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     Now is it just me, or are chemists getting increasingly nosey? It's ever since the government suggested that we consult chemists for minor1 1)ailments rather than troubling our doctors, who are all far too busy with their calculators managing their funds. But as a result, chemists have all become a bit 2)big for their boots, if you'll forgive the 3)pun. You go into your chemist's for a bottle of aspirin2, and instead of just giving them to you, they now say, "Why? What's wrong?" They're desperate to get you into that little back room they have now, where they can take your blood pressure and 4)poke around in your underwear. That chilling question when you ask for throat sweets, "Are these for you?" I always say, "No, they're for my mother." Butwhat does the 5) bloke who develops your holiday 6) snaps know about 7) gynecological matters? Mind you if he develops my holiday snaps, at least he'll know what he's looking for. You can't have a bloke 8)stumbling out of a dark room dripping 9)fixative 10)fluids, and saying, "OK, Miss Brand, put your feet in the stirrups, and see what develops."

     The other brand new medical breakthrough that I personally welcome, is the 11)advent of the drop-in medical centres that you can now see in train stations. You don't have to make an appointment you just drop in and drop them. The 12)appeal of it is that the person you see doesn't know who you are, so you are not likely to bump into him at the school fate, and watch him refuse your homemade upside down cake 13)on the grounds of hygiene3. The only problem with these drop-in centres at your local train station is that I am not absolutely convinced that the people you see are actually qualified4 doctors. The bloke I saw last time wore a blue cap, and tried to remove my verruca with a ticket 14)punch. If you go in and say, "I am 15)late." They automatically blame leaves on the line of Didcock 16)Parkway. Would you go for family planning advice to a virgin5 train's medical centre? These drop-in centres have particularly shifty waiting rooms. All the blokes pretend to have a cough to 17)deflect suspicion, that it might be something more sinister6. Blokes are just no good at going to the doctor, are they? They don't see illness as a natural part of being alive, in the way that women do, that they see it as a form of weakness so they go in to see the doctor and say, "I've got this pain. Actually it's much better today. In fact, I think it's gone. Sorry to have troubled you, goodbye." But it's the doctor who has to say, "But you've got your leg in a carrier bag." Women 18)make no bones about it  -we give it to the doctor with both barrels. Women turn up with written accounts, dates, times, 19)Polaroid photos. That's why 20)homeopaths make such a good living -- it's somewhere that woman can go and talk about herself for half an hour, without being interrupted by another woman talking about herself.








1) ailment  n. 疾病(微恙)           2) big for one's boots 自大的,自负的

3) pun n. 双关语,俏皮话                4) poke  v. 戳,推

5) bloke  n. 英国俚语,指小子,家伙,笨蛋    

6) snap n. 快照,快相

7) gynecological  a. 妇产科的       8) stumbling  a. 蹒跚的

9) fixative  a. 固定的,定色的            10) fluid n. 液体

11) advent  n. 出现,到来  

12) appeal  n. 吸引力   

13) on the grounds of 因为     

14) punch n. 打孔机        

15) be late 可指迟到,在此处的意思是“怀孕”。

16) parkway  n. 驾车专用车道

17) deflect  v.使偏移,使偏转        18) make no bones about sth 对……事情毫不犹豫

19) Polaroid n. 宝丽金快照照相机             20) homeopath  n. 顺势疗法、类似医疗的医师



1 minor e7fzR     
  • The young actor was given a minor part in the new play.年轻的男演员在这出新戏里被分派担任一个小角色。
  • I gave him a minor share of my wealth.我把小部分财产给了他。
2 aspirin 4yszpM     
  • The aspirin seems to quiet the headache.阿司匹林似乎使头痛减轻了。
  • She went into a chemist's and bought some aspirin.她进了一家药店,买了些阿司匹林。
3 hygiene Kchzr     
n.健康法,卫生学 (a.hygienic)
  • Their course of study includes elementary hygiene and medical theory.他们的课程包括基础卫生学和医疗知识。
  • He's going to give us a lecture on public hygiene.他要给我们作关于公共卫生方面的报告。
4 qualified DCPyj     
  • He is qualified as a complete man of letters.他有资格当真正的文学家。
  • We must note that we still lack qualified specialists.我们必须看到我们还缺乏有资质的专家。
5 virgin phPwj     
  • Have you ever been to a virgin forest?你去过原始森林吗?
  • There are vast expanses of virgin land in the remote regions.在边远地区有大片大片未开垦的土地。
6 sinister 6ETz6     
  • There is something sinister at the back of that series of crimes.在这一系列罪行背后有险恶的阴谋。
  • Their proposals are all worthless and designed out of sinister motives.他们的建议不仅一钱不值,而且包藏祸心。
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