新词新译:电老鼠/哈证族/冻卵胎儿/软骨症/娘娘腔/净足风暴/收官/藏镜人/七夕/香蕉人

时间:2008-07-14 08:16:00 来源:英语学习网站

电老鼠
electricity rat
Those who steal electricity are called electricity rats. In the summer some residents and business owners steal electricity by tampering with their meters. They avoid paying high electricity tariffs by lowering the meter readings significantly.

哈证族
certificate maniac

Many job-seeking youngsters, like graduating college students, devote their time to preparing for exams that award an array of certificates proving their language and computer skills in the hope of securing an edge over other applicants in the job market.

冻卵胎儿
snowflake baby
This term refers to an infant born from a frozen embryo. China’s first snowflake baby was born in Beijing in April. US President George W. Bush has banned the use of frozen embryos in scientific research.

软骨症
“soft bone” syndrome

This refers to the phenomenon of some authorities conniving at malpractice by their subordinates after taking bribes from them.

娘娘腔
sissy, pansy
The English phrase originally refers to a weak man or a homosexual. People in Shanghai use the Chinese phrase to describe boys or men who talk or behave in an effeminate way.

净足风暴
football purging storm
The term refers to the judicial intervention in the match-fixing scandal centered on Juventus, one of Italy’s football giants. The first half of the Chinese phrase means “make the football clean.”

收官
draw to a close

People have borrowed the term from the Chinese game “go” to refer to an event that is coming to an end or conclusion.

藏镜人
string puller
A person who makes use of others to reach his or her own purpose, without being identified as the person behind it all.

七夕
Qi Xi Festival

It’s the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar. Chinese legend says farmer Niu Lang and his wife Zhi Nu, who is actually an angel from heaven, are allowed to meet once a year on the day after their secret marriage is discovered by her heavenly family.

香蕉人
banana

This term refers to the overseas Chinese who are born abroad and grow up in foreign and particularly Western countries. They have Asian looks, but are totally Westernized in thinking and life style.

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