英美的星星之火

这几天,英格兰的气氛有点儿紧张。这个星期六的世界杯,英格兰要和美国开打第一场决赛。

美国墨西哥湾石油泄漏事故,自4 月20日发生以来,美国和英国的关系,也越来越紧张了。

奥巴马气愤不已,早已经开口骂人了,大骂肇事的BP公司。美国媒体在报道新闻时,不断强调这是“British” Petroleum 所闯的祸,强调这是英国的公司。

可是,BP是个跨国大集团,还雇用了2万多个美国人。

BP公司,早在1998年,就不叫British Petroleum了,而是统称为BP。这时候还强调这是‘英国’公司的问题,难怪掀起了两国的敌对情绪。

奥巴马要踢人的屁股。

奥巴马说,他向专家讨教,因为这些专家也许有计可施,这样“我才知道要去踢谁的屁股!”

(“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answer so I know whose ass to kick,” Mr Obama said in an NBC News’ “Today” interview.)

奥巴马痛骂“英国”石油公司

奥巴马的内政部长要“把靴子压在‘英国’石油公司的脖子上”(就是‘致人于死地’的意思)

美国内政部长肯萨拉萨Ken Salazar说:

“our job is basically to keep the boot on the neck of British Petroleum to carry out the responsibilities that they have, both under the law and contractually to move forward and to stop this spill.”

我身边的英国人说,这样的字眼,是很凶狠的。美国在对付伊朗和北朝鲜时,也不会使用这么强烈的字眼。

难怪伦敦的金发市长Boris Johnson要开炮了。他说美国不断制造“anti-British rhetoric”(仇视英国的言辞),还buck passing (推诿责任)和name calling (胡乱骂人),极度不友善,值得戒备。

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Janet Williams 張玉雲

I am Janet Williams, an academic living in the southeast of England. I blog about culture, history, languages and my community. I created Chandler's Ford Today. During my spare time, I make Origami. Thank you for stopping by.

2 thoughts on “英美的星星之火”

  1. President Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, not 英国内政部长肯萨拉萨Ken Salazar说:
    Just fyi only. thanks

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