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Micky Mouse Outfit? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2007-4-21 18:47:10 |Display all floors
一下是字面含义:
Outfit
Informal An association of persons, especially a military unit or a business organization.

Micky Mouse
not important or not good compared with other things of the same type.

后面是意译:
http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=105282

There is a lot of speculation, and even some informed-sounding
statements, on the Internet as to the origin of "Mickey Mouse" as a
derogative adjective.  Some think that it relates to the poor quality
of Mickey Mouse watches.  Another source traces it to American college
students of the late 1950s, who would describe an easy course as "a
Mickey Mouse course." Yet another goes back to World War II, where
soldiers apparently referred to absurd army routine as "mickey mouse".


"Expressions and Sayings: M"
Scorpio Tales
http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/sayingsm.htm

"Reflects Life"
Jeff Rice, Networked Writing Environment, University of Florida
http://web.nwe.ufl.edu/~jrice/1784/jwillis/life.html

"M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-A", by Ellie Badesch (1999)
Tomarken.com
http://www.tomarken.com/content/ ... 2/mickeymousa.shtml

But the true origin seems to be in the jazz world.  According to the
Online Etymology Dictionary (a source that I've found trustworthy in
the past):

"Mickey mouse (adj.) 'small and worthless' is from 1936, originally
used especially of mediocre dance-band music, a put-down based on the
type of tunes played as background in cartoon films ...."

"ETYMOLOGY Mi-Mn"
Online Etymology Dictionary
http://www.geocities.com/etymonline/m4etym.htm

For other references to this use, see:

"Jazz Glossary"
Michael Borshuk, Department of English, University of Alberta
http://www.ualberta.ca/~mborshuk/gloss.htm

"Swing Era and Modern Colloquialisms"
Big Bands Database Plus
http://64.33.34.112/.WWW/slang.html

This use came less than a decade after Mickey Mouse was created!

- justaskscott-ga

从上面来看Micky Mouse Outfit是一个军队中常用语

[ Last edited by hly1234 at 2007-4-21 06:52 PM ]

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Post time 2007-4-22 01:48:21 |Display all floors

Good research, hly

Originally posted by hly1234 at 2007-4-21 05:47 AM
Another source traces it to American college students of the late 1950s, who would describe an easy course as "a Mickey Mouse course."

This one I know.  In fact I had taken some such courses myself.

Yet another goes back to World War II, where soldiers apparently referred to absurd army routine as "mickey mouse".

This one I don't.  Never been in a soldier's environment.

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Post time 2007-4-22 08:17:49 |Display all floors
Originally posted by adeley at 2007-4-21 16:26
还是JL看的仔细,原来小兵换了一顶米老鼠帽子。

别卖关子了JL,I am near-sighted, 什么都看不清楚!

just in cse you miss the American joke:
the private said that he is sick of being in a thrid class troop (mikey mouse outfit).
the sarge threathened to put him to clean the floor with a tooth brush.
now the private Wore a mikey mouse hat (outfit) and clean the floor with a tooth brush.
the general said: now what is your next move?
This is a typical American stuff. You guys won't have that in China.

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Post time 2007-4-22 10:22:58 |Display all floors

Now what?

图2中走过的是首长,不是图1中向小兵下令的班长。

首长走过,看见小兵戴着米老鼠帽子用牙刷擦地板,当然一头雾水(because he did not know what happened in the first frame),所以说:怎么回事呀?搞什么鬼呀?这家伙在干啥呀?

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Post time 2007-4-23 09:21:51 |Display all floors
Edchan said: the general said: now what is your next move?

Now what---你还想怎么样?

现在已有三个版本对Now what 的解释了,which one is the best?
我能做什么?

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