【衝浪英語】 Can you quib?
文章來源: 衝浪潛水員2012-06-09 03:05:16

開宗明義,這篇要說說quib這個詞。Quib 是個偏僻些的單詞,不過也保不住單詞達人早就認識了。認識也不怕,有空的話,再聽我嘮嘮,溫故知新嘛。

根據Wiktionary, quib的釋義如下:
n. A smart, sarcastic turn or jest; a taunt; a severe retort or comeback; a gibe.
v. (intransitive) To make a quip.

之所以想說這個單詞,是因為看到一則網絡新聞: Car Talk Hosts Retire 【注一】。這Car Talk是個廣播節目,星期天上午播出,節目內容當然是車,主要是各地聽眾打電話進來,問兩位主持人關於各種各樣的車的五花八門的問題。兩位主持人是兄弟倆, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, 聽起來已經不年輕了,應該是老師傅吧,對各年各款的車了如指掌,尤其是它們的常見問題,更是如數家珍,總能夠給聽眾的問題一些好的回答和建議。

特別的是,這兩位還非常的風趣幽默,偶爾拿電話線上的聽眾開開玩笑,更多的則是隨時彼此開涮,整個節目過程中往往笑聲不斷。這個時段,我要是剛好在開車的話,就會用車上的廣播收聽,除了增長一些關於車的常識,往往心情都會更好一些。

這不,記者得知他們退休的消息去采訪他們的時候,他們又涮開了【注一】:

"My brother has always been 'work-averse,' " Ray, 63, joked. "Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!"
 
"It's brutal!" quipped Tom, who will turn 75 later this year.

知道了quib這個單詞,上麵這兩段基本上就沒什麽挑戰了。我倒是真舍不得Car Talk這個節目和這兩位開心的老師傅,於是就有了標題裏麵的那個問題:

Can you quib? I guess probably yes, since almost everyone has his or her own humor and wit. But can you quib so heartily and healthfully at their ages? This I am not so sure, even if you are confident. Only time can tell.

Surfer_Diver
2012.6.9

【注一】Car Talk Hosts Retire by Marla Lehner on June 8, 2012. Link:
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20602788,00.html