「咪玩嘢」的英文

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18/06/2013

「咪玩嘢」的英文 毛孟靜

咪玩嘢︰ Don’t play games.咪同我玩嘢︰ Don’t play games with me.

這個「嘢」,因為跟「玩」一起,英文直指遊戲,於是「嘢」也不必講things、stuff。同義句有︰Don’t play tricks with me. Don’t play tricks on me. 別跟我耍花樣。Don’t mess with me. 別跟我胡來、「咪同我亂嚟」。

如果叫人「咪玩嘢啦」,意思是停止講或做什麼; 「咪搞啦」,別搞了,怕牽涉的事隨時會變成a massive joke(天大的笑話)、a gigantic prank(老大的惡作劇),就應該講︰Be serious. 認真點。Get real. 別「吹水」了。Stop kidding. 不要說笑了。

論玩嘢,對象係人,通常不外話其人mean(小器、計較)、nasty(乞人憎、幾「毒」)、base(無恥之類)、low (低格、好「低」)、pretentious(裝模作樣、扮嘢)及calculating(工心計的)等等,像︰老細玩嘢,The boss is being _____,可以揀上述合適的字自行填充。另有一句「市民容許政客玩嘢,咪玩囉」,因為包含政治述語,另有一套講法。首先, 政客不是politician。Politician 一字基本上中性,可譯「從政者」、「政治人」。但政客就顯然是貶詞,英文可叫political shysters。而這番玩嘢,大有「做政治騷」(do shows)之意︰If people would put up with political shysters doing shows, let them.但若說的不是人,譬如︰個天玩嘢,那就是指運氣不好,badluck。

張相玩嘢, 是說圖片經過photoshopped ( 剪輯、「執」過) 或spoofed(惡搞)。純粹叫人「咪玩啦」,沒有了「嘢」,意思也溫柔許多,英文可以簡單一句︰Please stop it.Cut it out.又或Stop fiddling about.Stop messing around.

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