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Take off that tie to save energy, Chilean men told
智利推廣男人拿掉領帶省能源

A man wearing a shirt and tie is seen in a paddy field in Greater Taichung.
一名穿襯衫打領帶的男子在台中一處田裡。

Photo: Chang Hsuan-che, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者張軒哲

Chile’s government wants men in the South American country to take off their ties to help fight global warming, hoping the campaign will save on air conditioning as summer starts in the southern hemisphere.

“Let’s all take our ties off this summer to save energy,” Economy Minister Pablo Longueira says in television spots airing around the country.

In the commercial, he undoes the knot of his pink and white tie and whips it off with gusto, unbuttoning the top of his shirt and smiling. A tie-less energy minister and other senior government officials also appear in the TV spot.

Mornings and evenings are still cool in Chile’s capital Santiago but the midday sun has already become quite strong and will remain so until fall begins in March.

While many men welcome the idea of a tie-less summer, others are put off, saying that serious people need to dress the part.

(Reuters)

智利政府要求這個南美洲國家的男性拿掉他們的領帶,以協助對抗全球暖化,並希望隨著南半球進入夏季,此一運動能有助於少開冷氣。

「讓我們今夏都拿掉領帶節省能源,」經濟部長帕羅‧龍格拉在向全國播放的電視插播廣告中說。

在這段廣告中,他解開他粉紅與白色的領帶的結,帥氣地將之扯掉,然後解開襯衫上面的扣子,面帶微笑。沒打領帶的能源部長與其他高階政府官員,也出現在該電視插播廣告中。

智利首都聖地牙哥早晚依然偏涼,但正午豔陽已經變得很強,情況將一直如此,直到三月份進入秋天。

雖然不少男性歡迎無領帶之夏的構想,但也有人敬謝不敏,指稱嚴肅的人的服裝少不了領帶。

(路透/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. take off v. phr.

脫掉 (tuo1 diao4)

例: Please take off your coat.

(請脫掉外套。)

2. hemisphere n.

半球 (ban4 qiu2)

例: Have you ever been to a city in the southern hemisphere?

(你去過南半球的城市嗎?)

3. put off v. phr.

敬謝不敏 (jing4 xie4 bu4 min3)

例: Almost drowning put him off swimming.

(差點溺斃令他對游泳敬謝不敏。)


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