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英语学习笔记 Barbed humour

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摘要: ​​✸✸RACISM isno laughing matter. But ridicule can erode it. Until Dick Gregorybroke intothe mainstream, American black comedians had only two choices, playing to black audien ...

​​✸✸ RACISM is no laughing matter. But ridicule can erode it. Until Dick Gregory broke into the mainstream, American black comedians had only two choices, playing to black audiences, or being the butt of white performers’ jokes.

1) no laughing matter 决不是开玩笑的事;严肃的事;需要严肃对待的事; 正经事

Their behaviour is an offence. It's no laughing matter. 

他们这么做是犯罪,这可不是开玩笑的。

2) break into [breik ˈɪntuː]   [brek ˈɪntu]  闯入;打断;突然做;分成

There was no one nearby who might see him trying to break into the house 

附近没有人可能会看见他试图闯入房子里。

短语:break into pieces v.打碎;砸碎;成为碎片

break into tears 突然哭起来

break into houses 破门而入


✸✸ That changed at the Playboy Club in Chicago in January 1961. The young man took the wrong bus, and ran 20 blocks in shoes cold-proofed with cardboard to get to his first big break, only to be told to collect his fee and go. The audience was a convention-load of frozen-food industry types: male, Southern and white. An uppity blackman would be jeered, or worse.


✸✸ Buthe was well prepared. A jealous redneck kicked in his front teeth when he was nine, as punishment for merely touching a white woman’s leg as he shined her shoes. His mother, a hardworking housemaid, kept the vital family telephone hidden in a cupboard: welfare cases weren’t allowed such luxuries. But amid the hunger and humiliation, she had taught young Dick that laughing was a better way out of difficulty than crying. Once a man laughs with you, he can’t laugh at you.

1 kick in [kik in]   [kɪk ɪn]  向里踢进去;踢坏;<非正>缴付

To keep it going, Lenoire kicked in her own earnings from acting. 

为了使它继续下去,勒努瓦捐出了自己演戏挣的钱。

2 way out [wei aut]   [we aʊt]  出路;摆脱困境的办法,出口,太平门;活路;生路

He charmed his way out of trouble. 

他运用自己的魅力摆脱了麻烦。


✸✸ His early wisecracks were lame and desperate. His bed was so crowded that he needed a bookmark to keep his place when he got up to pee. His home was so poor that the rats slept six to a bed too. But the gags improved, polished hard when a far-sighted officer assigned him to army entertainment during his military service.

1 get up to [ɡet ʌp tu:]   ɛt ʌp tu]  达到;赶上;靠近到;从事

They get up to all sorts behind your back. 

他们背着你干尽了坏事。


✸✸ So he pushed the Playboy Club manager aside and walked on stage. He greeted the instant catcall of “Nigger” warmly, claiming (fictitiously) that each such insult earned him a $50 bonus. And his nearby restaurant had the same name, so the publicity was especially welcome.


✸✸  That cracked the ice for the rest of his wry, self-deprecating routine. “A white waitress told me: ‘We don’t serve coloured people here.’ I told her: ‘That’s all right, I don’t eat coloured people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.’ Three white boys—Klu, Kluckand Klan—said, ‘Boy, we’re giving you fair warning. Anything you do to that chicken, we’re gonna do to you.’ So I picked up that chicken and I kissed it.”


 


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