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Jiggery-pokery 騙人的把戲

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在錄音間里,Neil 告訴菲菲,他要介紹一個英語里常能用到的中文諺語,這是真的假的?菲菲能看出 Neil 的小詭計嗎?他使用了哪個一語雙關的單詞?聽節目,學習一個用來形容“欺騙行為”的舊式英語表達。

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(關于臺詞的備注: 請注意這不是廣播節目的逐字稿件。本文稿可能沒有體現錄制、編輯過程中對節目做出的改變。)

Neil
Hello, I'm Neil.

Feifei
大家好,我是馮菲菲。歡迎收聽 BBC 英語教學的《地道英語》節目。

Neil
In this programme, I thought I'd impress you with an old Chinese phrase that we use in English now.

Feifei
Oh, yes? Neil 要給我介紹一個英語中也會用到的中文諺語,這是真的嗎?Go on, then!

Neil
The phrase is jiggery-pokery.

Feifei
Jiggery-pokery? Oh, come on! 拜托,這哪兒是中文啊?That's not Chinese!

Neil
It is – everyone in China uses it, apparently.

Feifei
I don't think so. What does it mean, anyway?

Neil
‘Jiggery-pokery’ refers to dishonest behaviour that is intended to trick people.

Feifei
原來,單詞“jiggery-pokery”的意思是“騙局、詭計”,我們在口語中用它來表示“不誠實的,欺騙他人的行為”,也就好比漢語里的“騙人的伎倆”。Oh, hold on, were you trying to trick me just to illustrate this phrase?

Neil
Yes! I almost tricked you, didn't I?

Feifei
Hmmm. I think we had better hear some examples of this phrase in action.

Examples
The company is being investigated after some shareholders accused it of jiggery-pokery.

I was surprised that the businessman got away with so much jiggery-pokery before he was finally caught and sent to prison.

Feifei
組合詞“jiggery-pokery”的意思是“被隱瞞的、不誠信的行為”。不過 Neil,“jiggery-pokery”可絕不是什么中文成語。我們講究做生意“言而有信”、“童叟無欺”,與人交往的時候要“以誠相待”、“心口如一”……

Neil
OK, I get it. Now before I forget, don't you owe me ten pounds?

Feifei
No! I bought you lunch, remember? Honestly, jiggery-pokery in action!

Neil
Well, at least you won't forget the phrase now.

Feifei
That’s true. Bye.

Neil
Goodbye.

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