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Serendipity:英语中最美的单词之一

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Serendipity的意思是有意外发现珍宝的运气,即美丽的意外之意。被称为英语中最美的单词之一。
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One of English's Most Beautiful Words
英语中最美的单词之一
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories.
你现在收听的是美国之音英语学习节目《词汇掌故》。
Each week, we take a close look at words and expressions commonly used in American English.
每周, 我们都会关注美语中常用的词语和表达方式。
But, let's be honest. Language is not fair. Some words are just more beautiful than others.
但是, 老实说吧。语言是不公平的。有些词就是比别得词更美。
Take the word "moist," for example.
以“湿润”这个词为例。
Moist was recently named one of the ugliest words in the English language. The word sounds dirty, and its meaning is not all that great. So, you could say it loses on both counts.
“湿润”最近被称为英语中最丑陋的词之一。这个词听起来很肮脏,而它的意思也不是那么好。所以,可以说它这两项都输了。
Some words sound beautiful but have ugly meanings.
有些词听起来很美,但却有丑陋的含义。
Take, for example, the word "malevolent." It may sound pleasant to the ear. But it means "having or showing a desire to cause harm to another person."
举个例子,“malevolent”(恶毒)这个词。听起来可能很好听。但它的意思是“有或者表现出了想对他人造成伤害的欲望”。
On the other hand, there are words such as "serendipity."
另一方面,有诸如“serendipity”(有意外发现珍宝的运气)的词,。
Serendipity sounds beautiful and is fun to say. The adjective form of the word is even more fun to say -- "serendipitous"!
这个词听起来很美,说起来也很有趣。这个词的形容词形式说起来更有趣---“serendipitous”(偶然的)。
Three words with similar meanings to "serendipity" are fate, chance and fortuitous. But none of those are as beautiful as serendipity.
有三个词与“serendipity”含义相似,这就是fate(运气)、chance(机会)和fortuitous(幸运的)。但这些词都没有“serendipity”美。
The meaning is beautiful, too.
它的意思也很美。
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary website defines "serendipity" as "luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for." So serendipity is a happy accident. It comes from being in the right place at the right time.
韦氏词典网站将单词“serendipity”定义为:有意外发现珍宝或珍奇事物的好运气。所以“serendipity”是快乐的意外的意思。在正确的时间、正确的地点发生的事。
For example, let's say you have a single friend who is perfectly happy living the life of a bachelor. He does not want to be in a relationship. One day on his way to work, he jumps onto the wrong train. There he meets the perfect woman for him and they marry a short time later. It was pure serendipity! Not only was he not looking for a relationship when he found one, he also wasn't supposed to be on that train.
举个例子,假如你有一个朋友是单身,他非常开心的过着单身汉的生活。他不想谈恋爱。一天在他上班的路上,他误上了错误的火车。在那辆车上,他遇到了一个他心中的完美女人,并很快的结婚了。那纯属一个美丽的意外。不仅是因为在他不想谈恋爱的时候,遇到了完美女神,并且他出现在那辆车上也完全是个意外。
The history of the word "serendipity" is also interesting.
“serendipity”这个词的来历及历史也很有意思。
The Encyclopedia Britannica website explains that Serendip is an ancient name for Sri Lanka, the island nation once called Ceylon. Word historians believe that Serendip comes from Arabic. They say the word was first used in the Arabic language more than 1,500 years ago. Some experts believe that Arab traders began using it after coming in contact with people from South Asia.
《大英百科全书》网站解释说,Serendip(锡兰)是斯里兰卡的古老旧称,这个岛国曾经叫锡兰。历史学家认为“Serendip”这个词来自阿拉伯语。他们说这个词首次被使用时在1500年前的阿拉伯语中。一些专家认为,阿拉伯商人在与南亚人接触之后,开始使用这个词。
The first recorded use of the English word "serendipity" can be found in the letters of an 18th century English writer named Horace Walpole. Merriam-Webster's online dictionary says that in the 1700s, Walpole used the word in a letter to his friend also named Horace -- Horace Mann.
关于首次使用英语单词“serendipity”,可以找到的最早的记录是在第十八世纪的英文作家的书信中,这位作家名叫霍勒斯·沃波尔。韦氏在线词典所示,在18世纪,沃波尔给他同样名叫霍勒斯的朋友-----霍勒斯·曼(霍瑞斯·曼)的信中用到了这个单词。
In the mid-1700s, while researching a coat of arms, Walpole discovered something interesting but unrelated to his search. In a letter to his friend Mann, he wrote: "This discovery indeed is almost of that kind which I call Serendipity, a very expressive word ..."
在18世纪中期,在研究一枚盾徽时,沃波尔发现了一些有趣但与他研究无关的东西。在写给他朋友曼的一封信中,他写到:“这个发现实际上几乎可以说是‘我称之为美丽的意外’的东西,这个词真的非常达意。”
He goes on to write that explaining the origin of "serendipity" would be easier than defining it. Walpole says he made the word after reading a Persian story called "The Three Princes of Serendip." The heroes in this story, he writes, "were always making discoveries, by accidents" of things they were not looking for.
他接着写道,要解释“serendipity”的起源比定义这个词要容易些。沃波尔说,他在读了一个名叫《锡兰三王子》的波斯故事后,造了这个词。他写到,这个故事中的英雄们“总是意外发现他们并未刻意寻找的某些东西”。
The website adds that Walpole's memory of the story may not have been correct. But that memory did give serendipity the meaning that we know today.
该网站补充道,沃波尔对这个故事的记忆可能并不正确。但他的记忆却给了“serendipity”我们今天所知的含义。
Now let's hear two friends use the word serendipity.
现在,我们来听听两个朋友如何用“serendipity”这个词。
Geoff! Long time no see!
杰夫!好久不见。
Hi Josephine! What a coincidence! I was just talking about you last night. How are you?
你好约瑟芬!真巧!我昨晚还说到你呢。你好吗?
I'm doing great! How about you? Still working in the finance world?
我很好!你呢?还在金融界上班?
No. I left my job in finance.
没有。我离开了金融业。
Really?! What made you decide to do that?
真的吗?是什么促使你做这个决定的?
Actually, it's a funny story. Last year, my friend invited me to a party in his neighborhood. I wasn't going to go. But at the last minute, I said, 'Why not!' So, I went and the party was ... okay. But there were lots of kids. At one point, the younger kids started acting up. So, to settle them down, I sang some songs. Well, one parent really liked them.
事实上,这是个非常有趣的故事。去年,我朋友邀请我去他们街区参加聚会。我本不打算去的,但在最后一刻,我说“干嘛不去呢!”于是我就去了,派对还不错。但是有很多孩子。突然,那些年幼的孩子开始捣乱。于是,我为了让他们安静的消停下来,就唱了一会儿歌。一个家长很喜欢我唱的歌。
What does this have to do with your finance job?
这跟你的财务工作有什么关系?
I'm getting to that. As it turns out, that parent produces children's music! She invited me to her recording studio and the next day I signed a three-year contract!
我正要说到这里呢。其实,那位家长是制作儿童音乐的!她邀请我去她的录音室,第二天我就和我签了三年的合同。
What an amazing story of serendipity!
这个美丽的意外听起来真是不可思议啊!
That is the best way to describe it – serendipitous! I didn't plan on quitting my banking job. But fate had other plans for me.
只能用“serendipitous”这个词来形容!我本没有打算辞去我银行的工作,但命运对我有其他的安排。
And that's Words and Their Stories.
以上就是今天《词汇掌故》的内容啦!
Do you have a story of serendipity to share with us? You can do so do in the Comments Section.
你有没有什么美丽的意外经历跟我们分享?你可以在评论区告诉我们哦。
I'm Anna Matteo.
我是安娜·马特奥。
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