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八卦:你可能不知道的蜜月来历

2015-07-09    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

八卦:你可能不知道的蜜月来历

Surprisingly, the honeymoon has been around a lot longer than the ceremony of marriage. In some ancient societies, if a man wanted a woman to be his only love, he would secretly take her from her family's house. The couple would then hide until the family of the woman ceased searching for her. Usually, this took about a month, or one moon cycle. This is where the "moon" part of honeymoon comes from.
你可能想不到,蜜月存在的历史竟比婚礼还要久。在某些古代社会中,假如一名男子想要一位女子成为他的唯一挚爱,他会偷偷把她从家中带走。这对小两口会躲起来,直到女子家人停止找她为止。通常这会花上一个月的时间,或是称为一个月亮周期。这就是Honeymoon中moon的由来。
 
The "honey" part refers to mead, a drink that the couple would have while they were hiding. This water and honey mixture was left out in the sun for some time and had a wine-like taste. It was said that if the couple drank mead every day, they were guaranteed to have plenty of children.
Honey指的是蜂蜜酒,也就是小两口躲起来时会喝的饮料。这种水加蜂蜜的饮品会放在阳光下一段时间,尝起来带有酒味。据说小两口如果每天喝蜂蜜酒,就保证会生很多小孩。
 
In modern times, the honeymoon is right after a wedding. Its purpose is to let a couple spend time alone and relax after the chaotic process of getting married. These vacations usually involve romantic beaches or remote islands. Honeymoons are no longer about hiding out from families. Instead, a wonderful honeymoon is one of the best wedding gifts a family can give a newly married couple.
时到现今,蜜月就紧接在婚礼之后。其目的是为了让夫妻有时间单独相处,并且在忙乱的结婚过程后好好放松一下。这些假期通常与浪漫的海滩或遥远的岛屿有关。蜜月不再需要躲避家人。一趟美妙的蜜月反倒是家人能送给新人最好的结婚礼物。

1.surprisingly adv. 出人意料地
Surprisingly, Dad came home early tonight.
爸爸今晚出乎意料的很早就回家。

2. ancient a. 古老的;古代的
Ancient people used rocks to make tools.
古代人用石头做成工具。

3. cease vt. 停止,结束
When will the two countries cease fire?
这两个国家何时会休兵?

4. guarantee vt. 保证
I guarantee that you will like this magazine.
我包准你会喜欢这本杂志。

5. remote a. 遥远的
My grandmother lives in a remote town.
我外婆住在一个遥远的城镇里。

Phrases for Learning
plenty of...  许多……
I have plenty of time to chat this afternoon.
我今天下午有很多时间可以聊天。

参考字词
1. honeymoon n. 蜜月
2. cycle n. 周期;循环
3. mead n. 蜂蜜酒
4. mixture n. 混合液,混合料
5. chaotic a. 混乱的



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