Every Tom, Dick and Harry 隨便什麼人

更新時間 2013年 2月 19日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間12:46

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

Yang Li: Hello, I'm Yang Li. 歡迎收聽《地道英語》 Authentic Real English.

Kaz: And I'm Kaz. Hey Li I'd like to introduce you to these three gentlemen...

Yang Li: Kaz 帶來了三位男士,還要把他們向我介紹,很有意思...

Kaz: Li I'd like you to meet Tom... Dick... and Harry.

TDH: How do you do?

Yang Li: How do you do. 結識新朋友嘛,總是令我很高興,不過為什麼把他們帶到錄音室裏來呢?Kaz, why do we have three guests in the studio today?

Kaz: Ah I've invited them because their names are Tom, Dick and Harry.

Yang Li: 三位客人的名字恰好是最常見的 Tom, Dick 還有 Harry, three popular English names. And are these names connected to a phrase by any chance Kaz?

Kaz: Absolutely right Li. Our phrase today is 'every Tom, Dick and Harry'.

Yang Li: 'Every Tom, Dick and Harry' 這個短語的字面意思是每個湯姆、迪克和哈里 - 不過實際意思是隨便什麼人- meaning everyone with a common name.

Three cats, BBC image

Can Tom, Dick and Harry be these three cute cats?

Kaz: Yes, In English if you want to talk about lots of unspecified people you can use the phrase 'every Tom, Dick and Harry'.

Yang Li: Kaz 說當這三個名字聯起來時意思就很類似漢語裏的張三李四王五趙六 so it's like saying 'everyone' Kaz, right?

Kaz: That's right but it's more informal and slightly humorous.

Yang Li: 這是一種通俗表達,'every Tom, Dick and Harry' 而且還帶有一些幽默感。I think you should demonstrate its use Kaz.

Kaz: OK Li. Imagine I tell you something in confidence... I could ask you not to repeat it.

Yang Li: In confidence 保密地。Kaz 讓我為他保密,不要外傳。

Kaz: We don't want every Tom, Dick and Harry knowing about it.

Yang Li: 我們不想讓所有人都知道這件事 we don't want every Tom, Dick and Harry knowing about it.

Kaz: You've got it Li!

Yang Li: Thanks Kaz. 下面我們再聽幾個例句吧:

Examples:

  • Shhhhh! Lower your voice! We don't want every Tom, Dick and Harry to hear us.
  • Make sure you send out invitations, otherwise you'll have every Tom, Dick and Harry showing up at your party.
  • Whatever you do, don't tell Doug. He can't keep a secret and soon every Tom, Dick and Harry will know about it.

Yang Li: 湯姆、迪克和哈里這三個名字其實都是縮寫,把一個較長的名字縮短了, 我知道 Tom 是 Thomas 的縮寫,Harry 是 Harold 的縮寫。But Kaz - what's Dick short for?

Kaz: Dick is short for Richard.

Yang Li: I see, 原來 Dick 是 Richard 這個名字的縮寫,Dick for Richard. So what's Kaz short for?

Kaz: We don't need to know that Li.

Yang Li: Why not Kaz?

Kaz: Because we are very unlikely to ever say 'every Kaz, Dick and Harry'.

Yang Li: Very funny Kaz 我看時間到了我們要感謝我們的三位貴賓 'Tom, Dick and Harry'. Goodbye chaps!

TDH: Goodbye!

Yang Li and Kaz: 感謝收聽我們下次節目再會 from me and Kaz. Bye!

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