名人教英文 – 過癮與冇癮

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22/02/2011

名人教英文 – 過癮與冇癮 毛孟靜

香港人的口語,常出現「過癮」與「冇癮」。我們確定了有「癮」這回事,然後去過一過,或就是沒了癮頭。過癮與冇癮,聽上去很對稱,但用英文講,就不一樣了。

過癮, 是get a kick (out of something) 。但冇癮, 就不會說lose a kick,不能就此對照直譯。

冇癮,往往意思是沒趣,unfun。可以說I felt so unfun、bummed(年輕人用語)、gutted(老一輩用語),都是隨口俗語。

要去行山,卻見下雨,非常沒趣,這款冇癮,是disappointed、let down、put out 等等,是正規的常人常話。

如果要形容一個人總是令大家冇癮,是個掃興的人,那是個a killjoy。原本有興,給他掃了,原本有joy,給他kill 了。

He is such a killjoy!他真是個掃興的人!留意killjoy 一字過,一般都不加hyphen,亦要記得這字用來講人,不用於事物。

I don’t want to sound like a killjoy, but I really think we should stay home tonight, 我不想令大家沒趣,但我真認為今晚我們該留在家。

口語的冇癮,有時亦有泄氣的意思,像「那篇功課,我只拿個C,非常冇癮」,那就是disheartened、deflated。I feel so deflated for getting a mere C for that piece of homework。

回說過癮:I did it for the kick, 「我做這個是貪過癮」。可有留意,中文的腔調會加個「貪」字, 「為了過癮」會說成「貪過癮」,但去到英文就不必加這「貪」的念頭。貪過癮往往亦即貪玩。

I did it for the fun of it. 「我做這個是因為貪玩。」

I got a huge kick out of that online game. It’s so fun. 「我玩那個網上遊戲玩得好過癮。好好玩。」

亦不時有人用rush 來代替kick,這rush, 原本指adrenaline rush,腎上腺素洶湧而至,是類似坐過山車的快感。但近年似乎多與吸毒後的反應掛,以表達好high。為避免誤會,可考慮選擇不用,知道就好。

 

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