Sore spot
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Reader question: What does "don't touch him on his sore spot" mean? What is "sore spot"?

My comments:

The sore spot on the body is a wound or injury. If you bumped into a lamp post in the street – say you were really absent minded that time – and you had a lump on the forehead to show for it, then that lump on the head would be a sore spot. You wouldn't want anyone to touch it – let alone hit it hard – and bring out an "ouch" from you.

That's physical pain. Metaphysically, I mean figuratively speaking, a sore spot could be a mental problem as well. Childhood traumas2, for instance, can remain psychological sore spots for people in early adulthood3 or even throughout their lives. In fact, understanding of the effect of traumatic childhood experiences on people is what turned Sigmund Freud into such a big shot as a psychologist. And Freud is the reason why modern-day psychiatry4, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy are so big in the West, and increasingly here as well.

Say you've just gone through an acrimonious5 (angry, painful and unpleasant) divorce, say you wife took the kids along with the apartment, leaving you nothing except a monthly paycheck to fill for child support. Then divorce as a topic might be your sore sport. You wouldn't want anyone to talk in your face about divorce, singlehood (at 40), second marriage or perhaps even relationships in general, not initially6 at any rate.

Sorry for making you go through so much pain (^-^), but you get the point.

Anyways, here are "sore spot" examples from the media:

1. CEO compensation long-time sore spot

The issue of executive compensation, and whether it is properly aligned7 with performance, has been on the boil in Canada since long before the credit crisis rolled out.

In September, the Canadian Securities Administrators8, an umbrella organization for the country's securities regulators, concluded a two-year overhaul9 of the way companies disclose what, why and how executives are paid.

The new requirements, such as spelling out how specific elements of compensation encourage certain results, or how much money executives are entitled to under various employment-termination scenarios10, will go into effect at the end of this year.

- October 4, 2008, Financial Post.

2. Street Skyrockets Despite Low Confidence

Dow Jones surged nearly 900 points heading into the close as investors12 went on a shopping spree Tuesday in anticipation13 of a possible Fed Rate Cut Wednesday. All three major U.S. indexes rose over 9%.

The Treasury14 Department's initial capital investments under its Troubled Asset Relief Program are being rolled out this week, which may have given the Street some renewed confidence.

Sore spots like a woeful consumer confidence report and job cuts at Whirlpool did not dampen investor11 appetites.

- October 28, 2008,

3. Mikey asks for bum1 inspection15

Mikey asked the group to inspect his bottom after he tripped and fell this morning.

Shortly after the blind contestant16 awoke this morning, he suffered a fall and landed on his rear.

He complained: "My microphone went up my bum cheek, so my bum's all bruised17! I need someone to inspect my bum!"

Kat giggled18 at Mikey's poor luck, before suggesting that Mikey inform Darnell of his sore spot.

"He can kiss it better!" she laughed.

- Big Brother 9, Day 87, August 30, 2008,


1 bum Asnzb     
  • A man pinched her bum on the train so she hit him.在火车上有人捏她屁股,她打了那人。
  • The penniless man had to bum a ride home.那个身无分文的人只好乞求搭车回家。
2 traumas 7da1e4c0a8ca7c0043a49c2bf2de8868     
n.心灵创伤( trauma的名词复数 );损伤;痛苦经历;挫折
  • She felt exhausted after the traumas of recent weeks. 她经受了最近几个星期的痛苦之后感到精疲力竭。
  • Conclusion: Safety lens of spectacles can protect the occurrence of ocular traumas. 结论:安全镜片可以预防眼镜碎片所致的眼外伤。 来自互联网
3 adulthood vKsyr     
  • Some infantile actions survive into adulthood.某些婴儿期的行为一直保持到成年期。
  • Few people nowadays are able to maintain friendships into adulthood.如今很少有人能将友谊维持到成年。
4 psychiatry g0Jze     
  • The study appeared in the Amercian science Journal of Psychiatry.这个研究发表在美国精神病学的杂志上。
  • A physician is someone who specializes in psychiatry.精神病专家是专门从事精神病治疗的人。
5 acrimonious HyMzM     
  • He had an acrimonious quarrel with his girlfriend yesterday.昨天他跟他的女朋友激烈争吵了一番。
  • His parents went through an acrimonious divorce.他的父母在激烈吵吵闹闹中离了婚。
6 initially 273xZ     
  • The ban was initially opposed by the US.这一禁令首先遭到美国的反对。
  • Feathers initially developed from insect scales.羽毛最初由昆虫的翅瓣演化而来。
7 aligned 165f93b99f87c219277d70d866425da6     
  • Make sure the shelf is aligned with the top of the cupboard.务必使搁架与橱柜顶端对齐。
8 administrators d04952b3df94d47c04fc2dc28396a62d     
n.管理者( administrator的名词复数 );有管理(或行政)才能的人;(由遗嘱检验法庭指定的)遗产管理人;奉派暂管主教教区的牧师
  • He had administrators under him but took the crucial decisions himself. 他手下有管理人员,但重要的决策仍由他自己来做。 来自辞典例句
  • Administrators have their own methods of social intercourse. 办行政的人有他们的社交方式。 来自汉英文学 - 围城
9 overhaul yKGxy     
  • Master Worker Wang is responsible for the overhaul of this grinder.王师傅主修这台磨床。
  • It is generally appreciated that the rail network needs a complete overhaul.众所周知,铁路系统需要大检修。
10 scenarios f7c7eeee199dc0ef47fe322cc223be88     
  • Further, graphite cores may be safer than non-graphite cores under some accident scenarios. 再者,根据一些事故解说,石墨堆芯可比非石墨堆芯更安全一些。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
  • Again, scenarios should make it clear which modes are acceptable to users in various contexts. 同样,我们可以运用场景剧本来搞清楚在不同情境下哪些模式可被用户接受。 来自About Face 3交互设计精髓
11 investor aq4zNm     
  • My nephew is a cautious investor.我侄子是个小心谨慎的投资者。
  • The investor believes that his investment will pay off handsomely soon.这个投资者相信他的投资不久会有相当大的收益。
12 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
13 anticipation iMTyh     
  • We waited at the station in anticipation of her arrival.我们在车站等着,期待她的到来。
  • The animals grew restless as if in anticipation of an earthquake.各种动物都变得焦躁不安,像是感到了地震即将发生。
14 treasury 7GeyP     
  • The Treasury was opposed in principle to the proposals.财政部原则上反对这些提案。
  • This book is a treasury of useful information.这本书是有价值的信息宝库。
15 inspection y6TxG     
  • On random inspection the meat was found to be bad.经抽查,发现肉变质了。
  • The soldiers lined up for their daily inspection by their officers.士兵们列队接受军官的日常检阅。
16 contestant qp9zR     
  • The company will furnish each contestant with a free ticket.公司将为每个参赛者免费提供一张票。
  • The personal appearance and interview of the contestant is another count.参加比赛者的个人仪表和谈话也是一项。
17 bruised 5xKz2P     
  • his bruised and bloodied nose 他沾满血的青肿的鼻子
  • She had slipped and badly bruised her face. 她滑了一跤,摔得鼻青脸肿。
18 giggled 72ecd6e6dbf913b285d28ec3ba1edb12     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The girls giggled at the joke. 女孩子们让这笑话逗得咯咯笑。
  • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子们歇斯底里地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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