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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

"Comedy equals tragedy plus time" nghĩa là gì?


"Comedy equals tragedy plus time" -> nghĩa là thời gian trôi qua thì bi kịch/khó khăn đều có thể trở thành chuyện cười. 

Ví dụ
Notice the absurdities (điều vô lý) of our world. What would an alien find illogical? (Hence the viral meme of a packed Dorset beach in June with speech bubbles floating from the dense crowds. “Mummy. Am I going to school tomorrow?” “No son. It’s not safe.”)What’s irrational about you? What makes you angry, frightened, envious, embarrassed? Use your moments of pain, too. There’s a saying: “Comedy equals tragedy, plus time.”

“The formula (công thức) for comedy is, comedy equals tragedy plus time,” Regan said. “Some people feel we haven’t had enough time yet, but I think you can shorten the length of time before something can be funny.

Comedy equals tragedy plus time. It's an old adage that's rarely been better illustrated (minh họa) than in Ok, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea, an intelligent entertaining new collection of essays by the award-winning Irish Times feature writer Patrick Freyne.

We’ve all heard the old saying: comedy equals tragedy plus time. And comedians (diễn viên hài) often describe comedy as therapy (phương thuốc). I never quite understood that until now. All I saw was a bunch of angry, ranty comedians turning audiences into their therapists instead of going to a professional like we all should be doing anyway. 

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"All else being equal" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Oliver Cole on Unsplash

"All else being equal"  -> nghĩa là các tình huống, yếu tố bên ngoài không hoặc sẽ không ảnh hưởng tới kết quả/quyết định của điều gì; câu mệnh đề "các yếu tố khác giữ nguyên" thì...

Ví dụ
They find that, all else being equal, men and women who solo authored (tạo ra) most of their work had similar tenure (chiếm hữu) rates. That changed when the researchers accounted for collaborative papers, however. 

“All else being equal, now is the best time to be selling a used car, truck, SUV or ute on record,” Mr Brisson said. Take a 2017 Ford Ranger with about 115,000kms on the clock, for example. Where the average sales price was $24,000 in May, a comparable (so sánh) model fetched about $31,000 in August.

When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And that’s hardly a surprise given these line items are considered unusual. In the twelve months to June 2020, Telefónica Chile had a big unusual items expense. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory (theo luật) profit look worse than its underlying earnings power.

If one kid has great test scores and one kid has no test scores, all else being equal, the kid with great test scores will win every time over the kid with no test scores. As long as the school allows the submission of the scores, then they're not telling it like it is. They're not really test-optional.

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Ca này khó

em gái 28 tuổi bị cảnh sát giao thông bắt vì quá tốc độ nói rằng em ấy... buồn ị quá và hôm nay là ngày sinh nhật em ấy :D
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A woman who refused to cooperate (từ chối hợp tác) during a traffic stop (dừng xe kiểm tra giấy tờ) sparked a high-speed chase and guns being drawn in an Enid neighborhood.

Twenty-eight-year-old Emily Owings was initially pulled over (tấp xe vào vệ đường) for not wearing her seatbelt (không đeo dây an toàn). She also didn’t have a license (bằng lái) or her insurance (bảo hiểm).

The only form of indentification she had on her was her medical marijuana card.

“Your license is suspended,” the officer said.

...“But I have to poop so bad,” Owings said.

“Where do you think I was going?” the officer asked.

“It’s my birthday,” Owings said. “It’s my [expletive] birthday.”

Bài trước: Tiệc vẫn vui

Tiệc vẫn vui

12 người bị thương vì chùm bóng mừng sinh nhật thủ tướng Ấn Độ phát nổ...
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The fiery footage shows the moment when about 100 balloons burst into flames (ngọn lửa) during a birthday gathering in Chennai on Friday for Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, who turned 70 on Thursday.

...Dozens of people were standing beneath the balloons when they went up in a spectacular (ngoạn mục) fireball, 

"Bringing up the rear" nghĩa là gì?

Chiếc lá cuối cùng. Photo by Simon Berger on Unsplash

"Bringing up the rear" -> nghĩa là di chuyển cuối cùng trong nhóm. 

Ví dụ
Codemasters’ estimates (ước lượng) of the team’s performances were, on the whole, fairly close to the mark. Mercedes were quickest followed by Red Bull, with Williams and the Ferrari customer teams bringing up the rear.

Bringing up the rear is Sean Winter who has 765,702 chips in his stack. Winter has more than $15 million in live cashes and almost $2.1 million won online at GGPoker alone. Winter’s best result in the Super MILLION$ came on September 27 when he finished fourth for $174,653. Can he best that impressive finish today?

With Otedola’s involvement, the chances of treatment—and Ebong’s survival—have been greatly improved. Otedola is the foremost (trước tiên) paragon (mẫu mực) of humanity in Ebong’s case, with several other Nigerians bringing up the rear.

As in previous years, Apple continues to hold the top spot for the brand which retains (giữ lại) the most value, with iPhone losing an average of 43% of their value in the first 12 months, and 61% by the end of a standard 24-month contract period. Samsung comes in a close second, with handsets depreciating (mất giá) by an average of 64% in 12 months and 76% in 24 months. Huawei is bringing up the rear, with their handsets losing 74% of their value in the first 12 months and 88% by the end of a standard 24-month contract period.

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"Belt and braces" nghĩa là gì?


"Belt and braces" = dây thắt lưng và dây đeo quần -> nghĩa là dùng (nhiều hơn) hai hành động để cẩn trọng hơn, dù chỉ cần một là đủ.

Ví dụ
A ‘belt and braces’ approach to new fire regulations (luật) for multi-level buildings. The value of illbruck ME010 Façade UV & Fire Membrane in delivering complete assurance. Changes to the Building Regulations and guidance in Approved Document B (ADB) have resulted in some difficulty and ambiguity (mơ hồ) in interpreting which materials are suitable for relevant buildings over 18 metres in height.

We have stringent (chặt chẽ) regimes (chế độ) in place - including extra focus on touch touch-points with anti-viral wipes. Our passengers must wear face coverings, unless exempt, and we have also given our operation the ‘belt and braces’ treatment, by also adding hand sanitisers.

We tasked Dennison Group to find us a newer CtP in order to prevent any delays (chậm trễ) for our customers. We went for the “belt-and-braces” approach by installing the Agfa unit alongside the Screen unit giving us both reliability, capacity, and back-up.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the bill would provide belt-and-braces protection against extreme interpretations (giải thích) of the Brexit protocol, adding that the law-breaking powers will only be used in extreme circumstances.

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Đã tới thiên đường rồi

thuyền chở đầy dân nhập cư cập bến... bãi biển khỏa thân :D
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One naked sunbather swam out to the inflatable (có thể thổi phồng, thuyền cao su bơm hơi) to ask if they were OK.

Around 80 nudists were on pebbly Fairlight Glen Beach near Hastings, East Sussex, on Monday morning.

Dad-of-two Jamie Anley, 48, was on his first trip to the beach with wife Astrid, 52.

They had just stripped off (tụt quần áo) when the dinghy (xuồng, thuyền cao su bơm hơi), containing ten men and a woman, approached the shore.

...“They had an engine on their dinghy but they were paddling about ten metres off the beach, probably thinking, ‘What the hell is this?’.

“The beachgoers were all very friendly (thân thiện) — we offered the migrants (dân nhập cư) drinks.

Bạn biết Coolalinga ở đâu rồi đấy

thức dậy lúc 2h sáng vì rắn cắn vào trán...
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It's 2:00am and you feel something like the jaws of a hairclip (kẹp tóc) on your forehead (trán).

It's not a hairclip.

Emily Hinds was having an early night after celebrating (ăn mừng) a win (thắng cuộc) in social netball (bóng rổ) with a glass of wine on Tuesday night.

"I woke up in that slumber (giấc ngủ) feeling like I've rolled onto a hair clip on my head and was thinking 'Why did the kids put a hair clip on my head'?" the 42-year-old mum said.

"Then I thought the clip would have to open and close.

"Then I felt it and it was smooth and long and I said 'It's a snake (con rắn)!'

"I said to Jason, 'I've been bitten by a snake!' And he said, 'Bullshit!'"

Làm sao chui vào được đó nhỉ?

4 điện thoại ở trong ruột tù nhân...
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The inmate-- a native of Barmer who was convicted (bị kết tội) in a case of unnatural offence-- complained of intolerable pain (đau không chịu nổi) in his stomach and rectum on Friday after which he was rushed to a hospital, leading to the discovery, said jail officials.

...As of now, the condition (điều kiện) of Deva Ram is stable (ổn định). Once discharged (ra viện, xuất viện), the jail officials will quiz him to find out who supplied him mobile phones inside the jail.

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