M: Alright. There's a cafe on the corner over there, I think it's open 24-7.
L: 对，前面就有家咖啡馆。你说那个cafe 24-7, 24-7是什么意思呀？
M: I said it's open 24-7. You know the number 24, and seven, right? 24-7 means it is open all the time.
M: You've got it! In the U.S. a lot of small diners, convenience stores and gas stations are open 24-7.
L: 对，我看到一些小饭馆，还有一些杂货店还有加油站，他们都是二十四小时营业的。Michael, 那24-7是不是只能用在商店哪？
M: Not at all! It can be used for anything. For instance, Li Hua, if you ever have an emergency, you can call me any time, 24-7.
L: 噢，24-7可以用在任何场合。你说要是我遇到紧急情况，可以在任何时候打电话给你。Michael, 你真是太好了。不过，我想我可能会先打911。
M: Yeah, that's probably a better idea. 911 operates 24-7. Li Hua, can you use this phrase now?
L: 让我想想。有了。期终考试前，我肯定很多人为了准备考试，交报告晚上开夜车，所以可以说：Many students worked 24-7 before the finals. 对不对？
M: You're right. I was also up 24-7 studying and writing before the finals.
M: That's right! Woo Hoo! Hey, after we eat, let's go dancing somewhere.
M: Now that we are on vacation, I'm ready to party 24-7!
M: Well, duh, Li Hua! The lights are on and there are people inside. What do you think?
L: 你说什么？ Duh? 那是骂人的意思吗？
M: No, I didn't say anything bad! All I said was "duh". When someone says something that you think is very obvious, or asks you a stupid question, you can say "duh".
L: Duh！ 也就是说我刚才问这个饭馆有没有开门是个傻问题，所以你就说：duh！就像是我们中文里说的"废话"！Michael, 他们这里有咖啡吗？
M: Duh, Li Hua. Of course they have coffee here. Practically every restaurant in the States has coffee.
L: Michael, 我只不过随便问一句，你就又来duh, duh, duh...真讨厌！
M: Oooh! Sounds like you are getting a little grumpy, Li Hua. I guess you are pretty tired, huh?
L: Duh, Michael! 现在都已经半夜一点半了，你还问我累不累？我才该对你说"duh"!
M: Ok, Ok, calm down. I'll just get a coffee to go, and give you a ride home. It sounds like you need some sleep.
L: Duh! 我当然想睡觉了！不过，买了咖啡在路上喝，然后你开车送我回家。这倒是个好主意。
M: I see you are not the kind of person who like to party 24-7!
L: Duh! 我悃成这样，你看我是个喜欢整天整夜party的人吗？