[ 2007-02-05 19:01 ]
Eh? Marriage? Well, this is kind of sudden. There may be some legal issues here.
Look, I like you, but not as a spouse. Maybe as a servant, we could stay
together, make it work.
6. Drop out
Withdraw from participation in a group such as a school, club, or game; also,
withdraw from society owing to disillusionment. 例如：
He couldn't afford the
membership dues and had to drop out.
better house-train your pet cat.
8. No great shakes
在口语中意思是"of no particular ability; unimportant; common"，例如：As opera companies
go, this one is no great shakes.
Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis,
featuring the cat Garfield, the pet dog Odie, and their socially inept owner Jon
Arbuckle. As of 2006, it is syndicated in roughly 2,570 newspapers and journals
and it currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's most
widely syndicated comic strip. The popularity of the strip has led to an
animated cartoon show, several animated television specials and two
feature-length live-action films, as well as a large amount of Garfield-related
Garfield debuted on June 19, 1978, which fans (as well as the characters)
consider Garfield's birthday. The strip pokes fun at pet owners and their
relationship with their pets, often portraying the pet as the true master of the
home. Garfield also struggles with human problems, such as diets, loathing of
Mondays, apathy, boredom, and so on. Garfield is able to understand anything
that Jon or other humans say. He supposedly cannot talk back, but often Jon
seems to be able to tell what he is saying just from his expression or gestures which are much like those of a human.
However, Garfield is able to talk in "thinking" to Odie and the other animals.
Odie understands what Garfield says to him, but in general cannot communicate
back to Garfield except by barking because he is the only character that doesn't
seem to have any normal way of communicating. Although, Odie did have two
thought bubbles with words in the strip. In an earlier strip, Odie is shown
poking his previous owner (Lyman) and it is written in his thought bubble "I'm
hungry." In a second strip, Odie is on the fence in the alley with Garfield and
it is written in his thought bubble "O sole mio." Most of the other animals
(Arlene, Nermal, mice, and the other dogs) are capable of a two-way conversation
with Garfield. Garfield, apparently, is able to type, and he has written
messages that Jon has read and understood (typically letters to Santa Claus);
however, this happens very rarely. He is also apparently able to tell time
(although this, as well, has often been the subject of controversy because he
repeatedly states than he can't).
Learning from the indifference his previous comic strip
creation Gnorm Gnat met with, Jim Davis has made a conscious effort to include all readers
in Garfield; keeping the jokes broad and the humor general and applicable to everyone. As
a result the strip typically avoids the social or political commentary present in
some of Garfield's contemporaries, such as Boondocks, Doonesbury, Dilbert, and Cathy. Although
a couple of strips in 1978 addressed inflation and, arguably, organized labor,
as well as Jon frequently smoking a pipe or subscribing to a "bachelor
magazine," these elements were ultimately pruned from the product with the intent of
maintaining a more universal appeal.