An American politician from the Democratic Party used a very interesting expression last week which I want to share with you. His name is Chuck Schumer. He is a US senator and the Senate leader of the Democrats in the US Congress. Schumer accused President Donald Trump of proposing tax cuts that would benefit the rich and hurt the poor. He used a scathing (very critical) quote to accuse Trump of wanting to hide details of the tax cuts bill (proposed law) by trying to rush it through the US Congress. This is what he said: “This bill is like a dead fish. The more it sits in the sun, the more it stinks”.
When I heard Schumer say this on an American TV news channel, I laughed. It was a very clever quote. He compared Trump’s controversial tax cuts bill to the sun shining on a dead fish. When the sun shines on a dead fish for a long time, the fish will start to stink more and more. To stink means to have a very bad smell. By using this scathing quote, Schumer meant the longer the details of Trump’s tax cuts bill are examined by the public, the clearer it will become that it is a bad bill. He used the brightness of the sun to say that if it shines on the bill, the details that Trump doesn’t want the public to see will be clearly seen and the public will know the bill stinks. The word “stink” used this way means “lousy” or “unacceptable”.
Schumer’s quote also made me think of salted fish drying in the sun. It made me wonder why when salted fish dries in the sun, it doesn’t stink. I like to eat salted fish, a traditional Cantonese food, but all my friends tell me I should not eat too much for health reasons. One of my favourite dishes is fried rice with salted fish and small pieces of chicken. I don’t eat it too often because I know it is unhealthy.
來自美國民主黨的一名政客，上星期用了一個非常有趣的習語，讓我跟大家分享一下。他的名字叫查克．舒默（見圖），是一名美國參議員，也是美國國會參議院民主黨領袖。舒默指責總統特朗普所建議的稅率減免，只會惠及富人而損害貧窮階層。他引用了一句很尖刻（scathing）的話，來指責特朗普匆匆要國會通過減稅議案（bill），是為了隱藏當中的細節。這是他所說的話：「This bill is like a dead fish. The more it sits in the sun, the more it stinks」。
Michael Chugani 褚簡寧