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Donna asked in 社會及文化語言 · 8 years ago


Stephen had sighed as he filled out the report that would derail the child's future. What parent would pay to educate a lunatic-in-waiting?

句中 lunatic-in-waiting是什麼意思呢?


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  • 8 years ago
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    當 Stephen 填寫那份會讓他孩子的未來脫離常軌的報告時,他已經在嘆氣:「什麼父母會付錢來教育一個準瘋子呢?」


    1. lunatic 是自發瘋的人,因為在中古時代,人們一直迷信「滿月」會令人發瘋,故此就用 luna(月亮)就來表示瘋子。

    2. in-waiting 就是「在等待」的意思

    3. 故此,lunatic-in-waiting 就是指「準瘋子」

    4. 文中,因為醫生 Stephen 在診斷一個有「dementia (失智症)」的孩子後,要寫一份報告,而這份報告會令那孩子的父母對孩子感到痛心、那孩子也會因此不能像正常人般被看待,故此不禁對自己的工作嘆氣。


    Source(s): 自己
  • 8 years ago

    waiting 在這裡是 waiting in line 排隊等候的意思。你若是白人,會聯想起黑白紀錄片中,衣衫襤褸、或穿囚衣的人,在排隊等候麵包或其他一些晦氣的事。

    2013-08-14 12:30:39 補充:

    [ Lunatic in waiting 這個字相信是從皇室的 lady in waiting 格式所創,但郤完全沒有那種高尚的含義。]

  • 8 years ago


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