, CIA officials didn’t know for sure he had crashed (rơi) until he didn’t show up on time in Bodø. The cover story plan was put into action: U.S. officials suggested the pilot could have had oxygen problems and the plane could have flown on into Soviet territory (lãnh thổ) with its autopilot (máy lái tự động) engaged.

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Cẩn thận, đừng lại gần trẻ con ngoài đường

được đứa bé 11 tuổi nhờ róc mía, rồi bỗng dưng bố nó xuất hiện, tức giận hỏi tại sao ở gần con anh ta lúc 8h tối,

tránh tranh cãi nên bỏ đi, nhưng bị bố đứa bé đuổi theo, đấm, đá vào mặt và... cắn vào chim :D
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...Starr News has gathered on April 6, 2020, the victim- Eric Kwadwo, was returning from town and met an 11-year-old son of the suspect at the roadside peeling (bóc vỏ) sugar cane (cây mía).

The boy pleaded (xin, khẩn cầu) the victim (nạn nhân) to assist him in peeling his sugar cane but suddenly the suspect-Atta Kwaku appeared at the scene furious (tức giận) and angrily queried (hỏi, chất vấn) the victim why he was standing with his son around 8:00pm.

According to the victim, to avoid an altercation (cãi nhau, cãi lộn, đấu khẩu), he decided to walk away from the scene but the suspect followed him casting aspersions, then violently pushed him to the ground which he fell facedown resulting in injuries below the nostrils (nũi), on the face and on the right hand.

Suspect not satisfied pounced on him grabbed and bit his penis resulting in a deep cut.

Không đeo khẩu trang, sợ quá

em gái 27 tuổi bị bắt vì check-in sân bay trong tình trạng "ko mảnh vải che thân"...
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A woman who arrived at Louis Armstrong International Airport while wearing not a stitch of clothing was later arrested when she refused to leave the facility.

Mariel Vergara, 27, of Pueblo, Colo., was completely nude (khỏa thân hoàn toàn) when she walked into the airport and made her way to the Spirit Airlines ticket counter (quầy bán vé) on Friday night, April 3.

A deputy dispatched to the scene noted that Vergara had already put on a dress by the time he arrived.

But she was still violating (vi phạm) public decency (trang nhã nơi công cộng) laws because she had on no underwear (quần lót), and the dress was too short to cover her genitals (bộ phận sinh dục),

"To the nth degree" nghĩa là gì?

Chiếc cup mà đội tuyển quốc gia nào cũng muốn đạt được. Photo by: Fauzan Saari on Unsplash

"To the nth degree" -> nghĩa là đạt đến mức cao nhất, mức tối đa.

Ví dụ
“She was just a wonderful, wonderful person, full of energy she would keep us organized (được chuẩn bị đầy đủ) to the nth degree. She was amazing in everything she did. It will take 10 people to replace what she could do,” Shaw said.

“Our disabled (tàn tật) citizens and some of our elderly (cao tuổi) citizens are unable to access the courtroom on the second floor to attend our meetings and for other important functions that may be held in City Hall. I support an elevator to the nth degree, but with that being said, these are unusual times, this is something we never saw coming,” said Bengel. “My fellow businesses are hurting, our citizens are hurting. They have either lost their jobs or been furloughed (nghỉ phép) from their jobs. ”

Dan Maroney represents the Montana mindset (quan niệm) to the nth degree – deals sealed with a handshake, respect and appreciation for the outdoor world, a love of family and a deep belief in the importance of self sufficiency (cuộc sống đầy đủ).

Ngọc Lân

Hàng nào bị cấm giao khi cách ly xã hội?

đó là sex tại nhà (do hộp đêm offer) thì ko được nhé... :D
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Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission is urging (thúc giục) authorities (cơ quan có thẩm quyền) to launch a probe (điều tra) into nightclubs (hộp đêm) in the country that are offering home delivery for illicit activity amid coronavirus-related shutdowns around the country.

“This is an attack not only on the right to public health, but also constitutes discrimination (phân biệt đối xử) and possible human trafficking (buôn người) for sexual exploitation,” the commission said in a statement.

Some of the nightclubs in question are accused of human trafficking and advertising underage (chưa đủ tuổi) girls.

Bài trước: Buồn thay

Buồn thay

người mẫu stream nhảy khỏa thân online, nhiều fan xem (tăng do cách ly xã hội) nhưng thu nhập ko tăng bao nhiêu (xem sex free quen rồi)...
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More of us are making and watching sexual performances online now. Fewer of us are paying.

Ms. Heart is streaming on CamSoda, one of many webcam or “camming” sites that stream live online broadcasts. Generally called “cam models,” these people might strip or dance on camera while viewers message them. The performers work for tips, to accommodate laws that regulate sex work.

...But this growth isn’t always translating into more money for the models. Mileena Kane, 24, a popular cam model for CamSoda, said people think she’s making easy money right now. While she has noticed new viewers, her earnings are static.

...Before the new coronavirus pandemic, some models also partook in other forms of sex work, like stripping (vũ nữ khỏa thân), pornography (khiêu dâm) and escort (điếm hạng sang) services. Others worked at bars in the evening and cammed when they had the time; some held office jobs.

Now, many have one job. And for models who cam full-time, the work can be all consuming. Ms. Kane cams for 12 hours a day, almost every day of the year, she said, and only took two days off last year. Though this schedule is physically exhausting, she said it’s worth it.

“That’s just something that comes with being an entrepreneur,” Ms. Kane said. “I’m trying to work as hard as I can while I’m young so I don’t have to later.”

Sáng tạo thời Covid-19

các clb cũng tiến hành múa khỏa thân online, ko thì vũ nữ lấy gì ăn...
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For the past three weeks, Justin LaBoy, 28, a former professional basketball player (cựu vận động viên bóng rổ chuyên nghiệp) and a social media personality, and Justin Dior Combs, an entrepreneur and P. Diddy’s 26-year-old son, have been hosting virtual pop-up strip clubs on Instagram Live.

Many bars and strip clubs (clb vũ nữ khỏa thân) were forced to close nearly overnight (buộc phải đóng cửa gần như ngay sau 1 đêm) around much of the world. Thousands of bartenders, bottle service girls and dancers have been left with no income. As with many other organizations, from elementary schools to Twelve Step meetings, strip clubs have also sought to recreate the experience digitally.

Magic City, a strip club in Atlanta, has started offering “virtual lap dance” performances on Instagram stories. Tory Lanez, a rapper, also recently began hosting dance nights for his 7.5 million followers, calling it “Quarantine Radio.”

"Plain as a pikestaff" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Carlos "Grury" Santos on Unsplash

"Plain as a pikestaff" = rõ như cán lao -> nghĩa là rất rõ ràng, dễ nhìn thấy, dễ hiểu.

Ví dụ
The last broadsheet was printed on Saturday, May 8, and the following Monday the tabloid (thu gọn) version was printed with eight editions a day. Then editor Geoff Elliott said it was as plain as a pikestaff that a tabloid should return.

Miss Bennett-Jenkins said that one of Mr Scott's friends described him as "gobby and starting," suggesting he was "ready to start a fight." She asked the jury (hội thẩm đoàn) of seven women and five men: "What was the attitude of AJ Scott that night? "That is as plain as a pikestaff. He has issues he would like to hide away from us.

It is now as plain as a pikestaff, it is nakedly (trần trụi) obvious, that the MP has no clothes. And what I mean by that, there are some members of parliament (quốc hội), that will vote for us to leave the European Union under any circumstances (tình huống).

Ngọc Lân

Cách mạng công nghiệp lần 1: điều còn quan trọng hơn động cơ hơi nước là gì?

theo nhà kinh tế landes, thì đó là sự phát triển của đồng hồ...
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David S. Landes, a distinguished (biểu lộ những phẩm chất đặc sắc; xuất sắc, lỗi lạc; có dáng vẻ hoặc cung cách đàng hoàng, đạo mạo) Harvard scholar of economic history, saw tidal movements in the rise of seemingly small things. He suggested that the development of eyeglasses made precision tools (thiết bị chính xác) possible. Maybe, he said, using chopsticks (đũa) helped Asian workers gain the manual dexterity (khéo tay) needed to make microprocessors (mạch vi xử lý).

In his 482-page “Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World” (1983), Professor Landes, who died last month at 89, examined the growth of the industrial age through the history of timepieces, tracing their origin to medieval European monasteries (tu viện châu âu trung cổ); monks, he wrote, needed something to tell them when to gather for a regular round of group prayer.

To Professor Landes, the development of timepieces — more than steamships — drove the industrial age by molding the very culture of capitalism. Factory owners, for example, awarded watches to punctual workers, while workers bought watches to make sure they were not being misused by the factory clock.

Dịch bệnh và gian lận

shared from fb Khăn Piêu,
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Thật ra ba yếu tố cấu thành nên gian lận (cơ hội, sức ép/kích thích và thói quen) không bao gồm dịch bệnh, nhưng dịch bệnh làm gia tăng hai trong ba số đó. Mua bán, giao dịch nhiều trong thời gian gấp gáp, tình hình đặc biệt thì sẽ có nhiều cơ hội và cũng kích thích người ta gian lận nhiều hơn.

Đầu tháng 4/2020, Hiệp hội các cơ quan kiểm toán tối cao (INTOSAI) cũng thống kê lại những bài học gian lận trong quá trình chống dịch Ebola tại châu Phi, với đỉnh cao là Bộ trưởng Y tế CHDC Công-gô đi tù 5 năm, để nhắc nhở các cơ quan kiểm toán thành viên đảm bảo nghiệp vụ trong kỳ dịch COVID.

Việt Nam cũng là một thành viên của INTOSAI.

Một số bài học họ thống kê được từ dịch Ebola như sau:

Đối với y tế:
1. Đấu thầu sai quy định: chỉ định thầu giá cao, hoặc ký kết hợp đồng sơ sài, điều khoản bất lợi cho chính phủ

2. Mua quá nhiều vật tư y tế. Hàng tồn sau chống dịch có thể dùng khám chữa thương mại, kiếm lời cho cơ sở y tế. Hoặc khai tăng số vật tư cấp phát trong dịch để chiếm dụng cá nhân

3. Mua dư nhiều trang thiết bị. Tương tự với vật tư y tế, việc xin mua quá nhiều trang thiết bị có thể do các cơ sở y tế muốn lợi dụng dịch để được đầu tư cho quá trình khám chữa thương mại sau này

4. Trang thiết bị, vật tư y tế được các tổ chức tài trợ cho không nhưng lại được tính là đi mua đối với chính phủ

Đối với gói cứu trợ:
1. Trợ cấp cá nhân: trợ cấp không đúng đối tượng; trợ cấp hai lần cho một đối tượng; tiền trợ cấp không phát/ chuyển khoản ngay cho đối tượng mà được giữ ở cơ quan trung gian một thời gian để phục vụ mục đích riêng

2. Cho vay cứu trợ doanh nghiệp: các khoản vay cho mục đích cá nhân của chủ doanh nghiệp được lồng ghép vào trong gói vay chống dịch để hưởng chung lãi suất ưu đãi; tổ chức tín dụng chậm giải ngân vốn vay để chiếm dụng vốn

Trong dịch bệnh thì thường con người ta suy nghĩ thoáng hơn, hay cho, cho nhiều và cho nhanh.

Tuy nhiên, các tổ chức về liêm chính luôn đề cao ngọn cờ "Cho có suy nghĩ", tránh việc để chính lòng hảo tâm của mình làm xã hội mất đi những nhà chuyên môn tốt khi đang rất cần họ.

Lâu lắm tôi mới post 1 bài chán ngắt này, nhưng tôi nghĩ là nó có ích.

"The fortunes of war" nghĩa là gì?

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"The fortunes of war" = vận mệnh của chiến tranh -> nghĩa là những việc không thể đoán trước được trong chiến tranh.

Ví dụ
Gray was awarded a Victoria Cross and is remembered today on memorials ranging from cadet (trường sĩ quan) units to a school to a new navy patrol vessel. There is even a memorial to him and his bravery in Japan. But as far as I’ve been able to determine, Sutton is almost unknown, even in his hometown. The fortunes of war are fickle indeed.

When the fortunes of war turned, it was most visible in the southern Ardennes town of Bastogne, where surrounded U.S. troops (lính) were cut off for days with little ammunition (súng đạn) or food.

Adolf Hitler badly needed a major reversal (lật ngược) in the fortunes of war to give Germany a chance to negotiate a more favorable peace agreement than the “unconditional surrender” that President Franklin Roosevelt had in mind.

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"Sod this for a game of soldiers" nghĩa là gì?

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"Sod this for a game of soldiers" -> nghĩa là từ bỏ cái gì vì nó quá mệt mỏi, nhàm chán.

Ví dụ
If you look at the opinion (ý kiến) polls, people are still in favour of the lockdown. They are frightened — and with good reason. But with every day that passes, a larger and larger minority thinks: “Sod this for a game of soldiers, I’m off to work.”

Sod this for a game of soldiers. I really don’t care whether what I’m about to do is wise or expedient (thiết thực) or even legal, come to that. I’m just sick to the back teeth of what’s happening to my country. It’s wrong. It feels wrong. And if the system that is supposed to look after the interests of decent, law-abiding, productive citizens will no long protect the interests of decent, law-abiding, productive citizens then I guess I’ll have to take the law into my own hands.

I thought ‘sod this for a game of soldiers’ let’s finish the ****ing thing I am fed up (chán nản) of explaining why there was no 5th album every day. Luckily, Richard Treece and Ken Whaley agreed to do it and Dave Charles had the master tape.

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"Store up" nghĩa là gì?

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“Store (something) up” nghĩa là dự trữ đồ dùng/đồ ăn...

Ví dụ
In addition, you can store up to three different gaming profiles with onboard memory (bộ nhớ bo mạch).

Footage (cảnh quay) shot inside a disused airbase (căn cứ không quân) shows how aircraft hangers (nhà để máy bay) are being prepared to store the bodies of up to 1,480 coronavirus victims (nạn nhân).

Crude storage (kho trữ dầu thô) around the country is now 61% full, but with capacity to store up to another 255 million barrels (thùng), according to estimates (ước tính) from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

My friends, Jesus said it so well, Matthew 6:19-21, when He said that we should store up treasures (kho báu) in Heaven where moth (con nhậy) and rust do not corrupt (tham nhũng). True treasure is in Heaven my friends and one day, even when you did something for the least person you know, you will not as Jesus says, lose your reward.

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"Variety store" nghĩa là gì?

Circle-K phát triển vô cùng mạnh mẽ tại Việt Nam. Photo by Anh Vy on Unsplash

"Variety store" nghĩa là cửa hàng tạp hóa hoặc cửa hàng tiện lợi (convenience store).

Ví dụ
A large quantity (lượng lớn) of cash stolen from a St. Thomas variety store employee (nhân viên) has been returned along with an apology (xin lỗi) note, police say.

In 2018, variety stores achieved the most robust (mạnh mẽ) value growth among all store-based retailing channels (kênh bán lẻ) in Vietnam. The appearance (xuất hiện) of international brands such as Miniso and Ilahui since 2016 has changed the Vietnamese variety store retail landscape (cục diện) by bringing a wide range of products.

As neighboring cities grew and eventually surrounded Sun City, the need for a 24-hour convenience store within the boundaries (ranh giới) of Sun City slowly diminished (giảm dần). Within a decade, Circle K would close the store and leave the community (cộng đồng), though the company returned eventually with stores at 9848 W. Bell Road and 18610 N. 107th Ave.

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"Store is no sore" nghĩa là gì?

Những chiếc hộp này còn có thể dự trữ được nhiều đố nữa nên đừng vội vứt đi. Photo by 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

"Store is no sore" = dự trữ không thừa -> nghĩa là đồ định vứt biết đâu có ích sau này nên đừng vứt vội hoặc dự trữ càng nhiều của càng tốt.

Ví dụ
It is, however, a traveller's axiom (chân lý) that, “Of good introductions, store is no sore,” and many of mine proved to be worth their weight in gold.

Why not get two or three week's supply (cung cấp) at once, and so get it cheaper? Store is no sore. People are saving at the wrong place and spoil the ship for a halfpenny's worth of tar.

Mr.Henry, through the excess of his modesty (nhún nhường) and self-diffidence (khiêm tốn), never published any of his labours to the world, nor ever fitted or prepared any of them for the press (báo chí); and yet none more valued the labours of others, or rejoiced (hãnh diện) more in them; nor have I heard any complain less of the multitude of good books, concerning which he often said, that store is no sore, and he was very forward to persuade (thuyết phục) others to publish ; and always expressed a particular pleasure (niềm vui) in reading the lives, actions, and sayings of eminent men (cao nhân), ancient and modern, which he thought the most useful; and instructive kind of writings.

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