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The Scratch Line

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You've just said a mouthful!

你说到点子上了!

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  名词mouthful的本意是吃一口菜、吃一口饭的“一口”(The amount of food or other material that can be placed or held in the mouth at one time),而say a mouthful是一个美国俚语,意思是,说得中肯,说到点子上。这句中,mouthful的含义就变为“重要而有洞察力的见解”(An important or perceptive remark)。
  例句:
  Senator, I want to tell you that you sure said a mouthful when you said taxes are too high and you'd work hard to lower them. Good to hear, and you can certainly count on my vote!
  参议员,你说税收太高,你要努力想办法来降低税收。我要告诉你,你说的完全正确。听到这样的话很高兴,我一定会投你一票的。(一个人在赞扬一位竞选连任的参议员所发表的讲话)

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人人都爱听赞美的话,那该怎么用英语赞美女生漂亮、男生“帅呆了”?下面就教你两招。

1. You're looking sharp!


你看上去真精神/真棒/真漂亮。

Sharp常用的意思有下面几个:

1) 锋利的,快的,尖锐的,eg. Be careful with that knife – it’s very sharp. (当心那把刀子——它很锋利。)

2) 清楚明显的,eg. The tower stands sharp against the clear sky. (那座塔巍然屹立,映着睛朗的天空。)

3) 刺耳的;eg. The whistle is sharp. 笛声刺骨。

但是在口语中,sharp 还以用来表示“动人的,时髦的”,可以称赞别人的外表非常精神/有气质。举个例子,那天我看到我的朋友把头发扎起来了,我就跟她说“Hey, you’re looking sharp!”她回答说:”Thank you.”

2. You look like a million dollars.

你看上去帅呆了。

从字面上看该句话是“你看起来像百万美元”的意思,实际上这句话是用来赞美某人非常帅气的,可能是因为人一有了钱,看
上去也会显得比较帅的缘故吧。这句话就相当于”You look outstanding.”或者”You look like a movie star.”
 

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