Video shows man playing Pokemon GO while driving sightseeing bus
Public transportation workers are generally expected to maintain a certain level of focus, so when the man at the helm of one of Japan’s high-speed shinkansen was spotted putting his feet up on the train’s control panel, it didn’t sit well with a lot of people. And you know what’s also frowned upon? Playing Pokemon GO while driving a bus, like this guy did.
Now, I suppose one could make the argument that the driver is able to pay proper attention to the road even as he plays the game. The obvious counter-argument, though, is that he apparently was so zoned in to what was happening on his phone’s screen, and thus unaware of his surroundings, that he didn’t realize one of the passengers was filming him doing something that would definitely get him in trouble with his bosses.
“zoned”を取りあげます。以前学んだ“in the zone”で「神った」という表現がありましたが、今回は形容詞の形でまた別の意味があることがわかりました。LDOCEによるとinformalに使われるもので“unable to think clearly and quickly, especially because you are tired or have taken drugs”と定義されており、「ぼーっとしている」「もうろうとした」という意味であることがわかりました。“zone out”「眠る, 集中力を失う」というイディオムで使われることもあるようです。