2009年6月10日 星期三

neurotic,catheter, drafty morgue, mortuary, itemizing

Brazilian officials say they have recovered 24 bodies from the mysterious Air France crash over the Atlantic last week. A special morgue has been set up to carry out DNA tests and identify the victims.





At the centerpiece of the plan is a call to gradually reduce the value of itemized deductions that those in the highest tax brackets can take for things like mortgage interest and charitable contributions.



Pentagon Rethinks Photo Ban on Coffins Bearing War Dead

Every week, Air Force cargo jets land and taxi down the runway at Dover Air Force Base, Del., carrying the remains of fallen U.S. troops. After a chaplain says a simple prayer, an eight-man military honor guard removes the metal "transfer cases" from the planes and carries them to a mortuary van.
(By Ann Scott Tyson and Mark Berman, The Washington Post)



The neurotic, death-fearing author visits a morgue, has a catheter inserted just to see what it's like and buys a skeleton as a gift. "It's funny how certain objects convey a message," Sedaris writes, itemizing what his washer, stove and bathroom scale represent to him. "The skeleton has a much more limited vocabulary and says only one thing: 'You are going to die.'"


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item Show phonetics
noun [C]
1 something which is part of a list or group of things:
the last item on the list
The restaurant has a long menu of about 50 items.
Several items of clothing (= clothes) lay on the floor.

2 one of several subjects to be considered:
There are three items on the agenda.

itemize, UK USUALLY itemise Show phonetics
verb [T]
to list things separately, often including details about each thing:
We asked for an itemized bill, listing all our phone calls and how long they were.



draught (COLD AIR) UK, US draft Show phonetics
noun [C]
a current of unpleasantly cold air blowing through a room

draughty UK, US drafty Show phonetics
adjective
a draughty old house

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morgue Show phonetics
noun [C]
MAINLY US FOR mortuary (= place where dead bodies are kept)
n.
  1. A place in which the bodies of persons found dead are kept until identified and claimed or until arrangements for burial have been made.
  2. A reference file in a newspaper or magazine office.

[French, from la Morgue, building in Paris used as a morgue, probably from morgue, haughty manner, from Old French morguer, to look at solemnly, from Vulgar Latin *murricāre, to make a face, from *murrum, muzzle.]

mortuary
Formerly a gift of the second-best beast of a deceased parishioner to the incumbent of the parish church, later the second best of the moveable goods from the estate. The custom persisted sporadically into the 18th cent.; the term now applies more usually to a place for the temporary reception of the dead.

neu・rot・ic


━━ a., n. 【医】神経症の; 〔話〕 神経過敏な; 神経症患者; 〔話〕 神経過敏な人.
neurosis

cath・e・ter


━━ n. 【医】カテーテル, 導尿管.

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