Curate’s egg 好壞參半,還湊合

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生活中有些事物好壞參半:既有糟糕的地方,但也有可取之處。主持人 Neil 和佳瑩在談論某家餐館時,提到了一個用來描述這種情況的英語表達。聽節目,學習如何形容事物 「不好不壞,還湊合」。

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Jiaying
大家好,歡迎收聽 BBC英語教學的 「道地英語」 節目,我是佳瑩。

Neil
And hello, I’m Neil. Hey, Jiaying, we were all thinking about going to that new restaurant for lunch. Do you want to come?

Jiaying
No, thanks. I went the other day and once is enough.

Neil
Oh, you didn’t enjoy it? Was the food bad?

Jiaying
It wasn’t terrible, but it was a bit of a curate’s egg!

Neil
What’s that? The restaurant only sells eggs? That sounds a bit rubbish!

Jiaying
No, Neil. 我說的是 「curate’s egg」。我們用表達 「curate’s egg」 來指 「好壞參半、不好不壞的事物」。我們常用它來描述一樣不好的事物,但這個事物也有可取之處,有 「還湊合」 的意思。

Neil
So when you said the restaurant was a curate’s egg, you were saying it wasn’t a great experience. What was wrong with it?

Jiaying
I’ll tell you after we listen to some examples of this expression.

Examples
That new film is a curate’s egg. Great action, but the story and acting were awful.

The day ended up being a bit of a curate’s egg. It was nice to see my friends, but after the car broke down and I got wet in the rain, I wasn’t happy.

I think her new novel is a curate’s egg. It has moments of brilliance, but overall it felt a bit of a let-down.

Jiaying
你正在收聽 BBC英語教學的 「道地英語」 節目。我們正在介紹表達 「curate’s egg」。我們用它來表示一件事物 「好壞參半,還湊合」。Like when I said that restaurant was a curate’s egg.

Neil
Yeah! What was wrong with it?

Jiaying
Well, for one – the food was a curate’s egg. It tasted nice but the cooks were so slow that the food was cold! Then the waiters were nice, but they kept dropping things.

Neil
They sound a bit of a curate’s egg as well.

Jiaying
Yes – and finally the decor. It was really vibrant and bright which was nice at first, but after a while, it gave me a real headache.

Neil
Sounds like the whole experience really was a bit of a curate’s egg. I think I’ll suggest somewhere different to the team.

Jiaying
Good idea! Bye, Neil.

Neil
Bye.