Raul Castro spent the lion’s share of a prominent speech scolding his countrymen for all kinds of bad behavior — everything from corruption and theft to public urination and the odoriferous practice of raising pigs in cities.
Speaking before legislators at one of parliament’s twice-annual sessions, the Cuban president railed against decaying morals, a deteriorating sense of civic responsibility and vanishing values like honor, decency and decorum. Castro aired a laundry list of complaints about illegal activities that he said do the country harm — unauthorized home construction, illicit logging and slaughter of livestock and the acceptance of bribes, to name a few.
He also fulminated against baser examples of “social indiscipline” — shouting and swearing in the streets, public drinking and drunk driving, dumping trash on the roadside and even people who relieve themselves in parks.
At times, the 82-year-old’s speech sounded like a generational broadside against disrespectful youth who do as they please, a diatribe that could have crossed the lips of many a grandfather.
1. lion’s share idiom
最大的部分 (zui4 da4 de5 bu4 fen4)
例: I earn a lot, but the lion’s share goes for taxes.
2. laundry list n. phr.
冗長的細目清單 (rong3 chang2 de5 xi4 mu4 qing1 dan1)
例: She described a laundry list of goals for the city’s schools.
3. broadside n.
猛烈的口頭或文字抨擊；謾罵 (meng3 lie4 de5 kou3 tou2 huo4 wen2 zi4 peng1 ji2; man4 ma4)
例: He launched a broadside against the economic reforms.