A bright spark 一詞多意:聰明人和蠢人

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Rob 覺得用 「bright spark」 這個詞組來形容他自己再恰當不過了,但豈不知 「bright spark」 還有另一個不那麼光鮮的意思。經過菲菲的一番解釋,Rob 是不是感到有些尷尬?聽他們的對話,學習 「bright spark」 意思和用法。

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Feifei
大家好,這裡是 BBC 英語教學的《地道英語》節目。我是馮菲菲。

Rob
And hello, I’m Rob.

Feifei
Hey, Rob, you know we’ve got a ‘bright spark’ in our office?

Rob
A bright spark? Oh, yes – by that you mean someone intelligent…

Feifei
Well…

Rob
Someone full of energy…

Feifei
I didn’t exactly…

Rob
Someone with clever ideas. Feifei, there’s no need to waste everyone’s time. Just say my name! Rob is the bright spark in the office.

Feifei
Ermm… Rob, that is just one definition of ‘a bright spark’. 「Bright spark」 可以描述一個精明的、生氣勃勃的人,不過它還有另一個意思。

Rob
So come on, Feifei. When else would you describe someone as ‘a bright spark’?

Feifei
Well, it can be used sarcastically and humorously to describe someone who’s done something stupid. A bit like this…

Examples
Which bright spark suggested we go for a walk on the wettest day of the year?

Come on, own up – who’s the bright spark who turned the power off and caused everything in the freezer to melt?

Are you the bright spark who told the other team our game plan? I think you owe us an apology.

Feifei
這裡是 BBC 英語教學的《地道英語》節目。在本集節目裡,我們教給大家 「bright spark」 的兩個意思。一個意思是 「聰明的、朝氣蓬勃的人」,而另一個意思則是諷刺和幽默地描述一個做了蠢事的 「蠢人」。So I’m sorry to say, Rob, you are the second kind of bright spark!

Rob
Oh, really? Why is that?

Feifei
You left the window open last night and this morning I found all my documents and scripts blown all over the floor.

Rob
Are you sure? A bright spark like me would never do something like that.

Feifei
Rob, it’s exactly what a bright spark like you might do – and it means I’ve lost the last page of this script!

Rob
Oh? Really? I think I can remember what it said. Something like, ‘Sorry Rob, you are wise and clever and the brightest spark I have ever known’.

Feifei
I don’t think so, Rob. Which bright spark would write something as cringey as that?

Rob
Umm… OK, time to go, I think.

Feifei
Good idea. Bye.

Rob
Bye-bye!