通識時事 – 曾蔭權S的風波

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06/11/2009

通識時事 – 曾蔭權S的風波 陳淑莊

學習語文永無止境,只有精益求精。驟眼看到以為文法出錯的句子,切忌急於妄下判斷,因為a little knowledge is a dangerous thing,一知半解,是很危險的事!

原句BOW TIE KEEP YOUR ELECTION PROMISE是指令句(imperatives)。如要勉強加s,就要再把your改作his, 變成陳述句(declaratives),BOW TIE KEEPS HIS ELECTION PROMISE——2012。自欺欺人,英文是make-believe,同是形容詞和名詞。《經濟學人》雜誌(The Economist)的一篇政評就曾經以標題「A make-believe election」說明香港的特首「選舉」違背民主原則。

曾蔭權嘗試以「開玩笑」作藉口來開脫他「捉錯蟲」的尷尬。但「補鑊」太遲,對他的「政治家」形象而言,已經損害甚深(the harm is done)。用特首喜愛的陳述句表達,就是Bow Tie makes himself the butt of everyone’s jokes。為什麼用現在式(present tense)而不用過去式(past tense)?因為他失言成性,成為眾人笑柄,形象滑稽。 現在式有重複的意味,像是定期要做的一件事,不是「個別事件」。Butt是靶子的意思,嘲笑對象,就是butt of the jokes,同義詞有laughing stock,直譯就是笑料的存貨,少幾分敵意,在茶餘飯後為大家提供了幽默的靈感、話題的泉源。Thick-skinned是面皮厚,thick-headed是蠢鈍,曾蔭權是否屬前兩者則有待讀者評論,但他對政制改革和民主的立場就肯定不是thick-and-thin (原意是好和壞的日子,引伸至經得起時間考驗)。他在1989年有否出席「民主歌聲獻中華」?請他hand on heart(撫心自問)好好想一想。

特首向中學生高呼「抗毒!抗毒!抗毒!」無論是政改、環保、護樹或禁毒,情緒高漲,政策空泛,不禁令人由衷講一句,不是粗口,而是Oh, come off it!

 

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