Woodward’s new book is titled “Fear: Trump in the White House”. I am dying to read this book. When you are dying to do something, it means you are very eager to do it. Woodward talked to hundreds of people, including senior White House officials, to find out what kind of a president Trump is. All the interviews were done on a background basis. When journalists talk to people on a background basis, it means the journalists won’t name them so they can talk more freely without getting into trouble. Most of the people Woodward talked to agreed Trump’s inability to understand international politics is putting the US in danger.
Woodward wrote in his book the White House chief of staff John Kelly frequently lost his temper and told colleagues Trump had become unhinged. If a person is unhinged, it means that person is mentally ill. Woodward also wrote that Kelly believed Trump had gone off the rails. If a person has gone off the rails, it means that person has started behaving in a strange, abnormal, or unacceptable way. Woodward wrote that Kelly’s predecessor Reince Priebus had said early mornings and Sunday evenings, when Trump normally sends out numerous Twitter messages criticizing people, were the witching hour. The expression “witching hour” means midnight and the early hours after midnight when the powers of witches are supposed to be strongest and when evil things happen. I am dying to read the book because Woodward has revealed many secrets about Trump and the White House.
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伍德沃德的新書名為《恐懼：白宮中的特朗普》。我急於想要（dying to）讀這本書。若你 dying to do something，即是說你熱切渴望去做某事。伍德沃德跟數以百計的人傾談，包括白宮高官，探索特朗普到底是個怎樣的總統。所有訪談都是以匿名的形式（background basis）進行。若記者以background basis為基礎跟人訪談，那就是說記者不會公開受訪者的名字，使他們能暢所欲言，不用怕會惹來甚麼麻煩。伍德沃德訪談的大部份人士，都認為特朗普無能力理解國際政治，而這會令美國陷入險境。
伍德沃德在書中寫道，白宮幕僚長約翰．凱利經常發火，跟同事們說特朗普已經瘋了（unhinged）。若某人是unhinged，即是說那人是精神失常的。伍德沃德也寫道，凱利相信特朗普已經「脫軌」了（gone off the rails）。若某人has gone off the rails，即是說那人開始做出越軌的行為，舉止怪異、異常或令人不能接受。伍德沃德又寫道，凱利的前任雷恩斯．普里巴斯曾說，清晨和周日黃昏——就是特朗普通常發佈許多推特信息去批評人的時候——都是witching hour。習語witching hour是指午夜和午夜後的清晨時份，巫師法力被認為是最強大的時候，會有邪惡的怪事發生。我非常渴望（dying to）要讀這本書，因為伍德沃德揭示了許多關乎特朗普和白宮的秘密。
Michael Chugani 褚簡寧