Journey in Life: 11/24/20

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

"The old gray mare ain't what she used to be" nghĩa là gì?

"The old gray mare ain't what she used to be" = con ngựa xám già không còn như xưa -> nghĩa là đã già, cũ kĩ, lỗi thời.

Ví dụ
You could say rider and steed (chiến mã) have a lot of miles on them, because together, they add up to 100 years. They're ready to make their "Century Ride," serving as an inspiration to many. "This is sort of like, 'The old gray mare ain't what she used to be,' but we're still movin' on," said Wiggins. And they'll be movin' on, trotting right into the Dressage Foundation's Century Club, with the help of trainer Suzanne Graham.

Jess Brown, a political science professor at Athens State University, said the education association doesn't have the close personal relationship with its members that it had in the past, and the law will cause it to take a hit in membership, although it's too early to say how many. "AEA will remain an influential (có tầm ảnh hưởng) player on Goat Hill, but the old gray mare ain't what she used to be," said Brown, who has been a member in the past.

We took a completely un-scientific poll of our fellow High Gear Media staffers to devise (nghĩ ra) a short-list of the best and worst car commercials in memory. And by "memory", we generally mean "recent memory", because, you know, the old gray mare ain't what she used to be. We know we're going to leave out a few of your faves, but here goes.

Roberts Cosmetics has designed a line of products called Pd46 to enhance (tăng cường) grays, not eliminate them. Because, per the line’s catch phrase, the old gray mare ain’t what she used to be. "Gray should be an option not an affliction (nỗi khổ)," said Cristina Bartolucci with Roberts Cosmetics. "You should be able to be a blond, or a brunette, or a redhead or gray."

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Độc chiêu bán hàng mới của KFC

đưa ‘xe tải gà’ không người lái xuống phố, bán hàng không cần nhân viên, thanh toán QR code...
While the world is still battling (chiến đấu/chống chọi với) the COVID-19 pandemic (đại dịch), everyone is still encouraged to practice social distancing (giãn cách xã hội) and to opt for contactless payment (thanh toán không tiếp xúc) and delivery as much as possible. In China, it appears that KFC has started deploying 5G autonomous (tự động) vehicles which allow customers to purchase their finger licking good meals without human interaction (tiếp xúc con người).

...The vehicles are from Neolix and it appears to be identical to the 5G-connected vehicles that are used in hospitals in Thailand for contactless delivery of medical supplies (thiết bị y tế).

Bài trước: Xin tí khí

"Shank of the evening" nghĩa là gì?

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"Shank of the evening" -> nghĩa là lúc sầm tối, chạng vạng, buổi xế chiều. 

Ví dụ
Southern always stayed too late at the party, chiding (mắng mỏ) one friend for having “sent me packing so often at the very shank of the evening.” He was exhausting in other ways. A typical performance was a 1980 letter to the novelist and Zen master Peter Matthiessen, which reads right up top: “Wow-ee! Bro-ther! Boy-oh-boy! Holy Mack!” You imagine Matthiessen mailing him back a sachet (túi) of decaffeinated (không caffein) tea.

I have often said that I never thought back when I was covering the brutal (thảm khốc) battles of the Civil Rights Movement that I would live to see an African-American president. But at least in the shank of the evening over an adult beverage (đồ uống) or two that was something we would speculate (nghiên cứu) about. What no one ever thought to even discuss was whether we would have legalized (hợp pháp hóa) gay marriage anywhere, let alone (nữa là) now in all 50 states.

Beer belongs to the end of the day. It begins to be good as the sun goes down, and it goes on increasing in virtue (hiệu quả) until the sandman makes his rounds. It is the perfect drink for the shank of the evening, when one would be unwise to eat the solid victuals (đồ ăn) that go with wine. 

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Những ai là người hùng chống Covid-19?

những anh chàng "củ khoai tây lười" nằm dài trên ghế bành và xem phim trong nhà, ko đi đâu/ko làm gì hết á...
The short video begins with an elderly man recalling his "service" to the nation back in the day when he was a budding young student "in the winter of 2020, when the whole country's eyes were on us.''

"I had just turned 22 and was studying engineering," the narrator continues, "when the second wave hit.

"At this age, you want to party, study, get to know people, go for drinks with friends…Yet fate had different plans for us. "

The scene then switches to the narrator as a young man, accompanied by dramatic music: "An invisible danger threatened everything we believed in.

"Suddenly the fate of this country lay in our hands," he says. "So, we mustered all our courage and did what was expected of us, the only right thing.

"We did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Being as lazy (lười) as raccoons (gấu trúc),'' he says in a serious tone.

Thật không chuyên nghiệp

cô giáo say, ngồi trên đùi học sinh và tụt áo khoe ngực...

Later, she pulled her top down exposing (phơi bày) her breasts (ngực) while posing (tạo dáng chụp ảnh) with five pupils (học sinh) in a photo booth.

The flirty (hay ve vãn, tán tỉnh) teacher, who also shared a cigarette with a pupil, was so smashed she fell over while trying to sit on a pupil’s lap.

Mrs Lake — who started boozing with other teachers before the prom — said she was so drunk she could not remember the night.

She was sacked (bị sa thải) as head of PE at Reepham secondary school near Norwich in September 2019.

She admitted (thừa nhận) unacceptable (không chấp nhận được) professional (chuyên nghiệp) conduct (hành vi).

Bài trước: Chuyện như đùa

Eo ôi, khiếp!

lễ hội 'ném phân bò' ở ấn độ :D
Dozens of exuberant (cởi mở, hồ hởi) villagers scooped up (xúc, múc) handfuls of cow dung (phân bò) to mold (đúc, nặn) and toss (quăng, thả, ném, tung) at each other like snowballs this week for the Gorehabba festival, a local conclusion to India's most important festival (lễ hội), Diwali.

Similar to Spain's "La Tomatina" -- an eccentric tomato-hurling celebration of the local fruit -- residents of Gumatapura village instead fling something more earthy at each other: cow dung.

The festival is unique to a village where locals believe their god -- Beereshwara Swamy -- was born in cow excrement.

Some Hindus believe cows and everything they produce is sacred and purifying. Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pushed for greater protection of the beasts, and many Indian states have long banned (cấm) their slaughter for meat (giết lấy thịt).

"On your beam-ends" nghĩa là gì?

"On one's beam-ends" -> nghĩa là trong tình huống bấp bênh, không chắc chắc hoặc tuyệt vọng.

Ví dụ
Another dead giveaway for the Bavarian being on his beam-ends is a recent statement by his most prominent (nổi bật) supporter Angela Merkel, as the German chancellor cautiously said in regards to the election of Weber that “the current situation is more complicated than it was five years ago". 

Before he was acclaimed (ca ngợi) as a new-age sensation of Indian cinema, Nila Madhab lived a childhood on his beam-ends and studied entrepreneurship (kinh doanh) at India’s premier institute, IIM Ahmadabad.

The soft-coal industry like many another was on its beam ends. The Communist Party at that time was trying to organize its own trade unions (liên minh). With their flair (tinh mắt) for publicity, the Communist leaders induced (thuyết phục) a number of writers and journalists to serve as a committee to go to the Kentucky coalfields to see for themselves the violence that had met the efforts of Communist-trained organizers to form a union.

The government ought to give cast iron guarantees (đảm bảo) that the level of support which is currently available from Brussels will be maintained, not just until 2020 but so long as the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union. People are critical of the European Union and of the CAP, but there is absolutely no doubt that without that kind of financial support then farming in the United Kingdom would be on its beam ends.  

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