Moonshot 可以指 「不大可能實現的項目」

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你有沒有參與過某個實驗項目,或是一個在短期內不一定會產生任何經濟利益的項目?人們現在用 「moonshot」 來指 「不大可能實現的項目」。聽主持人菲菲和 Roy 的對話,學習 「moonshot」 的新用法。

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Feifei
大家好,歡迎收聽 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目。我是馮菲菲。

Roy
And I’m Roy! 10, 9, 8, 7…

Feifei
你這是在幹什麼?為什麼穿得像名宇航員?

Roy
I’m practising my countdown for when we head to the Moon. 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. We have lift off!

Feifei
Please stop! 本期節目中我們要學習的表達是 「moonshot」,它指的是 「一個在沒有任何短期盈利預期情況下進行的雄心勃勃的項目」,也就是一個 「不大可能實現的項目或較為大膽的想法」。So, it does not mean we’re going to the Moon! Where did you get that a spacesuit from?

Roy
I found it – in my garden! That definition of ‘moonshot’ makes more sense. Now I understand why people have been talking about a moonshot vaccine.

Feifei
Exactly! An experimental vaccine to fight Covid-19! You are really learning!

Roy
Well, while I take this spacesuit off, let’s have some examples.

Examples
We’re investing in a moonshot vaccine to help fight the virus.

I’m not sure if their new driverless EV will ever come to market. It’s a bit of a moonshot.

The project is a moonshot. It might not help the company in the short-term.

Feifei
你正在收聽的是 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目。我們正在一起學習表達 「moonshot」 的引申含義和用法。「Moonshot」 原本指 「向月球發射的動作或行為」,但它現在被用來指 「短期內不一定會產生任何經濟利益的實驗性項目」 或 「不大可能實現的項目」。

Roy
Yes! So, the most common reference recently has been the moonshot vaccines or moonshot testing to fight Covid-19. The phrase has a lot in common with ‘shoot for the moon’ – the idea of aiming for an ambitious target.

Feifei
That’s right. That’s some real moonshot thinking right there! You always have some ambitious ideas – like the time you wanted everyone to dress up like squirrels and run around Hyde Park!

Roy
Thanks, Feifei! That was for charity. I always like to shoot for the moon with my ideas.

Feifei
You certainly do! But Roy, you look a bit down. What’s wrong?

Roy
It’s sad that we’re not going to the Moon. I once made my own spaceship out of a packet of crisps, a tennis ball and some duct tape. Sadly, it didn’t work – it was a bit of a moonshot.

Feifei
I wish you were going to the Moon – it would certainly be quieter in the office. Bye, Roy.

Roy
Bye!