Put someone on the map “把人搬到地圖上”是什麼意思?

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我們通常用地圖找地方、看方向,但如果要是“put someone on the map 把一個人放在地圖里”了,這又是什麼意思呢?看視頻,學習這個實用的地道表達。

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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。

Neil
And hello, I’m Neil.

Feifei
Neil, I wonder if you could help me. I’m trying to find something on this map.

Neil
Ah yes, map reading – I’m good at that. What are you trying to find?

Feifei
是這樣的:我昨晚去聽了一場演唱會,那位新歌手特別棒!

Neil
Thanks for inviting me! Anyway, what’s that got to with a map?

Feifei
你別急,我還沒說完。聽完演唱會後,大家都說他唱得太好了,這一場成功的演出可以“put him on the map”。But… I just can’t find him on here.

Neil
Put the map away Feifei – you won’t find him there. When we say someone will be ‘put on the map’ it means they will become famous or become more prominent – but not on a map!

Feifei
哦,原來是這個意思。表達“put someone/something on the map 把某人或某物放在地圖上”的實際意思是“使這個人或地方出名”。想象如果一個人或地方在地圖上都被標注出來了,那應該是廣為人知的了。

Neil
Yes, something as well as someone can be put on the map – or in other words, become famous, popular or well-known.

Feifei
Let’s hear some examples, shall we?

Examples
Her first exhibition at the Tate gallery has put her on the map as a serious modern artist. .

This great tasting food has really put this new restaurant on the map.

Hosting the Olympics has put this city on the map as a great place to come for a holiday.

Feifei
“To put someone/something on the map”的意思就是變得出名,受歡迎。I suppose it suggests that becoming famous means you are now important enough for your name to be seen or heard by everyone.

Neil
That’s right. In the old days when a place was too small and unimportant it wasn’t shown on a map – but when it became more important it was ‘put on the map’.

Feifei
是的,在過去,一個小地方或人們認為不重要的地方在地圖上都沒有標注;只有當一個地方壯大起來,有了影響力後才會被列在地圖上。But Neil, let me look at that map again…

Neil
OK.

Feifei
Look! That singer I saw really is on the map – right there.

Neil
Really? What was he called?

Feifei
‘MAN-CHESTER’

Neil
‘MAN – CHESTER’? Manchester. Of course!

Feifei
Bye.

Neil
Goodbye.

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