n. A very large issue that everyone is acutely aware of, but nobody wants to talk about. Perhaps a sore spot, perhaps politically incorrect, or perhaps a political hot potato, it's something that no one wants to touch with a ten foot pole. Sometimes pink elephant in the room.
A difficult problem.
Ten foot pole:不願碰觸
when someone is so ugly and disgusting that no one would want to touch them, sometimes not EVEN with a ten foot pole.
address= deal with=處理
Related to this is a , which is . Eight-track tape players, maybe. Or a hand-cranked washing machine. Clothing that was fashionable 30 years ago and has yet to come back into style. Art made by the artless and given as gifts to the thankless – or once bought by the tasteless.
are a joking way to describe the . A pink elephant is also used to mean .
Pink elephant is also often used when talking about how hard it is to not think of something once it’s been mentioned. If I tell you: “Don’t think of pink elephants,” what are you going to do? You’re going to think about pink elephants.
The approximate opposite of a pink elephant is the or . “They ignored the elephant in the room: their daughter still would not speak to them until they agreed to let her go to the beach with her friends.”