Journey in Life: 04/09/21

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Friday, April 9, 2021

"Smart alec" nghĩa là gì?

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"Smart alec" -> nghĩa là người cố tỏ ra thông minh, trả lời câu hỏi theo kiểu khôn lỏi khiến người khác khó chịu.

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There are many masks (mặt nạ) – the smart alec, the clown, the jock, the bully, the cool dude, the shy mouse – usually with long fringe hiding their face..

What’s downright (thẳng thắn) sick is how many members of the comfortable class — who are too ideologically committed to lockdowns to turn back now — will just laugh as they read these tallies. They’ve always got some smart-alec dismissive (thô bạo) remark to offer or a link to forward that downplays or denies these various harms.

In 1965, as the eponymous King Rat in Bryan Forbes’s film set in a Japanese PoW camp, Segal was in his element as a smart-alec American among the stiff-upper-lip British, surviving by conning his fellow prisoners and camp officers.

Car parking itself is a saga (câu chuyện dài). You have that smart alec who has to reverse park so he can get that 2-second lead on departure and so what if he holds up the traffic while squeegeeing into position. 

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"Doubting Thomas" nghĩa là gì?

"Doubting Thomas" = Thomas nghi ngờ -> nghĩa là người không bao giờ tin vào bất kỳ điều gì nếu như không có bằng chứng hoặc chính họ nhìn tận mắt; 'đa nghi Tào Tháo'. 

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It is easy for us to look at Thomas and criticize (chỉ trích) him for the doubt he showed. The story of Thomas’s need for confirmation (xác nhận) is often the only story that we remember of him. We label him “Doubting Thomas” and think of him only as a man whose faith was weak.

They reflect pure curiosity (tò mò) and a desire to make sense of the world around us. Each year as we look at the story of “doubting Thomas” I think of the children I work with.

“I am a doubting Thomas,” she said. “There was something about it that said, this doesn’t seem right.” Her daughter, an epidemiologist (dịch tễ học), confirmed to her that the emails are not authentic. In the last week, announcements from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice also warned people against clicking links in emails asking for feedback from COVID-19 vaccine recipients.

Happy Easter (lễ Phục Sinh) to Lil Nas X, whose Satan Shoes (each containing at least one drop of blood) make the perfect holiday gift for that special someone who has everything … or … you might opt for Governor Cuomo’s runaway bestseller “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Whether you are a Cuomosexual or a Doubting Thomas, the book makes for a fun fact-fudging read. Buona Pasqua!

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“Fine as Dick's hatband” nghĩa là gì?

“Fine as Dick's hatband” = tốt như băng mũ của Dick (người được cho là Richard Cromwell - quốc vương Khối thịnh vượng chung Anh, Scotland và Ireland vào giữa thế kỷ 17) -> cụm từ này nghĩa là rất tốt, đẹp, giỏi giang, xuất chúng.

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“It was a good welcome and the atmosphere was as fine as Dick's hatband.”

My message to them is that vaccine is as fine as Dick's hatband and effective vaccine. I've had it, and I'm very confident in it.

That's why I think my jukebox (máy hát tự động) musicals are as fine as Dick's hatband for perhaps trying to attract students who, you know, aren't necessarily all that music theatre.

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"Indian summer" nghĩa là gì?

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"Indian summer" = mùa hè Ấn Độ -> nghĩa là giai đoạn thời tiết ấm, dễ chịu thỉnh thoảng xuất hiện vào đầu mùa thu. 

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A new study details how the Indian Summer Monsoon is supercharged (tăng nạp) by atmospheric (khí quyển) dust particles swept up by winds from deserts in the Middle East.

Now, a new study from the University of Kansas has offered some crucial (quan tọng) insight into the mechanisms (cơ cấu) behind the world's most powerful monsoon (gió mùa) systems: Indian summer monsoon or the southwest monsoon. The study showcases that the Indian monsoon is intensified (tăng cường) by atmospheric dust particles swept up by the winds from deserts in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, another Asian source fueling (cung cấp) the impact of aerosolized dust upon the Indian summer monsoons is the Iranian Plateau, located between the Middle East and the Tibetan Plateau. This region (khu vực) is at a higher elevation which makes it easier for solar radiation to reach its surface and increase its temperature.

Global climatic events may have had significant (ấn tượng) impacts on India's landscape, vegetation, and socio-economic growth, with abrupt (bất ngờ) shifts in the Indian Summer Monsoon coinciding with the events.

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"A young Turk" nghĩa là gì?

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"A young Turk" -> nghĩa là người trẻ nóng lòng muốn thay đổi hệ thống/chế độ.

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From time to time I’m asked to write a piece railing against (mắng nhiếc, xỉ vả) some latest art world craze. My husband calls them “Argh! It’s new! I hate it!” pieces. Every Old Master was a Young Turk once, every tradition a breakthrough (đột phá).

Back in the Seventies (những năm 70), when I was a young Turk on the specimen (hạng người) scene, this sort of thing happened all the time, and was completely par for the big fish course. Everyone was at it. This was the era of secret waters, secret baits, secret rigs, and secret squirrel even.

Though a young turk in the force, Hassan has already showed shrewd (thông minh) side of policing when he cycled to reach MIDC police station in civil attire on Sunday for a visit.

Paswan can either asset himself a young turk in Bihar’s political sea sailing the ships of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s sons or might act as a mere glass wall stopping the passage of votes towards Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).

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"Salt away" nghĩa là gì?

Tôi sẽ là triệu phú vào năm 30 tuổi! Photo courtesy: Helen Orozco

"Salt away" = ướp muối -> nghĩa là để dành, tiết kiệm (tiền).

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Dan Egan, vice president of behavioral finance and investing at Betterment, said that’s because the strategy reduces people’s chances of impulsively spending (tiêu tiền quá độ) money they had hoped to salt away.

But Republicans would prefer to see those dollars spent on projects that could help Colorado recover from the recession. “The 30-year average of reserves is 3%,” noted Sen. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument. He questioned whether the state should salt away money in its bank account, or use it on projects that will return economic activity, restore jobs and help K-12 students catch up on ground they’ve lost due to the pandemic.

Some Americans, though, have accumulated cash reserves during the economic uncertainty of the pandemic. The personal savings rate spiked to a record 33% in April and was still almost 18% in July, double what it was throughout 2019, according to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. It can be demoralizing (nản lòng) to salt away cash only to see it earn anemic (teo tóp) interest. But it is important to keep in mind the purpose of the money you are holding, said Malissa Marshall, a certified financial planner in Vermont.

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Bài trước: "Pull out all the stops" nghĩa là gì?

"Talk for England" nghĩa là gì?

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"Talk for England" -> nghĩa là nói chuyện, tán phét rất lâu. 

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How long did you stay on the call? About 4.5 hours. I can talk for England, but he did most of the chatting, so the hours racked up.

“I now want a career in the media as I love talking. “I could talk for England! I was doing a journalism (báo chí) degree and there was a radio module (học phần) which I was dreading.

"But he also had a tremendous (to lớn) sense of humour and was quick witted - till very late on in life. "And he loved being sociable (xã giao), he could talk for England." As well as being a dedicated family man and employee, he was also a keen sportsman and in his younger years played for Longridge Town FC and Longridge Cricket Club, as well as belonging to a crown green bowling for 50 years.

A man who says he ‘can talk for England’ is offering to keep people company (bận bịu) during the coronavirus crisis. People have been told to stay at home, cancel unnecessary trips and avoid large gatherings by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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