追劇

英文:binge-watch (v.)

說明:Binge 這個字可當名詞和動詞用,前者意為「(尤指在飲食和花錢方面) 毫無節制的狂熱行為」,如 a drinking/eating/spending binge (暴飲/暴食/亂花錢);後者意為「狂吃,毫無節制地吃」,如 John tends to binge on chocolate when he’s watching TV. (約翰看電視時喜歡大吃巧克力)。至於 binge-watch 則是指連續觀看電視節目和影集,也就是目前正夯的「追劇」一詞。

例句:

  • I binge-watched an entire season of Living on Sunday. (我星期天一口氣追完了整季的《有生之年》)
  • My hubby binge-watched all nine episodes of Doona! in one sitting. (我先生一口氣看完了九集的《我的女神室友斗娜》)

被抓包

英文:be busted (v.)

說明:舉凡做壞事或做虧心事被逮到、被抓包,都可用 be busted 來表示,busted 在此為形容詞,係俚語的「失敗的」之意。但 bust 本身除了當動詞和名詞 (意為「逮捕;搜查」) 之外,亦可當形容詞用,意為「壞了的;破產的」,通常與 be/go 連用,如 My computer is bust. (我的電腦壞了);I’m surprised his company went bust after only a year in business. (他的公司只經營一年就破產/倒閉了,我感到驚訝)。

例句:

  • Daniel was busted and had to confess (to) cheating in/on the exam. (丹尼爾被抓包,只好承認考試作弊)
  • I’m busted! Now everyone knows I have a big crush on Teresa. (我被抓包了!現在每個人都知道我暗戀泰瑞莎)
  • Amy was busted cheating on her husband after selfies reveal hidden truth. (在自拍照透露隱藏的真相後,艾美對她丈夫不忠的情事被抓包了)

站在正義的一方

英文:on the side of the angels (idiom)

說明:這成語是兩度擔任英國首相的保守黨政治家班傑明·迪斯雷利 (Benjamin Disraeli) 1864 年在牛津大學發表一篇有關達爾文 (Charles Darwin 1809-1882) 進化論的演說時所創的。當時他說:”The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? I, my Lord, am on the side of the angels.” (問題是:人究竟是猴子,還是天使呢?主啊,我站在天使這一邊)。

例句:

  • I am always on the side of the angels. (我永遠站在正義的一方)
  • Kent was on the side of the angels even though it was neither profitable nor popular. (即使無利可圖且不孚眾望,肯特仍站在正義的一方)

哭窮

英文:poor-mouth/poormouth (v.); poor mouth (n.)

說明:poor-mouth 的時態變化為 poor-mouths, poor-mouthed, poor-mouthing。

例句:

  • Tom is always poor-mouthing that he doesn’t have any money, but he just bought a brand-new BMW. (湯姆老是哭窮,說他沒有錢,但他剛買了一部全新的 BMW)
  • He did nothing but poormouthed all day long. (他整天除了哭窮,什麼也沒做)
  • Blanche: I couldn’t pay the bill. (布蘭奇:我付不起賬單)
    Joseph: Stop crying poor mouth, you lie! (約瑟夫:別哭窮了,妳說謊!)

臭屁

英文:cocky (adj.)

說明:亦可用 stuck-up 來表達相同的意思。

例句:

  • Peter is so cocky, and nobody really likes him. (彼得很臭屁,沒有人真的喜歡他)
  • Tom is self-complacent and cocky. (湯姆自我感覺良好而且臭屁)
  • A new colleague of mine is rather stuck-up. (我的一位新同事相當臭屁)

穿越劇

英文:time travel TV series (n.)

說明:series 以及 means 和 species 是英文中少數幾個以 s 做結尾的單複數同形字。

例句:

  • Time travel TV series have become very popular in recent years. (近年來,穿越劇變得非常流行)
  • The company has a new time travel TV series in the works which has a cast of several rising stars and child stars. (那家公司正在籌備一部新的穿越劇,卡司陣容有數位新秀和童星)

倒胃口

英文:turn-off (n.)

說明:亦可用動詞型態 to turn off 來表示。

例句:

  • That movie was a real turn-off so I left early. (那部電影真是讓我倒胃口,所以我就提前離開了)
  • The music totally turned me off so I asked my son to turn the TV off. (那音樂讓我倒盡胃口,所以我就叫我兒子把電視關掉)

恕難同意

英文:beg to differ (vi.) (with + 受詞)

說明:beg to differ 的主詞都是 I。這動詞片語亦可表示「恕難從命」、「恕難照辦」的意思。

例句:

  • John: “Opera is way better than Firefox.” (約翰:「Opera 比 Firefox 好很多。」) - Opera 和 Firefox 皆為網頁瀏覽器。
    Mary: “I beg to differ; you can customize Firefox just the way you want.” (瑪麗:「我恕難同意;你可以將 Firefox 自訂成你想要的樣子。」)
  • I beg to differ with Professor Lee’s final assertion. (我恕難同意李教授最後的聲明)

拿得出去的 / 拿不出去的

英文:presentable / unpresentable (adj.)

說明:presentable 亦可表示「像樣的」意思,而 unpresentable 則亦可表示「不像樣的;見不得人的」意思。這兩個字互為反義詞。

例句:

  • All his oil paintings are presentable artwork. (他的所有油畫都是拿得出去的藝術作品)
  • My wife never gives me a presentable birthday gift. (我太太從未送我一樣像樣的生日禮物)
  • My ex-girlfriend used to yell at me so badly in public; she’s so unpresentable. (我的前女友過去經常當眾對我大吼大叫;她真的拿不出去)
  • A little bird told me that Leo’s relatives are all unpresentable. (有人告訴我,李歐的親戚沒有一個像樣的)

真是的;真不像話

英文:honestly (adv.)

說明:這個字常見於口語,用來表示震驚、惱怒,帶有不同意的意思。

例句:

  • Honestly! What a stupid thing to do! (真是的!怎麼會幹出這種蠢事!)
  • Honestly! Is it necessary for you to spend so much money every month? (真不像話!你有必要每個月花這麼多錢嗎?)