2015年1月30日 星期五

homecoming, dress code, dress up, sunbath

The prize is the notorious, magnificent sixth-century B.C. red-figure krater by the Greek artist Euphronios, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art lately returned: the “hot pot,” as Thomas Hoving, the former Met director who bought it in 1972, mischievously took to calling it. A show of recovered spoils at the Quirinale in Rome last year became the pot’s homecoming party, after which it was rushed, like a freshly anointed Miss Italy, off to an exhibition in Mantua, appropriately enough about beauty.



The son was nonetheless unanimously elected supreme minister of the Nation of Islam after his father’s death in 1975. He pushed his followers toward a more orthodox faith, emphasizing study of the Koran and the five duties of a Moslem: faith, charity, prayer five times a day, fasting during Ramadan and pilgrimage to Mecca. A major change was rejecting the divinity of the founder of the Nation of Islam, Wallace D. Fard; a lesser one was relaxing the religion’s strict dress code.


dress code noun [C usually singular]
1 UK an accepted way of dressing for a particular occasion or in a particular social group:
Most evenings there's a party and the dress code is strict - black tie only.

2 US a set of rules for what you can wear:
My school had a very strict dress code.

sunbath, sunbathing, killer,
Commentators, mainly non-Saudis, made a hullabaloo when Michelle Obama turned up in Saudi Arabia on January 27th in colourful, loose-fitting clothing and no headscarf. The oil-rich kingdom is known for its women being swathed in long, black cloaks known as abayas. So what do women, Saudi and foreign, actually have to wear in Saudi Arabia? The Economist explains Saudi Arabia’s dress code for womenhttp://econ.st/1txoTVw

In both heat and cold, deaths are caused mostly by heart attacks, strokes, and asthma attacks.

However, studies show that people who die due to cold temperature exposure lose in excess of 10 years of potential life.
What if the dress code at the opera was no clothes?



Germany is known for its liberal attitude towards nudity. Topless
sunbathing at outdoor swimming pools is common, and there are many
designated nude beaches. Saunas here are traditionally co-ed and some seven
million Germans reportedly sunbathe in the buff. Supporters say it promotes
a positive body image.



sunbath

noun

a period of sunbathing:an upstairs deck on which you could take a sunbath


dress code

Syllabification: dress code

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of dress code in English:

NOUN

1A set of rules, usually written and posted, specifying the required manner of dress at a school, office, club, restaurant, etc.while the dress code doesn’t require two-tone shoes, you will get turned away if you wear jeans
1.1The customary style of dress of a specified group:jeans or shorts, the standard dress code for producer types



dress up (WEAR FORMAL CLOTHES) phrasal verb
to put on formal clothes for a special occasion:
You don't need to dress up just to go to the pub - jeans and a T-shirt will do.
dress up (CHANGE APPEARANCE) phrasal verb
to put on special clothes in order to change your appearance:
Small children usually love dressing up in their mothers' clothes.
He dressed up as a cowboy for the party.


homecoming
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noun 帰宅; 帰郷; 大学祭 ((卒業生を迎えて行う)).
OVING ON
By JEFF ZASLOW






Some Date: How Homecoming
Is Losing Out to Hanging Out
November 1, 2007; Page D1

Last month, a boy asked my 16-year-old daughter to his school's homecoming dance. She agreed to go, bought a new dress and made a hairdresser appointment.
The boy never bought tickets to the dance. Neither did his friends. They decided that attending homecoming wouldn't be cool, and instead planned to just dress up that night, go out for dinner and then hang out with their dates at someone's house.
[Moving On]
My daughter was disappointed, as were her girlfriends. They would have loved to have been taken to the dance, to show off their dresses, to see and be seen.
At 6 p.m. on the night of the boycotted dance, about a dozen of these girls and their dates gathered in one boy's backyard so a mob of parents could photograph them. I found it dispiriting. My heart went out to those girls -- all dressed up with no place to go. Couldn't we, as parents, have demanded that the boys take our daughters to the dance? Why did we stand there, clicking our digital cameras, saying nothing?
I live in suburban Detroit, but this phenomenon is playing out elsewhere in the country, too -- a telling example of the indifference with which young people today view dating, chivalry and romance.
Studies, of course, show more young people skipping romantic relationships in favor of "hooking up." As teens socialize in packs, forgo one-on-one dating and trade sex nonchalantly, it is no stretch to find that boys are asking girls to homecoming and not bothering to take them there. But with so many young people ignoring once-sacrosanct dating rites, how can we respond?
At some schools, students are boycotting dances to protest bans on sexually suggestive "freak dancing." At others, dances are just falling out of favor. Southeast High School in Wichita, Kan., canceled its homecoming dance last February after just 27 tickets were sold, half to members of the homecoming court. At Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., class of '06 homecoming queen Cathy Caramanico never got her big moment at the dance. It was called off due to lack of interest.
DISCUSS
Readers, how does dating among today's teenagers seem different from when you were a teenager? Are there any changes that have taken place for the better? What are the changes for the worse? Share your thoughts.
Many teens today prefer to gather in someone's basement because it's easier to pair off in dark corners. "There aren't as many chaperones in basements as at dances," says Ms. Caramanico.
Meanwhile, 60% of 125 college students in a new study by Michigan State University have had a sexual "friends with benefits" relationship. Nine out of 10 "hookups" didn't lead to dating relationships, the study found. More ominously, after casual sex, females are more likely than males to show symptoms of depression, according to a study reported last year in the Journal of Sex Research.
"Young women are longing for romance," says Laura Sessions Stepp, author of "Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both." She interviewed girls who considered it empowering to be dismissive of romance and casual about sex. Later, many were beset with regrets.
Obviously, boys no longer have to call girls on Wednesday for a Saturday date. Now, college boys seeking weekend hookups send girls "U busy?" text messages at 2 or 3 a.m., and girls routinely rouse themselves and go, according to Ms. Stepp's research. Many girls spend the next day clutching their cellphones, waiting in vain for the boy to call.
While visiting a high school students in McLean, Va., Ms. Stepp was approached by four girls seeking advice. They wanted to start a "dating club." "These were gorgeous girls," she says. "I told them to print up T-shirts: 'Ask me for a date.' "
Family advocates say we should ask our daughters, point blank, about hooking up. "Does it make you happy?" And we should explain that it can be helpful for teens to start practicing relationships -- learning to listen, to trust, to consider someone's needs.
My wife and I debated insisting that our daughter's date take her to homecoming. Our daughter asked us not to do that. The boy, a nice kid, wanted to go to homecoming, she said, but was following his peers. Because there was parental supervision at that night's gathering, we bit our lips and let it be.
As the father of three daughters, I wish that more parents of sons would talk to their boys about being respectful, and about the thrill that can come from holding hands. Those of us with daughters need to tell them that empowerment is less about sexual freedom and more about recognizing their true feelings.
It is too bad that my daughter and her friends didn't demand that the boys take them to homecoming. Yes, they risked being dumped for easier girls. But maybe the boys would have gotten the message and, as promised, graciously escorted their dates to the dance.
Write to Jeffrey Zaslow at jeffrey.zaslow@wsj.com

1 [C] a person's arrival home after being away for a long time:
They planned a special celebration for her homecoming.

2 [C or U] US a celebration at a school or a college to honour people who were students there earlier