2016年1月1日 星期五

hap, mishap, probe, bassinet, fly around the web,

McDonald's started as a burger stall in 1948 and opened some 35,000 outlets across the world. But in 2015 it seemingly lost its sizzle. Not for our readers: this blog is among the year's five most popular explainers

Operational mishaps across the world and harsh competition at home makes life hard for McDonald's.
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將mishap (運氣不佳等意)翻譯成"悲劇"太沉重:

中國第一夫人英國"現形"記事;落後就要出醜出糗
「國母」!有事嗎?!中國國家主席習近平偕「國母」彭麗媛出訪英國,原本雍容華貴的彭麗媛卻在國宴上頂張「大花臉」見客?!原來是因為粉底中含二氧化矽( silica)成份,雖然可以使妝容完美無瑕,但是照相機閃光燈一打就GG了,英國媒體紛紛揶揄彭麗媛的妝容是場不幸的悲劇(have suffered an unfortunate make-up mishap)。
中華人民共和國成立後,按照面貌身材儀態和文化素養水平,唯一帶得出場的第一夫人彭麗媛,在照相時被中國劣質化妝品給毀容了。


(這在緬甸居家生活或外出購物就屬平常,因為緬甸人塗的是天然植物防曬粉。)

 Hold It: Instagram’s Users Drop, but Terms of Service Mishap May Not Be to Blame »

There are many reports flying around the web today that Instagram has lost 25% of its users, according to an app-tracking firm AppData.

 

 Scientist warns of dangers of Taiwan nuclear mishap
Taipei Times
A Japanese nuclear scientist and researcher says that if a nuclear accident occurred at one of northern Taiwan's nuclear power plants, about 30,000 people would die within a short period of time and up to 7 million people could develop cancer from ...

 

 

Russians Fight to Save Mars Probe After Mishap

By HENRY FOUNTAIN
If space engineers cannot save it, the probe, which is loaded with toxic fuel, could re-enter the atmosphere within days or weeks.




As more bring digital devices to national parks, rangers are seeing an increase in mishaps involving technology.



mishap,
〔míshæp〕
n.


  1. Bad luck.
  2. An unfortunate accident.
IN BRIEF: A misfortune.

pronunciation The adventurers had one mishap after another but they arrived at their destination intact.
Tutor's tip: The teen's "mishap" (misfortune or accident) managed to "misshape" (to provide a wrong or bad shape or form to an object) her father's car beyond repair.


[名][C][U]不幸な出来事, 事故, 災難;((古))不運
without mishap
無事に
The haps and mishaps of life are next-door neighbors.
((ことわざ)) 禍福はあざなえる縄のごとし.

noun

an unlucky accident:although there were a few minor mishaps, none of the pancakes stuck to the ceiling the event passed without mishap
 hap
Syllabification: (hap)
Pronunciation: /hap/
archaic
noun
  • luck; fortune.
  • a chance occurrence, especially an event that is considered unlucky.

verb (haps, happing, happed)

[no object]
  • come about by chance:what can hap to him worthy to be deemed evil?
  • [with infinitive] have the fortune or luck to do something:where’er I happ’d to roam

Origin:

Middle English: from Old Norse happ

bassinet[bas・si・net]
 

  • 発音記号[bæ`sənét]

[名]片側にほろのついた揺りかご;(ほろ付き)うば車.

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