李华和Larry一起到饭馆吃饭。店里人多，他们只好排队等位。今天我们要学两个常用语：to kick oneself和wiggle room。
LH: Larry, 真希望这家饭馆能快点上菜，我快饿晕了！
L: Yeah, I'm pretty hungry too, and smelling all the delicious food here is only making it worse.
L: Well, I guess we could do that ... but if the food is really bad, you're going to be kicking yourself later.
LH: 你说我要kick myself? 踢我自己？别开玩笑了，我连抬腿的劲儿都没有了，怎么还能踢自己。
L: Actually, if you really regret something stupid that you did earlier, you can say that you are kicking yourself.
LH: 哦， 原来to kick oneself不是自己踢自己，而是为自己做的蠢事感到后悔。你是说，要是我不看菜单瞎点，八成得后悔。
L: Right! Here is another example. I spent $1,000 on a new computer, but I was kicking myself a week later when it went on sale for half the price.
L: I really love spicy food, but it always makes my stomach hurt. If I eat it, I know I'm going to be kicking myself later.
L: Yeah, those are really tasty too, but they're so fattening! I know I'm going to be kicking myself at the gym tomorrow.
LH: Larry, 你怎么这么多事！这家饭馆挺贵的，应该不会难吃。
L: Yeah, I'm going to be kicking myself if we spend a lot of money on dinner but the food isn't very good.
L: Great! Let's go and sit down.
L: Hmm ... do you want to go see a movie? I think that the new Tom Cruise action movie starts playing at 9 PM.
L: Well, the theater is only 15 minutes away, so we have some wiggle room.
LH: Wiggle room? 那什么意思？
L: When you say that you have some wiggle room, that means that you have some flexibility, or room to spare.
LH: 噢， wiggle room就是回旋余地。你是说电影院离得不远，我们还有一些时间，应该可以赶上九点钟的电影。
L: Right! Here is another example. My apartment lease ends next week, but I have some wiggle room because my landlord said I could stay an extra month if I need to.
LH: 我明白了。房东允许你再多住一个月，所以你就不必赶紧搬家，还有时间可以慢慢找房子。 对了，我听说Tom Cruise的这部新片里有好多电脑特技。
L: Yeah, I read that the movie cost more than the movie studio thought it would. By the end, there was no wiggle room in the budget.
L: Well ... I probably can ... but I will have to check my schedule.
L: Well, I just want to keep a little wiggle room in case an even better action movie comes out next week!
L: You know, there is some wiggle room. Anything between 15 percent and 20 percent will be fine.
L: Even though we have some extra time, we probably shouldn't take the risk. We're going to be kicking ourselves if eating ice cream makes us late to the movie.
今天李华学了两个常用语。一个是to kick oneself, 表示感到后悔。另一个是wiggle room, 意思是灵活性，回旋余地。