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Post time 2009-10-9 15:24:32 |Display all floors
"I'm 79 years old right now. And I don't think my life is going to change much. I don't even need a bigger boat."
华人科学家获得诺贝尔奖后,
问到怎么处理那些奖金,他做了如上回答。
那.“ I don't even need a bigger boat."什么深层意思呢?
是不是俗语?

THX.

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Post time 2009-10-9 19:57:05 |Display all floors

in my humble opinion

bigger boat maybe a euphemism here means the coffin he will rest himself after he dies according to the context . and what he wanna say is that he is way too old to spend those considerable prix and money is not that important to him.

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Post time 2009-10-9 21:58:53 |Display all floors
我想他的意思是,有些人得到一大笔意外之财,往往会把它花在奢侈品上,例如把小游艇换成大游艇,而他连这个意愿都没有。

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Post time 2009-10-9 22:16:40 |Display all floors

Reply #3 jl2315's post

有同感。原来的小船就很好,不必换成大游艇。有点知足常乐的意味

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Post time 2011-2-14 15:13:43 |Display all floors
有点倾向S的OPINION,
感觉获奖人很HUMOROUS.
谢谢大家

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Post time 2011-2-15 21:43:53 |Display all floors
现在我已经79岁了,而且我认为我的生活不会改变多少,我更不需要一个条大船了。

We're gonna need a bigger boat
Phrase originally used by well known actor Roy Scheider in the 1975 blockbuster 'Jaws'. He utters the line whenhe gets a good look at the size of the shark that is circling the samll fishing boat he is on.

Used in day to day life when a situation seems insurmountable.

比如中国的外汇储备多了,就不能光放到美元一个篮子里面了,这时候,就可以用 “需要一条大船”
in need of a bigger boat

ww w.economist.com/node/17257777

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