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VOA词汇掌故:get our act together|Cut to the chase

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Words and Their Stories: Get Your Act Together高速下载 I'm Susan Clark with the Special English program WORDS
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Words and Their Stories: Get Your Act Together


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I'm Susan Clark with the Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.

A woman from Japan was telling a friend about her trip to the United States. The woman had visited major businesses and investment companies in New York City and Chicago.

"I studied English before I left home," she said. "But I still was not sure that people were speaking English."

Her problem is easy to understand. Americans in business are like people who are in business anywhere. They have a language of their own. Some of the words and expressions deal with the special areas of their work. Other expressions are borrowed from different kinds of work such as the theater and movie industry.

One such saying is get your act together.

When things go wrong in a business, an employer may get angry. He may shout, "Stop making mistakes. Get your act together."

Or, if the employer is calmer, he may say, "Let us get our act together."

Either way, the meaning is the same. Getting your act together is getting organized. In business, it usually means to develop a calm and orderly plan of action.

It is difficult to tell exactly where the saying began. But, it is probable that it was in the theater or movie industry. Perhaps one of the actors was nervous and made a lot of mistakes. The director may have said, "Calm down, now. Get your act together."

Word expert James Rogers says the expression was common by the late nineteen seventies. Mister Rogers says the Manchester Guardian newspaper used it in nineteen seventy-eight. The newspaper said a reform policy required that the British government get its act together.

Now, this expression is heard often when officials of a company meet. One company even called its yearly report, "Getting Our Act Together."

The Japanese visitor was confused by another expression used by American business people. It is cut to the chase.

She heard that expression when she attended an important meeting of one company. One official was giving a very long report. It was not very interesting. In fact, some people at the meeting were falling asleep.

Finally, the president of the company said, "Cut to the chase."

Cut to the chase means to stop spending so much time on details or unimportant material. Hurry and get to the good part.

Naturally, this saying was started by people who make movies. Hollywood movie producers believe that most Americans want to see action movies. Many of their movies show scenes in which the actors chase each other in cars, or in airplanes or on foot.

Cut is the director's word for stop. The director means to stop filming, leave out some material, and get to the chase scene now.

So, if your employer tells you to cut to the chase, be sure to get to the main point of your story quickly.

This WORDS AND THEIR STORIES program was written by Jeri Watson. I'm Susan Clark.

俗语详解:

get your act together

informal. to organize yourself and your activities in a more effective way in order to achieve something.

这是一个非正式用法。意思是: 把自己和自己的行为以一种更加有效的方式组织起来,以便做成某事。也就是仔细筹划、安排的意思。(这是按照字面翻译,其实这种结构,你可以用句子来解释。比如: He needs to get his act together if he's going to pass.他想过关(考试或者别的),还得再加把劲/还得再计划计划。)

Cut to the chase

很多人都知道chase这个词解释“追赶”。Cut to the chase这个习惯用语来自好莱坞电影。很多电影里最精彩的片断是跟踪追击的场面,不论是牛仔英雄纵马追杀恶棍、还是警方飞车追捕逃犯的镜头,都相当扣人心弦,被认作是影片的重要环节。导演说: cut to the chase,也就是把摄影镜头切换到追踪场面。换句话说是进行最重要的摄制工作。但是cut to the chase也被广泛应用在商界。让我们听一个例子来琢磨用在这样的场合这个习惯用语的意思是什么。

例句:Okey, I've heard enough about all the details of this deal. Now let's cut to the chase - how much money are you going to want me to pay.

他说:好,有关这笔交易的各项细节我已经听得够多的了,现在让我们言归正传谈关键问题。告诉我你们打算要我付多少费用?

可见cut to the chase在这儿的意思是进入关键时刻或者决定性的一步。

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