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[学英语] 奥巴马站错"队"? Queue or Line?

[摘要]“队伍”一词你通常用的是哪个? queue 还是 line ?只知道一个是英式一个是美式。不知道最近这两个词,还闹出了一场不大不小的风波吧~ 这事儿还得从奥巴马访英说起,4月,奥巴马带着使命去了英国,他深情挽留英国留在欧盟,于是,我们看到了这样的新闻。 美...

  

  “队伍”一词你通常用的是哪个?queue 还是line?只知道一个是英式一个是美式。不知道最近这两个词,还闹出了一场不大不小的风波吧~

  这事儿还得从奥巴马访英说起,4月,奥巴马带着使命去了英国,他深情挽留英国留在欧盟,于是,我们看到了这样的新闻

  

  美国总统苦口婆心力劝英国:若离开欧盟,英国将会排到贸易协定队伍的最后面!问题来了!奥巴马用的是queue,话说这词儿不是英国人才用的吗?

  

  于是乎,媒体很快做出反应。

  

  外行看热闹,内行看门道。立刻有英国评论员指出:奥巴马此处用词有心机。

  Commentators were quick to jump on his use of the British word ‘queue’ rather than its US equivalent, ‘line’, some accusing him of trying to ingratiate himself with Brits, or even implying that he was parroting words written for him by supporters of a ‘remain’ vote in Britain's upcoming EU referendum.

  广大网友也纷纷评论。

  

  

  

  

  

  这么看来,用queue还是用line,还真是个严肃的问题呢。总统果真深思熟虑啊~但是,但是,但是,《华盛顿邮报》很快就反击了,奥巴马可不是第一次用queue。

  

  并举出了若干例子......

  [ 2010 ]

  "There were several people who were still in the queue who didn't have a chance to speak prior to us breaking."

  [ 2011 ]

  "Could I just say that Chuck is the only guy who asked two questions — so far. So just — when I cut off here, whoever was next in the queue— I’m messing with you, Chuck."

  [ 2013 ]

  "We've got to make sure that we have a legal immigration system that doesn’t cause people to sit in the queue for 5 years, 10 years, 15 years — in some cases, 20 years."

  而且,总统用过的英式表达还远不止一个queue呢。例如:

  full stop, run to ground, take a decision.

  温馨提供:以上三个词语的美国说法——

  full period, run to the first floor, make a decision.

  最后,文章还分析了奥巴马说英国英语的原因,居然是被他爸爸影响的!!!

  Why would Obama be keen on British English? Well, you could probably make an argument that it comes from his father, who spoke English with a British accent.

  大家都好有道理的样子啊~你觉得这是处心积虑的事先设计,还是奥巴马不经意的入乡随俗?欢迎和我们一起讨论!

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