Skeleton in the closet 難言之隱

更新時間 2014年 1月 7日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間10:15

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

(Creaking door opens and shuts)

Finn: Thank you for coming with me to my late uncle's old house. He died recently.

(Creaking door opens)

Li: What a huge house!

Finn: Yes. My uncle, Frank Stein, left instructions for me to collect a suitcase which contains a donation to a school.

Li: A kind man who lived in a huge dark house. Oh, what was that?!

Finn: An owl - spooky!

(Spooky sound)

Li: These wooden masks on the walls look very scary! Finn, 你看,牆上掛的這些面具看上去夠可怕的,大眼睛,扭曲的嘴巴...

Finn: Yes, they are from an old tribe, I think.

(Spooky sound)

Li: Finn, why did your uncle have all this stuff?

Finn: Well, our family has never had much contact with him. He was a bit of a loner with a mysterious past.

Li: Mysterious past?

A skeleton

This one is going to a Medical School

Finn: Yes, he had a mysterious life. He was an adventurer and a gambler. His first wife was killed in an accident. The second one disappeared suddenly. He had a few skeletons in the closet!

Li: He has got skeletons in the closet! Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Finn: Li, calm down. In English, when we say that someone has a skeleton in the closet, we mean they have a hidden secret which is embarrassing.

Li: 在英語中如果說某人的壁櫥裏有個骷髏 a skeleton, 意思就是這個人有難言之隱,有不可告人的家醜或秘密。這是一個有名的英國俗語。'A skeleton in the closet' or sometimes you can say 'a skeleton in the cupboard'. 我們一起聽幾個例句:

  • Mr Burns had to resign his position as CEO, after it came to light that his brother was in jail for corruption. Shareholders got scared he might have more skeletons in the closet.
  • I have always led a modest and honest life. There are no skeletons in my closet.

Li: That's a relief. So this is just an expression. There are no skeletons in these closets, are there?

Finn: Oh, no. No skeletons in these closets but...

Li: But what?

Finn: But here's the suitcase my uncle wanted to donate to a school after his death. And it has... (he opens the suitcase)

Li: A skeleton!! Oh this place must be haunted! Oh, ohh I'm out of here!! Ahhhhhhh!

Finn: Li, don't worry, Li! My uncle Frank Stein was a doctor. He wanted me to donate this skeleton to a medical school for students to examine!

(Sinister laughter, sound of door closing)

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