【英语·英美文化】老美五大禁忌话题, 你中枪了吗?

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【词汇学习】

taboo  n. 禁忌; 忌讳
e.g. The topic of addiction remains something of a taboo. 毒瘾仍然是个有些忌讳的话题。
repertoire  n. 全部节目,曲目
e.g. There is an extensive repertoire of music written for the flute. 有很多供长笛演奏的曲目。
allegiance  n. 忠诚,拥护
e.g. My allegiance to Kendall and his company ran deep. 我对肯德尔及其公司的忠诚加深了。

【正文学习】

5 Unforgivable American Conversational Taboos

作者|Madeline Kaplan, 译者|丁悦旸

Americans, as you may know, have a reputation for being talkative (a nicer word for loud). We tend to have a lot to say, and we tend to feel pretty comfortable saying it. Still, there are some taboo topics that even Americans don't like to discuss. So, when in conversation with a chatty American, try not to bring up …

1. Money

Money makes the world go round, and Americans are, at times, "all about the Benjamins" (Benjamin Franklin
appears on our $100 bill). However, just because money's on your mind doesn't mean it should be a key part of

your conversational repertoire. It's considered impolite to ask about someone's salary, or to discuss other matters of personal finance.

2. Weight

【Americans have famously enormous appetites – I once went to a French ice cream shop where the sizes were small, medium, large, and American.】But discussing someone else's weight is considered extremely rude in the United States. A person’s weight is private, and making comments about is definitely considered disrespectful.

3. Politics

We have all kinds of political opinions in the United States, and the range of popular beliefs runs across a much wider spectrum (n. 系列;范围) than in some other nations. Just follow an American presidential election and you'll see that our political system is hardly even civilized. It's not that talking politics is an unforgivable taboo in the United States, just that it's probably not such a good idea to bring it up unless you're prepared for a potential argument.

4. Religion

Similarly, though the United States is a relatively religious country, personal beliefs are rarely brought up in casual conversation. It's a good idea to get to know someone a little bit before discussing his or her religious backgrounds or practices. Faith is usually considered a private matter (though it certainly plays a sizable role in the American public sphere as well, particularly amongst politicians who are keen to show an allegiance to it).

5. Soccer

First of all: We call it "soccer", not football. Americans are proud of their homegrown sports like baseball and
American football, and professional soccer is relatively unpopular. We prefer our sporting events to be saturated with American patriotism(n. 爱国主义;爱国精神) and plenty of game-day snacks. If you want to talk soccer with a stubborn American sports fan, be prepared to start with the basics—and to encounter a whole lot of resistance to the world's favorite sport.
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【作业】
1. 翻译第三段【】括号内句子

2. 你还知道哪些老美禁忌话题


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