arrack9 發問時間: 社會與文化語言 · 1 0 年前

canary in the coal mine..

請問canary in the coal mine這句話是俚語嗎???是什麼意思…



可以在問一下什麼是cod fishing???這句話也是俚語嗎???

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  • Sigma
    Lv 7
    1 0 年前

    canary in the coal mine?

    Life for an actual canary in a coal mine could be described in three words - short but meaningful. Early coal mines did not feature ventilation systems, so miners would routinely bring a caged canary into new coal seams. Canaries are especially sensitive to methane and carbon monoxide, which made them ideal for detecting any dangerous gas build-ups. As long as the canary in a coal mine kept singing, the miners knew their air supply was safe. A dead canary in a coal mine signalled an immediate evacuation.

    Today, living like a canary in a coal mine often refers to serving as a warning to others. In another sense, many business and political analysts use the term canary in a coal mine to describe a harbinger of the future. A melting glacier in Alaska, for example, may be described as a canary in a coal mine for global warming.

    2008-10-19 18:29:47 補充:

    簡單的說, canary in the coal mine就是事先知道危險而提出警告者

    2008-10-19 18:30:51 補充:

    更簡單翻譯可以說是: 危險訊號或危險指標

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