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Escaped Peacock Picks Perilous Perch
Edited by Banh Thi Uyen Uyen - Friday, Aug 12, 2011
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(Reuters) – Why did the peacock cross the road? It isn't quite clear why this particular bird wandered away from its Central Park Zoo home and settled just across the street on the ledge of a posh 5th Avenue building. And even though zoo staff didn't have to travel far to retrieve the errant peacock, the bird took the initiative and came home to roost at sunrise the next day.

1. wander /ˈwɒndə(r)/ (v) ~ away / off to move away from the place where you ought to be or the people you are with: đi chệch đường, lạc đường

  • to wander from the path: đi lầm đường
  • to wander off and get lost: đi lạc đường và mất hút
  • Don't wander from the subject, stick to the point.
    Đừng có lạc chủ đề; hãy đi vào trọng tậm. (nghĩa bóng)

2. errant /ˈerənt/ (adj) doing something that is wrong; not behaving in an acceptable way: làm sai, cư xử không đứng đắn

  • to retrieve the errant peacock: tìm lại con công dở hơi
  • errant thoughts about life: những suy nghĩ sai lệch về cuộc sống

     Usage notes: Chữ errant là một từ vựng thú vị vì 4 lý do:

  • Khi là tính từ thì errant chỉ đứng trước danh từ, không đứng một mình.
  • Dùng cho tình huống trang trọng đến mức cổ xưa.
    Ex: an errant wife: một người vợ cắm sừng chồng
  • Dùng cho tình huống đùa giỡn, hài hước.
    Ex: It's an errant person. Người dở hơi đó mà!
  • Khi là bổ từ, errant có nghĩa lang bạt kỳ hồ, giang hồ
    Ex: a knight errant: một hiệp sĩ giang hồ
    Số nhiều là knight
    s errant
    Ngoài ta có thể dùng errant youngsters để chỉ đám giang hồ choai choai.

3. initiative /ɪˈnɪʃətɪv/ (n) the power or opportunity to act and gain an advantage before other people do: thế chủ động, làm trước người khác

  • to take the initiative: dẫn đầu, làm đầu tàu
  • to act on his own initiative: hành động theo sự chủ động của ông ấy
  • The initiative has passed to us.
    Thế chủ động thuộc về ta.

4. roost /ruːst/ (v)  (of birds) to rest or go to sleep somewhere: đậu để ngủ

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