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BBC随身英语MP3:胡须展现你的个性?

2015-05-04    来源:BBC英伦网    【      普特网校:美国外教1对1

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What does your beard say about you?
你的胡须展现了你的个性吗?

【BBC听力文稿】

I have a problem. I'm trying to grow a beard but I'm not sure if it suits me! This hairy attachment to men's faces has been very fashionable in the UK for a while. But now mine is finally sprouting, I wonder if I have missed the boat.

Perhaps this is not such a bad thing. A new scientific study suggests that the more beards there are in a population, the less attractive they become. If this is true, it would give clean-shaven men a competitive advantage.

We've currently reached a peak in beard popularity in the UK and men might soon be reaching for their razors to give themselves a clean-cut look. But beards have gone in and out of fashion over hundreds of years. Think of the famous 19th century British naturalist Charles Darwin who had a big bushy beard. Or from the world of literature, Charles Dickens, who sported a very flamboyant beard.

But why have men through the ages grown such defined whiskers? Lucinda Hawksley, writer of Moustaches, Whiskers and Beards thinks that that "the most heavily bearded times in Britain are either when women are in power, such as Elizabeth I or Queen Victoria, or when there's a big discussion of feminism ... you get a woman on the throne and men go, 'Oh, got to have a beard' ".

Perhaps that's true, but I don't think my attempt to grow a beard is a display of testosterone in reaction to powerful women - it's probably just laziness. Of course there are good reasons to cultivate a good beard - special campaigns like 'Movember' and 'Decembeard' invite men to get hairy for charity in certain months of the year.

I'm not a pogonophile - someone who loves beards. And as I've only managed to grow some stubble so far, I think I will visit the barber to get my facial hair removed. But now I'm thinking about a moustache instead. What do you think?

重点解析 Key Phrases/Words

hairy 多毛的

to sprout(毛发)生长、长出

miss the boat 错失良机

clean-shaven 胡子刮干净的

competitive advantage 竞争优势

razor 剃须刀

clean-cut(外表)干净整洁的

bushy(毛发)浓密的

to sport(动词)留,穿戴

flamboyant 夸张的

whiskers 胡须

testosterone 睾丸素

cultivate(原意)培养,(此处指)留(胡子)

pogonophile 一个喜爱胡子的人

stubble 胡子茬

barber(为男性理发的)理发师

moustache 八字胡

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