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陈词滥调像瘟疫——名句欣赏(二十六)  

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1.      I’d rather be a lamp-post in Denver than a dog in Philadelphia. 我宁愿做丹佛的电线杆,也不愿做费城的狗。Sonny Liston, American boxer

2.      GROUCHO MARX: This is the heart of the residential district. Every lot is a stone’s throw from the station. As soon as they throw enough stones, we’re going to build a station. 这里是住宅区的中心。每个停车场到车站都只有扔块石头的距离。他们扔的石头一旦够了,我们马上就建车站。George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, The Cocoanuts, screenplay, 1929

3.      Britain has invented a new missile. It’s called the civil servant—it doesn’t work and it can’t be fired.英国发明了一种新导弹。它名叫文职人员——它不工作(不管用),还不能解雇(发射)。 General Sir Walter Walker, Observer 1981

4.      I don’t believe in class differences, but luckily my butler disagrees with me. 我不相信阶层差别,但幸运的是,我的男管家的观点与我不同。Marc, cartoon in the Times, 1976

5.      It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman despise him. 一个英国人开口讲话而不使其他一些英国人轻视他,这是不可能的。George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalian, 1912

6.      ERNIE: Why don’t you wash your face—I can see what you had for breakfast this morning! ERIC: Oh, yeah! What did I have? ERNIE: Bacon and eggs and tomato sauce. ERIC: Wrong! That was yesterday morning! 埃尔尼:你干吗不洗脸——我都能看出你今天早饭吃了些什么!埃里克:噢,真的!我吃的什么?埃尔尼:熏肉、鸡蛋、蕃茄酱。埃里克:错了。那是昨天的。Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, The Morecambe and Wise Joke Book, 1979

7.      My mother loves to clean. She’ll say, ‘Look at this—you could eat off my floor.’  You could eat off my floor, too. There are thousands of things down there. 我妈妈爱干净。她会说:“你瞧——你这样会把我的地板蚀掉的。”我的地板你也可以蚀掉。那上面有食物上千种。Elayne Boosler, American comedienne

8.      Aoid clichés like the plague. 避老调当如避瘟疫。Anon.

9.      It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most cliches, that clichés is untrue. “老话大多说的是”是一句老话,但是,也像大多老话一样,这句老话说的不是。Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot, 1997

10.   Brevity is the soul of lingerie. 简短是女性内衣的灵魂。Borothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer and poet (Attrib.)

11.   Personally, if anyone had told me that a tie like that suited me, I should have risen and struck them on the mazzard, regardless of their age and sex… 就我个人而言,如果有人告诉我那样的一个领带适合我,我就站起来捶其面,甭管其年龄多大,男的女的…… P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Springtime, 1967

12.   I won’t say her bathing suit was skimpy, but I’ve seen more cotton in the top of an aspirin bottle. 我不说她泳衣薄,但我见过阿司匹林瓶口的棉花都比她泳衣的多。 Henny Youngman, 1906-98, American comedian

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