2014年10月31日星期五

nap, catnap, slumber. tipple, tick, tick off, urban tale,sterile, sterility testing, urbanity, urbanisation, leftover, sleepover, pajama party , slumber party

Steinway & Sons is saying goodbye to the room where Rachmaninoff practiced and the famous basement where up-and-coming virtuosos once catnapped under the pianos.
The piano company Steinway & Sons, which sold its building on West 57th Street, is close to signing a 15-year lease for space at 1133 Avenue of the...
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Smart Ticks
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY
Ticks have inbuilt guidance systems, honed by evolution, for reaching the ideal attachment points to suck blood — in mammals that is often the thin-skinned area behind the ear.
urbanisation 市鎮化

Some are more equal than others

China’s need for a new urbanisation policy reaches a critical point 



Humane Society
By DOMINIQUE BROWNING
A novel and essay collection by Elinor Lipman showcase her urbanity and optimism.




 Batting Slumber Over, Japan Moves to Semifinals
New York Times
Batting Slumber Over, Japan Moves to Semifinals. By BRETT BULL. Published: March 10, 2013. TOKYO — As the jubilant Tokyo Dome crowd roared, Japan's manager, Koji Yamamoto, stood on the field and raised his arms in triumph amid camera flashes.


Mass. firm with ties to outbreak-linked pharmacy issues voluntary recall of ...
Washington Post
BOSTON — A company with the same founders as the specialty pharmacy linked to deadly meningitis outbreak said Wednesday that it's recalling all its products after federal inspectors said it must improve its sterility testing process. Dr. Janet ...

《中英對照讀新聞》NYC caught napping among world’s most 24-hour cities 全球不夜城排行榜表現不佳 紐約市措手不及
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So New York is the city that never sleeps? Tick that off as just another urban myth.
所以說,紐約是不夜城嗎?這種說法可以被列為另一個都市迷思。
A new study about the world’s most 24-hour cities ranks New York 32nd on the list, well behind Cairo, Montevideo, Beirut and Malaga and Zaragoza, both in Spain, which captured the top five spots.
一份有關全球不夜城排名的最新研究顯示,紐約市排名第32,遠遠落後前5大不夜城,開羅、蒙得維的亞、貝魯特,以及西班牙的馬拉加與札拉戈薩。
Almost every European capital came ahead of New York, with London ranking 17th, Paris 18th, Rome 27th, Lisbon 15th, and even Brussels, commonly thought of as being a sleepy bureaucratic town, came in 11th place in the ranking by the social networking site Badoo.com.
幾乎所有歐洲國家首都都領先紐約市,其中倫敦第17,巴黎第18,羅馬第27,里斯本第15,連被公認是死氣沉沉的官僚鎮的布魯塞爾,也在社群網站Badoo.com的這份排名中名列第11。
"This will confirm the fears of those who say that New York has grown sterile and sleepy," said Lloyd Price, Badoo’s director of marketing. "Some will call it a humiliation."
「這(個研究結果)證實某些人的恐懼,也就是紐約變得愈來愈貧瘠與沉悶,」Badoo的行銷主任洛伊德.普萊斯說。「有人引以為恥。」
The ranking is based on an analysis of 120 million online chats spanning 122 million people in 180 countries, which showed activity peaked in Cairo at nearly 1 a.m., which is much later than New York.
這份排名是根據針對遍及180國、1億2200萬人的1億2000萬線上聊天所進行的分析,顯示開羅在將近凌晨1點時活動達到最高峰,此一時間遠比紐約市晚得多。


leftover
adj.

Remaining as an unused portion or amount.
n.
  1. A remnant or an unused portion.
  2. leftovers Food remaining from a previous meal.


sleepover
n.

  1. An instance of spending the night as a guest at another's home.
  2. An overnight guest.
A sleepover, also known as a pajama party or a slumber party (or less commonly, a snoozer), is a party where a guest or guests are invited to stay overnight. They are most frequently combined with a birthday party or other special occasion. Another common type of a sleepover is a lock-in, where the participants stay at a public place.
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be caught napping:慣用語,事發時未預先做好準備;措手不及。例句:As the investigations into the serial blasts progress, it becomes clear that the police were caught napping despite warnings and alerts from the Intelligence bureau over the past couple of months.(隨著連續爆炸案的調查工作持續進展,儘管情報局過去2個月來曾提出警告與警戒,爆炸案顯然令警方措手不及。)



nap
(năp) pronunciation
n.
A brief sleep, often during the day.

intr.v., napped, nap·ping, naps.


  1. To sleep for a brief period, often during the day; doze.
  2. To be unaware of imminent danger or trouble; be off guard: The civil unrest caught the police napping.
[Middle English, from nappen, to doze, from Old English hnappian.]
napper nap'per n.
WORD HISTORY The famous verse 4 of Psalm 121, rendered in the King James Version as "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep," 看,那保護以色列者,不打盹也不會睡著。 is rendered in a Middle English translation as "Loo, ha shal not nappen ne slepen that kepeth ireal." The word nappen is indeed the Middle English ancestor of our word nap. Lest it be thought undignified to say that God could nap, it must be realized that our word nap was at one time not associated only with the younger and older members of society nor simply with short periods of rest. The ancestors of our word, Old English hnappian and its descendant, Middle English nappen, could both refer to prolonged periods of sleep as well as short ones and also, as in the quotation from Psalm 121, to sleepiness. But these senses have been lost. Since the word has become less dignified, we would not find nap used in a modern translation of Psalm 121.

catnap

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Pronunciation: /ˈkatnap 
  
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NOUN

A short sleep during the day.

VERB (catnapscatnappingcatnapped)

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Have a catnap:Carradine catnapped in a hammock between two chairs

A tipple before bedtime may get you off to sleep faster but it can disrupt your night’s slumber.
睡前喝杯酒,或許能使你快點入睡,但它也可能打亂你夜晚的睡眠(?)。
看,那保護以色列者,不打盹也不會睡著。
The famous verse 4 of Psalm 121, rendered in the King James Version as "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep," 看,那保護以色列者,不打盹也不會睡著。


slumber
((文))[動](自)まどろむ, うとうとする, 無活動状態にある, 〈火山などが〉休止している.━━(他)1 〈時・生涯などを〉うとうとして[無為に]過ごす((away, out, throu...
slumber party
((米))パジャマパーティー:10代の少女たちが友人の家で一晩, 寝巻き姿で過ごす.
Global alcohol consumption is stable. But some people are tippling more, in ways that hurt themselves and others. At stake are not just vomit-drenched streets. Deaths linked to drinking have tripled since 1990; in that time alcohol has gone from the sixth to the third leading cause of death and disability worldwide http://econ.st/IYXGoP
tipple
((英略式))[動](他)〈酒を〉ちびりちびり飲む.━━(自)酒びたりになる.━━[名][U][C]酒.



Definition of tick

noun

  • a parasitic arachnid that attaches itself to the skin of a terrestrial vertebrate from which it sucks blood, leaving the host when sated. Some species transmit diseases, including tularemia and Lyme disease.
    • Suborder Ixodida, order Acarina (or Acari)
  • informal a parasitic louse fly.
tick something off:慣用語,列清單。例句:He had lots of objections, and he ticked them off one after another.(他有很多異議,並逐一列舉。)

phrasal verb - tick off
    To name or specify one by one: enumerate, itemize, list1, numerate. Seecount, specific/general.
An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend, is a form of modern folklore consisting of stories usually believed by their tellers to be true.





urbanity

Pronunciation: /əːˈbanɪti/

Definition of urbanity





noun

[mass noun]
  • 1courteousness and refinement of manner: that polished urbanity of his
  • 2urban life: a picture of banal urbanity

Origin:

mid 16th century: from French urbanité or Latin urbanitas, from urbanus 'belonging to the city' (see urban)

sleepy:形容詞,想睡覺的,瞌睡的。

sterile
(stĕr'əl, -īl') pronunciation
adj.
  1. Not producing or incapable of producing offspring.
    1. Not producing or incapable of producing seed, fruit spores, or other reproductive structures. Used of plants or their parts.
    2. Producing little or no vegetation; unfruitful: sterile land.
  2. Free from live bacteria or other microorganisms: a sterile operating area; sterile instruments.
  3. Lacking imagination, creativity, or vitality.
  4. Lacking the power to function; not productive or effective; fruitless: a sterile discussion.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sterilis.]
sterilely ster'ile·ly adv.
sterileness ster'ile·ness or ste·ril'i·ty (stə-rĭl'ĭ-tē) n.

sterility[ste・ril・i・ty]
 

  • 発音記号[stəríləti]

[名][U]不妊;不毛;無菌状態;無効;貧弱.



Definition of urban




adjective

  • 1in, relating to, or characteristic of a town or city:the urban population
  • 2 (also urban contemporary) denoting or relating to popular dance music of black origin:hip-hop’s traditionally urban vibe




Derivatives






urbanism

noun





urbanist

noun

Origin:

early 17th century: from Latin urbanus, from urbs, urb- 'city'