英語部落格: A Poem for Computer Users Over 40
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2005/11/23
A Poem for Computer Users Over 40
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作者: viceversa (5:24 pm)
I like this, wishing it also makes your lips a lovely arc form .....



A Poem for Computer Users Over 40
給年逾不惑電腦使用者的詩


Author: Unknown
Annotated and translated by Wuyen Ni & Grace Hsu



A computer was something on TV
From a science fiction1 show of note2
A window was something you hated to clean
And ram3 was the cousin of a goat4.
Meg was the name of my girlfriend
And gig5 was a job for the nights
Now they all mean different things
And that really mega bytes6.

An application7 was for employment
A program8 was a TV show
A cursor9 used profanity10
A keyboard11 was a piano.

Memory12 was something that you lost with age
A CD13 was a bank account
And if you had a 3-inch floppy14
You hoped nobody found out.

Compress15 was something you did to the garbage16
Not something you did to a file
And if you unzipped17 anything in public18
You'd be in jail19 for a while.

Log on20 was adding wood to the fire
Hard drive21 was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad22 was where a mouse lived
And a backup23 happened to your commode24.

Cut25 you did with a pocketknife26
Paste27 you did with glue28
A web29 was a spider's home
And a virus30 is the flu31.

I'll stick to32 my pad33 and paper
And the memory in my head
No one's been killed in a computer crash34
But it makes their face turn red35!




Reading Guide
這首詩使用不少雙關語 (pun),例如第二行中題到的 window 表面指的是一般的窗戶,也令人想到微軟公司的「視窗」作業系統。其餘的雙關語可以參考有兩種定義的單字的註解。其中還有一對「準」雙關語的單字:第五行的 Meg 是女子的名字,但加上字母 a 即是與記憶體單位相關的 mega,第六行的 gig 原意是演奏會,但加上字母 a 即是與記憶體單位相關的 giga。另外這首詩也巧妙運用同音字 (homonym),例如第八行的 byte 與 bite 同音,第十一行的 cursor 與 curser 同音。讀者可以試著將同音字替換一下,看看文意是否可以得到合理的解釋。在讀完本文以後,你是否能體會隨著電腦的來臨,不但生活科技有了進步,就連語言也受到影響。不然,為什麼過去的一些用字(詞),現在都成了電腦術語了呢?




Mini-dictionary
1. science fiction (n phr) stories about imaginary worlds or imaginary scientific developments 科幻小說;= sci-fi
2. of note (adj phr) of fame or importance 著名的
3. ram 1. (n) a fully grown male sheep 公羊;
2. RAM: (acr) a computer memory holding information that is needed by the computer for limited period, and that can be searched in any order one likes 隨機存取記憶體;= Random-Access Memory
4. goat (n) an animal with a beard and horns which gives milk and a rough wool 山羊
5. gig (n) a performance of popular music or jazz 演奏會
6. byte (n) a unit of computer information 二進位位元組
(同音字) bite: (v) cut, crush or seize something with teeth 咬
7. application 1. (n) a formal written request for something 申請;
2. a piece of software designed to carryout a particular task 應用程式軟體
8. program 1. (n) a show or performance which is broadcast on television or radio 電視或廣播節目
2. the instructions which a computer follows to perform an operation 電腦程式
9. cursor (n) a mark or small light which can be moved around a computer screen to show where you are working 電腦螢幕上的游標
(同音字) curser: (n) someone who swears 說髒話的人;詛咒的人
10. profanity (n) rude words, or religious words used wrongly 髒話;粗話
11. keyboard 1. (n) an electronic musical instrument like a small piano 鍵盤樂器
2. a row or several rows of keys on a computer 電腦的輸入鍵盤
12. memory 1. (n) one's ability to remember events and experience 記性
2. the part of a computer in which the information is stored 電腦的記憶體
13. CD 1. (n) a type of record with very high quality sound played on a special machine 雷射唱片
2. (acr) = certified deposit 一種銀行定期存款
14. floppy (n) a specially treated piece of plastic on which information for a computer is stored 電腦磁碟片
15. compress 1. (v) force a substance into a smaller space 壓縮
2. make a computer file less of its normal size again in order to take up less space (電腦檔案的) 壓縮
16. garbage (n) things that have been thrown away because they are no longer needed 垃圾
17. unzip 1. (v) open the zipper on a piece of clothing 打開拉鍊;
2. make a computer file its normal size again in order to use it, after it has been made to take up less space (電腦檔案的) 解壓縮
18. in public (adv phr) in the presence of other people 公眾場合
19. jail (n) a prison 監獄
20. log on (v phr) enter a computer system by giving a special word or giving it a special command (電腦) 登入;
log: (n) a thick piece of wood from a tree ,此處將 log 借用為動詞,將 log on 做為「添加柴火」(add wood to the fire) 之意。
21. hard drive 1. (n phr) the part of a computer where information and programs are stored, consisting hard disks and the electronic equipment that reads what is stored on them 電腦硬碟機
2. a long trip on the road 長途旅行
22. mouse pad 1. (n phr) a thick piece of soft material on which one moves a computer mouse 滑鼠墊
2. a place where a mouse lives 老鼠窩
23. backup (n) something to be used as to provide support and help when it is needed 備份
24. commode (n) a piece of furniture with drawers or shelves 櫥櫃
25. cut 1. (v) use a knife, scissors etc. to divide something into two or more pieces 切;割
2. remove a block of words or pictures on a computer screen 刪除文字區塊或圖片
26. pocketknife (n) a small knife with one or more blades that fold into the handle 可摺疊式小刀
27. paste 1. (v) to put glue or paste on something and stick it to another thing 黏貼
2. to make words appear on a computer screen 貼上文字區塊或圖片
28. glue (n) a sticky substance used for joining things together 膠水;黏膠
29. web 1. (n) a net of thin threads made by a spider to catch other insects 蜘蛛網
2. the Web: the system on the Internet that allows one to find and use information that is held on computers all over the world 電腦網路系統
30. virus 1. (n) a very small living thing that causes infectious illnesses 濾過性病毒
2. a set of instructions secretly put into a computer or computer program, that can destroy information stored there and possibly the equipment itself 電腦病毒
31. flu (n) a disease which is like a bad cold but more serous 流行性感冒
32. stick to (v phr) continue to behave according to a decision, plan or agreement 堅持原來的決定、計畫、或約定
33. pad (n) a number of sheets of paper fastened together 拍紙簿
34. crash 1. (n) a violent accident involving vehicles 車禍;墜機
2. computer crash: (n phr) an occasion when a computer or computer system suddenly stops working 電腦當機
35. make one's face turn red (v phr) make someone a angry or embarrassed 令人生氣或困窘





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