2014年3月17日星期一

to ford, ramble, a swan dive, adultery * adulterer


An incessant gambler, a serial adulterer, an experimenter with drugs: Walter Benjamin was as much an incarnation of the modern as its theoretician.

The Love Party
By GAIL COLLINS
Mark Sanford is the latest G.O.P. hopeful to do a swan dive off the adultery cliff. Perhaps the Republican Party has been too strict about the no-girlfriends-while-running-for-president rule.


 Because it was such a well-developed road, many famous persons, including the haiku master Matsuo Bashō, traveled the road. Many people preferred traveling along the Nakasendō because it did not require travelers to ford any rivers.[3][4]




Gov. Sanford Admits Affair and Explains Disappearance

Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, apologized in a rambling news conference for having an affair, ending a mystery over his disappearance.




adulterer

Syllabification: a·dul·ter·er
Pronunciation: /əˈdəltərər
 
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noun

  • A person who commits adultery.
    More example sentences
    • By the late eighteenth century, New England law enforcers arrested few fornicators or adulterers, though premarital and extramarital sex had hardly disappeared.
    • ‘Strike the adulteress and the adulterer one hundred times’ may seem harsh but it is certainly not sexist.
    • In War and Peace, the two chief couples achieve in marriage the supreme happiness that the adulterers and other lovers cannot; their initial erotic transports fade into comfortable habit but remain the basis of a solid and lasting love.
    Synonyms

Origin

early 16th century: from the obsolete verb adulter 'commit adultery', from Latin adulterare 'debauch, corrupt', replacing an earlier Middle English noun avouterer, from Old French avoutrer 'commit adultery', likewise from Latin adulterare.

Definition of ford

noun

  • a shallow place in a river or stream allowing one to walk or drive across.

verb

[with object]
  • (of a person or vehicle) cross (a river or stream) at a shallow place.

Derivatives



fordable

adjective


fordless

adjective

Origin:

Old English; related to Dutch voorde, also to fare

ramble (TALK) Show phonetics
verb [I] DISAPPROVING
to talk or write in a confused way, often for a long time:
Sorry, I'm rambling (on) - let me get back to the point.

rambling Show phonetics
adjective
too long and confused:
a long rambling speech

ramblings Show phonetics
plural noun
long and confused speech or writing

swan dive
n.
A forward dive performed with the legs straight together, the back arched, and the arms stretched out from the sides and then brought together over the head as the diver enters the water.



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