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Pinky promise

發佈時間: 2021/12/01

Pinky promise

勾手指尾(pinky promise)可說是小孩子間對承諾的最高尊重,充滿儀式感。原來勾手指尾源自日本黑幫,「指切」,即是勾手指尾後若違背承諾,需要被切斷手指尾。古時候的勾手指尾絕不兒戲。

Pinky解little finger(尾指),promise則解swear(承諾),用pinky swear代替pinky promise也可。

跟單字promise一樣,名詞詞組pinky promise可以配搭動詞make(作出)、swear(發誓)、keep(堅守)、break(破壞)等等。例如,They made a pinky promise not to tell anyone about what happened at school yesterday.(他們承諾不告訴任何人昨天在學校發生的事情。)

How can I blame him for breaking our pinky promise which was made when we were only seven?(我怎麼能責怪他違背了我們7歲時的小承諾?)

可以將promise用作動詞,說pinky promise somebody。例句︰Please pinky promise me we will be best friends no matter what.(請答應我,無論如何我們都是最好的朋友。)

Can you pinky promise me you won't tell anyone who I really like?(你可以應承我不會告訴任何人我真正喜歡的人是誰嗎?)

(本欄逢周三、五刊登)

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