S 發問時間: 社會與文化語言 · 6 年前

arrested development(發展受阻)的台詞

請問這兩句對話的意思及笑點是什麼呢?非常感謝!

Lindsay: I have the afternoon free.

Lucille: Really? Did 'nothing' cancel?

http://www.tvfanatic.com/quotes/i-have-the-afterno...

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  • 6 年前
    最佳解答

    This is just playing with words and logic!

    "nothing" itself already means "no work (or appointment) scheduled", then why needs to "cancel"?

    (1)Lindsay has NO work or appointment in his schedule

    (2)Lucille didn't want to point it out directly, by using:

    Did "nothing" cancel?

    This is a teasing statement. If he has nothing to do (but he uses "I have this afternoon free"), then Lucille teases him with "Did nothing cancel?".

    This is like Taiwanese says:

    I found a comforter in my bed. (我在我的床找到了一條棉被)

    2014-06-12 13:19:06 補充:

    The two opinions above are better than my answer. Especially, they are all easier to understand.

  • 6 年前

    謝謝各位!另外,又有關於該劇的問題了,還煩請各位達人解惑!再次謝謝!

    https://tw.knowledge.yahoo.com/question/question?q...

  • 6 年前

    講到底就是 oxymoron (矛盾修辭法)

    如中文的「窮」得只剩下「錢」,強調是後者「錢」

    Lindsay: Oh, hi, Mom. I have the afternoon free.

    Lucille: Really? Did xxxx cancel?

    原本邏輯是「某事」取消了,所以Lindsay下午才有空

    但這個「某事」(xxxx) 卻是「沒事」(nothing)

    「nothing」跟「cancel」相互矛盾,強調的是前者「nothing」

    2014-06-12 18:13:58 補充:

    i found my answer harder to understand as the more i check it....

  • 6 年前

    Lindsay: 我今天下午有空

    Lucille: 真的? "英英美代子" 取消約會啦?

    意思就是 Lucille 消遣 Lindsay 本來就是閒閒沒事幹, 所以何必要說她今天下午有空? 她根本天天都很空嘛 !

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