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【BBC地道英语】未知数,外卡 A wild card

来源:慢速英语   时间:2019-11-28 13:21:19

Rob: Hello and welcome to Authentic Real English. I'm Rob and joining me today is Feifei.

Feifei: 大家好!咱们办公室新来的那位同事听起来不错的哈?What about that new guy who's started in the office?

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Rob: You mean Brian?

Feifei: Yes, he's very funny – 总给我们讲笑话,昨天他还在办公室给我表演用橙子玩杂耍 - he was very good.

Rob: Hmm, if you say so. He might be funny but I haven't seen him do much work - I think he's a bit of a wild card.

Feifei: A wild card? Brian 是“一张疯卡”?你的意思是他可能是红桃心,方片,黑桃或是梅花?什么呀?我不懂。


Rob: No, no, although the expression does come from playing cards - here, it means he is unpredictable, he's someone we don't know much about so we're not sure how he's going to behave in the future.

Feifei: Oh do you think so? 原来在英语里,我们可以用 a wild card 来描述一个我们不太了解的、行为不可测的、有未知数的人。这个表达现在也常备用在选秀比赛中用来描述“外卡选手”。Now you've said it, yes Rob, Brian is unpredictable!

Rob: OK. Let's hear some more examples of this phrase...

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Example:

Jack is too much of a wild card to get a place on our team.

We're taking a gamble, she's a wild card, but let's hope she delivers what she promises.

The wild card in this competition is Chelsea: nobody really knows which way the score will go.


杰克无法在我们人数很多的团队中占有一席之地。

我们正在赌博,她是个通配符,但我们希望她能兑现自己的承诺。

这场比赛的通行牌是切尔西:没人真正知道比分会走哪条路。

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Rob: Right, have you got that? A wild card can describe someone who is unpredictable or who behaves in an unexpected way. But although Brian is a wild card, I wish he'd settle down and do some work instead of joking around all the time.

罗伯:对,你明白了吗? 通配符可以描述无法预测或行为异常的人。 但是,尽管Brian是个通配符,但我希望他安顿下来并做一些工作,而不是一直在开玩笑。

Feifei: 老实说,其实你也想像 Brian 这样生活吧?


Rob: Not at all - but Feifei what kind of card would you call me?

Feifei: Oh Rob, you're my favourite card - you're ACE!

Rob: Ace! Gosh Feifei, you're such a card!


罗伯:一点也不,菲菲,你叫我什么样的卡?

Feifei:哦,Rob,您是我最喜欢的卡片-您是ACE!

罗伯:王牌! 天哪,菲菲,你真是好极了!


Feifei: See you next time.

Both: Bye!


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不要声张,保守秘密 To keep a lid on it

瞎猜 A stab in the dark