【英音召集】Hello Kitty其实不是猫

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发表于:2014-10-18 13:28 [只看楼主] [划词开启]


Hello Kitty可以说是现代文化中最容易一眼就认出的卡通形象。她是没有嘴巴的微笑的蒙娜·丽莎。就在今年Hello Kitty迎来了自己40岁的生日。不过你可知道Hello Kitty其实不是猫?

 As preparations are made for the roll-out of Hello Kitty's 40th birthday festivities in Los Angeles, the company that makes the beloved mouthless feline1 wants to set the record straight:
 
Hello Kitty is not a cat at all, says Sanrio.
 
She's a real human little girl who lives outside of London, has a twin sister and a cat of her own and will forever be in third grade.
 
It's part of Hello Kitty's origin story that most of the world never glommed onto as the Japanese character steadily2 won over hearts and minds across the globe beginning in the early 1970s.
 
And it's finally been dug up with the help of anthropologist3 Christine R. Yano, who's putting together the Hello Kitty retrospective in Los Angeles to honor the character's 40th anniversary.
 
The truth came out as Sanrio edited Yano's script for the retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum.
 
'I was corrected -- very firmly,' Yano told the LA Times. 'That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl.
 
'She is not a cat. She's never depicted4 on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty.'
 
As it turns out, Hello Kitty has an entire backstory created at a time when Japanese women romanticized life in England.
 
'She has a twin sister,' Yano continued.. 'She's a perpetual third-grader. She lives outside of London. I could go on.'
 
Why Sanrio chose to portray5 the little girl as a cat with no mouth, Yano did not say.
 
Instead of pondering Hello Kitty imponderables, it may be best to concentrate on the character'saccomplishments6.
 
Besides reaching the ripe age of 40 without so much as a wrinkle, Hello Kitty recently made her first trek7 to outer space.
 
A 4-cm (1.6-inch) tall Hello Kitty figure is aboard the Hodoyoshi-3 satellite, looking through a window at Earth, Sanrio announced this week.
 
The satellite, which is about the size of a large rubbish bin8, was developed by Japanese researchers as part of a $40 million program funded by the education and science ministry9.
 
Hello Kitty's retrospective opens October 11 and will remain on view through April 2015.
 
The inaugural10 Hello Kitty Convention will also be held in Los Angeles from October 30 through November 2.




1 feline nkdxi     
adj.猫科的
参考例句:
  • As a result,humans have learned to respect feline independence.结果是人们已经学会尊重猫的独立性。
  • The awakening was almost feline in its stealthiness.这种醒觉,简直和猫的脚步一样地轻悄。
2 steadily Qukw6     
adv.稳定地;不变地;持续地
参考例句:
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
3 anthropologist YzgzPk     
n.人类学家,人类学者
参考例句:
  • The lecturer is an anthropologist.这位讲师是人类学家。
  • The anthropologist unearthed the skull of an ancient human at the site.人类学家在这个遗址挖掘出那块古人类的颅骨。
4 depicted f657dbe7a96d326c889c083bf5fcaf24     
描绘,描画( depict的过去式和过去分词 ); 描述
参考例句:
  • Other animals were depicted on the periphery of the group. 其他动物在群像的外围加以修饰。
  • They depicted the thrilling situation to us in great detail. 他们向我们详细地描述了那激动人心的场面。
5 portray mPLxy     
v.描写,描述;画(人物、景象等)
参考例句:
  • It is difficult to portray feelings in words.感情很难用言语来描写。
  • Can you portray the best and worst aspects of this job?您能描述一下这份工作最好与最坏的方面吗?
6 accomplishments 1c15077db46e4d6425b6f78720939d54     
n.造诣;完成( accomplishment的名词复数 );技能;成绩;成就
参考例句:
  • It was one of the President's greatest accomplishments. 那是总统最伟大的成就之一。
  • Among her accomplishments were sewing,cooking,playing the piano and dancing. 她的才能包括缝纫、烹调、弹钢琴和跳舞。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
7 trek 9m8wi     
vi.作长途艰辛的旅行;n.长途艰苦的旅行
参考例句:
  • We often go pony-trek in the summer.夏季我们经常骑马旅行。
  • It took us the whole day to trek across the rocky terrain.我们花了一整天的时间艰难地穿过那片遍布岩石的地带。
8 bin yR2yz     
n.箱柜;vt.放入箱内;[计算机] DOS文件名:二进制目标文件
参考例句:
  • He emptied several bags of rice into a bin.他把几袋米倒进大箱里。
  • He threw the empty bottles in the bin.他把空瓶子扔进垃圾箱。
9 ministry kD5x2     
n.(政府的)部;牧师
参考例句:
  • They sent a deputation to the ministry to complain.他们派了一个代表团到部里投诉。
  • We probed the Air Ministry statements.我们调查了空军部的记录。
10 inaugural 7cRzQ     
adj.就职的;n.就职典礼
参考例句:
  • We listened to the President's inaugural speech on the radio yesterday.昨天我们通过无线电听了总统的就职演说。
  • Professor Pearson gave the inaugural lecture in the new lecture theatre.皮尔逊教授在新的阶梯讲堂发表了启用演说。

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