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Red carpet

刊登日期: 2018.04.21
作者: Grace Tse  

The 90th Academy Awards( commonly known as the Oscars) ceremony was held in Hollywood(荷里活), the USA, seven weeks ago. The Oscars(奧斯卡金像獎) are seen as the most prestigious awards in the film industry. Celebrities, such as actors, actresses and directors, all dress up in the most glamorous way to walk on the 50,000-square-foot red carpet. 

Workers roll out the red carpet for the star-studded show. 

In modern times, a red carpet is used to welcome VIPs(“very important persons”) on formal occasions such as prize-giving ceremonies, fashion shows and state visits. Why is the carpet red? When did people start to use a red carpet to represent fame and splendour

The origin of “red carpet” is related to an ancient Greek story. When a king returns home from a victorious war with a concubine, his jealous wife takes revenge by planning a trap. She lays a carpet for the king to walk on. Knowing that only gods deserve this honour, the king refuses his wife’s offer. Scholars believe that the carpet in the folk story is crimson in colour. 

One of its earliest notable uses in human history took place in 1821. A red carpet was rolled out for the American President James Monroe when he left a riverboat. 

Hollywood first used the red carpet in 1922 for the premiere of the film “Robin Hood” (羅賓漢). 

In the English language, this symbol of grandeur can be used as an adjective.

Should Barack Obama get the red-carpet treatment(紅地毯式對待;隆重歡迎)for his private New Zealand trip? 


Glossary 

Prestigious 

享有聲望

Celebrities 

名人

State visits 

國事訪問

Splendour 

顯赫

Concubine 

姬妾

Crimson 

緋紅;紫紅

Premiere 

首映禮

Grandeur 

隆重

 

 

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