Little things please little minds.の意味や使い方を解説!英語で1日1フレーズ #296



今回のフレーズは「Little things please little minds.」です。

「Little things please little minds.」は、直訳すると「小さなことは小さな心を喜ばせる」となりますが、実際には「小さなことに満足するのは浅はかな人だ」という意味になります。


例えば、些細なことで大騒ぎしている人に、「He’s so excited about winning a small prize. Little things please little minds.(彼は小さな賞を取ったことに興奮しているけど、些細なことで喜ぶのは浅はかだ)」と悪口を言うことができます。また、些細な褒め言葉で大喜びしている人に、「He got so excited over that tiny compliment. Little things please little minds.(彼はあの些細な褒め言葉にとても興奮していた。小さな奴は些細なことで満足する)」と馬鹿にすることができます。

「Little things please little minds」の正確な起源は不明ですが、些細なことや小さな喜びで満足する人々を皮肉るために使われてきました。一方で、賢明な人は小さなことでは一喜一憂せず、より大きな視点で物事を見るという意味合いも含まれています。ただ、相手に対して敬意を欠いていると受け取られることがあるため、使い方には注意が必要なフレーズです。

まとめると、「Little things please little minds.」は、文字通り「小さなことは小さな心を喜ばせる」という意味ではなく、つまらないことで喜ぶ人を軽く見るイディオムです。このフレーズを使うことで、些細なことに満足している人を皮肉ることができます。

この「Little things please little minds.」を使って、些細なことに過度に満足している人々を軽く諭す際に、気をつけて活用してみてください。

Little things please little minds.


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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A blessing in disguise.
A dime a dozen.
A feather in one's cap.
A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A watched pot never boils.
Add insult to injury.
All ears.
All is fair in love and war.
All thumbs.
As cool as a cucumber.
As high as a kite.
Back to square one.
Back to the drawing board.
Backseat driver.
Barking up the wrong tree.
Beat a dead horse.
Beat around the bush.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better safe than sorry.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bite off more than one can chew.
Bite the bullet.
Blood is thicker than water.
Break a leg.
Burn the midnight oil.
Call it a day.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
Clean as a whistle.
Close, but no cigar.
Cost an arm and a leg.
Cut corners.
Cut to the chase.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Easy come, easy go.
Every dog has its day.
Fish out of water.
Fit as a fiddle.
Fortune favors the bold.
From rags to riches.
Get a taste of one's own medicine.
Get one's act together.
Get out of hand.
Give it a shot.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Give someone the cold shoulder.
Go the extra mile.
Hit the hay.
Hit the nail on the head.
Hit the road.
Hit the sack.
Hold your horses.
Honesty is the best policy.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ignorance is bliss.
In the blink of an eye.
In the heat of the moment.
In the twinkling of an eye.
It takes two to tango.
Jump on the bandwagon.
Jump the gun.
Jumping through hoops.
Jumping to conclusions.
Keep it under your hat.
Keep one's fingers crossed.
Keep your chin up.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Mind over matter.
On the ball.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Put a sock in it.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The ball is in your court.
Under the weather.
Where there's a will, there's a way.