2013年8月7日 星期三

buncombe, bunkum, claptrap, hogwash, posthaste, retraction

But remember that "simplicity" is a buncombe. (V. Nabokov, On Ivan Ilych's Life by Tolstoy)


hogwash (noun) Worthless, false, or ridiculous speech or writing; nonsense.
Synonyms:bunkum, guff, rot
Usage:The entire article is hogwash, and I demand that you print a retraction posthaste!

retract

Pronunciation: /rɪˈtrakt/
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verb

  • 1draw or be drawn back or back in: [with object]:she retracted her hand as if she’d been burnt [no object]:the tentacle retracted quickly
  • 2 [with object] withdraw (a statement or accusation) as untrue or unjustified:he retracted his allegations
  • withdraw or go back on (an undertaking):the parish council was forced to retract a previous resolution

Derivatives

retractable

adjective

retraction

noun

retractive

adjective

Origin:

late Middle English: from Latin retract- 'drawn back', from the verb retrahere (from re- 'back' + trahere 'drag'); the senses 'withdraw (a statement') and 'go back on' via Old French from retractare 'reconsider' (based on trahere 'drag')

post-haste

adverb

  • with great speed or immediacy:she would go post-haste to England

Origin:

mid 16th century: from the direction ‘haste, post, haste’, formerly given on letters



claptrap (noun) Pompous or pretentious talk or writing.
Synonyms:blah, bombast, fustian, rant
Usage:He talks a lot of pretentious claptrap and rarely gets down to brass tacks.


cláptràp[cláp・tràp][名][U](人気取りのための)誠意のない[場当たりの]言葉, はったり, 口からの出まかせ.
bunkum
also buncombe
n.
Empty or insincere talk; claptrap.

[After Buncombe, a county of western North Carolina, from a remark made around 1820 by its congressman, who felt obligated to give a dull speech "for Buncombe".]


buncombe[bun・combe]

  • 発音記号[bʌ'ŋkəm]
[名]=bunkum. (bŭng'kəm) pronunciation

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