2014年8月27日 星期三

faux, faux pas, portray, bland portrayals, fibrous, flamboyant

ara removed the shirt from its site on Wednesday.
Now that's a fashion faux pas
TIME.COM

 Eisenhower’s greatest accomplishment may well have been to make his presidency look bland and boring: in this sense, he was very different from the flamboyant Roosevelt, and that’s why historians at first underestimated him.

bland and fibrous

fibrous root


on Page 31:
"London. In these respects, as in others, the crisis of 1745 provides a useful corrective to excessively bland portrayals"


Did 'SNL' Go Beyond the Pale With Fauxbama?

When Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president last year, some observers questioned whether the senator from Illinois was "black enough" to embody the hopes and aspirations of African Americans.
(By Paul Farhi, The Washington Post)


Appearing in the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live, Obama joined impersonators Amy Poehler and Darrell Hammond who were portraying the former first ..
fi·brous ('brəs) pronunciation
adj.
  1. Having, consisting of, or resembling fibers.
  2. Full of sinews; tough.
fibrously fi'brous·ly adv.
fibrousness fi'brous·ness n.


bland Show phonetics
adjective USUALLY DISAPPROVING
lacking a strong taste or character or lacking in interest or energy:
I find chicken a little bland.
Pop music these days is so bland.


adj., bland·er, bland·est.
  1. Characterized by a moderate, unperturbed, or tranquil quality, especially:
    1. Pleasant in manner; smooth: a bland smile.
    2. Not irritating or stimulating; soothing: a bland diet.
    3. Exhibiting no personal worry, embarrassment, or concern: told a series of bland lies.
    1. Dull and insipid: a bland little drama.
    2. Having little or no distinctive flavor: bland cooking.
[Latin blandus, caressing, flattering.]
blandly bland'ly adv.
blandness bland'ness n.
bland[bland]

  • 発音記号[blǽnd] [形](〜・er, 〜・est)
1 〈飲食物などが〉風味の乏しい, 刺激の少ない, 味気ない;〈製品が〉おもしろ味のない, あまり特長のない
bland foods like noodles and potatoes
ヌードルやジャガイモなどのピリっとしない食べ物.
2 〈態度などが〉穏やかな, 人当たりのよい;〈空気・気候が〉さわやかな, おだやかな
a bland smile
柔和な微笑.
3 〈音楽などが〉退屈な;無感動な.
bland・ly
[副]当たり障りなく, おざなりに;穏やかに.
bland・ness
[名]


faux Show phonetics
adjective [before noun]
not real, but made to look or seem real; false:
faux fur
a faux-brick wall


faux pas

Line breaks: faux pas
Pronunciation: /fəʊ ˈpɑː , fo pa/


NOUN (plural same)

An embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation:‘I was suddenly sick in the back of their car’—it was years before he could confess his faux pas to them

Origin

French, literally 'false step'.
portray Show phonetics
verb [T]
1 to represent or describe someone or something in a painting, film, book or other artistic work:
The painting portrays a beautiful young woman in a blue dress.
The writer portrays life in a small village at the turn of the century.

2 portray sb as sth If a person in a film, book, etc. is portrayed as a particular type of character, they are represented in that way:
The father in the film is portrayed as a fairly unpleasant character.

portrayal Show phonetics
noun [C]
His latest film is a fairly grim portrayal of war-time suffering.
[名]
1 [U][C]描写(すること);(舞台で)役を演じること.
2 描写されたもの, 絵, 肖像(画).

portrayal
the act or process or an instance of portraying : representation
 2 : portrait



Victorian portrayals
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Memorial Stained Glass Window to Arthur Smith depicts three angels and Sir Galahad, who is shown on foot leading a horse., Memorial Stairwell, Mackenzie Building, Royal Military College of Canada with a line from the poem `Sir Galahad` by Alfred Lord Tennyson “My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure.”

In Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, Galahad's incredible prowess and fortune in the quest for the Holy Grail are traced back to his piety. According to the legend, only pure knights may achieve the Grail. While in a specific sense, this "purity" refers to chastity, Galahad appears to have lived a generally sinless life, like Jesus Christ, and so as a result, he lives and thinks on a level entirely apart from the other knights around him. This quality is reflected in Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem Sir Galahad:

"My good blade carves the casques of men,

My tough lance thrusteth sure,

My strength is as the strength of ten,

Because my heart is pure."[2]

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