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胡敏读故事记托福词汇135:为了遗忘而慢跑 Jogging to forget

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135 Jogging to forget 为了遗忘而慢跑

Going for a jog was Britain Henderson’s favorite hobby. A journalist at the Economic Times, a highly-reputed journal, by profession, he did what he could to get away as far as possible from journalism. The reason was simple. After graduating from high school, he had found himself at a juncture: either to go to university or to attend the School of Journalism. Choosing what he believed to be the more inviting career, he had opted for the latter. Unfortunately, this had not turned out to have been a judicious choice. Jubilant though he had been when being hired by the Economic Times, he soon found himself in a veritable jungle of back stabbing and backbiting.

慢跑是布莱恩亨德森最喜欢的爱好。虽然他的职业是一本声望很高的杂志《经济时报》的记者,但他尽可能远离新闻业。原因很简单,从高中毕业后,他发现自己处于人生的岔路口:要么去上大学,要么去新闻学院。他选择了后者,相信它是更诱人的职业。不幸的是,结果证明这个选择不明智。尽管他被《经济时报》聘用时喜气洋洋的,但他很快发现自己处于名副其实的专事暗箭伤人和背后重伤的丛林当中。

Even though his occasional juicy stories involving some high-ranking official or other invariably provided a jolt of energy to his system, Brian at times felt that his life had become a bit of a jumble.

纵然他偶然写的关于某些高管的有趣的故事总是给他的身体提供少许能量,但是布莱恩不时觉得自己的生活已经变得一片混乱。

One day, as he was jogging along Hyde Park, coming upon the junction with Notting Hill Road, he was beginning to feel thirsty and turned into the pub at the corner for some juice. The barman, who recognized him from earlier visits, sidled up to Brian and said in a jocular vein:” Sorry, sir, my memory is a bit jumbled, so could you jolt it for me and tell me again how it happened that you had that huge libel judgment awarded against you?”

有一天,当他沿着海德公园慢跑,来到与诺丁山路的汇合处时,他开始感觉口渴,就转身进入街角的一个酒店去买果汁。酒店招待员以前在店里没有见过他,认出了他,悄悄地走到布莱恩身边,用诙谐的方式问道:“对不起,先生,我的记忆有点混乱,您能不能帮我猛击它一下,再次告诉我,您怎么会得到那个以文字进行诽谤的大判决?”

“Mind your own business!” Brian retorted. “ You’re exercising very poor judgment, and even less discretion. You may not know it, but the judge actually had no jurisdiction in the matter, and the case will be re-tried by a jury. And besides, I’m not coming here to be reminded of my working life by the likes of you, so shut up!”

“别管闲事!”布莱恩反驳道。“你的判断很糟糕,更加缺乏判断力。你可能不知道,但是法官事实上对这件事没有审判权,这个案子将由一个陪审团重新审判。另外,我到这里来不希望有像你这样的人提起我的工作生活,所以,你给我闭嘴。”

Words:

jocular adj. 诙谐的

jog vi. 慢跑

jogging n. 慢跑

jolt n. 震动,颠簸,少量 vt. 使颠簸,猛击

journal n. 定期刊物,杂志

journalism n. 新闻业,报章杂志

journalist n. 新闻记者

jubilant adj. 欢腾的,喜气洋洋的

judgment n. 判断,判决

judicious adj. 头脑精明的,贤明的

juice n. (水果)汁,液

juicy adj. 多汁液的,有趣味的

jumble vt. 使混乱,混杂 n. 混乱,杂乱的一堆

junction n. 连接,汇合处

juncture n. 接合,接缝

jungle n. 丛林

jurisdiction n. 权限,管辖范围,审判权

jury n. 陪审团

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