Journey in Life: 09/10/20

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

"Arguing for the sake of arguing" nghĩa là gì?

Người ta cãi nhau vì người ta thích thế! Photo by Jack Sparrow from Pexels

"Arguing for the sake of arguing/argument" nghĩa là cố chấp tranh luận, cãi cố cãi cùn, cãi nhau vì thích cãi nhau.

Ví dụ
Nariman says that “some people like to argue for the sake of arguing. They're not interesting. But when you argue with a knowledgeable person, you learn a lot that is new for you."

The program to recover all lost knowledge has often descended into a self-confident arrogance (kiêu ngạo) or simply arguing for the sake of arguing and striving, above all, to win arguments. 

Men’s with such lame ideas are arguing for the sake of arguments only without going deep into the seriousness of this matter. They are not realizing that their own family girls not always go out with them.

Trump gun man, clearly you are just arguing for the sake of argument. Can you like go join a debate club or something instead of being a dumbass on here? Clearly neither me or the others involved are going to agree with you. There’s no point in continuing. Have a nice night.

Thu Phương

"Argue the toss" nghĩa là gì?

Chúng cháu phản đối! Photo by Adrian Sommeling

"Argue the toss" nghĩa là phản đối, xung đột ý kiến. Thường dùng ở Anh, Úc.

Ví dụ
“If I was a victim of domestic violence (bạo lực gia đình), I’d be upset because they’re getting their hearing during Covid and getting have all the time in the world to argue the toss, yet the everyday victims aren’t getting that chance,” said Williams 

Boris Johnson has opted not to sack (sa thải) Cummings (lockdown), Jenrick (lobbying (vận động hành lang)), Patel (alleged bullying (cáo buộc bắt nạt)), and now Williamson. You can argue the toss on each one, but hard to believe there isn’t a cumulative (chồng chất) message.

I think 'very poor' isn't a 'nonsense' description of British Army performance in 1939-42. You can argue the toss regarding specific episodes, but this period included the disasters of Dunkirk, Greece, Singapore and Tobruk. It showed that much of the leadership needed weeding (loại bỏ).

I’m not convinced Matthew. I’ve read the science, I even have credible qualifications (trình độ đáng tin cậy) to understand and argue the toss. Population increases is the biggest threat biodiversity (đa dạng sinh học), habitat and humanity faces today everywhere. It’s uncomfortable for the left to discuss, I know.

Thu Phương

"Argue the point" nghĩa là gì?

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"Argue the point" nghĩa là tranh cãi, tranh luận một quan điểm cụ thể của vấn đề đang bàn, không mang tính chất xây dựng hoặc thuyết phục đối phương.

Ví dụ
I say something, you respond, I make a point, you argue the point, you refine your argument, I shift my ground. But in the end, which one of us is right? How do we settle things, who has the last word?

It was not his duty to argue the point with Counsel, but he stakes (đặt cược) his credit upon the fact. If it be admissible (được chấp nhận) on certain points, he ought to have received it; but then, if inadmissible on other points, how is it to be dealt with? 

But it is therein admitted, that Noble's counsel (lời khuyên) declined to argue the point, though requested; from which we cannot but infer (suy luận), that they thought the objection unfounded. The decision itself has never since been questioned, or denied.

You've also not once put a valid argument about feeding the children, you've only argued about my character. Because it's easier to say I'm virtue signalling (ra vẻ quan tâm), or straw manning (ngụy biện), then actually argue the point. You're wasting time with no real substance (nội dung). So I'm off. Ciao

Thu Phương

"Argue round and round" nghĩa là gì?

Mỗi người nhịn đi một tí xem nào. Photo by Odonata Wellnesscenter from Pexels

"Argue round and round" hoặc "argue around and around" nghĩa là tranh luận vòng vo, mãi không có hồi kết.

Ví dụ
I love that we can argue round and round in circles for like half a decade and still never get anywhere lmao.

In marriage, to argue can keep it from becoming boring. But my wife can argue round and round the same two things, over and over. She should be a tape recorder.

There are unisex loos, it is counterproductive (phản tác dụng) to argue round and round. TALK TO EACH OTHER, WORK TOGETHER FOR A SOLUTION. You are wasting my time, and yours, trying to force me to take sides.

It is a circle of an argument, winding (quanh co) round and round and slowly consuming itself. Besides, he tells her, we might as well argue over the facts now, because when the Day of Judgement does finally arrive, there will be no argument then – no doubt whatsoever left in any of our minds.

Thu Phương

"In the round" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Frederick Tubiermont on Unsplash

"In the round" nghĩa là nhìn thấy từ mọi phía (sân khấu dạng vòng cung, khán giả quây xung quanh hoặc tác phẩm điêu khắc dựng đứng có thể nhìn thấy từ mọi phía thay vì chạm khắc nổi trên mặt đất). Nếu nói "show something in the round" là nêu rõ tất cả những đường nét của một cái gì, nêu bật vấn đề gì.

Ví dụ
They say that no one truly sees his own face. This mercy of nature comes from the fact that reflections in the mirror show partial pictures which are flat: they cannot show an object in the round.

John Simm is such a good actor. I saw him in Hamlet and Betrayal by Pinter at the Crucible in Sheffield. A small stage, theatre in the round and my God he owned it. Real hairs on your neck standing up performances. Philip Glenister is hard to beat too.

Theatre in the round is one of the most primitive (ban sơ) forms of drama. The street performer will draw around him a circle of spectators (khán giả) and the sophistication (tinh vi) of his act can be judged by his ability to engage the attention of all his audience without favour.

So why would anyone want to perform plays in the round? Theatre in the round has a wonderful sense of theatricality (tính chất sân khấu) about it. Since everyone in the audience can see others in the audience across the stage, the event takes on an energized, almost circus-like atmosphere that can serve some plays very well.

Thu Phương

"Go the rounds of" nghĩa là gì?

Dạo quanh hóng gió. Photo by Yogendra Singh from Pexels

"Go/do the rounds of (something)" nghĩa là đi một vòng, đi dạo, tuần tra. Nghĩa khác là (tin tức, câu chuyện) lan truyền khắp nơi.

Ví dụ
I went the rounds of the living-room, the dining-room, the kitchen, the bathroom, turning lights on and off. 

There was no more talk than this, but Tummas did a fair amount of guessing, and went the rounds of the village, full of news. 

No one can take up a newspaper without being disgusted with a number of stupid little paragraphs that go the rounds of the press . 

It was Friday noon. They were doing Meals on Wheels, had driven to a dye-works canteen in a grimy (đầy bụi bẩn) valley bottom, where the food was cooked, and were going the rounds of isolated old people in frighteningly remote hill cottages (nhà tranh).

Thu Phương

"A blast from the past" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Anita Jankovic on Unsplash

"A blast from the past" = cú bắn từ quá khứ -> nghĩa là điều gì gợi nhớ về ngày xưa. 

Ví dụ
“Since we both are trying to get women back to work, it’s a perfect partner for us,” said Sue. The clothes are a blast from the past to help women have a better future.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is a blast from the past and easily some of the most fun you’ll have this year. While the game is perfectly fun on its own, getting some friends together and chilling (thư giãn) in the skate park can be just as enticing (thú vị), if not more so. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide on everything you need to know to play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 with your friends.

Honestly, I’m disappointed that we won’t be seeing Weaving in either of these iconic (biểu tưởng) roles (vai diễn) again; everyone likes a blast from the past. Sure, Agent Smith technically died in the final Matrix movie, but so did Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and they’re both back.

Ngọc Lân

"For my liking" nghĩa là gì?

Ôi trời cái mái tóc! Photo by Gratisography from Pexels

"For (one's) liking" nghĩa là theo sở thích của bạn.

Ví dụ
This hair didn't last nearly long enough for my liking.

As a matter of fact, my August was quite hot...too hot for my liking.

Armed with my thinnest knife I cut into its rich dense (dày) meat, well away from the central bone, which is too bloody for my liking, and the stomach where the flesh becomes softer, floppier, thinner, like wide ears on some washed-out sea monster.

First of all, he smiled way too much for my liking. Second, Scott was far too kind. Truth was I still looked like death warmed over (trông không khỏe) twice. So, ever the cynical (hoài nghi) one, I took the bait and asked, “What makes you say that? Because I feel horrible."

Thu Phương

"Not for a minute" nghĩa là gì?

Tự nhiên ngồi thần ra chi. Photo by Marx Ilagan from Pexels

"For a/one minute" nghĩa là trong khoảng thời gian dài. Nếu dùng trong câu phủ định "not for a minute" là để nhấn mạnh những gì bạn đang nói. Nếu nói "do not believe for a/one minute that something is true" nghĩa là nhấn mạnh bạn không tin điều đó.

Ví dụ
That’s why I don’t believe for one minute Juve wants to sign him. I rather start Kean.

Well, let me tell you. I once attended a Radiohead concert where they performed Karma Police. I listened to the words and they spoke to me. For a minute, I tend to lose myself when writing poetry, but return to reality soon after. 

When did I become so difficult? Sure, I'm shaking a little bit. I am growing weary (mệt mỏi). This is, after all, a heavy burden. I think I'll set it down for a minute...just long enough to get sustenance (thức ăn). What a relief to not have that weight dragging me down.

I don't believe for a minute that this alcoholic former cocaine sniffer (người hít ma túy), a thrice-arrested, draft-dodging (trốn nghĩa vụ) former playboy who has 'issues' with the chewing of pretzels (bánh xoắn), has really found God and been born again.

Thu Phương


"At the wheel" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Quino Al

"At the wheel" có wheel là tay lái (tàu thủy, oto v.v...) -> cụm từ này nghĩa là đảm nhận, chịu trách nhiệm hoặc kiểm soát công việc như người lãnh đạo/chỉ huy.

Ví dụ
As the world crumbles (đổ nát, sụp đổ) and our little haven has once been spared from Covid and further destructions (sự tàn phá), I thank God for his mercies (lòng nhân từ, sự thương xót) and many blessings. I place my all in him and he is at the wheel.

It is, however, clear and obvious that the distance between the number one and the number two in any structure, whether state or corporate, is bigger than the Pacific Ocean and you never know how number two will behave unless he is at the wheel.

I know this year has been stressful and everyone wants to enjoy a holiday weekend, but every decision you make, both before and while you are at the wheel, can affect if you or someone else on the road makes it safely home. The decisions are simple: don’t drive impaired, don’t drive tired, don’t drive distracted, don’t speed, wear your seatbelt, pay attention and be a responsible passenger.”

Ka Tina

"Tickle the ivories" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Josh Appel on Unsplash

"Tickle the ivories" có từ ivory là phím đàn piano -> cụm từ này nghĩa là chơi đàn piano. 

Ví dụ
Destination Downtown South Boston members hope to bring its South Boston streets alive with the sound of music in a street pianos project, encouraging (đọng viên) everyone to tickle the ivories.

There’s a piano sitting behind the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough just waiting for somebody to come by and tickle the ivories.

Whether you’re a serious pianist or just want to tickle the ivories, we’ve got you covered with our picks of the best digital (điện tử) pianos.

This haunted (bị ma ám) piano canvas (tranh sơn dầu) is simply stunning! At just $20, it has both lights and sound to bring the piano and scene to life. Just press the button in the upper left-hand corner and a phantom (bóng ma) appears to tickle the ivories on the grand piano.

Ngọc Lân

"At the top of the agenda" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Dan Nelson

"At the top of the/(one's) agenda" có agenda là những việc phải làm -> cụm từ này nghĩa là được ưu tiên hàng đầu/quan trọng nhất để bàn và giải quyết.

Ví dụ
A joint initiative from four of New Zealand’s leading children’s organisations aims to put the needs of tamariki at the top of the agenda ahead of Election 2020, calling for politicians and all people in Aotearoa to support five vital ‘asks’ for children.

"We call for the EU to put human rights at the top of the agenda at the EU-China Summit (cuộc họp thượng đỉnh) and in future discussions. We further urge you to ensure that discussions on the EU-China Investment Agreement to be fully conditional on China respecting its human rights obligations and immediately ceasing its ongoing atrocities (sự tàn bạo, hung ác)," the letter read further. 

We asked both candidates (ứng cử viên) what would you say to those concerned about the security of their vote? Do you have faith in the US Postal Service getting ballots in on time? Is the current system working as it should or do any changes need to happen to local USPS service to ensure votes are secure and get where they need to go on time What's at the top of your agenda if elected? What differentiates you from your opponent (đối thủ)?

Ka Tina

"At the top of the hour" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jorge Franco

"At the top of the hour" -> nghĩa là lúc giờ bắt đầu như 12h00, 3h00 v.v...

Ví dụ
The drawbridge (cầu kéo) will open at the top of the hour between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Smaller vessels (tàu lớn) will be able to pass between openings. All mariners must pass with extreme caution and no wake.

The next hurdle will be a Treasury auction (cuộc đấu giá kho tàng) of 10-year notes at the top of the hour. US 10s are up 1.1 bps to 0.69% after falling as low as 0.66% overnight. The market has had some trouble swallowing the huge auction sizes lately.

“We built a channel based on radio formats. It was a rock channel, [but] we saw what Michael Jackson was doing with video and we changed the game. Michael Jackson made MTV, he really did. We were playing Prince and other Black artists, but we were waiting for Michael Jackson. We owe so much of our success to when ‘Billie Jean’ came out and later ‘Thriller.’ We knew a few months in advance, but there was some gamesmanship (tài làm cho đối thủ lãng trí để được cuộc) being played by the record company about whether we would air it or not. We put it on instantly. And sure enough, when ‘Thriller’ came out, it broke records. It was the only video we ever scheduled at the top of the hour, every hour.”

Ka Tina

"At the top of my voice" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Emile Guillemot

"At the top of (one's) voice" = mức giọng cao nhất -> nghĩa là nói rất to; hét toáng lên.

Ví dụ
We followed an ever-narrowing, rock-paved path through exuberant foliage (tán lá sum sê, um tùm) and suddenly … there it was! I’m afraid I shocked visitors up ahead when I shouted “Holy shit!” at the top of my voice.

Tony Bellew has told talkSPORT that Alexander Povetkin ‘screamed at the top of his voice’ after knocking out Dillian Whyte last month. The Russian was floored twice in the fourth by Britain’s ‘Body Snatcher’, but recovered to his feet to score a one-punch KO in the fifth.

After the party was done and the Housemates were getting into their after party vibes in the kitchen, Erica took the fight to Laycon screaming at him for allegedly lying to Ebuka about her trying to kiss him twice. She didn't relent as Kiddwaya and Trikytee tried to calm her down. When Laycon tried to separate himself from the trouble by sitting at the table with Prince, Dorathy, and Neo, Erica screamed at the top of her voice telling him she wasn't attracted to him and never made an attempt to kiss him. She then reigned insult (lăng mạ, sỉ nhục) on him using many foul languages (lời tục tĩu) and calling him a "skinny drum stick."

Ka Tina

Suốt cả mấy chục năm có được những gì nào?

shared from fb lê thống nhất,
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Là tình nhân với chồng vất vả lắm em ơi!
Suốt cả mấy chục năm vẫn con người như vậy 
Suốt cả mấy chục năm chẳng còn gì che đậy 
Những tính xấu lộ ra mà vẫn phải nhịn nhường 

Hai người khách bộ hành cứ chung một con đường 
Đâu có phải lúc nào cũng ngát hương, khoe sắc 
Có những đoạn gập ghềnh lệ muốn trào khoé mắt 
Có những lúc chông gai càng nắm chặt tay người 

Nhiều thứ dễ phôi pha nhưng hãy giữ nụ cười 
Nhiều thứ dễ buông ra nhưng tay thời ôm mãi 
Nhiều thứ dễ quên đi nhưng giận đừng để lại 
Nhiều thứ dễ bị say nhưng đừng dại bước nhầm 

Có những giờ thăng hoa nhưng có phút âm thầm 
Có những ngày nhớ nhau nhưng có tuần quên lãng 
Có những năm vụt nhanh nhưng có thời rất chậm 
Có những tối cơm ngon nhưng có sáng không chào 

Suốt cả mấy chục năm có được những gì nào?
Không phải những thỏi vàng, những nhà cao cửa rộng 
Mà là những tháng ngày đã cùng nhau chung sống 
Mà là những đứa con bao nét giống chúng mình!

Mà là những bộn bề, những gian khó mưu sinh 
Mà là những trái ngang, những rập rình ngăn cản 
Mà là những niềm vui, những câu đùa bè bạn 
Mỗi lúc kể chuyện xưa trời gần sáng vẫn còn...

Tóc rụng với bạc rồi, tính có lúc trẻ con 
Răng long mấy chiếc rồi, tình như còn khó tắt 
Chân bước dễ vấp rồi, lòng lại thêm gắn chặt 
Nếp nhăn cũng lan thêm, yêu chẳng bớt dâng tràn 

Đừng có đi vội đâu, bởi đây chính thiên đàng 
Đừng có kiếm gì xa, bởi đây vàng lấp lánh 
Đừng có ước gì nhiều, bởi chỉ cần sát cánh 
Đừng có chúc gì thêm, bởi có hạnh phúc rồi 

Em say giấc trong kia, ngoài này mỗi anh ngồi 
Những câu thơ đầu ngày cứ đầy vơi từng chữ 
Đã ba tám năm ư? Nói biết sao cho đủ?
Chút nữa lại lên đường, cùng anh chứ? Em ơi!

"At the summit of your success" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Guille Álvarez

"At the summit of (one's) success" có summit là đỉnh, điểm cao nhất -> cụm từ này nghĩa là tại đỉnh cao của sự thành công.

Ví dụ
Joaquin Phoenix is at the summit of success following his mega-hit film Joker and as he rightfully bagged the accolade for his performance at the SAG Awards on Sunday, he had the legacy (di sản) of Heath Ledger to thank.

In hindsight (thước ngắm, sự nhận thức muộn) the lyric seems to suggest they were already getting reflective (phản ánh) about their rock ‘n’ roll careers, perhaps acknowledging they could not be at the summit of success forever.

Only Adam 2 is the “living being,” which Onkelos translates as the “speaking spirit.” The Lonely Man of Faith uses speech to express his soul, not to seek dignity (chân giá trị). Tragically, as God waits for the Lonely Man of Faith during prayer, the Adam 1 personality arrives and hijacks (không tặc) the power of speech for his own purpose. Adam 1 enters the synagogue (hội đạo do thái) to communicate with other men, display his wisdom, or advance his own selfish petition. The synagogue is yet another stage to bask in his own glory. Adam 1’s “dignity is discovered at the summit of success,” but redemption (sự chuộc tội, cứu thế) is found only “in the depth of crisis and failure.”

Ka Tina

"At the high port" nghĩa là gì?


"At the high port" -> nghĩa là trong tư thế sẵn sàng hành động; ngay lập tức và không chần chừ.

Ví dụ
From the outside The Jugged Hare looks like the imposing City boozer it must once have been. If you book a table for 7pm on a Tuesday evening, the inside of the Jugged Hare feels like that too. A mighty, heaving, shoulder-to-shoulder pack of men in dark suits, a few of whom have removed their jackets to reveal white shirts. A waitress steams past with a tray full of unidentifiable but doubtless noxious (độc hại) “shooters” at the high port. 

“Zhou Enlai called for pictures to be taken of the child­ren, the guard of honour goose stepped past with their automatic rifles (súng trường) at the high port and Khrushchev bowed to the colours. But there was a hint of restraint (sự giam giữ, thận trọng) about it all. Khrushchev was quieter than I have ever seen him before or since. He spoke of his visit to America and talked of peaceful coexistence (sự chung sống hòa bình). And there, in the nuances of two little speeches not lasting more than five minutes, the whole strained relationship between Khrushchev and the Chinese leaders was exposed.

Ka Tina

Lạ thật

lá cờ (quốc gia) của thổ dân úc lại thuộc sở hữu tư nhân của nghệ sĩ sáng tác, và điều này tạo ra bao phiều toái về (tiền, chi phí, tranh chấp) bản quyền...
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It was created in 1971 by an artist (nghệ sĩ) named Harold Thomas and went onto to become culturally accepted (được chấp nhận về mặt văn hóa) as the flag of the Aboriginal (thổ dân) people. And then as above, went onto being proclaimed (công bố, tuyên bố) a national flag (lá cờ quốc gia) by the government (chính quyền).

Unfortunately, since then, Harold Thomas has licensed the flag to various private agencies. One of the licenses was exclusive (độc quyền) to a clothing label, which now means that no other Aboriginal business can print clothes with the flag on it without paying royalties (chi phí bản quyền). (Sitting around 20%) A lot of Aboriginals feel dismay at the current situation of the licensing.

...I am rather free market orientated and do respect the artists desires.

But, the situation is rather unique, I can’t seem to find any other examples in the world of a nations/cultures flag being owned by an individual.

The creator has no intention to relinquish (từ bỏ) the copyright, so movements have already sprung up.

Bài trước: Lớn chuyện rồi

"At the cutting edge" nghĩa là gì?


"At the cutting edge" = trên lưỡi dao sắc bén -> nghĩa là sự phát triển/tiến bộ hàng đầu về mặt công nghệ kỹ thuật, vượt trội/hơn hẳn hoặc một trong những mặt phát triển nhất trong lĩnh vực đó.

Ví dụ
“We knew we were at the cutting edge of physical therapy where we were,” Andrew said. “We knew if we came to Natchez we could bring some new services here.”

All of this culture we had developed served us well for a long time, but now is very much out of date. Many people in the industry will tell you this old culture is dead and buried (chết và chôn), and that we are a modern well informed industry, at the cutting edge.

"I was really interested in the science of it as well. It is at the cutting edge. "The impact you can have on people's lives is also immense (bao la, rộng lớn, rất tốt). Most of the time it's very positive, helping people become parents, though obviously there are the times when it doesn't end the way hoped for."

Ka Tina

"For a price" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Breakingpic from Pexels

"For a price" nghĩa là với một cái giá (tiền mặt) để trao đổi.

Ví dụ
White people: “I would love to get these back to people with native blood... for a price.”

Uh I need some money so I decided I'll set up commissions (nhiệm vụ). I'll draw you stuff (for a price). $10 for two uncolored drawings. $10 for one colored drawing.

He didn’t care about Vets before he was President and he doesn’t care now. Otherwise he wouldn’t be willing to let the Saudis use them like meat puppets for a price.

A while ago my 1 year old gaming laptop fans started making a horrible crunchy (cứng và giòn) grinding (tiếng nghiền) noise, I assumed they were done for and bought new ones (for a price you don't wanna know..) -- turns out I'd accidently set the performance toggle (then) to "Max" and the heat just warped the Al

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"For a living" nghĩa là gì?

Vất vả vì miếng ăn. Photo by Kateryna Babaieva from Pexels

"For a living" nghĩa là để kiếm sống, kiếm ăn, kiếm thu nhập chính.

Ví dụ
Kayleigh lies for a living. Just as her predecessors (người tiền nhiệm) did. She must think we all are REALLY STUPID.

Barry Wheeler, my colleague and friend for many years, made me emphasize that work, if it is thinking work, can only be done for a living if someone else finds it of value.

Here’s my wife doing her job today. She earns less than I did when I was clowning Hollywood for a living on a nice movie blog. She never, ever complains. That’s the truly heroic shit happening right now.

There are few people who are parasites (ăn bám) and/or lazy with little self-respect, who want to survive or prosper (phát đạt) off the labors of others. However, most people are happy to work for a living.

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"At the coalface" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Brooke Cagle

"At the coalface" có coalface là gương than -> cụm từ này nghĩa là chủ động/tích cực làm việc.

Ví dụ
‘As a Black-owned fitness and well-being business located in an area undergoing significant waves modernity, we are at the coalface of implementing solutions which look to reverse the impacts of gentrification (chỉnh trang đô thị) – which often results in community displacement or a loss in social relations.’

As a business we’re in a strong position, having been back at the coalface and had insights I wouldn’t swap (đổi chác, hoán đổi) for anything. Every penny counts, and we focus on the quickest, low cost wins and shelve the big ideas for another day. 

“It’s good to be at the coalface – among those who keep the Rupert tradition going,” he says. So, why does Stuart think Rupert has endured so long? “He’s stayed true to his traditions of love and warmth, friendships, and exciting adventures,” says Stuart. “There’s not a bad bone in Rupert’s body, and he reminds people of the magic of their childhoods.”

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"Beat your brains out" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Jesse Martini on Unsplash

"Beat one brains out" = đánh văng não -> nghĩa là đánh ai, khiến họ bị thương nặng; nghĩa khác là vắt óc suy nghĩ.

Ví dụ
I remember he beat my brains out in the Lynchburg juniors. 

At times like that, I have no choice but to leave myself open to further anguish and beat my brains out trying to figure it out. It would be meaningless (vô nghĩa) to rely on alcohol to forget problems temporarily (tạm thời).

But I'm glad (mừng) it was that way instead of the other way where I wanted to beat my brains out and get rich. 

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"At regular intervals" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Artem Maltsev

"At regular intervals" có interval là thời gian giữa hai sự kiện; khoảng thời gian; khoảng không gian giữa hai hoặc nhiều vật -> cụm từ này nghĩa là cách (khoảng cách, thời gian) đều nhau (xe buýt theo tuyến, chậu cây trong phòng v.v...)

Ví dụ
Dollar cost averaging is an investing strategy (chiến lược đầu tư) that can help you lower the amount you pay for investments and minimize risk. Instead of purchasing investments at a single price point, with dollar cost averaging you buy in smaller amounts at regular intervals, regardless of price. Over the long term, dollar cost averaging can help lower your investment costs and boost your returns (tăng lãi/lợi nhuận).

There are as many ways to change the subject as there are subjects to change. If all else fails, Miss Manners recommends expressing sympathy to your friend for so obviously hating her job. She will protest that this is not the case, to which you can apologize for misunderstanding — it just seemed so clear to you from her vehemence (sự mãnh liệt, say đắm) and how much it seems to be on her mind. If you repeat this at regular intervals, your friend will become as tired of this accusation as you are of her stories of office politics.

On September 5, four tremors (sự chấn động, rùng mình) of 2.8, 4.0, 3.6 and 2.7 magnitudes (độ lớn) were recorded in some Dahanu villages. While there was no casualty, but a few houses developed cracks. Newly appointed Palghar collector Dr Manik Gulsale along with senior officials visited the areas where cracks were developed in some houses. He also visited the Covid hospital at Vikramgad to take stock of the arrangements. Since November 2018, villages around Dhundalwadi in Dahanu have been experiencing mild tremors at regular intervals, leading to fear in the minds of locals.

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"At loggerheads over" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Obie Fernandez

"At loggerheads over" có loggerhead là người ngu đần, đầu đất -> cụm từ này nghĩa là đối đầu, cãi nhau, bất hoà.

Ví dụ
Speaking on Footy Classified, Wilson said some within the club were at loggerheads over the appropriate approach to the club’s upcoming off-season movements, with club president Jeff Kennett and Clarkson’s relationship as intriguing (hấp dẫn, gây sự tò mò) as ever.

The Centre and opposition-ruled states are at loggerheads over the financing of the Rs 2.35 lakh crore GST shortfall in the current fiscal (công khố, tài chính). Of this, as per the Centre's calculation, about Rs 97,000 crore is on account of GST implementation and rest Rs 1.38 lakh crore is due to the impact of COVID-19 on states' revenues (doanh thu, lợi tức).

It is designed to set out how the UK will operate as a coastal state independent of the European Union and the government has long highlighted the potential to improve the sustainability (tính bền vững) of British fisheries (nghề thủy sản) while providing a boost to the fishing industry. However, fisheries policy has emerged as one of the key sticking points in the currently deadlocked negotiations (cuộc đàm phán), with the UK and EU said to be at loggerheads over how quotas (chỉ tiêu, định mức) and fisheries should be managed post-Brexit.

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"Age of consent" nghĩa là gì?

Trẻ giờ lớn nhanh lắm rồi. Photo by Nathan Martins from Pexels

"The age of consent" nghĩa là tuổi cập kê, tuổi kết hôn.

Ví dụ
One European country is lowering the age of sexual consent to 15, and they wanted to go even lower than that in the beginning. According to BBC, France is planning to set the legal age of sexual consent to 15. This means, of course, that sex with anyone under that age would be considered assault (cưỡng dâm).

Age of consent laws seek to protect the autonomy (tự chủ) of the young by proscribing (cấm) sexual relationships where their consent is inherently impaired (vốn đã hư hỏng). However, the other part of protecting that autonomy is acknowledging that youth – specifically during the teen-age years when puberty (dậy thì) arrives – is a time of transition and experimentation (thử nghiệm). We must be careful to avoid a situation where laws meant to protect the young instead end up punishing them.

The Amendment made in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015, a juvenile (vị thành niên) in the age group of 16 to 18 years of age is considered as an adult. It specifically mentions that 16 year olds to 18 year olds accused in cases of rape are to be tried as adults in special courts, constituted under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015. This indicates the legislative policy (chính sách lập pháp) that young adults in the age group of 16 to 18 are capable of taking responsibility for their actions. However, no corresponding relaxation (nới lỏng) has been made for prescribing the age of consent under Section 375 of the Indian penal code (bộ luật hình sự) in the issue of statutory (theo luật định) rape. The age of consent was in fact increased from 16 to 18. I argue for lowering the age of consent to 16.

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"Age in place" nghĩa là gì?

Chỉ cần bản thân muốn. Photo by Nashua Volquez-Young from Pexels

"Age in place" = già tại nhà -> nghĩa là sống một mình, độc lập và tự chủ, sống tại nhà, trong cộng đồng, không cần vào viện dưỡng lão khi đến tuổi.

Ví dụ
As older adults continue to adopt technology, digital health technologies will play an important role in helping them age in place, a new report from Rock Health predicts. The report notes that although 77% of people over the age of 55 say they want to age in place, only 50% believe they will.

Older people want choices about where and how they age in place. “Aging in place” was seen as an advantage in terms of a sense of attachment (gắn bó) or connection (kết nối) and feelings of security and familiarity (thân thuộc) in relation to both homes and communities. Aging in place related to a sense of identity both through independence and autonomy (tự chủ) and through caring relationships and roles in the places people live.

The ability to live in one’s home of choice through changes in health status without being forced to move is a clear alternative (giải pháp thay thế) to senior housing. Aging in place and the homecare industry are closely aligned (kết nối). Many people, even with long runs of good health and thorough planning, will still face a decline in their health. Whether the realties of health and care needs are minor or serious, homecare can be a significant factor in someone’s ability to age in place. However, in order for seniors to age in place effectively, they must have a way to meet their needs. In addition to homecare, this means having transport services, food and meal delivery, adult day care (which was on the upswing (phát triển mạnh) with innovative programs and models before the pandemic and is bound to return), durable (lâu bền) medical equipment, home and yard maintenance (bảo trì), security systems, technological monitoring (giám sát) and management, and more.

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"Against your will" nghĩa là gì?

Rape là bạo lực, là tội ác.Photo by Eternal Happiness from Pexels

"Against (one's) will" nghĩa là làm trái với ý muốn của một người, làm điều gì mà không có sự cho phép của người đó đặc biệt liên quan đến bạo lực. "Will" ở đây được hiểu theo nghĩa ưng thuận, đồng ý.

Ví dụ
You acted according to your own will, but with a view to your destruction; they dealt with you against your will, but in order to your preservation (bảo vệ).

For many years, rape was defined by common law as sexual intercourse (quan hệ tình dục) "by a man with a woman, not his wife, by force and against her will."' That definition found its way into the statutes (đạo luật) of many states.

Mindcontrol (kiểm soát tâm trí) is to dictate (điều khiển) your feelings and thoughts without your awareness or consent (đồng ý). It is not exactly going against your will because you are not even really aware of the fact that you are being induced (xui khiến) psychologically until after the incident.

Just listen to me like you used to. I'm not forcing you to do anything against your will, but you have to bend to blend (hòa hợp). Remember how I taught you how to use tampons (một loại băng vệ sinh), which they claim has given people infections but hasn't hurt us until this day? I know the right way to go about thing.

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"An easy lay" nghĩa là gì?

Em xinh tươi và không dễ dãi. Photo by Wilson Vitorino from Pexels 

"An easy lay" nghĩa là cô gái dễ dãi trong quan hệ tình dục,

Ví dụ
If you think talking dumb in twitter makes you sassy , NO it actually makes you an Easy Lay!

This is just ridiculous. If she's an easy lay, then you're an easy lay too. After all, you both had sex with each other. Pretty obvious isn't it?

Good way to find out, make him wait for sex a couple of dates. If he's looking for a relationship it won't turn him off. If he's looking for an easy lay he will go away.

Sounds like they need a crash course in human sexual selection. If the most attractive guy on campus starts flirting with you he is probably looking for an easy lay rather than a relationship unless you are the hottest woman on campus.

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"Our feathered friends" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Benoit Gauzere on Unsplash

"Our feathered friends" = người bạn lông lá của chúng ta -> nghĩa là loài chim nói chung. 

Ví dụ
Some argue our feathered friends will just have to take one for Team Earth, heroic friendly-fire victims in the war on emissions (khí thải).

In addition, observing (quan sát) bird behavior is great way to learn more about our feathered friends. Staying in will not be so bad if we let the birds and their antics (trò hề) into our lives on a daily basis. They can lift up our spirits and give us hope for a better tomorrow. Nature has a way of healing everything. Happy birding!

Finally, us humans would be able to enjoy our individual delights (niềm vui)— be it seeing Fido have fun with his canine buddies or watching our feathered friends fatten (vỗ béo) themselves for future travels.

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Biết sợ rồi

lớp học ở các trường đại học tinh hoa ở mỹ sẽ dán nhãn cảnh báo: tài liệu học có thể bị coi là nhạy cảm về chính trị đối với china, và các trường phải có biện pháp để bảo vệ sinh viên khỏi bị chính quyền china truy tố (ví dụ ko gọi nhau theo tên mà theo số báo danh/mã số)
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At Princeton University, students in a Chinese politics class will use codes instead of names on their work to protect their identities. At Amherst College a professor is considering anonymous (ẩn danh) online chats so students can speak freely (nói thoải mái). And Harvard Business School may excuse students from discussing (thảo luận) politically sensitive topics if they are worried about the risks (rủi ro).

The issue has become particularly pressing because at least the first semester at many universities will be taught online, meaning some students from China and Hong Kong will connect with their U.S. classmates via video links. Some academics fear the classes could be recorded (ghi âm, ghi hình) and ultimately end up in the hands (rơi vào tay) of Chinese authorities (chính quyền).

Bài trước: Không đỡ được

Chạy bộ không còn buồn

vì có thể "giải quyết nỗi buồn" ở toalet trong suốt (bên nhật) nhé... :)
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...the new architect-designed public toilets in a park in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. They are made of coloured glass (kính màu) that is transparent (trong suốt), but turns opaque (mờ đục) when the user locks (khóa) the stall (phòng nhỏ, buồng nhỏ). Why? So that users can inspect (kiểm tra) the stall for cleanliness (sạch sẽ), apparently, and check there is no one waiting for them inside. The concept (ý tưởng) is not new: a few London nightclubs have tried the same gimmick (mẹo quảng cáo, mánh lới quảng cáo). It is intriguing (hấp dẫn, gợi thích thú, kích thích sự tò mò), and in the context of public toilets, not as shocking as it seems.

Hard and opaque doors are relatively newfangled (mới, lạ) anyway. Throughout history, privacy (riêng tư, kín đáo) has been the exception not rule (là ngoại lệ, chứ ko phải là nguyên tắc). Wealthy Romans sat in communal toilets (vệ sinh công cộng) and exchanged gossip. In London, the 12th-century Longhouse public toilet had 64 seats for men and 64 for women, and no partitions (ko có vách ngăn). Even in the early 20th century, you could find family outhouses with a big hole and a little one, for companionable toileting. Privacy arrived along with the S-bend, a toilet improvement that removed smell (mostly), so the toilet could be taken inside the house. Now, the right to privacy seems as solid as the door.

Ảo tung chảo

bóng ma dịch bệnh covid-19,

reo rắc sợ hãi/nguy hiểm vượt xa chính bản thân con virus,

tuyên bố tỷ lệ nhiễm virus, rồi f0, f1, đóng cửa trường học/quán xá hết,

thế bao giờ mở lại, tỷ lệ giảm đến bao nhiêu thì an tâm, 1/5 hay 1/10 tỷ lệ hiện nay?

trump nói covid-19 là hoax (trò chơi khăm) mà lại,

nên mở trường, và tất cả về bình thường, hoạt động kinh tế bình thường thôi...
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…here is why I am not yet an unreconstructed economic optimist. Covid-19 cases have acquired a stigma (vết nhơ, điều sỉ nhục), and that stigma is likely to persist above and beyond the dangers associated with the virus itself.

If, say, 20 Covid-19 cases were identified within a high school today, there is a very real risk that those infected students would carry the virus home and infect older and more vulnerable people. There is also a small risk that the students would sustain damage themselves. Not surprisingly, most schools won’t reopen because they cannot deal with the burden — institutionally, legally or otherwise — of being connected to significant numbers of Covid-19 cases.

The question is how this stigma ends. If rates of death and possible long-term damage fell to half of their current levels? One-third? Less? I strongly suspect these same schools still would be unwilling to reopen, due in part to phantom risk.

If rates of death and damage fell to one-fifth of their current level, perhaps, there would be more reopenings — but there would still be a lot of reluctance (ngần ngại, miễn cưỡng) to restore previous levels of attendance. How about one-tenth the level of mortality? It is hard to say when people will feel comfortable once again.

Along these lines, as long as clusters of reported cases are possible — regardless of mortality rates — many high-rise office buildings will not let workers and visitors simply pile into their elevators.

Many sites likely to experience identifiable, traceable clusters of cases will keep their doors shut, or open them on only a very limited basis. Further declines in the mortality rate (tỷ lệ tử vong) won’t help much, because “37 Covid-19 Cases Identified at UC-Berkeley” is enough of a headline to create reputational risk and an institutional response. Even if everyone makes a speedy recovery, that won’t get the same kind of media coverage.

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Epic Games ra mắt phiên bản mới của trò Fortnite, trong đó người chơi có thể mua đồ và trả tiền trực tiếp cho epic, bỏ qua hệ thống thanh toán ở app store của apple (vốn lấy 30% doanh thu năm đầu tiên),

apple cấm trò chơi, và epic kiện ra tòa án chống độc quyền...
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Last week, powerful video game publisher and software developer Epic Games introduced a new version of its Fortnite video game for the iPhone. The key change was that players could bypass (đi vòng hoặc tránh cái gì; dùng đường vòng; (nghĩa bóng) bỏ qua (một quy tắc, thủ tục) hoặc lờ đi không hỏi ý kiến (ai) để hành động cho nhanh; phớt lờ) Apple’s payment system (hệ thống thanh toán) for in-game purchases (mua sắm trong trò chơi), and use a proprietary (thuộc chủ, thuộc quyền sở hữu) Epic payment option instead. Such a move breached (vi phạm) Apple’s terms (điều khoản) for its app store, because Apple requires (yêu cầu) anyone who makes an app for the iPhone to use the Apple payments system. Such a requirement is how the corporation makes money directly from the app store; Apple’s payment system charges a 30% tax for any revenue (doanh thu) generated by any iPhone app during its first year. Apple’s control over its app store has become a source of controversy (nguồn gây tranh cãi), mostly because the corporation exploits (khai thác) its power over iPhones to extract (bòn, rút) high fees from developers.

During the Congressional hearings (phiên điều trần tại quốc hội) over the market power (sức mạnh thị trường) of large technology firms, Apple CEO Tim Cook insisted that Apple had little market power over mobile apps, because developers and consumers could always switch over to different types of phones or platforms on which to create software. Epic’s attempt to restructure terms with Apple is a great test case for Cook’s argument. One would expect, based on Cook’s views, that developers of popular apps have leverage against Apple, if Apple had little market power over app stores. Certainly, Epic’s Fortnite is popular, a massive multi-billion dollar game, as close to a must-have app as possible.

Without blinking (không chớp mắt, ngay lập tức), however, Apple blocked Epic’s app from its store, which shows that Cook’s argument about a competitive market (thị trường cạnh tranh) was just wrong. No one, no matter how powerful, has any bargaining leverage with Apple over its app store, and competition is certainly not disciplining the iPhone maker. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney responded to Apple’s ban not with a modification of its app, but with an antitrust suit (and a parallel though less important suit against Google).

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