The joke’s on you 玩笑開到自己頭上

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有時候,一個笑話並沒有它的本意那樣好笑。Rob 開玩笑,騙菲菲說今天可以不上班。不過菲菲會相信這個小騙局嗎?聽他們的對話,為什麼 「the joke is on Rob」?

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Feifei
大家好,歡迎來到 BBC 英語教學的《地道英語》節目。我是馮菲菲,還有我的搭檔 Rob。

Rob
Hello! Hey, Feifei. Have you heard the news?

Feifei
Gossip, you mean.

Rob
No, no, no. It’s true! We’ve been given the day off! So, sorry, I’m not gonna hang around – I’m off to the beach.

Feifei
今天放假一天,這是誰說的?

Rob
Neil. He said the boss told him that we’ve all worked so hard we don’t have to work today!

Feifei
Hmm. It sounds like a wind-up to me.「A wind-up」 的意思是 「為開玩笑而製造的謊話,騙局」。I’m sure Neil was joking!

Rob
Yes, I was joking, Feifei! I wanted to trick you – to see if you’d leave the office and… take the day off.

Feifei
Ha ha, very funny. Well, actually, I have got the day off. So the joke is on you, and it starts now. Goodbye!

Rob
Feifei, where are you going? Come back and explain what ‘the joke is on you’ means, please!

Feifei
OK, Rob! When ‘the joke is on someone’, it means the person who has tried to make you look silly has ended up looking silly themselves. 也就是說玩笑反而開到你自己的頭上了!The joke has backfired. And now you look silly, Rob.

Rob
Umm, point made, Feifei. Here are some more examples of this phrase in action.

Examples
Daisy laughed at my ‘terrible’ dress sense, until she found out I was wearing a designer dress. I guess the joke’s on her now!

Ha, you thought I’d never beat your time for completing the marathon. But I have, so the joke’s on you!

I know you were trying to be funny by saying I’d never pass my exam. But now you’re the only one who hasn’t, so the joke’s on you, I’m afraid!

Feifei
這裡是 BBC 英語教學的《地道英語》節目。在這集節目中,我們給大家介紹的這個表達是 「the joke is on someone」。它的意思是一個人開玩笑沒成功,反而把玩笑開到自己頭上了。換句話說就是,試圖嘲笑別人,但最後自己看起來很傻。So this perfectly describes you, Rob – the joke about taking a day off is ‘on you’.

Rob
I was just having a laugh. Uh, but hold on – where is everybody? The office is empty.

Feifei
Huh – not another one of your ‘jokes’?

Rob
No, seriously! Oh, look, there’s an email. It says ‘Due to a power failure the office is out of action. You can all take the day off.’ Ha ha, looks like we’ve all got a day off after all. The joke’s on you, Feifei!

Feifei
Ah, well, enjoy your free time.

Rob
Uh, fancy going to the beach?

Feifei
No, thanks. Bye, Rob.

Rob
I was joking. Bye.