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[ 2016-12-30 ]

urban legend 無稽之談 (不是都會傳奇)

今日報載 “菲律賓總統杜特蒂語出驚人地表示,他要將貪污的政府官員扔出直升機外,他以前曾經這麼做過,... 不過,(總統府)另一名發言人阿貝拉(Ernesto Abell)卻告訴媒體,此案…,只是「都市傳說」。”
(Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he once threw kidnapping suspects from a helicopter, prompting a spokesman to call the comment an urban legend.)

常見有人把urban legend譯為「都市傳說」(如維基百科中文版) 或「都會傳奇」,英文的urban legend其實和「都會傳奇」意思大相逕庭。urban legend的意思是“an often lurid story or anecdote that is based on hearsay and widely circulated as true” (Merriam-Webster)

英文說: “Give me a break, ya'll, it's an Urban Legend.”或 “No, it's an urban legend, created by troll to make nonsense.” 都是在反駁人家傳述無稽之談。

In Chinese 都會傳奇 has a good connotation while urban legend is usually negative. 如: “就以談戀愛/來成全二人使命/虔誠地廝守/都會傳奇”《小傳奇》歌詞;“各位都會傳奇的愛好者,這部豐富堆疊、美味誘人的冒險饗宴可以讓您盡情地 ...”;“在網路上卻是被奉為都會傳奇的天才玩家”。(Jerome Su, Dec. 30, 2016)