手提包二三事

英国前首相铁娘子:手提包的作用 (图:Nicholas Garland, The Independent 1989)

几个星期前,英国一个七十岁的老太太,见到街上的另一头,有几个坏人,她奋不顾身,吃力地跑了两百米,跑到了坏人面前,抓起手提包,朝他们的身上猛打。这几个是头戴钢盔,手持长型铁锤的巨汉,而她手无寸铁,只有一个手提包。

老奶奶出手之后,不少围观的年轻人此时才蜂拥向前,合力把歹徒制服了。

媒体称Ann Timson这位老奶奶是‘超级奶奶’,是个‘英雄’,可是,她耸耸肩,不以为意。

手提包当武器的老奶奶

 手提包,英文是handbag,是名词。可是,handbag也是一个动词,形容‘攻击’。用手提包来打人,当然不是什么新玩意儿,可是,在英国,这个用法,特别是用来指英国前首相,如今已病疾缠身的铁娘子撒切尔夫人。在她执政期间(1979-1990) ,经常攻击群雄,漫画中,常出现她用手提包来攻击对手的画面。

铁娘子的手提包

最近,美国国务卿希拉里克林顿,上了美国时尚杂志《时尚芭莎》(Harper’s Bazaar),谈了硬的政治,也谈了柔的手提包。

希拉里克林顿说:“我确是喜欢拥有好的手提包。”她说,附属品既可团结人们,也可分裂人们。人人的品位不同,选择的手提包也不一样,因此,别人的选择,我们不应该嘲笑。”

希拉里最喜欢的是意大利名牌菲拉格慕的深粉红手提包。“我通常只在春天使用这个手提包,可是,这包包真是太讨人欢心了,所以,现在是一月,我还是四处拎着它走。说真的,拎起粉红色手提包,你还可能不高兴吗?”

 “I do love a good handbag, ” she says. “I think [accessories] could be either a great divider or uniter. I’m on the uniter side. I think no one should make fun of anyone else’s handbag choices.

“I have this Ferragamo hot-pink bag that I adore. My view was that I would carry it around only in spring, but it makes me so happy, I’m even now lugging it around in January. I mean, how can you be unhappy if you pick up a big pink bag?”

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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.

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