英語表現(2)’Sit on one’s laurel’

この表現は、イギリスの新聞で目にしたのが初めてではないかと思います。この表現が出てきたのは、1980年代後半のブリテッシュ・テレコムがインタネットのプロバイダー事業や、携帯電話事業において、民間に先を越されてしまったことを批判する記事だったと記憶しています。実際の英文は、’British Telecom has been sitting on its laurel far too long.’ のような感じでした。
I probably saw this phrase in the British news paper (‘The Independet’) first. The actual article was something about British Telecom (abbreviated as ‘BT’ hereafter) in the second half of the 80s when BT was facing fierce competitions from other private Telecommunication companies in the UK and was lagging behind in the business markets of the Internet Providers as well as mobile phone carriers. 

英語の勉強においても、「もうこれで十分」というレベルは、ありませんよね。外国語として身に付けた英語を教える立場にある私は、英語を一生勉強していくつもりで、日々鍛錬に励んでいます。皆さんも、仕事や勉強で達成したことは、「単なる通過地点」と捉えるようにしましょう。可能な限り!そうでないと、「ローレルの上に胡坐をかく」恐れがあります!
I personally believe that the same rule applies when it comes to acquiring English as a foreign language: there is actually no goal of achievement in the studies of English! As a professional English teacher, I intend to study English for the rest of my life with a view to improve my English proficiency level for the better. So just one piece of advice for my students today: if you have achieved something in your studies or careers, just think such an achievement as ‘a passing point’ in your life and NOT your ultimate goal! Otherwise, you may well be running a risk of ‘sitting on your laurel’ in the near future!!! 

この表現の意味は、「一旦、何かを達成した個人や会社や組織が、その地位に胡坐をかいてしまい、更なる進歩や向上心を失ってしまうこと」であると、個人的には把握しています。
Since I first saw this phrase on the British newspaper, I have always understood it as follows: ‘The expression is used for a person who has achieved something and is satisfied with what he/she has achieved, and as a result of that, he/she has stopped making any further efforts to achieve something new. The phrase can be also used for a company or an organisation in the similar manner. ‘

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