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.
1. take off v. phr.
脫掉 (tuo1 diao4)
例: Please take off your coat.
2. hemisphere n.
半球 (ban4 qiu2)
例: Have you ever been to a city in the southern hemisphere?
3. put off v. phr.
敬謝不敏 (jing4 xie4 bu4 min3)
例: Almost drowning put him off swimming.