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Red trousers a turn-off for nearly half of Britons
近半數英國人 討厭穿紅褲子的「紈褲子弟」

A man is pictured in red trousers with shoes that have a Union Jack motif on a sunny day in Vienna, Austria on April 21.
這張四月二十一日攝於奧地利維也納晴天的照片,呈現一名身穿紅褲與米字旗圖樣鞋子的男子。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Britain’s class-conscious public have voiced their dislike of men in red trousers, associating them with elitism and garish buffoonery, according to a recent survey.

Just under half the respondents (46 percent) to a survey released by market research firm YouGov said they do not like men in red trousers.

“Gentlemen be warned. Wearing red trousers will not win you many admirers,” YouGov said in an article about the sartorial study on their Web site.

Words such as “idiot,” “odd” and “clown” sprang to the minds of respondents when confronted with the sight of a man sporting red trousers, YouGov said.

British Esquire magazine’s Senior Fashion Editor Gareth Scourfield said that although continental men in France and Italy have been getting away with colourful clothes for years, Britons tended to be more reserved. “I think the problem is it has a connotation as a rich man’s casual wear,” he said.

Class-ridden connotations for RTs, as they are known to aficionados, are hard to shake off in a country where privileged people are often mocked as “toffs.”

(Reuters)

根據最近的一項調查顯示,對階級向來敏感的英國民眾表示厭惡男性穿著紅褲子,並把紅褲子與菁英主義和浮誇的滑稽行為聯想在一起。

在市場調查公司YouGov公布的調查結果中,有近半數(百分之四十六)的受訪者表示不喜歡穿紅褲子的男性。

YouGov在其網站上一篇有關男性服裝研究的文章裡寫道:「紳士們小心了。穿紅褲子可不會替你贏來許多愛慕者。」

YouGov表示,看到穿著紅褲的男子時,受訪者的腦袋裡會浮現「白痴」、「古怪」和「小丑」等字眼。

英國版《君子》雜誌資深時尚主編史考爾菲德說,雖然多年來法國和義大利等歐陸國家男性穿著色彩鮮艷的服裝都未曾遭受責難,英國人的態度則偏向保守。他說:「我想問題在於它會讓人聯想到有錢人的休閒服。」

被死忠愛好者稱為RT的紅褲子,在這個權貴人士常被譏諷為「有錢公子哥」的國家,恐怕很難擺脫其隱含的階級意涵。

(路透/翻譯:俞智敏)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. elitism n.

菁英主義 (jing1 ying1 zhu3 yi4)

例: It became difficult to promote excellence without being accused of elitism.

(提倡追求傑出難免被指責為宣揚菁英主義。)

2. buffoonery n.

浮誇滑稽行為 (fu2 kua1 gu3 ji1 xing2 wei2)

例: The film is full of wordplay and buffoonery.

(這部片充斥著語言遊戲和搞笑橋段。)

3. sartorial adj.

男性服裝的;縫紉有關的 (nan2 xing4 fu2 zhuang1 de5; feng2 ren4 you3 guan1 de5)

例: They accused him of having poor sartorial taste.

(他們指控他的服裝品味不佳。)


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