BBCのコメディ『Only Fools And Horses』を題材にして、ETC英会話のコリン先生のレッスンを受けています。
- Oi Janice, you mind his bruises, won't you?
- What bruises?
- He's covered in them, it's where the girls keep on pushing him away with ten foot barge poles.
Ten foot barge pole. On the old boats, they used to use a long pole, so he’s so unpopular to girls keeping him in the distance. That’s the meaning to it. So, using barge pole, I wouldn’t buy that car with... I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. The car is old and not very useful on a sale. I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. Do you understand?
That soccer, he is no good. We don’t wanna take him on. I wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole. He is no good, hopeless.
- Always, 10, 10 foot of ?
Well, I wouldn’t touch him with ten foot barge pole, it give us the distance, give you the knowledge of length, feeling of further still. “I wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole”, you don’t know how long the barge pole is. But if you hear ten foot, you get the feeling of the length and distance, you see.
- Oh, 10 foot is length?
10 foot, yeah. Well, 3 foot is one yard. So, 10 foot, it’s one and two thirds of me.
One and two thirds of me.
- OK, You height, right?
I am five feet nine.
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