Journey in Life: 05/10/21

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Monday, May 10, 2021

"Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety" nghĩa là gì?


"Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety" = 'tuổi tác không làm nàng héo hon tàn úa, tục lệ không khiến nàng mất đi sự muôn màu muôn vẻ' -> nghĩa là câu bày tỏ tình cảm, sự hết lòng tới người yêu. Nhân vật Enobarbus trong tác phẩm của Shakespear nói rằng Anthony sẽ không bao giờ chán Cleopatra (càng ngày càng hấp dẫn).

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“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety,” goes the Shakespeare line about Cleopatra, and it’s a timely reminder that ageism (phân biệt đối xử tuổi tác) and putting older women into narrow boxes is not on. Ever.

She comfortably fit (phù hợp) within the Shakespearian description, "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety." In order to keep everyone safe there is a private service Wednesday, May 13 at 2PM. To view the funeral live stream please visit our website.

Unblemished (hoàn thiện) by two disastrous (thảm họa) marriages — first to Brad Pitt who dumped (đá) her for Angelina Jolie, and then to a loser called Justin Theroux — Jen is the Petra Pan of Hollywood.  As Shakespeare wrote of Cleopatra: 'Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.'

“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.” Only time will tell if Shakespeare was truly writing about Enobarbus recounting (thuật lại) Mark Anthony’s first meeting with Cleopatra, or the countenance (vẻ mặt) of Sir Patrick Stewart, one of humanity’s most enduring structures.

Ngọc Lân

Hãy bình thản

shared from fb khăn piêu,
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Sáng nay tôi chợt thấy mình hạnh phúc nhất đời, chỉ vì có một người bạn cùng nghe chung một bài hát. “Tạm biệt em gái Slav”. Mọi người khác xung quanh tôi không biết bài hát đó, không thích bài hát đó, không có cảm xúc gì khi nghe bài hát đó.

Khi chọn lấy một điều gì đó thiêng liêng hay thuần khiết để cất giữ trong tim: một lý tưởng, một thước phim, một bài hát, một nửa câu thơ cho dù của bên nào, hay là nếu may mắn hơn, một con người thật, nó sẽ giúp người ta băng qua nỗi sợ, thưởng thức cô đơn, vui vẻ thiệt thòi và hạnh phúc trong nhỏ bé.

Đợt dịch thứ tư này ở Việt Nam lớn nhưng không phải là bất ngờ. Nó đã có thể hoàn toàn ập đến với cường độ này vào tháng Giêng năm ngoái. Chúng ta đã có một năm bốn tháng để chuẩn bị, cho kế hoạch, cho người thân, cho công việc, và cho tinh thần của chính bản thân mình.

Một năm bốn tháng trước ngày toàn thắng ở Berlin, Hồng quân Liên Xô đang bị phong tỏa đến chết đói ở Leningrad. Có được một năm bốn tháng này thay vì hoảng loạn, sai lầm, mất mát từ phút đầu tiên, chúng ta đã phải cảm ơn biết bao người đã cống hiến và hy sinh cho nó rồi.

Chuẩn bị không nhất thiết phải có nghĩa là chống được, hay là tránh được. Chuẩn bị cũng có thể có nghĩa là chấp nhận. Chỉ mong tất cả giữ được mạng sống của mình, còn về vật chất, sẽ có những ngành nghề cụ thể, những con người cụ thể mất ít, mất nhiều, hay mất tất. Dù sao cũng chỉ là phù du thôi. Bạn vẫn còn là người hạnh phúc nếu so với tiền bạc, bạn vẫn còn cần một cái ôm hơn.

Đại dịch có lẽ cũng làm tôi lớn lên, không còn nữ nhi thường tình để ý những thứ khoe nhà khoe xe khoe chồng khoe con khoe quần áo đồ ăn như trước. Đứng trước hiểm nguy, cho dù bạn là người phụ nữ quyến rũ cao sang hay già nua nghèo khổ, sống cùng ai hay chỉ một mình, thì ở ngoài kia, luôn có những người đàn ông trẻ đẹp hơn chồng con bạn, giỏi giang hơn, đang bảo vệ cho bạn được an toàn, đó chính là tổ quốc.

Hãy bình thản và bình đẳng cùng nhau qua cơn bão tố này.

'Bằng mọi giá không để dịch bệnh lan rộng'

sống chung thôi,

"bằng mọi giá"... thì khó lắm...
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Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:

Editor:

Thanks to Dr. Nicole Saphier for explaining that Americans are so close to herd immunity (miễn nhiệm cộng đồng) against Covid-19 that the case for mask-wearing will soon disappear (“Dr. Fauci, Tear Off These Masks,” April 3). She correctly decries Anthony Fauci’s unjustifiably high benchmark for unmasking – an error that Fauci commits by inexcusably (không đáng tha thứ, không tha thứ được) disregarding evidence that large numbers of Americans are already immune owing to prior infection.

Fauci, alas, isn’t alone in finding – or concocting (bịa đặt) – reasons to keep Americans hysterically (cuồng loạn, thác loạn) fearful of Covid. After its chief, Rochelle Walensky, told Rachel Maddow on Monday that “Our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick. And that it’s not just in the clinical trials, it’s also in real-world data,” the CDC later walked back, apparently on the absurd grounds that there isn’t 100 percent proof that vaccines protect 100 percent of vaccinated people 100 percent of the time.

Too many people today – especially in government and the media – are homo avoidcovidi. Each of these persons, like the infamous homo economicus of economics textbooks, blindly and without balance pursues one narrow goal to the exclusion of all others.

Yet homo avoidcovidus is even worse than homo economicus. While the latter pursues exclusively his own narrow material welfare, he at least recognizes that this goal is not achieved by maniacally doing only one specific thing, such as working as many hours as is physically possible to earn monetary income. Homo economicus values, and takes, leisure. In contrast, homo avoidcovidus does indeed maniacally do only one specific thing: reduce his risk of exposure to the coronavirus. For homo avoidcovidus, no cost is too high to pay for even the most minuscule reduction in the risk of contracting Covid.

A homo economicus holding public office is an unpleasant fool; a homo avoidcovidus holding public office is a deranged tyrant.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics

Bài trước: Vô lý hết sức

Vô lý hết sức

đi làm bình thường, ko đeo khẩu trang cũng bị phê bình...

chẳng lẽ khẩu trang sẽ như bao cao su??

cứ xem hàng dài người đi qua an ninh sân bay sau ngày 11/9 xem, tình hình đã thay đổi, mà hơn 20 năm vẫn thế...
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...I mention this because we are in a similar phase in which reasonable people are being irrationally demonized (biến thành quỷ) for going back to normal and going mask-free. It makes no sense, but the truth is we get attached to rituals of safety, even after they have become redundant. Look at airport TSA screening, twenty years after 9/11. We so identify with safety protocols that it can feel dangerous simply to follow reason when circumstances change. The fear of Covid somehow gets internalized and perpetuated, just as HIV was. Even today, for example, a diagnosis of HIV feels far more terrifying than, say, diabetes. But diabetes is much, much more problematic now than AIDS, over a lifetime. Covid now seems much scarier than the flu. But if you’ve been vaccinated, that’s exactly how we should think of it. Nasty, but not fatal. So live!

Thất bại toàn tập

'phong tỏa' chẳng có cửa gì chống lại được covid-19...
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Jay Bhattacharya and Martin Kulldorff, writing in the Telegraph, argue that “Lockdown proponents can’t escape the blame for the biggest public health fiasco in history (sai lầm chính sách y tế công lớn nhất trong lịch sử).” A slice:

A year ago, there was no evidence that lockdowns would protect older high-risk people from Covid-19. Now there is evidence. They did not.

With so many Covid-19 deaths, it is obvious that lockdown strategies failed to protect the old. Holding the naïve belief (niềm tin ngây thơ) that shutting down society would protect everyone, governments and scientists rejected basic focused protection measures for the elderly. While anyone can get infected, there is more than a thousand-fold difference in the risk of death between the old and the young. The failure to exploit this fact about the virus led to the biggest public health fiasco in history.

Lockdowns have, nevertheless, generated enormous collateral damage across all ages. Depriving children of in-person teaching (lấy mất của trẻ em cơ hội được tới trường) has hurt (tác động xấu) not only their education but also their physical and mental health (sức khỏe thể chất và tinh thần). Other public health consequences include missed cancer screenings (tầm soát ung thư) and treatments and worse cardiovascular disease (bệnh tim mạch) outcomes. Much of this damage will unfold over time and is something we must live with – and die with – for many years to come.

The blame game for this fiasco is now in full swing. Some scientists, politicians, and journalists are complaining that people did not comply with the rules sufficiently. But blaming the public is disingenuous. Never in human history has the population sacrificed so much to comply with public health mandates.

Strangely, lockdown proponents are also trying to blame the scientists who opposed lockdown measures. Though she has repeatedly argued for better protection of the elderly, with specific suggestions that could have saved many lives, Oxford professor Sunetra Gupta, one of the world’s pre-eminent infectious disease epidemiologists, has been attacked with particular viciousness.

"When my ship comes in" nghĩa là gì?


"When my ship comes in" = khi tàu đến -> nghĩa là khi trở nên giàu có, thành công.

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When my ship comes in, I'm moving out of this disgusting little apartment first thing!

When his ship comes in, many other girls will probably stick around. Maybe one day, another girl will replace you.

Must be rich and because I hate being poor. I used to be poor and afraid not to want to go back to it. Certainly, when my ship comes in, I will divide it to help more people succeed. I like everyone to be happy with me.

Thùy Dương

"Screw him over" nghĩa là gì?

Cười gian xảo. Photo by Yuvraj Singh on Unsplash

"Screw (one) over" -> nghĩa là lừa đảo, gian lận, tước đoạt ai; nghĩa khác là đặt ai vào thế bất lợi, khó khăn (không công bằng, ích kỷ).

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Just because I have spare cash doesn't mean I'm happy for the big corporations to screw me over on pricing.

Reigns had all of the momentum (động lực) entering the 2016 Royal Rumble. But The Authority decided to screw him over by changing up the Royal Rumble. Instead of earning a title opportunity at WrestleMania 32, the winner would become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

I know people can get riled up (nổi khùng lên) when discussion of stars’ salaries comes into play, but this seems to me like a case of one of our greatest actors knowing what he’s worth and not kowtowing (quỳ lạy) to a corporation who would gladly screw him over if he didn’t fight tooth and nail to get what he deserved.

Thùy Dương

"Rage out of control" nghĩa là gì?


"Rage out of control" có rage là cơn thịnh nộ, sự cuồng bạo, ác liệt -> cụm từ này nghĩa là trở nên tức giận mất kiểm soát suy nghĩ, hành động; nghĩa khác là vượt khỏi tầm kiểm soát.

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We urge (khuyến khích) communities to really take care when heating their homes this winter. Never forget the safety of your family and your neighbors – fires can rage out of control quickly.

Residents in Birmingham's tallest tower block narrowly escaped disaster when a fire threatened to rage out of control. A blaze (ngọn lửa) in Brindley House, in Newhall Street, was only two minutes away from engulfing (nhấn chìm) the whole building before fire-fighters bought it under control.

China’s reliability (sự tin cậy) as a vaccine supplier is increasing its geopolitical clout (ảnh hưởng địa chính trị) at a time when the U.S. and the EU have been slow in confronting the global pandemic and COVID-19 hot spots rage out of control in India, Brazil, and elsewhere. Compounding the difficulties, India’s crisis has dried up vaccine supplies and prompted many countries to turn toward China.

Thùy Dương

"A nation of shopkeepers" nghĩa là gì?


"A nation of shopkeepers" = nước toàn chủ hiệu -> nghĩa là nước Anh, nhân dân Anh (hàm ý chê bai thiếu tham vọng).

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Germany is known for luxury cars, machine tools and other goods that have protected the overall economy from the worst effects of the pandemic. But Germany is also a nation of shopkeepers, small operations whose employees are often from the same family.

Over two hundred years later and it is clear to see that Britain has remained a nation of shopkeepers, albeit (mặc dù) maybe not a pandemic-proof one.

This is welcome news for the resilient (kiên cường) entrepreneurs (doanh nhân khởi nghiệp) that have survived the Pandemic, and the future of high streets throughout the UK as a generation are inspired to start their own business. Britain truly is a nation of shopkeepers.

Napoleon is often quoted as deriding (chế nhạo) Britain as a nation of shopkeepers but it was actually Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac, the French revolutionary, who first used the phrase in 1794. 

Ngọc Lân

"Blow her cork" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Sean Benesh on Unsplash

"Blow (one's) cork" = bật tung nắp -> nghĩa là điên tiết, cáu tiết đến mức mất kiểm soát.

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Mom totally blew her cork when I told her I had failed math.

Don't blow your cork, it's just a tiny scratch on the car.

I mean, she'll blow her cork. She already walks heavily with her opinions that I oppose. Oh, man. I don't know what to do.

Thùy Dương

"Do some fine coin" nghĩa là gì?


"Do some fine coin" -> nghĩa (lóng) là kiếm được rất nhiều tiền.

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When I get my big break, I'm going to do some fine coin.

I do some fine coin with her singing. She hits them notes real nice.

Besides, weren’t you searching for a job? Think about it: you’ll do some fine coin here.

Thùy Dương

"Thrust and parry" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Ray S

"Thrust and parry" = đâm và đỡ -> nghĩa là khẩu chiến, tranh đấu quyết liệt.

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The thrust and parry of the electoral battle ended yesterday in a devastating loss of the saffron brigade (nhóm người, lữ đoàn) which had sought to woo voters by playing the “Hindutva” card as an antidote to TMC’s “minority vote-bank politics”.

The MPs, who decorated this ornate august Assembly a long time ago, did thrust and parry with well-articulated arguments to prove their points, and time was when, the people were excited to see their performances in Parliament. On the contrary, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the people tend to despise the increasing instances of un-parliamentary behaviour of the contemporary set of politicians in general and often pour scorn on Parliament as an “extravagant talk shop”.

Grant, of course, does not look entirely unlike a Greek statue (perhaps better yet, he looks just like Cary Grant). Still, the real moment of connection between Anna and his character, an economist called Philip Adams, is exactly as she’d hoped: they thrust and parry conversationally until both are spent. Later that night, she watches him give an extremely boring speech about investments with such interest that we know the two will end up engaged, even if it takes them 90 minutes of hijinks and bickering to arrive at their destination.

Ka Tina

"This-a-way and that-a-way" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Adrian Williams

"This-a-way and that-a-way" -> nghĩa (chỉ đường) là lối này rồi lối kia.

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The track also comes with a few dance instructions with shoutouts to other familiar moves. "Bang bang bang bang dab / I'm just feelin' myself right now / milly rock on any block / just to shut it down / I go this a way and that a way," raps the hit-maker as carries out the dance moves then goes left then right.

SMT4 plops (rơi tõm) you into the shoes of a fresh young samurai defending their kingdom of Mikado from an army of demons. Handily, as is customary for the series you can recruit demons and use their powers against their chums. The game boasts over 400 of the blighters (kẻ phá hoại). And, as you'd expect, it'll branch this this-a-way and that-a-way, with choices affecting characters and kingdom alike.

Quincy’s this-a-way-and-that-a-way cut through the middle, combined with Patty’s fade to the wing and Marco coming across the top, causes Ariza and Melton to collide (va chạm, đụng nhau). Ariza’s unintentional screen makes Melton late to Marco on the catch, a situation Marco exploits with a shot fake. Melton leaves his feet to contest, giving Marco the room he needs to get a better shot.

Ka Tina

May đấy, cứ tưởng bốn mẹ vợ thì...

nhân viên ngân hàng taiwan cưới vợ 4 lần rồi ly hôn 3 lần (với cùng một người) để (hợp thức hóa) nghỉ phép 32 ngày...
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According to Taiwanese law, a person has the right to 8 days paid work leave when they get married, which is exactly what one unnamed clerk received when he got married last year, on April 6th. Only that was only meant as the beginning of an extended paid leave, for which the hero of our story had prepared in advance. On the last day of his 8-day leave, the man divorced his wife, only to marry her again the next day and ask for another paid leave, to which he felt he was entitled to, by law. He went on to marry the same woman four times, and divorce her three times in 37 days, for a total of 32 days of paid leave.

But before you even thinking off pulling off a similar stunt (trò nguy hiểm), you should know that things didn’t go as smoothly as the protagonist (nhân vật chính) of this story had hoped. Because he divorced and then married the same woman the next day, the bank he worked at figured out what he was trying to do, so it refused to grant him another eight days of paid leave. That didn’t sit too well with our hero…

Bài trước: Bạn muốn hẹn hò

"A ministering angel shall my sister be" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash

"A ministering angel shall my sister be" có ministering là chăm sóc -> cụm từ này nghĩa là người tốt bụng, có trái tim nhân hậu. 

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Lay her i’ th’ earth, 240
And from her fair and unpolluted flesh (da thịt)
May violets spring! I tell thee, churlish priest,
A ministering angel shall my sister be
When thou liest howling.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Barbara's loved ones. There is really nothing one can say at a time of such loss (mất mát) but, let me leave you with this quote by William Shakespeare: "A ministering angel shall my sister be." You will see signs of her everywhere and you'll be reminded that she is watching over you.

Othello is, I believe, “the careful”; all the calamity (tai họa) of the tragedy arising from the single flaw (lỗi) and error in his magnificently collected strength. “Ophelia, “serviceableness,” the true lost wife of Hamlet, is marked as having a Greek name by that of her brother, Laertes; and its signification is once exquisitely (sắc sảo) alluded to in that brother’s last word of her, where her gentle preciousness is opposed to the uselessness of the churlish clergy (tăng lữ)—“A ministering angel shall my sister be, when thou liest howling.” 

Ngọc Lân

Tình hình Covid-19 thật tồi tệ

giá bột giấy tăng khiến... giấy vệ sinh ngày càng đắt đỏ... :D
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...Prices for market pulp have jumped from $606 USD per metric ton in September to more than $907 per metric ton in April, McClay said.

A combination of factors has driven prices higher, including a post-COVID recovery in China, the biggest buyer of pulp in the world, and global shipping delays (vận tải biển toàn cầu bị chậm/hoãn) he said.

Consumer manufacturers purchase pulp on the open market and then use it to make toilet paper and other tissue products. Around 70 per cent of the pulp that U.S. consumer manufacturers buy for toilet paper comes from Brazil, McClay said, followed by around 30 per cent from Canada.

Pulp is just the latest example of a raw-material shortage hitting the U.S. economy as it recovers from shutdowns that disrupted supply chains (chuỗi cung ứng bị đứt gãy) and altered consumer behavior. Lumber, steel, computer chips, chlorine, and even human labor is hard to find.

"Sound as a barrel" nghĩa là gì?


"Sound as a barrel" -> nghĩa là khỏe mạnh, tốt đẹp.

Ví dụ
How are you doing? Well, I'm as sound as a barrel!

They both look sound as a barrel. No worries! I will pass your words to them.

She feels like not as sound as a barrel recently because of the weather change in her area.

Ka Tina

"Spare at the spigot and spill at the bung" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by fran hogan

"Spare at the spigot and spill at the bung" = tắt chốt vòi nhưng lại mở nút thùng nước -> nghĩa là chắt chiu những thứ vặt vãnh, nhưng lại xem thường những thứ giá trị hơn.

Ví dụ
Stop sparing at the spigot and spilling at the bung, please. It won't help you save more money.

I don't know why she doesn't paint her room but spends too much time on repairing it with papers. This is like sparing at the spigot and spilling at the bung.

He's considering to buy an old fan for this summer, but never thinks about installing an air-conditioner that would be very convenient in the long run (lâu dài). Probably, he spares at the spigot and spill at the bung.

Ka Tina

"So close and yet so far" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Marc Najera

"So close (and) yet so far" = rất gần nhưng vẫn còn xa -> nghĩa là nói về nỗ lực gần như thành công nhưng vẫn chưa đạt mục tiêu.

Ví dụ
This decision is extremely frustrating for Kings' fans having to endure another dismal season while hope seems so close and yet so far away.

It’s probably just as well, as this year, for obvious reasons, ‘La Belle France’ has been strictly out of bounds. Not since the island’s occupation in World War Two has France been off limits and truly off our radar. It’s so very strange to look across to a land that is so close and yet so far away.

So close, and yet so far. If you’re a 30-something New Westminster resident living along 10th Avenue, you’re about 50 metres away from being eligible for your COVID-19 vaccine. Likewise if you’re living in the 900 block of Cumberland Street, or Second, or Sixth, or the 500 block of Amess Street – or, really, anywhere within shouting distance of the New Westminster-Burnaby border.

Ka Tina

"Puff and blow" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Sushil Nash

"Puff and blow" = thở phì phì và bùng nổ -> nghĩa (phóng đại) là tỏ ra rất giận dữ, dọa bóng dọa gió.

Ví dụ
Deskins was then filmed puffing and blowing onto the women, prompting one to say: 'That's assault.' Deskins answered: 'I breathed on you.

“But for someone who’s played most of his football in Portugal, first of all it takes a bit of time to find your feet, because the pace of the Premier League is probably twice as fast. He will find 90 minutes a lot tougher in our Premier League. I noticed that when he came off against Chelsea, he was puffing and blowing a little bit.

You can huff and puff and blow anxiety down. The way that you breathe can have a huge impact on your emotional state — including anxiety and stress. Breathe in these six techniques.

Ka Tina

"A dish fit for the gods" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by MadMax Chef on Unsplash

"A dish fit for the gods" = món ăn cho chúa -> nghĩa là món hời, lời mời, lời đề nghị chất lượng cao.

Ví dụ
A three-in-one meal, chicken rice is so loved in Singapore it's practically the national (quốc gia) dish. Consisting (bao gồm) of nothing more than poached (kho) chicken, rice cooked in the poaching stock and a soup made from the stock, served with the all-important chilli sauce, it's a dish fit for the gods. During Chinese New Year and other special occasions, it takes pride of place on the altar (bàn thờ) table.

Former Courier-Journal food editor Alice Colombo drenched (chấm) slices of fried turkey (gà tây) scrapple with maple syrup and called it "a dish fit for the gods."

Much time, patience and culinary (nấu nướng) devotion (cống hiến) goes into the cooking of the perfect bird, but the result is a dish fit for the gods. It was certainly one fit for the emperors (hoàng đế) who demanded ducks as tribute from Nanjing.

The ancient Hindu preparation (chuẩn bị) known as the five ambrosias (sơn hào hải vị), a dish fit for the gods, incorporated sugar along with milk, honey, yogurt and clarified butter.

Ngọc Lân

"Pickin' and grinnin'" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Soundtrap

"Pickin' and grinnin'" = vừa búng đàn vừa cười toe toét -> nghĩa là chơi đàn guitar/banjo rất say mê, cháy hết mình.

Ví dụ
You know, pickin' and grinnin' in Tennessee, the happiest I've ever been in my entire life, if I hadn't learned to forgive very, very early on.”.

West Virginia’s own Hillbilly Gypsies will bring “pickin’ and grinnin’” music to Shenandoah Junction to start of the month of July on Thursday, the first of the month.

Kenneth A. Boatright, 79, of Deerfield passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Kenneth was born on April 16, 1942 to the late Patton and Callie Boatright in West Liberty, Kentucky. Kenneth was a proud and highly decorated Vietnam Veteran. Kenneth owned and operated Kuntzman Trucking Company and helped his former wife Judith with her business, American Mortgage Funding Group. In Kenneth’s free time, he enjoyed boating, travel and pickin’ and grinnin’. He was a born storyteller and never met a stranger.

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"Pay scot and lot" nghĩa là gì?

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"Pay scot and lot" -> nghĩa là phải trả đủ số tiền nợ, thiếu (tiền góp, tiền thuế).

Ví dụ
Now, instead of paying medical bills online, I always call first to ask if I can receive a discount if I pay scot and lot.

Never pay scot and lot. Stagger (làm lảo đảo, dao động) your payments so your final payment is not due until the work is complete and you have fully inspected it.

Charge only what you can afford to pay off and pay your credit card bill early or on time each month to ensure the information reported to the three credit bureaus has a positive impact on your score. If you don’t pay scot and lot and on time, not only will that negatively affect your credit score, but you’ll end up paying much more over time thanks to this card’s high variable APR.

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"A bunch of fives" nghĩa là gì?

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"A bunch of fives" -> nghĩa là đấm ai.

Ví dụ
Conflict plagued (quấy rầy) the band right from the beginning. Daltrey earned a reputation of turning aggressive, especially when things didn’t go his way, or he needed to exercise control over something. Peter Townshend, the band’s lead guitarist, said that Daltrey “ran things the way he wanted. If you argued with him, you usually got a bunch of fives”.

In a policy paper aptly (thích hợp) titled FORCE (Fiscal Options & Response to Covid-19 Epidemic) and presented to the government, 50 officers of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) recommended (gợi ý) five short-term and six medium-term measures, some of which analysts think will end up as a bunch of fives. 

If you suggested to a young female today that she was going to school to learn how to iron (là ủi) a shirt she probably give you a bunch of fives. Quite right too.

The son said: "She loved kids and she loved swimming. She was a wonderful caring (quan tâm) mother and even when she was 80 years she would still sort me out and if I was in trouble would tell me I would get '50 doubles or a bunch of fives.'

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