L: Michael, 考试准备得怎么样了？ 可别再像上次那样考砸了！
M: Ahh! Li Hua, don't say that! You'll jinx me!
L: Jinx you? 听不懂，什么是jinx啊？
M: Jinx. Jinx can be used as a verb or a noun. One way to jinx someone is to say something unlucky, like you just said.
L: 噢，jinx这个词可以作动词，也可以作名词。你刚才说：You'll jinx me, 意思是你认为我说“这次你可别考砸了”，这句话不吉利，会让你倒霉。哎哟，Michael, 你那么迷信啊！
M: Well, some people believe in jinxes. For instance, a lot of people think that there is a jinx on the Chicago Cubs baseball team. It hasn't won a World Series for 95 years.
L: 有人说芝加哥棒球队“小熊队”撞上了倒霉运，所以老是进不了世界杯决赛。Michael, 你刚才说，There is a jinx on the Chicago Cubs. 这个jinx就是名词了吧？
M: That's right! I don't believe in black magic or anything like that. But I do think that if someone hears something unlucky, or believes that there is a jinx, it can affect his or her performance.
M: Really? What if I told you that I think you're going to fail this test unless you apologize to me? I am jinxing you!
L: 什么？你要我对你道歉！我要不跟你道歉，我考试就会不及格！你想咒我啊，You are trying to jinx me? 我才不怕呢。我又不信jinx这一套！我只是希望你这次别考砸了。我是好意啊！
M: Li Hua, you said it again! I'm going to give you five seconds to apologize for jinxing me.
L: 哎呀，Michael, 我这次肯定考砸了。都是你的错，you jinxed me before the test!
M: Oh come off it, Li Hua. You said you don't believe in jinxes.
L: Come off it? 你在说什么呀？
M: I said "come off it!" That means "stop talking nonsense" or "stop pretending that something is true".
L: 噢，come off it就表示“不要瞎说”、“别装蒜啦”。嗨，你不是说你相信听了倒霉的话就真的会倒霉呀？
M: Come off it, Li Hua! You're the one who said that if someone fails, it has nothing to do with the jinx.
L: 我是不相信所谓的jinx, 可是你在考试前和我争来争去，影响我情绪，所以我没有考好啊！
M: You want me to feel guilty? Well, I don't!
L: Come off it, Michael! 你要我跟你道歉，还说不然我就会考不好，这当然影响我情绪啦！
M: Come off it, Li Hua! It's not my fault. It's your fault you didn't come to class on Friday. You missed about a third of the material covered on the test.
M: Oh, come off it! I saw you later that day. You weren't sick!
L: You come off it, Michael! 我是真的生病啦！
M: Unlucky, huh? So you're still blaming me for jinxing you? Come off it, already. You don't really believe in that jinx nonsense, do you?
李华今天在和Michael谈论考试的时候，学到了两个常用语：to jinx表示“带来坏运气”；come off it表示“不要瞎说”、“别装蒜”。