2011年11月21日 星期一

年輕人常用英文口頭禪

. 2011年11月21日 星期一

1. It's cool.
cool 是青少年(teen-agers) 常用的字,(有時也用debonaire) 其真正意思是指可以接受的好事;或是情況可以控制;或是保持冷靜、文雅、禮貌、外表不錯,能夠合乎年輕人的標準。 (可 指人或事物)也就是something good or acceptable;situation is under control;being calm, gentle, courteous or good-looking;meet teen's standard. 所以可以說:
    
That's cool;he is cool;this is cool.
    
Skydiving (或surfing) is cool.(跳傘或衝浪運動很不錯)
主詞可用任何人稱的單複數(I, we, they 等),動詞可用verb to be 的任何時態(is, was, were, will be, have been等)。因此,也可以說:
    
She (He) was cool in the past.
    
That's a cool T-shirt.(好看的運動衫)
    
He (she) is a cool person.(文雅禮貌的人)
但是如果說:Are you cool?又是指「你冷嗎?」(cool = cold),可見cool 當口頭禪或俚語時,多半不用在問句。假如說:
    
She looks as cool as a cucumber. 又是恭維語,是說她很calm and charming; not
    
emotional. 但為何用黃瓜(cucumber) 代表,則不得而知。
    
(注:許多華人把 cool 譯成「很酷」)



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2. Are you trippin'?
trippin' 這個字,是由動詞trip 演變而來。 (動詞時態是:tripped, tripping)年輕人用省略符號(apostrophe ) 代替g,表示是slang,或口頭禪。這個字是現在分詞當形容詞用,是指行為異乎尋常,也許受到吸毒或喝酒的影響,而顯得神魂顛倒、奇形怪狀(to get high on drug such as LSD),也就是說:要不是受到藥、酒的影響,你為什顯得這樣古怪呢? (Are you under any influence of drug or alcoholic? Why are you so crazy and bizarre?) 所以可以說:
    
They are trippin'. (= tripping)
    
She (he) is trippin'.Mr. A must be trippin'.通常只用在年輕人身上,而且不是恭維語。
 
3. He is a nerd.
nerd 是指一些年輕人,每天只懂讀書、考試,但對生活上的其他事情,都很生疏。 (A person always buries his nose in books, but not good at social situations.) 由於美國十分重視多方面發展的教育(well-rounded),所以許多老外認為nerd 雖然學識不錯,但很乏味;有IQ,但缺乏EQ,只是社會上無足輕重的「書蟲」或「蠢貨」而已。 (IQ = Intelligence Quotient ; EQ = Emotional Quotient) nerd 可用複數,動詞也能用其他時態。因此可以說:
    
He used to be a nerd in high school
4. Yo baby
Yo baby 是許多年輕的黑人男子對女子的招呼語,也有人用“Yo baby, yo babyyo”,由於女子很漂亮,很吸引人,他想與她交談。(He thinks she is pretty and attractive, so he wants to speak to her.),也就是找話題,想要「打開話匣」。 (to use as a form of opening line or pick-up line or to begin a greeting; try to know her or date her) 如果說:
    
Yo baby, are you trippin'? 意思是:漂亮的姑娘,你的樣子有點怪裡怪氣,有什心事嗎?“Yo baby" 後面可跟任何可以「打開話匣」的句子。諸如:May I help you with something? I think I have met you somewhere before.同理,如果年輕女子看到帥哥,有吸引力,很想與他交談,那就用:“Hey, hey, hey" 後跟任何可以「打開話匣」的句子。諸如:
    
Hey, hey, hey, what's going on? “what is going on?”就是年輕黑人打招呼的用語(a form of greeting or open statement) 或Hey, hey, hey, are you going to the movie? (帥哥,你是去看電影嗎?)
5. She is a ho.
ho 這個字,也是美國年輕人把whore 字改變而成的一種口頭禪或俚語。意思是指一些年輕女人,也許因為peer pressure 或curiosity 或enjoyment 的心理,隨便自願與男子免費上床。 (a girl or woman gives sex freely without charge),也就是說:She is very loose. 或She is a loose woman (girl)。 ho 也可用複數:
    
They are (were) hos.
    
There are quite a few hos in high schools. 但是如果用whore,是指***,男人需要付錢的。 (a girl or woman is paid for sex.)
6. Catch you later!
這是年輕人說「再會」的口語。 (a form to say“good鄉bye”) 也就是說:現在沒有時間與你交談,以後再談吧! (I don't have time to talk with you now, but we can talk later.) 因此,catch 就是talk 或contact 的意思。 catch 後面,也可用其他人稱代名詞(him, her, them 等)有時年輕小伙子也用:I am off. 意思就是:I am leaving now; I'll talk to you again.


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