What does that mean? 你真的瞭解這個慣用語嗎?
Imagery buries itself in language and takes on new meaning. The transplanted and transformed sets of words are called “figures of speech.” For a figure of speech to be effective, however, a writer must first understand the original meaning of the phrase. The following sentence contains a common figure of speech. Its original meaning is explained.

“It was a perfect storm: After the heated test tube cracked, splattering technicians with the acidic solution, the scrambling techs knocked the treadmilling guinea pig off the counter and into the carnivorous fish tank.”

“Perfect storm” is a phrase that entered popular culture 15 years ago when a movie based on a book of the same title was released. It described a storm off the New England coast of the United States that developed after three climactic conditions converged. The result: a perfectly awful and deadly storm. The phrase—almost a cliché now—thus generally describes the coming together of several independent elements that, when combined, produce a consequence that is remarkably complete in a negative way.

In the laboratory incident metaphorically described as a “perfect storm,” the phrase refers not at all to the weather but to a series of sequential disasters. First, the technicians apparently overheated the glass tube. They also had set up a treadmill in a precarious place: on the edge of a countertop overlooking an open tank of flesh-eating fish. None of these situations in itself was especially noteworthy. However, they were aligned in such a way as to produce a disaster (for the pig, at least) when they came together in a flurry. It was perfectly awful.

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