Journey in Life: 05/07/20

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

"Brink of disaster" nghĩa là gì?

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"Brink of disaster" -> nghĩa là bờ vực thảm họa.

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How government mandates have brought one Alaska business to brink of disaster. AND WHAT READERS CAN DO TO HELP. Jason Floyd was living his dream in Soldotna. After being laid off during budget cuts by the University of Alaska a few years ago, he and with his wife Michele and five children opened up a coffee shop in the heart (ở trung tâm) of the Kenai Peninsula.

What is more, it would bring hundreds of thousands of farmers and their families to the brink of disaster. The situation is highly serious according to the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan who estimates that this could be the worst locust (phá hoại) attack in 50
years.

When an unexpected enemy emerges (hiện ra) and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!

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"Old wives' tale" nghĩa là gì?

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"Old wives' tale" = chuyện (thêu dệt) của các bà vợ cũ -> nghĩa là điều sai sự thật hoặc mê tín.

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At some point during our formative years (những năm tháng hình thành nhân cách), we all heard an old wives’ tale or two, right? Some seemed innocent (vô hại) enough — think “eating bread crust (mẩu bánh mì khô) will make your hair turn curly” or “cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis (viêm khớp).” But actually, lots of these old wives’ tales came with some extra baggage that may have done a number on our collective psyche. Sure, they may have seemed harmless when we first heard them, they’ve managed to worm (bò vào) themselves into our thought patterns and maybe even created a few bad habits along the way. But don’t blame abuela, she too was passed down this knowledge before she passed it on to you.

“The idea that everyone needs eight hours of sleep is an old wives’ tale, but you do need to protect your personal sleep quota (chỉ tiêu), whether that’s six hours or nine,” says Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, MS. “It’s such an important part of your health.”

An old wives tale says this is lucky, indicating good things are supposed to be coming your way. Now I can't remember if this was the case on the first two occasions of birds depositing on my head, but let's hope this time it's true. . . but not just for me, the whole world needs a large dollop (miếng to) of good fortune right now. Fingers crossed.

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