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Quit (Something) Cold Turkey 

⚡冷火鸡是什么⚡

不知道小伙伴们有没有听过加拿大人说这样一句话:"I'm going to quit smoking/alcohol cold turkey! " 大家第一次听到的时候是不是一脸懵呢?

加拿大人用这样一句摸不着头脑的俚语来表示他们打算戒烟戒酒戒黄赌毒的决心。这句俚语的字面意思是“宝宝要用冷火鸡来戒掉我的坏习惯!”(听起怪别扭的😂)。其实更准确地含义是,“我要不借助任何外界帮助来改掉我的坏习惯!”

啥也不说了,先上一个例句!

“Tim has been drinking soda for years, but he wanted to cut down the amount of sugar in his diet, so he quit soda cold turkey, and started drinking more water instead.”

我们的Tim小哥发现自己喝了多年的汽水,而自己的啤酒肚日益见长(都怪加拿大高糖的饮食习惯!),他下定了决心要减糖分,戒掉喝汽水的坏习惯,于是我们就可以说他 quit soda cold turkey

严肃的来说,quit (something) cold turkey是指一种很痛苦的自我戒除方式。就像戒烟不用尼古丁贴,戒毒不去戒毒所一样。其中隐喻了自己的戒除方式可能会给自己带来一些难受的断除症状。

但大家都知道加拿大人的笑点实在是太低了,所以冷火鸡的梗他们现在用的越来越随意了。二话不说,再来一个例句!

"I was addicted to dating apps, so I quit cold turkey." 

这句话是说 “我对约会软件太上瘾了,所以我下决心戒掉它!” 就连戒掉一个手机app都要说得痛苦万分,这真是没sei了。

 

⚡冷火鸡的起源⚡

那这个梗是从何而来的呢?历史上有很多种说法。最有说服力的说法在这里:1921年,英属哥伦比亚(British Columbia)日报上登了一篇报道,说的是一个戒毒医生的戒除方式,The Cold Turkey Treatment:

"Perhaps the most pitiful figures who have appeared before Dr. Carleton Simon ... are those who voluntarily surrender themselves. When they go before him, that are given what is called the 'cold turkey' treatment."

其实呀,这位医生用的是无帮助戒除法,就是让病人自己忍着、憋着,直到自己的瘾完全消失。在这过程中,病人会产生可怕的断除症状,比如大片大片的鸡皮疙瘩(goose pimples/goosebumps)或者浑身冒冷汗(the cold burn)。而医学上就把这样的症状戏称为“冷火鸡”,用来形容戒断病人的状态就像火鸡刚从冰箱里拿出来,皮肤冰冷,毛孔张开,粘湿滑腻的状态一样。

另一种同样很广为人知的说法呢,是说冷火鸡这道菜呀,是每个北美家庭主妇都必学必会的快手菜,熟的冻火鸡拿出来片成片就能上桌了,不需要任何准备时间。用这个比喻来形容,在没有任何前提和准备的情况下,戒除某种坏习惯。

但这个说法也受到了很多学者(尤其是美食家)的质疑,有那么多美味又好吃的快手菜,为啥非要选冷火鸡呢?(小编认为此说法太敷衍了,编出来的人那一定是没吃过我国大江南北的美味快手菜!)

 

 

⚡例句时间⚡

那么最后呢,我们再来看几个例句:

  1. Due to recent health problems, he quit smoking cold turkey.
  2. I tried lots of ways to stop drinking, even cold turkey.
  3. He had been trying to quit smoking since a year but couldn’t, so he decided to go cold turkey.
  4. When drug addicts go cold turkey they experience a period of extreme suffering.
  5. He went cold turkey on his drinking habit two years ago and hasn’t had a drink since.
  6. If you are unable to control your habit, consider going cold turkey.
  7. To cure his addiction to video games, he decided to go cold turkey and gave his entire collection away.
  8. The experts quit cold turkey, leaving the part-timers to finish the job.
  9. He had been addicted to dating apps lately, so he decided to go cold turkey and deleted all of them.
  10. If all other attempts at quitting fails, you should go cold turkey.

怎么样,现在你会用quit cold turkey了吗?


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