The english we speak(BBC教学)第75期:a finger in every pie好管闲事

发表时间:2017-11-09内容来源:VOA英语学习网

Rosie: Hi and welcome to The English We Speak. Today we're having an office party with the whole BBC Learning English team.

罗西:大家好,欢迎来到我们所说的英语。今天我们要和全体的BBC学英语的团队一起开一个办公室派对。

Helen: And we're eating some delicious cakes and pies that Jen has baked for us. Have you tried the apple tart?

海伦:我们要吃一些珍给我们烤的美味的蛋糕和派。你试过苹果馅饼吗?

Rosie: Mmm... It's so tasty. Jen really has a lot of different skills, doesn't she?

罗西:嗯...它太美味了。珍真的有很多不同的技能,不是吗?

Helen: Yeah, she really gets involved in lots of different activities. She's always organising different parties, goes rowing... and did you know she works as a weather presenter at the weekend?

海伦:是的,她真的参加了很多不同的活动。她总是组织不同的派对,去划船,然后你知道她在周末做天气预报员吗?

Rosie: And she's a good cook too - this blueberry crumble is delicious. She really does have a finger in every pie.

罗西:她还是个好的厨师,这个蓝莓碎屑很好吃。她真的好管闲事。

Helen: Ugh, really? I mean they taste good, but now I know she puts her fingers in them... I think I've just lost my appetite.

海伦:啊,真的吗?我的意思是它们尝起来很好,但是现在我知道她把手放进去过,我觉得我失去胃口了。

Rosie: That's not what I meant when I said she has a finger in every pie. It means she gets involved in a lot of different things.

罗西:当我说她在每个派里都伸入了一根手指的时候不是这个意思。我的意思是她参与了很多不同的事情。

Helen: So someone has a finger in every pie when they're involved in different activities? Is it a good thing then?

海伦:所以某人在每个派里都伸入了一根手指当他们参与了不同的活动?那么这是个好事吗?

Rosie: Well, in this case, when I said Jen has a finger in every pie, I meant it as a good thing, but it can sometimes suggest someone gets involved in things when they shouldn't.

罗西:在这种情况下,当我说珍好管闲事,我的意思是个好的事情,但是它有时候可以指某人参与本不该参与的事。

Helen: So it can be a good or a bad thing... Let's have a look at some examples:

海伦:所以它可以是好的或坏的事。让我们来看一些例子:

If you need any information just ask Annabel. She has a finger in every pie and always knows the answer.

如果你需要任何信息就问安娜贝尔。她好管闲事,总是知道答案。

At work I'm a teacher but I also do some accounting and organise the end-of-term play. I like to have a finger in every pie!

工作的时候我是个老师但是我也做一些会计和组织期末表演。我喜欢参与很多事!

"I can't seem to do anything without him being there - yesterday I went to the photography club and he was there." "Well, unfortunately he does have a finger in every pie."

“没有他在这里我似乎什么都做不了,昨天我去了摄影俱乐部,他在那里。”“不幸的是他确实喜欢参与很多事。”

Helen: So if someone gets involved in too many different things and people disapprove of this, it can be used as a criticism.

海伦:所以如果某人参加了太多不同的事而且人们不喜欢,它就可以用作批评。

Rosie: Yes, and Shakespeare used it in his play Henry VIII. In the play it's used as a criticism of someone who gets involved in everything when he shouldn't:

罗西:是的,莎士比亚把它用在他的剧本亨利VIII。在剧本里它用作批评某人参与了所有不该参加的事:

No man's pie is freed From his ambitious finger.

没有人的派能逃离他野心勃勃的手指。

Helen: So the person criticised here feels the need to put his 'ambitious finger' in every single pie that's baked to taste them all...

海伦:所以这里批评的人感觉需要把他“野心勃勃的手指”放入每一个烤的派里面尝一尝。

Rosie: Yes, which means he gets involved in things he shouldn't.

罗西:是的,意思是他参与了他本不该参加的事。

Helen: But Shakespeare used the expression in a slightly different way from how we use it today. Now we just say someone has a finger in every pie.

海伦:但是莎士比亚用一种和我们今天稍微不一样的方式使用了这个短语。现在我们只说某人好管闲事。

Rosie: Yes, it's slightly less poetic than "no man's pie is freed from his ambitious finger".

罗西:是的,这跟“没有人的派能逃离他野心勃勃的手指”比稍微不太有诗意。

Helen: Well, this is all very interesting, but I haven't tried the peach pie yet...

海伦:这都很有趣,但是我还没尝过桃子派。

Rosie: Well, no pie is freed from Helen's greedy fingers, is it? Only joking, Helen!

罗西:没有派逃得过海伦的贪婪的手指,不是吗?只是玩笑,海伦!

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