【明報專訊】Zoe: I went Christmas shopping on the weekend.
Orla: You're starting early. What's the hurry?
Zoe: Oh, I just hate leaving things to the last minute. But it wasn't always a very pleasant experience.
Orla: Why was that? Shopping's one of life's pleasures.
Zoe: Well, maybe. But there were so many homeless sitting in doorways begging for money. It made me feel a bit uncomfortable. Everywhere you look now there are homeless people living on the street and sleeping rough.
Orla: That's because they've no money and nowhere to go. But you could help to do something about it.
Zoe: What would that be?
Orla: Well I'm a volunteer with a charity for the homeless which organises shelters for people sleeping rough. You could at least make a donation. Every little helps.
Zoe: OK. Tell me how to do it.
Rough 是「簡陋」、「不舒服」的意思，例如：The refugees led a rough life（難民生活艱苦）。To sleep rough 直譯是「睡覺不舒服」，一般指露宿，rough sleeper 就是露宿者，例如：(1) Some rough sleepers are university graduates（有些露宿者是大學畢業生）。(2) High land prices have forced thousands of people to sleep rough（由於地價高，數以千計的人不得不露宿街頭）。