《中英對照讀新聞》Greek minister caught taking a puff tells EU official to butt out－被逮到吞雲吐霧的希臘部長 叫歐洲聯盟官員少管閒事
Greece’s deputy health minister has told the European Union’s top health official to butt out after getting a reprimand for smoking in public.
Deputy minister Pavlos Polakis was caught on video footage this week holding a cigarette while dancing in a club. It drew a rebuke from EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, who was in Athens to mark World Cancer Day.
Andriukaitis said the practice was "shameful".
Polakis, who is also a surgeon, said he was dealing with more pressing issues at the ministry than smoking. "Learn before you speak," Polakis wrote on his Facebook account in a post addressed to Andriukaitis.
"I’ll decide when to stop smoking, on my terms," Polakis said.
Greece has the highest smoking rate in the European Union. It bans smoking in indoor public spaces, such as the nightclub where Polakis danced as red napkins fluttered around him. （Reuters）
puff：動詞，指一陣陣地吹、噴著煙移動、腫脹、吹捧、盛氣凌人；名詞，指吹、噴、一陣、一股。例句：Fireworks are puffing all around.（四周都在放煙火。）
butt out：片語動詞，指不再參與。例句：That is none of your business, so butt out.（那不干你的事，所以別插手。）
flutter：動詞，指揮動、拍翅、心怦怦亂跳、胃顫動；名詞，指一陣興奮、賽馬的小賭注、振動。例句：The publication of this novel caused a flutter of excitement.（這部小說出版引起一陣轟動。）