Journey in Life: 07/10/20

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Friday, July 10, 2020

"Wigs on the green" nghĩa là gì?

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"Wigs on the green" nghĩa là đánh nhau, chiến đấu, ẩu đả. Thời xưa, đàn ông thường đội tóc giả, dễ bị tuột nếu gặp tác động).

Ví dụ
Through the day, and as night settles dark on the scene, Mirth ends with shillelagh (cây gậy), and wigs on the green.

Mr. David Balfour has a very good ground of complaint, and I think, gentlemen—if his story was properly redd out—I think there would be a number of wigs on the green.

Our oldest soldiers noticed the above with the following characteristic remark 'Hands up soldiers! For there will be wigs on the green today (i.e. dead men's heads on the grass) Here is no child's play, for Jack Frenchman is in right earnest!

This brought all the wigs on the green, and in 1885 a meeting, to which all members of the University were admitted, was held in the rooms of the “ Union ", the largest undergraduate club in Cambridge, to ascertain (xác định) the feeling of the University.

Thu Phương

"Flourish like a green bay tree" nghĩa là gì?

Cho dù trải qua bao phong ba bão táp, chúng vẫn không ngừng lớn lên. Photo by Johannes Plenio from Pexels

"Flourish like a green bay tree" = mạnh mẽ lớn lên như cây nguyệt quế -> nghĩa là cố cắng, phát triển để thành công. Cây nguyệt quế được biết đến là loài cây thường mọc nhanh và nhiều cành mỗi năm.

Ví dụ
He says : “It will, I trust and believe , continue to live and flourish like a green bay tree, in despite of the puerile (non nớt) efforts for its destruction of Æquus and his allies."

“The wicked shall flourish like the green bay tree,” said Captain Gregg, “It was a pretty way of admitting your villainy (tính độc ác), my dear, but never mind, we'll forget it. I was never one to bear a grudge (hận thù)."

It is a fact that one may “flourish like a green bay tree” and yet be unrighteous (bất chính), but we should also remember that the bay tree at last perishes (héo), or is cut down, and such is the fate of the unrighteous.

Not merely the wicked (độc ác), but the improvident (không lo xa) and the negligent (cẩu thả), often flourish like the green bay tree, and they keep on flourishing, and setting wisdom and righteousness (ngay thẳng) at defiance (không tuân theo) in the most successful manner.

Thu Phương

"Make bricks without straw" nghĩa là gì?

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"Make bricks without straw" = làm gạch không cần rơm -> nghĩa là làm việc nhưng lại thiếu mất dụng cụ/đồ vật cơ bản cần thiết nhất; đóng thuyền mà không xẻ ván đó các bạn.

Ví dụ
“You can’t make bricks without straw,” goes the old saying. Nonsense (vô lý) – of course you can. In fact you can even make bricks without clay (đất sét), and that’s far more impressive.

Mr Livingstone is no hothead (người nóng vội). He’s not known for hitting the panic button. But he is clearly a man at the end of his tether (phạm vi) who has been asked to make bricks without straw for too long.

The Sharing Community and a number of other not-for-profit agencies are “always required to make bricks without straw,” said Rev. DeForest Raphael, president of the nonprofit’s (phi lợi nhuận) board of directors.

Ngọc Lân

"Strike up a friendship" nghĩa là gì?

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"Strike up a friendship" nghĩa là kết bạn, kết giao bằng hữu.

Ví dụ
He comes from down around New Bedford there. So we strike up a friendship.

Orlando, who has also fled to Arden, meets Ganymede, and the two strike up a friendship.

If you're one of those girls, you know it's not always easy to strike up a friendship or maintain a connection in the midst of all the changes that go on in these years.

Vacationers on cruise ships and in resorts often exhibit a strange behavior: If they meet people who hail from (tới từ) the same town, region, or country, they'll strike up a friendship and hang out with those people for the rest of their stay.

Thu Phương

Còn hơn là ở bên trong

nhiều người ỉa bậy bên ngoài nhà nghỉ của nữ hoàng... :D
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Employees at Balmoral Castle, which the Queen frequently visits for holidays throughout the year, have complained about wet wipes being left on the estate and urged people not to use the spot as an outdoor toilet.

Most public facilities are closed in the United Kingdom due to the country's lockdown, but people are allowed to exercise and socialize outside, leading many to seek quiet public places if nature calls ("tiếng gọi thiên nhiên") during a day out.

"Disappointed to see so many wipes discarded on the Estate today. Next to paths and monuments. Please remember there are no public toilets open for miles around at the moment," staff at Balmoral wrote.

"Part of the problem is that we are seeing a lot of non biodegradable wipes being discarded in the countryside," they added. "Also, people are choosing to relieve themselves right next to busy paths or monuments rather than move a little bit further away to avoid contamination." (bẩn, ô uế)

Về giường ngủ tiếp thôi

tập nặng sẽ giảm tuổi thọ, khoa học đã chứng minh :)

nghiên cứu dựa trên các diễn viên kịch kabuki của nhật bản,
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Maintaining a regular exercise schedule is usually among the first suggestions offered whenever anyone is looking to get in better shape and feel healthier. But, at what point does too much exercise become unhealthy? Perhaps it depends on how hard you push yourself. A surprising new study out of Japan concludes that daily strenuous activity might actually shorten, not prolong, one’s lifespan.

Researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology analyzed a group of Kabuki actors for this study. Kabuki is a classical Japanese performance art characterized by quick and constant movement. The study’s authors were shocked to see that Kabuki actors had shorter lifespans compared to people with more sedentary lifestyles.

So, while people who have jobs and occupations that require constant movement and activity may assume they’re keeping themselves healthy, that may not be the case after all.

Bài trước: Bớt căng

"Brick-and-mortar" nghĩa là gì?

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"Brick-and-mortar" = gạch và vữa -> nghĩa là tồn tại trong một tòa nhà hoặc cửa hàng, thay vì kinh doanh trên mạng.

Ví dụ
Many brick-and-mortar businesses treat their website as an online brochure (sách quảng cáo) where customers can “get information” rather than take action. Make your website actionable.

Chinese cosmetic (mỹ phẩm) industry insiders are busy this year, even though COVID-19 has disrupted business as usual. Among them, offline beauty retailers have seen an unexpected peak (đỉnh cao), as online buyers have started pouring back into brick-and-mortar chain stores to experience hands-on shopping journeys.

Microsoft is shuttering brick-and-mortar locations as it unveils (công khai) a “strategic change” in the way it runs its retail (bán lẻ) business.

Ngọc Lân

"Be cooked to a turn" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Tikkho Maciel

"Be cooked to a turn" = chỉ với một lượt nấu -> nghĩa là món được nấu/làm đúng với thời gian cần thiết hoặc như mong đợi.

Ví dụ
For her entree (món chính), my dining partner opted for the shrimp scampi (tôm sốt bơ tỏi) ($11.99), large boiled shrimp scattered over a bed of linguine noodles and dressed in a garlic-laden Alfredo sauce, and sided with a garden salad. The linguine was properly al dente, the Alfredo sauce creamy, cheesy and redolent (thơm nồng) of garlic and the shrimp expertly cooked to a turn and enjoyed on every forkful.

It was a good steer. The fish was flaky (có dạng vảy), the batter thin and crispy and there was plenty of it. So much so that the labrador under the table got to the stage that even he was full. A word for the chips too. Clearly hand-cut, all of differing shapes and sizes and cooked to a turn. Another hit. We were offered puddings and I have to confess on another occasion, I may have been tempted by the cherry pie... but we were both completely stuffed.

Let’s be clear, Trump is cooked to a turn and the question is; how many GOPer Senators will be eaten, digested and flushed this fall. Biden shut Bernie down with the announcement that he will choose a woman VP and although Bernie earned his place in history, he is yesterday’s news. And let’s not be coy (bẽn lẽn, xấu hổ), shall we? Biden will bring out black vote, Kamala will get Obamaesque numbers. Amy will make a fine AG, no? Or would you prefer the vice versa (ngược lại)? Maybe Stacey? One more thing; make no mistake, Beto is the white Obama. His “He’ll Yes” was a game changer. The game is Texas Hold em and Beto holds the Texas card, just like he held the Harris county card in ’18. Never bet against a guy named Beto.

Ka Tina

"Sandwich short of a picnic" nghĩa là gì?

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"Sandwich short of a picnic" = buổi dã ngoại thiếu bánh sandwich -> nghĩa là điên rồ, ngu ngốc.

Ví dụ
While it is nowhere claimed that the earl was a sandwich short of a picnic, when he expired in 1792 it was remarked that: "Seldom (hiếm khi) has any man held so many offices and achieved so little."

To which James Jordan , who is married to fellow dancer Ola , replied: "Mate, she's a sandwich short of a picnic!!!"

Poor old Nico. Since giving up (từ bỏ) the wheel his every utterance (phát biểu) serves to prove that he is a sandwich short of a picnic.

Ngọc Lân

"Under the name of" nghĩa là gì?

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"Under the name of someone" -> nghĩa là đứng tên ai, dưới quyền sở hữu của ai đó.

Ví dụ
West Indies skipper Jason Holder said that the players of both England and the West Indies taking a knee (quỳ gối) to express their solidarity (tình đoàn kết) with the ongoing anti-racism movement, under the name of ‘Black Lives Matter, mean “the world to him”.

Another resident under the name of Lang’ata Gardens Ltd, said he has put up a multi-storey (nhiều tầng) building worth Sh240 million in a plot in Lang’ata Phase 3 and it would be illegal to bring it down, yet the title is lawful.

All this came from a document (tài liệu) under the name of Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, marked “top secret”.

Ngọc Lân

"Cook the accounts" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Kelly Sikkema

"Cook the accounts", cook the books -> nghĩa là làm giả mạo, gian lận sổ kế toán/tài chính của công ty hoặc tổ chức; "xào nấu sổ sách".

Ví dụ
An accountant for U.S. President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort admitted in trial testimony on Friday that she helped backdate documents and cook the accounts at Manafort and his business partner’s request to reduce his tax burden and help him qualify for loans.

The man at the center of a fraud scandal (vụ bê bối lừa đảo) at the Treasury Department has been allowed to quietly quit and retire from his job as a government regulator, despite allegations that he allowed a bank to cook the accounts and amidst outcries (sự la hét) from investigators who say the case shows how cozy government regulators have become with the banks and savings and loans they are supposed to be checking on.

For accounting fraud to take place, a firm must deliberately cook the accounts. Consider a firm that makes an estimate that must be revised later. No accounting fraud has taken place because the errors were not deliberate. Now suppose the CEO of a publicly-traded company knowingly makes false statements about the firm's prospects (viễn cảnh, kỳ vọng của doanh nghiệp). The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may well charge that CEO with fraud. However, it is not accounting fraud because no financial records were falsified.

Ka Tina

"Be cooking with gas" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Guille Álvarez

"Be cooking with gas" = đang nấu ăn bằng bếp gas -> nghĩa là làm việc gì rất tốt, rất thành công.

Ví dụ
Add another relief arm and free-agent catcher and defensive specialist Russell Martin to the mix and these Metsies will be cooking with gas.

Now you are cooking with gas. John • 3 months ago. 4th needs to be Albert Okwuegbunam if he's there and either Hunt or Durant for IOL depth.

It is a little tougher for Real Madrid in the second round of fixtures, as they host a Valencia side pushing for a European spot. That said, they were in poor form before the shutdown and despite a likely win over rivals (đối thủ) Levante in their first game back, getting anything from Madrid might be a tough ask. Barcelona, meanwhile, will be cooking with gas and a home game against another bottom-three side in Leganes should easily result in plenty of goals and another three points safely on the board.

Ka Tina

"Swim before your eyes" nghĩa là gì?

Nhìn nhiều mờ cả mắt. Photo by Thought Catalog from Pexels

"Swim before (one's) eyes" hoặc "swim in front of (one's) eyes" nghĩa là vật xuất hiện hoặc gây cản trở tầm nhìn (bụi, đốm trong mắt hoặc tia sáng).

Ví dụ
Advertisements to which he's long been oblivious swim before his eyes.

She skims through the piece but finds she wants a break from work – hers and George's – and instead gets out a pen to do the crossword. Even then it isn't long before the letters begin to swim before her eyes.

It was some time before she could realize the sense of the words of the epistle (thư từ), for the paper seemed to swim before her eyes, her heart beat painfully, and her hands tremble so violently that she could hardly hold it.

Dad said that—flat on his back in a matter of minutes—he saw all sorts of novelties (hàng mới) swim before his eyes during that spell spent in sawdust smelling of black rubber; his entire sin-sogged (đầy tội lỗi) life pulled pranced (vênh váo) before him.

Thu Phương

"Swim with the current" nghĩa là gì?

Xuôi theo dòng nước vốn là điều đương nhiên, nhưng cũng ổn thôi nếu bạn muốn đi ngược lại. Photo by Jonas Von Werne from Pexels

"Swim with the current" nghĩa là đi theo dòng chảy, theo ý kiến số đông, làm giống như đa số.

Ví dụ
Being an oceanloving California girl for the major part of my life, I can remember being told to swim with the current, parallel to shore, to avoid being caught in the riptide (vòng xoáy).

In our MTV culture, the majority of teenagers are swimming with the current (and so are their parents). I want my kids to swim upstream (ngược dòng). I don't want my kids to be swept along in the current of peer pressure.

If you want to be a success in life you cannot always swim against the current . Sometimes , when the current is strong enough to drown you , you may have to swim with the current to keep afloat (lênh đênh), so that you can reach your destination when things become favourable.

But we are still in the early stages of this digital revolution. Marshall McLuhan wrote many decades ago that when one is caught in a whirlpool (xoáy nước), the impulse to swim against the current is often the wrong response. By swimming with the current, one can emerge from the gyre (hồi chuyển) and live to see a new day.

Thu Phương

"Swimming with the fishes" nghĩa là gì?

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"Swimming with the fishes" = bơi cùng những con cá -> nghĩa là chết, thi thể trôi theo dòng sông hoặc tìm thấy nơi sông nước (hồ, sông, suối...).

Ví dụ
After she loaned me her camera—she thought mine was swimming with the fishes—I scrolled through the photos.

I push any remembrance (hồi ức) of that night down the sinkhole. I don't know I'll be back in the same hospital one year later, nearly swimming with the fishes, just as dead in the water.

The album cover amusingly mimics (mô phỏng) the urban myth that organized crime kills its enemies near the Fulton Fish Market on the south side of the Manhattan Island waterfront (hence the phrase “swimming with the fishes”).

Of course there was also the little voice that whispered: He doesn't need to kill you now that your film is swimming with the fishes. At least until you do something else that threatens— “What?” Kris muttered (lẩm bẩm). “What did I threaten?”

Thu Phương

Học là niềm vui

một trường học bị buộc phải xin lỗi vì giao bài tập "tự chuẩn bị đám tang của mình" cho học sinh 8 tuổi... :D
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Parents (phụ huynh) reacted angrily (phản ứng tức giận) after they found out St Paul’s Catholic School in Leicester had assigned year eight pupils the morbid (bệnh tật, ốm yếu; không lành mạnh (đầu óc, ý nghĩ...)) task.

They were told to choose (chọn) a style of coffin (loại quan tài), type of flowers, favourite hymn (bài thánh ca yêu thích) and even their guest list (danh sách khách phúng viếng).

The youngsters were also asked if they’d prefer a traditional burial (chôn) or a cremation (hỏa táng).

Đã bảo là "hãy quên em đi" rồi

người đàn ông scotland phải ra tòa và nộp phạt vì gọi bạn trai mới (người dublin, ireland) của người yêu cũ là "yêu tinh"... :D
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Terry Myers, 41, appeared in Aberdeen Sheriff Court after he sent his ex-partner an email which made reference to the women's new partner being Irish.

...Love additionally said that Myers referred to the new partner as a "leprechaun" (yêu tinh) in the email.

She said that the woman's new partner found the term offensive (xúc phạm) since he was born in Dublin.

Điều tốt là hắn không xăm hình bom hạt nhân

một gã đàn ông với hình xăm dao rựa trên mặt bị bắt vì... chém người khác
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A man with an apparent machete (dao rựa) tattoo (hình xăm) on his face was accused (bị buộc tội, kết án) in a machete attack (tấn công) that took place over the weekend on Central Florida’s Gulf Coast, authorities said.

The victim (nạn nhân), an adult male, was taken to a hospital and survived, but cannot use or move his left hand (không cử động được tay trái), the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Justin Arthur Allen Couch, 25, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated battery.

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