2014-07-05

【主場新聞】王偉雄:特首夫人的 air quotes (9407)


梁特首夫人公開「強烈譴責」蔡子強先生「用涼薄、刻毒的說話作惡意批評」,指的是蔡先生早前撰文評論特首梁振英利用女兒「作虛假的政治公關show」;蔡先生對這樣嚴重的指控回應得體,首先提醒特首夫人「政治公關show」一說,是特首女兒「主動的說法」,接著指出公關show「在誘導媒體和公眾,那就已經不是純粹的家事」,而且他「只評論這部份」,在文章裏完全沒有談及特首女兒「個人、成長、與家人關係的種種」。這件事孰是孰非,只說一句「公道自在人心」便已足夠,蔡先生根本不需要任何人替他辯護。

倒是特首夫人發言時的一個手勢,值得談一談,可以幫助大家避免犯同樣的錯,免於貽笑大方。原來特首夫人本來不知道蔡先生乃香港中文大學的講師,提到這一事實時,她用了一個類似 air quotes 的手勢,舉起雙手,用左右食指做了一個引號的形狀,意思大概是「所謂大學講師」,意在貶低蔡先生。

Air quotes 即是在空中做 quotation marks,諧音 scare quotes。 Scare quotes 是用引號來說明使用的字詞不是正常的意思,或是諷刺,或是反話,或是貶抑。雖然引號有單引號和雙引號之分,但無論是在美國還是英國(美國人較常用 air quotes),air quotes 都是「雙引號」 --- 不會只用左右食指,而是同時用食指和中指。以下是已故諧星 Chris Farley 的惹笑示範:

差之毫釐,謬以千里,假如你在英美人士面前用 air quotes,卻用了特首夫人的「獨特手法」,他們會覺得怪怪的,甚至覺得可笑。

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