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[ 2014-04-23 16:23] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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dance on its grave请问 dance on its grave 的意思

Wired, Time, Harvard Business Review and other publications are falling over themselves to dance on its grave.此句如何翻译?

My comments:

To dance is to move your feet and swing your body to show that you’re very happy.

People don’t usually dance on someone’s grave, wherein their body’s been freshly buried (A sad occasion this is, to be sure). When they do, however, it means they must be very happy with this person’s death.

Hence, figuratively speaking, for Wired, Time, Havard Business Review and other publications to dance on “its” grave suggests that, unmistakably, all these publications are overjoyed with “its” demise, whatever “it” is.

“It”, as a matter of fact, here refers to big data, the idea that governments (and other organizations) can do a lot of good if they collect all data about you, me and everyone else.

Little wonder then, that at least some people are dancing on its grave.

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