【明報專訊】Gary: I saw your brother yesterday. I hadn't seen him for some time.
Lara: Well Jim's been away for several months. We were all happy to have him back, though not so happy about what he told us.
Gary: You mean about getting married? That's what he told me. She's called Jayne I think.
Lara: Yes, that's right. She seems pleasant enough. He's brought her home a couple of times.
Gary: So what's the problem?
Lara: She brings a lot of baggage with her. She's divorced and she has a teenage son who's a recovering drug addict.
Gary: Oh, I see what you mean. They're going to have to work hard to make that relationship work.
Lara: I know. That's what the family are worried about. They wonder if it will work out.
Baggage 是「行李」，是不可數名詞（uncountable noun），「一件行李」可說 a piece of baggage 或 an item of baggage。用於比喻，baggage 指「固有思想、過去經歷等給人的包袱」，例如：(1) Middle-aged people unavoidably bring a lot of baggage into a marriage（中年男女結婚，難免會有不少過去的包袱）。(2) I understand that she has/carries some emotional baggage because of her childhood experience（聽說，她童年的經歷，給她遺下些情緒上的包袱）。
̷̷ 作者︰古德明 ̷