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Cutting Edge

刊登日期: 2018.03.10
作者: Grace Tse  

According to the Global Innovation Index (全球創新指數)released in 2017, the most innovative country is Switzerland(瑞士), where Swiss people live at the cutting edge. 

The expression “cutting edge” means the most advanced stage of development, usually in the field of technology. This phrase first appeared in 1825, and literally means the sharp side of a cutting tool. 

It resembles a large ... shovel, strongly prepared with iron on the cutting edge(刃口)

Later in 1851, it took on the figurative sense which described something which cut through a barrier and made very important progress. 

Nowadays, the expression is commonly used as an adjective with a hyphen. 

The company has developed cutting-edge(尖端;最先進的)technology to improve the speed of Wi-Fi networks. 

A similar expression also appeared in the 19th century. However, it is not as popular as “cutting edge” today. 

Many countries aim to be the “leading edge” (領先)of technological development. 

In the 1980s, the expression “bleeding edge”, which carries a stronger tone, emerged, probably because of the risk involved in developing modern technology. 

To survive in the smartphone market, companies need to be at the bleeding edge of innovation. 

We call this new product a bleeding-edge([帶風險的] 尖端) technology because we may either make a lot of money or go bankrupt

What do you think the rank of Hong Kong is in the 2017 Global Innovation Index? Although Hong Kong ranks 16th among a total of 128 places in the world, Hong Kong has unfortunately fallen every year since 2013. Thus, Hong Kong people need to strive hard to be at the cutting edge.


Glossary

Advanced 

先進的

Technology 

科技

Figurative 

比喻

Barrier 

屏障

Progress 

進步

Risk 

風險

Bankrupt 

破產

Strive 

努力

 

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