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Some irked by town’s ‘redneck’ theme for parade
「鄉巴佬」遊行主題令部份鎮民不悅

People participate in an Independence Day parade in Avondale Estates, Georgia in the US on July 4.
民眾七月四日參與美國喬治亞州埃文代爾莊園的獨立日遊行。

Photo: EPA
照片:歐新社

You might be a redneck if you do not object to a rural upstate New York town’s theme for its annual Fourth of July parade.

Some people around Salem, however, are not amused by parade organizers’ decision to go with “Redneck Summer” for this year’s theme.

The volunteer fire department stages the annual holiday parade in Salem, a farming community located on the Vermont border 40 miles (64km) northeast of Albany.

One organizer tells the Post-Star of Glens Falls that the number of groups participating had decreased, so they decided on the redneck theme to “spice it up a little bit.”

A few people have objected, including Mary Greene. She calls the theme “disturbing” and says redneck does not have a good connotation.

(AP)

倘若你不反對紐約州北部某個鄉下小鎮的年度七月四日遊行主題,你大概就是個鄉巴佬。

撒冷鎮的遊行主辦單位決定以「鄉巴佬之夏」為今年的主題,但某些鎮民並不覺得這很有趣。

撒冷鎮是一個位於紐約州首府奧爾巴尼東北方四十英里(六十四公里)、與佛蒙特州交界處的農業社區,今年的年度假日遊行主辦單位是義勇消防隊。

一名主辦人員告訴《葛林斯瀑布郵星報》,由於參加遊行的團體數量減少,所以他們決定以鄉巴佬主題「增添一點趣味」。

但有少數人持反對意見,包括瑪莉.葛林。她認為這個主題「讓人不舒服」,還說紅脖子有不好的弦外之音。

(美聯社/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. object to v. phr.

反對 (fan3 dui4)

例: The lawyer objected to the testimony of the witness.

(律師對證人的證詞提出反對。)

2. amused adj.

被逗樂的 (bei4 dou4 le4 de5)

例: She amused her guests with an interesting anecdote during dinner.

(她在晚餐時講軼事逗樂其貴賓。)

3. disturbing adj.

令人不安的;使人震驚的 (ling4 ren2 bu4 an1 de5; shi3 ren2 zhen4 jing1 de5)

例: They received disturbing news that their grandfather was murdered in the park last night.

(他們得知爺爺昨晚在公園被謀殺的驚人消息。)


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