Mon, Oct 22, 2018

Derailment kills 18, injures as least 171

Eighteen people were killed and 171 injured yesterday after an eastbound Puyuma Express train, No. 6432, carrying 366 passengers, derailed at 4:50pm near the Sinma (新馬) Train Station in Yilan County, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said. The agency had earlier put the death ...FULL STORY

USING IDIOMS 活用成語

Chinese Practice 唾手可得 (tuo4 shou2 ke3 de2) as easy as spitting into your palm 被後人譽為「宋四大書」其一的《太平御覽》,是古代中國的第一本大部頭「類書」(類似於現代的百科全書),書中引用大約兩千五百七十九份不同類型的書目,其中包括西晉史學家和文學家司馬彪(~西元三○六年)記述東漢歷史的《九州春秋》。雖然《九州春秋》原書早已佚失,不過《太平御覽》在卷三百三十的「兵部六十一」中保存了其中的一段話:「始天下兵起,我謂唾掌而決。至于今日,兵革方始,觀此非我所決,不如休兵力耕,以救凶年。」 根據《太平御覽》所記,《九州春秋》的這段話出自東漢軍閥公孫瓚(?~西元一九九年)之語,他曾與袁紹(西元一五三年~二○二年)交戰數年,爭奪中國北方領土。《後漢書》評其人「恃其才力,不恤百姓,記過忘善,睚?必報,州裡善士名在其右者,必以法害之」,並記錄他為袁紹所敗:「自計必無全,悉縊其姊妹妻子,然後引火自焚。」 儘管爭奪天下霸主之位後來並不如公孫瓚原本所想的那麼簡單,但其人所言「唾掌而決」逐漸演變成為我們今日熟悉的成語「唾手可得」,意指目標輕而易舉就能達成。 在英文中,意義相近的片語是「low hanging...FULL STORY

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