Journey in Life: 01/02/21

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

"In tow" nghĩa là gì?

'In tow' nghĩa là đi cùng, đi theo sau.

Ví dụ
With Freezers in Tow, U.S. Employers Rush to Fill Vaccine Void.

Snow continues to fall on Northeast US, with vaccines in tow.

The family says they are still living in Austin with family and continue working to get back to their home now with little Jordan Jr. in tow.

By the next morning-May 1, 1970-more than 31,000 American and 43,000 South Vietnamese troops (lính VNCH) were pouring over the border (biên giới) into Fish Hook (Móc Câu) and Parrot's Beak (Mỏ Vẹt). With little sleep, Nixon paid an impromptu (tùy hứng, không chuẩn bị trước) visit to the Pentagon with Kissinger in tow. His comments about "these bums blowing up campuses" made headlines, but his words inside were more hair-raising.

Phạm Hạnh

"In stitches" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by KAL VISUALS on Unsplash.

'In stitches' -> nghĩa là cười không kiềm chế nổi. 

Ví dụ
Mum left in stitches by "adorable" (đáng yêu) note she finds in daughter's bedroom.

A Woolworths supermarket customer has been left in stitches after discovering an hilarious (hài hước) fail in her New Year’s Eve decoration.

Rylan had viewers in stitches with his antics on the programme, which sees comedians (diễn viên hài) Greg Davies and Alex Horne set the celebs a series of tasks that they have to complete using random props.

Owens went to produce the yellow card from his pocket, but was then left a tad embarrassed when he couldn't locate them. "I haven't got my cards," he said sheepishly. It left the Premier Sports commentators (bình luận viên) in stitches, but luckily replacements were found and Screech was given his marching orders.

Phạm Hạnh

"Not a dry stitch on" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Heidi Fin on Unsplash.

'Not a dry stitch on' = không một sợi chỉ nào khô -> nghĩa là ướt như chuột lột.

Ví dụ
“When you get off the plane, it’s like somebody throws an electric blanket (chăn điện) in your face. You can’t breathe, sweating. You don’t have a dry stitch on,” Thomas describes of the Vietnam jungle (rừng xanh).

When there is an epic struggle like this, the trout is stressed and must be carefully revived. During the struggle, they build up lactic acid in their bodies and cramp up. Removing them from the water for photos further stresses them. As a result, it is important to properly revive them. In this case, it took 45 minutes. Time well spent! Dad said at the end of the release, he didn’t have a dry stitch on.

Phạm Hạnh

Sớm lên phim thôi

đang cắm trại thì... "ngực nổ" và chồng phải giữ bằng hai tay... :D
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The couple regaled the hosts of Good Morning Britain with the tale on Tuesday's show, speaking from their home in the states.

'We were on a caravan trip and I just got the stitches (vết chỉ, đường may) out, and I turned to the kids and it split!

...'It did look like a shark attack and Gary had to hold it together!'

Người ơi hãy quay về đây

cãi nhau, thế là leo lên xe oto định... chèn qua người yêu cũ (và bạn gái mới của anh ta) luôn...
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The footage, obtained Friday by KRQE, shows Amanda Gonzales, 25, in a heated Nov. 15 spat (cãi nhau vặt) outside the Las Cruces home of her former boyfriend, where he was staying with his new girlfriend.

The pair start bickering outside the home when Gonzales is seemingly pushed to the ground, setting her off, the clip shows.

Ai khóc nỗi đau này

ngã xuống vực ngay sau khi... nói lời 'em đồng ý' khi được cầu hôn...
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...But after the bride-to-be (sắp làm cô dâu), from St Pölten, Austria, said yes, she slipped and fell on the snow.

Her fiancee (vị hôn phu), a native of Carinthia, jumped to try and save her but he also lost his footing (trượt chân) and the two toppled (làm ngã, đổ, lung lay; lật đổ) over the edge. 

...Once the unconscious (bất tỉnh) woman had landed near a lake, an onlooker took the her to safety, and she was left with a concussion (chấn động). 

The groom-to-be plunged nearly 50ft before landing on a ledge, and had to be rescued by the Alpin 1 helicopter (máy bay trực thăng) team using a rope.

They were both given medical treatment (điều trị y tế), with the man being diagnosed (chẩn đoán) with a vertebrate fracture (gãy xương sống). 

Quá bất ngờ

đột kích bắt giữ quân nổi dậy thì tìm thấy... dương vật giả trong đống vũ khí :D
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Security forces on Thursday stumbled upon a dildo (dương vật giả) amid a huge cache of arms (vũ khí) and ammunition (đạn dược) while raiding (đột kích) a Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad (JJMP) hideout in Palamu, police said. While rifles (súng trường) and live cartridges (cát tút) were recovered from hideouts (nơi ẩn náu) of insurgent (quân nổi dậy) groups during almost every raid, finding sex toys (đồ chơi tình dục) from the possession of rebels (quân nổi dậy) was not a common happening in Jharkhand. 

...Commandant of 134 battalion of the CRPF here A D Sharma said the joint forces today conducted a well planned and meticulous (tỉ mỉ) search at Salamdiri under Panki police station about which there was a tip off (được bắn tin) about the concentration of a dozen extremists (phần tử cực đoan) of JJMP here since a couple of days.

"Attentional bias" nghĩa là gì?

nên đọc thêm review về sản phẩm ko lại tốn tiền bây giờ :) Photo by Ruthson Zimmerman on Unsplash.

"Attentional bias" = định kiến trong sự quan tâm -> nghĩa là khuynh hướng tránh xa những dữ liệu không nhất quán với suy nghĩ của mình.

Ví dụ
Depressed (trầm cảm) people are more likely to enjoy internet memes that contain themes related to sadness (buồn bã), hopelessness (vô vọng) or isolation (cô lập) — and they also show an attentional bias towards these images.

Attentional bias refers to our tendency to pay attention to information that we find most emotionally engaging and ignore information that we don’t. Given the intense, in-the-moment nature of threats and opportunities in the ancestral savanna, this bias is understandable. Yet, in the modern environment, sometimes information that doesn’t feel emotionally salient is the most important data.

Attentional bias is a trick that our own brains play on us. Say an advert for a new smart watch catches your attention – it's sleek (bóng, mượt, kiểu dáng đẹp) and smart and cool. After you've seen the advert, your brain reminds you of it, and, because of that reminder, you start to think about it more. You imagine yourself wearing the watch, its face glinting (lóe sáng, lấp lánh) against the cuff of your shirt. It bleeps you through ticket barriers and supermarket checkouts, it counts your steps and helps you track exercise goals, you lose weight and get into the best shape of your life… before you know it, your brain has created a whole narrative around this thing you've seen once, and you're desperate to buy it because it will change your life. According to Trent Hamm at Lifehacker, the best thing you can do to beat attentional bias is to read negative reviews of the item to balance out you ideas of its perfection, and to consider the ‘opportunity cost', which is the things you'll take away from if you buy the item (for example, if you spend several hundred pounds on a smart watch, it means you can't put money towards the house deposit you're saving for).

Phạm Hạnh

Chút suy nghĩ về người tốt - người xấu

trong chuyện cho trẻ em thì miêu tả dễ thôi, kẻ xấu là kẻ xấu, phải làm điều xấu...

trên thực tế ko vậy, để làm điều xấu, một người - trước tiên - phải tin rằng điều mình sẽ làm là... điều tốt :D

-> nhận xét quá đúng về những kẻ... ủng hộ "phong tỏa" :))
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trích dẫn hôm nay… is from page 173 of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1973 publication, The Gulag Archipelago (emphasis added):


It is permissible (chấp nhận được, dùng được) to portray evildoers in a story for children, so as to keep the picture simple. But when the great world literature of the past – Shakespeare, Schiller, Dickens – inflates and inflates images of evildoers of the blackest shades, it seems somewhat farcical (khôi hài, hài hước, lố bịch, nực cười) and clumsy (vụng về, lóng ngóng) to our contemporary perception. The trouble lies in the way these classic evildoers are pictured. They recognize themselves as evildoers, and they know their souls are black. And they reason: ‘I cannot live unless I do evil.’ … But no; that’s not the way it is! To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good.

"Fish for compliments" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Chris Hardy on Unsplash

"Fish for compliments" = mồi lời khen -> nghĩa là giả vờ nhún mình để người khác khen.

Ví dụ 
Central bankers to fish for compliments at virtual Jackson Hole summit (hội nghị thượng đỉnh).

Leos are sensual, passionate and fashion forward. They love to wear clothes that make their features pop and shamelessly fish for compliments wherever they go. Just like other fire signs, Leos look stunning in red.

"You have to stop calling yourself ugly. The pond is that way if you wanna fish for compliments," she says in one TikTok. She films most of the TikToks in The House Nobody Asked For, a content house made up of several comedic creators that originated in L.A. then moved to Vegas this year. She joined the house in July after one of the creators invited her.

Thùy Dương

"The silent majority" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Amy Tran on Unsplash

"The silent majority" = số đông im lặng -> nghĩa là nhóm người có ý kiến nhất định nhưng không công khai chúng. 

Ví dụ
I believe I am part of the silent majority on COVID-19 and need to speak up (“Our letters page is evidence (bằng chứng) that L.A.'s COVID-19 messaging is failing,” Opinion, Dec. 5).

It truly appears that the silent majority have at long last begun to assert their authority and return to the ancient traditions of displaying the fact that the UK is predominately (hơn hẳn) a Christian country and that the ‘happy holiday’ appeasers have no actual rights whatsoever to interfere with its Nativity celebrations.

The essential point, however, is the watershed (bước ngoặt) argument: that the silent majority of our citizens have now collectively had it up to their nose with this so-called “development”. 

Although we have done it all along, in 2021, we will be pushing you even harder to make your voice heard. Because although important change can be made by a few loud voices, we’re tired of the vocal minority overruling (lấn át) the silent majority. We’re guessing you are, too.

Ngọc Lân

"Been in the wars" nghĩa là gì?


"Been in the wars" = từng trong cuộc chiến -> nghĩa là bị thương, hỏng hóc, mục nát như vừa đánh trận, chinh chiến về vậy.

Ví dụ
A few Cronulla players have been in the wars in recent weeks, including Will Kennedy, who went down in pain after rolling his ankle (mắt cá chân) for the second time in as many weeks on Tuesday, along with Andrew Fifita, who injured a calf playing in the Tribal League, and Sione Katoa, who required surgery on his foot after he trod on a sea urchin while fishing.

The man known throughout the game as Sanjay has been in the wars a bit this year. His start to the new season was delayed (chậm trễ) by a foot problem, then he suffered a gruesome (kinh khủng) lip wound against Georgia, requiring 15 stitches.

In my time, I have seen many wars, political upheavals (dịch chuyển), natural disasters and non-natural disasters too. Beginning with the Gulf War in 1990, I have seen the quite a few, including the Kargil War. Yes, you could say I’ve been in the wars.

Former Emmerdale favourite John Bowe has been in the wars injuring (bị thương) himself in a freak accident. The 70-year-old star, who played Lawrence White in the ITV soap, has revealed his injuries to followers on Twitter.

Ngọc Lân

“Make oneself scarce” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

“Make oneself scarce” = tránh người khác -> nghĩa là rút lui khỏi tình huống khó khăn để tránh rắc rối.

Ví dụ
In some ways, that is great and integrating and expanding … but it is also about money which tends to be callous and cruel. Like the entertainment business today: make me money or make yourself scarce.

If these are nothing to do with you and you just happen to be directly in the firing line, your best bet is to make yourself scarce. But if you are responsible for their outraged (xúc phạm) feelings then you need to face the music, otherwise things will only get worse.

She said the Protection Order would continue for the mother against her son until the next court date and told the son “make yourself scarce is all I can say to you”. Judge Larkin stated that if people don’t comply with the Covid 19 restrictions, it is a case of “‘keep on enjoying yourselves and you are going to kill your grannies’ -that is what is going to happen”.

Anh Thư

“In short supply” nghĩa là gì?


“In short supply” -> nghĩa là khan hiếm.

Ví dụ
Practice time is something that will be in short supply around the NBA this season; teams are basically playing every other day, and that — along with travel and mandated days off  (ngày nghỉ bắt buộc) — realistically leaves time for no more than two practices per week. 

COVID-19 vaccines made their way to the Florida Keys on Monday, but they are still in short supply in the chain of islands. At least 312 people in Monroe County had been vaccinated, according to the most recently released data by the Florida Department of Health. 

Sidewalk salt in short supply around the Quad Cities Friday. MOLINE, Ill. — Friday's ice storm left many around the Quad Cities scrambling (nhốn nháo), trying to find something to melt it. Many of the big-box stores, like Menard's and Lowe's, are sold out of salt or have very little left in stock. Dave Schoeve found some at Trevor True Value in Moline, after he said he tried 25 other stores that were sold out.

Anh Thư

"Plant pears for your heirs” nghĩa là gì?


“Plant pears for your heirs” = trồng lê cho người thừa kế -> nghĩa là khuyến khích nghĩ và chăm sóc các thế hệ tương lai.

Ví dụ
The problem is that of all the fruit categories it is perhaps the most difficult one to breed new varieties. That is why old-timers refer to the fact that you plant pears for your heirs when they talk about the variety. In South Africa only a few new options are available when growers consider what to plant.

‘Plant pears for your heirs’ the saying goes and, although the innate (bẩm sinh) pessimism (bi quan) in that statement is questionable (nowadays, most folk under the age of 70 can reasonably expect to enjoy poires Belle Hélène from a tree they’ve just planted), it’s hugely satisfying to plant other trees that will not come to full maturity (trưởng thành) until long after we are gone.

“They say you plant pears for your heirs because it takes a while to get them into production,” Goehner said ahead of a recent candidates forum at the American Legion in Brewster, Washington. Goehner, a Republican with a strong jaw and Mitt Romney-esque gray hair, has grown pears in his orchard in Dryden for more than 40 years. During that time, he raised three children, taught public school and was a commissioner (ủy viên) for Chelan County.

Anh Thư

"Make a better fist of" nghĩa là gì?


"Make a better fist of" -> nghĩa là làm tốt, được việc hơn ai. 

Ví dụ
You wouldn't know it, they don't exactly lay their cards on the table and bellow (gầm lên) "I'm ambitious as hell and will take over the world", but they'd happily do so and they'd probably make a better fist of it than the mad puppets currently ruining the universe. 

Summarising quite what the made-up verb means isn’t easy. It suffers under scrutiny (quan sát kỹ lưỡng) but it seems the company wants to make a better fist of connecting, you know, with humans.

Carlos Carvalhal was keen for his team to make a better fist of it against Leicester after the English Premier League high-fliers had crushed the Arsenalistas 4-0 in England three weeks ago. And Braga made the perfect start as Libyan midfielder Al Musrati latched onto (theo đuổi) a loose ball and rifled a 25-yard shot low into the corner of the net. The lead did not last long, however, as just five minutes later Harvey Barnes fired into the roof of the net from close range.

They had been determined (quyết tâm) to make a better fist of their opening matches than last term, but Henry admitted that could only happen with a swift upturn in results – starting at home to Crewe Alexandra tomorrow night.

Ngọc Lân

"Include me out" nghĩa là gì?


"Include me out" -> nghĩa là tôi không muốn tham gia, 'đừng tính tôi', 'đừng kể tôi'.

Ví dụ
Well, first, I don't want to live in any community organized (tổ chức) by community organizers, so include me out on that front. But to be honest, I think this is part of a kind of good cop defund (khai trừ) the bad cop defunder routine. 

There's a campaign (chiến dịch) for one last super-clap for the NHS on Sunday to mark its 72nd anniversary. Include me out,. At least until we are quite sure what we are applauding.

Were you star-struck? As someone who sat with Paul McCartney and George Harrison and never asked for an autograph (chữ kí), you can include me out, as Damon Runyan wrote.

“If your world should fall apart, there’s plenty of room inside my heart/ Just don’t include me out,” she sings. That world includes the club, where Robyn thrives (phát triển) in both her music and her mind, spinning around in circles and inviting everyone else to spin out to oblivion (lãng quên) with her.

Ngọc Lân

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