Live rent-free in one’s head 在腦海中揮之不去

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有沒有哪件事情或者哪個人總是在你的腦海裡縈繞不去?無論你是喜歡或者討厭這件事情或人,都可以用表達 「live rent-free in one’s head」 來描述這種 「朝思暮想」 的情況。聽主持人 Neil 和佳瑩的對話,學習這個地道英語表達在口語中的意思和用法。

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

Neil
… and me, Neil.

Jiaying
Are you OK, Neil? You look really tired.

Neil
I am – but my best friend is living with me and he’s a nightmare. He never does the washing-up, and he plays his guitar all day – which he’s rubbish at! I’m just so stressed – I can’t relax!

Jiaying
Sounds like he’s living rent-free in your head.

Neil
What? No, Jiaying, rent is important – and he pays that. He’s just annoying to live with. Why do you think he doesn’t pay rent?

Jiaying
我不是這個意思。我說的是 「live rent-free in your head」,意思是 「總是想著某件事情或某個人」。我們可以用這個表達來談論自己喜歡或討厭的事情或人,通常指此事或此人 「在腦海裡揮之不去」。

Neil
Ah… that makes sense. I thought you were saying I have a big head and someone could live in it. I didn’t think that comment through. 

Jiaying
Well – now you know. We can talk more about it after these examples.

Examples
Juan loves Kika so much. She lives rent-free in his head.

The moment we lost the football final lives rent-free in my head. I can’t stop thinking about what could have been.

You need to stop thinking about your argument with him. He’s living rent-free in your head.

Jiaying
你正在收聽的是 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目。剛剛,我們介紹了表達 「live rent-free in your head」 的意思和用法,它表示 「不由自主地總是想著某件事情或某個人」。

Neil
Yes – for example – I became totally obsessed with videos on decorating cakes and they lived rent-free in my head. I loved it so much.

Jiaying
除了 「live rent-free in your head」,你也可以說 「can’t get something or someone out of your mind」。

Neil
Like my best friend – I can’t stop thinking about him!

Jiaying
Yes – he’s really annoying you. Have you decided what to do with him? 

Neil
I have – I told him your address, and now he’s coming to live with you.

Jiaying
Oh, no! Then he’ll be living rent-free in my head! 

Neil
Just joking – I would never do that!

Jiaying
Bye, Neil.

Neil
Bye.