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Going ballistic 勃然大怒

中国日报网 2023-09-19 17:11


Reader question:

Please explain this sentence: When she saw the video, she went ballistic.

My comments:

She didnt like what she saw.

Thats for sure.

She went ballistic. Literally, she took off like a ballistic missile.

A ballistic missile, of course, is a weapon that is sent through the air and that explodes when it hits its target. And when it does, it explodes, possibly killing many people and generally wreaking havoc.

Ballistic missiles are among the most devastating military weapons in use today.

In other words, theyre extremely dangerous.

Hence and therefore, metaphorically speaking, if someone goes ballistic over something, they become extremely angry, excited, mad, wild and out of control.

Move out of their way because, like a real ballistic missile, they are dangerous they may knock a coffee mug off the table or throw a chair or something like that.

Well, you get the picture.

And here are media examples of people who go ballistic in one way or another:

1. President Donald Trump has many prized possessions. But few seemed to inspire as much personal joy as his Twitter feed. Trump routinely boasted of the social media bullhorn he possessed. He credited it with launching his political trajectory. And he used it as a tool to lacerate his foes.

On Friday night, he lost it. And, then, he lost his mind.

The president is ballistic,a senior administration official said after Twitter permanently took down his account, citing the possibility that it would be used in the final 12 days of Trumps presidency to incite violence. The official said Trump was scrambling to figure out what his options are.

So too was much of the political universe, which has become bleary-eyed obsessive about Twitter these past four years as Trump used the medium to fire advisers, sink legislative initiatives, encourage social duress and, lastly, praise the scores of MAGA faithful, just days after hundreds of them violently ransacked the Capitol.

In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said hed been negotiating with various other siteswhile we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future.But aides did not reveal what plans were in the works.

- Trump went ballisticafter being tossed off Twitter, Politico.com, August 1, 2021.

2. A 10-year-old hockey player went ballistic and attacked two officials in the middle of a youth match in Russia.

Artemi Akshumov, a goaltender for the Ekaterinburg Youth Sports School team, punched one official and hit another with his stick during the shocking scenes that unfolded at a childrens tournament in Kurganovo, near Ekaterinburg.

A commentator can be heard laughing in the highlight clip below, and those laughs only become more pronounced as the youngsters violence gets replayed again and again.

According to Russia Today, it happened as Akshumov reacted negatively to being penalized.

One official slapped Akshumov with a penalty for tripping, and the player protested by whacking the frame of the goal with his stick.

His frustrations only escalated from there as he appeared to attack an opponent, punched one official, and then hit another over the head with his stick. Akshumovs team was trailing heavily by a 10-1 score at the time.

The incident may have gone unnoticed but the former KHL player Nikita Shchitov, 38, amplified it by posting a video on his Telegram channel.

- A 10-year-old hockey player went ballistic and attacked 2 officials in the middle of a match in Russia, Insider.com, May 27, 2022.

3. John Lennon thought Paul McCartney was being too much of a perfectionist on a song. Heres how he reacted to his bandmate.

The mood in the studio sessions for The BeatlesWhite Album was grim, with John Lennon and Paul McCartney constantly at each others throats. The two had once been close collaborators. Suddenly, they could hardly agree on anything. Lennon openly derided one of McCartneys songs. After spending too much time on it, he left the studio in a rage.

One of Lennons least favorite songs on the White Album was Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,McCartneys bouncing, reggae-inspired tune. He rolled his eyes every time the band worked on it, which was often. McCartney worked endlessly to perfect it, much to the irritation of everyone else in the studio.

The previous weeks work was a typical study in frustration,audio engineer Geoff Emerick wrote in his book Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles. Wed worked endlessly on just two songs: Lennons Revolutionand McCartneys Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,done over and over again until we were all sick to death of them. Nonetheless, here we were again, breathing in the same stale studio air, working on those same two tracks.

No one was more frustrated than Lennon, who called the song granny music.He reached a point where he didnt think he could possibly hear it again.

So when Paul announced several nights later that he wanted to scrap everything that had been done so far and start the song from scratch, John went ballistic,Emerick wrote. Ranting and raving, he headed out the door, with Yoko [Ono] trailing closely behind, and we thought wed seen the last of him that evening.

- John Lennon Went BallisticAfter Hours of Working With Perfectionist Paul McCartney on a Hated Beatles Song, RockSocietyNP.com, August 16, 2023.


About the author:

Zhang Xin is Trainer at chinadaily.com.cn. He has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.


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