2011年7月31日 星期日

consume, commission, decommissioning, watery grave

Russia Plans Watery Grave for International Space Station Officials plan to sink station in the ocean after its 2020 decommissioning.




馬英九總統表明願與民進黨主席蔡英文辯論ECFA,蔡英文昨表示,希望總統不要當成政治操作來消費她,應該有完整規劃作業,讓人民知道政府的施政內容,她認為,社會菁英的辯論是健康的事情。 總統府發言人王郁琦昨回應指出,馬總統已 ...

━━ vt. 消費[消耗]する, 使い尽す; 食い[飲み]尽す; (火が)焼き尽す; 夢中にさせる.
━━ vi. 尽きる, 消滅する.
be consumed with [by] (悲嘆に)身がやつれる, (嫉妬に)身をこがす, (怒りに)燃える.
con・sum・a・ble ━━ a., n. 消費[消耗]できる; (普通pl.) 消費材.
con・sum・er ━━ n. 消費者; 消費する[消耗する]人[物]; 【エコロジー】消費者 ((他の生物を食べて生存する生物)).
con・sum・er・ism n. 消費賛美[擁護](論); 消費者(保護)運動.
con・sum・er・ist n. 消費者運動活動家, 消費者保護主義者.
consumer behavior 消費者行動.
consumer credit 消費者信用.
Consumer Credit Protection Act 消費者信用保護法.
consumer debt 消費者債務.
consumer disposables =consumer non-durables.
consumer durables =durable.
Consumer Electronics Show 【コンピュータ】コンシューマ・エレクトロニクス・ショー ((略 CES)).
consumer finance company 消費者金融会社.
consumer goods 消費財.
consumer loan 消費者ローン.
consumer market 消費者市場.
consumer motivation 消費者の購買動機.
consumer non-durables 非耐久消費財.
consumer price index 消費者物価指数.
Consumer Product Safety Commission 消費者製品安全委員会.
consumer protection 消費者保護.
Consumer Reports コンシューマー・リポーツ ((商品テストを専門に行う米国の月刊誌)).
consumer research 消費者需要調査.
consumer resistance =sales resistance.
Consumers' Association 〔英〕 (the 〜) 消費者協会.
consumer's risk 消費者危険 ((不良品が合格となる確率)).
consumer terrorism [terrorist] 消費者テロリズム[テロリスト] ((食品への毒物混入で製造業者・販売業者をおどす)).
con・sum・ing ━━ a. 消費する; (感情などが)強烈な, 激しい.

consume Pronunciation (verb) To expend; use up.
Synonyms:deplete, wipe out, eat up, exhaust, run through, eat
Usage:She purchased a hybrid car that would consume less gas than the car she had previously owned.

2011年7月30日 星期六

Camelot, ambience, monolith




In an Early 1900s Neighborhood, a Glimpse of ‘2001’

People in Fiske Terrace-Midwood Park say a 20-foot-tall Verizon FiOS monolith clashes with the neighborhood’s ambience.

mónolìth[móno・lìth]

[名]
1 モノリス.
(1) 特に建築・彫刻用の一枚岩, 一本石.
(2) (1)から造られたオベリスク・柱・像など.
2 一枚岩的な組織[集団, 政府].

Word of the Day:

Camelot (KAM-uh-lot)

noun: An idealized time or place, one regarded as enlightened, beautiful, and peaceful.

Etymology
After Camelot, the site of King Arthur's court in Arthurian legend.

Notes
Camelot has also become a nickname for the glamorous ambience of the time in the US when John F. Kennedy was the president (1961-1963). A musical titled Camelot, based on the Arthurian legend, was popular around the same time and the word came to be applied to the exciting time of change during Kennedy's administration.

Usage
"Dan Webster likes to reminisce about the good ol' days when Republicans ended the Democrats' reign of terror and turned Tallahassee into a Camelot of good government." — Scott Maxwell; Alan Grayson's GOP Challengers Slide to Right at Forum; Lost Angeles Times; May 27, 2010.


ambience[am・bi・ence]

  • レベル:社会人必須
  • 発音記号[ǽmbiəns]

[名][U]((またan 〜))
1 ((文))(特徴的な)雰囲気
a pleasing ambience
楽しい雰囲気.
2 (ライブ録音の感じを出すためにつける)背景音.
3 周囲, 外界.

2011年7月29日 星期五

vine-ripe, aromatics

Sandwiches Take a Turn With Tomatoes

Now that vine-ripe tomatoes are in season, the best sandwiches are tomato, made with aromatics that permeate the bread.




vine-ripe
[形]〈トマトなどが〉木についたまま熟した. ▼米国のスーパーなどで見かけるvine-ripe tomatoesという標示は「青いうちにもいだものではない」こと. ⇒TREE-RIPE

trée-rìpe[trée-rìpe]

[形]木で熟した, 完熟の.

2011年7月28日 星期四

by leaps and bounds, bounding out of their rescue capsule,

Miners Defy Dire Predictions on Fitness and Spirit
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
Many miners came bounding out of their rescue capsule, testimony to their diet and organization underground.


Used computer market expanding by leaps and bounds



by leaps and bounds

Rapidly, or in fast progress, as in The corn is growing by leaps and bounds, or School enrollment is increasing by leaps and bounds. This term is a redundancy, since leap and bound both mean "spring" or "jump," but the two words have been paired since Shakespeare's time and are still so used.




bound

intr.v., bound·ed, bound·ing, bounds.
  1. To leap forward or upward; spring.
  2. To progress by forward leaps or springs.
  3. To bounce; rebound.
n.
  1. A leap; a jump.
  2. A rebound; a bounce.

[French bondir, to bounce, from Old French, to resound, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bombitīre, from Latin bombitāre, to hum, from bombus, a humming sound, from Greek bombos.]

2011年7月27日 星期三

concession stand, snack kiosk or snack bar, unappetizing

Forget buckets of blood. Nothing says horror like one of those tubs of artificially buttered, nonorganic popcorn at the concession stand. That, at least, is one of the unappetizing lessons to draw from one of the scariest movies of the year, “Food, Inc.,” an informative, often infuriating activist documentary about the big business of feeding or, more to the political point, force-feeding, Americans all the junk that multinational corporate money can buy. You’ll shudder, shake and just possibly lose your genetically modified lunch.

concession stand
Concession stand of a 1950s style fine arts movie theatre. Patrons of movie theaters purchase candy and drinks here.
A concession stand (American English), snack kiosk or snack bar (British English, Irish English) is the term used to refer to a place where patrons can purchase snacks or food at a cinema, fair, stadium, or other entertainment venue. Some events or venues contract out the right to sell food to third parties. Those contracts are often referred to as a concession — hence the name for a stand where food is sold. Usually prices for goods at concession stands are greater than elsewhere for the convenience of being close to an attraction.

2011年7月20日 星期三

one-term president, mixture

There are a lot of factors at work here and one I think is ideology. There are some people in the Republican Party who have said they wouldn't vote for an increase in the debt limit no matter what concessions are made. They just feel the government is too big and we should cut it back and this is a very convenient weapon. So it's not entirely just about political advantage.

There is that of course in every political confrontation in every democratic country that's true. But the same Republican Minority Leader, Senator McConnell, said a few months ago my main aim in everything is to make sure that President Obama is a one-term president. So he said explicitly that political advantage is what he is concerned about. So I think there is a mixture of reasons.

femto-, segment, homo-, homo, humor, humor-



home-

or hom-
pref.
Same; like: homophone.

[Greek, from homos, same.]


homo

(') pronunciation
n.
A member of the genus Homo, which includes the extinct and extant species of humans.

[Latin homō, man.]


ho·mo2 (') pronunciation
n. Offensive Slang, pl., -mos.
Used as a disparaging term for a gay man or lesbian.

[Short for HOMOSEXUAL.]


humor-

Prefix meaning liquid.

humor

(hyū'mər) pronunciation
n.
  1. The quality that makes something laughable or amusing; funniness: could not see the humor of the situation.
  2. That which is intended to induce laughter or amusement: a writer skilled at crafting humor.
  3. The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd. See synonyms at wit1.
  4. One of the four fluids of the body, blood, phlegm, choler, and black bile, whose relative proportions were thought in ancient and medieval physiology to determine a person's disposition and general health.
  5. Physiology.
    1. A body fluid, such as blood, lymph, or bile.
    2. Aqueous humor.
    3. Vitreous humor.
  6. A person's characteristic disposition or temperament: a boy of sullen humor.
  7. An often temporary state of mind; a mood: I'm in no humor to argue.
    1. A sudden, unanticipated whim. See synonyms at mood1.
    2. Capricious or peculiar behavior.
tr.v., -mored, -mor·ing, -mors.
  1. To comply with the wishes or ideas of; indulge.
  2. To adapt or accommodate oneself to. See synonyms at pamper.
idiom:

out of humor

  1. In a bad mood; irritable.

[Middle English, fluid, from Old French umor, from Latin ūmor, hūmor.]





IBM Raises 2011 Outlook

IBM's second-quarter earnings rose 8.2% as the tech heavyweight continued to report growth across its segments, prompting a boost of its full-year outlook.


Femtodynamics: A Guide to Laser Settings and Procedure Techniques to Optimize Outcomes with Femtosecond Lasers is a new, comprehensive text that presents a practical approach to optimizing laser settings and procedure techniques for performing LASIK, intracorneal ring segment placement, and other corneal procedures with currently available femtosecond lasers.

Dr. Ella Faktorovich has provided detailed photographs and illustrations to demonstrate the techniques for optimizing procedure outcomes. The author guides you step-by-step through common procedures while providing a detailed approach to managing and preventing possible complications.




femto-
pref.

One quadrillionth (10 -15): femtovolt.

[From Danish and Norwegian femten, fifteen, from Old Norse fimmtān.]

dead-tree-edition, overboard




Books overboard

Jul 12th 2011, 11:40 by D.T. | SEOUL

WHEN school textbooks make the headlines in East Asia, they are usually cast as bystanders to some intractable old dispute, and related demands that children be taught “correct” history. Thankfully though, future-minded officials in South Korea have given cause for this correspondent to write about something altogether different: by 2015, all of the country’s dead-tree textbooks will be phased out, in favour of learning materials carried on tablet computers and other devices.

The cost of setting up the network will be $2.1 billion. It is hoped that cutting out printing costs will go some way towards compensating for this expenditure. Environmentalists will of course be pleased, regardless. A cloud network will be set up to host digital copies of all existing textbooks, and to give students the (possibly unwelcome) ability to access materials at any time, via iPads, smartphones, netbooks, and even Stone-Age PCs. Kids will need to come up with a new range of excuses for not doing their homework: the family dog cannot be blamed for eating a computer, nor can a file hosted on a cloud network be left behind on a bus.

The education ministry also plans to use the network to offer online classes for children who are too ill to attend school. Given this country’s utter obsession with education—driven by parents’ fear that their children will “fall behind” unless morning, noon and night are spent studying—it is perhaps not surprising that even the ability to pull an occasional sickie is now being cut out.

Within the context of this relentless drive for learning, and South Korea’s reputation as a nation of gadget-lovers, the government could even be accused of being slow to catch on. According to Choi Young-soo of WeaversMind, a maker of picture-based vocabulary-memorisation devices, paper-free learning is already commonplace in private classrooms. He should know: though his start-up only started up in 2009, it is on course to sell $8m worth of English-language-learning gizmos this year.

Mr Choi talks of the prevailing “mood between parents, students, and government” which regards interactive, tech-based learning as the way of the future. It is an attractive picture, and one that is already prompting editorials lauding Korean educational culture from abroad. Those watching this country’s academic success with envy though—from Barack Obama on down—would do well to remember that not everything about South Korean education is worth copying.



overboard
(ō'vər-bôrd', -bōrd') pronunciation
adv.
Over or as if over the side of a boat or ship.

idiom:

go overboard

  1. To go to extremes, especially as a result of enthusiasm.



dead tree edition

[common] A paper version of an on-line document; one printed on dead trees. In this context, “dead trees” always refers to paper. See also tree-killer.

2011年7月19日 星期二

forced hospitalization,a break, oversight,

Murdochs Caught a Break at Hearing, Stock Analysts Say

There seemed to be consensus inside the company and out that the Murdochs and the News Corporation had not destroyed their image.

--

Huang Xuetao, a human rights lawyer in Shenzhen in Guangdong province who handles forced committals, has called for a legal framework to allow victims to lodge protests.

In response to an array of reports on forced hospitalization, the health ministry unveiled last month a draft bill governing matters related to mental health.

The draft stipulates the right to file a lawsuit challenging forced hospitalization.

But critics say the bill will not be enough to fix the problem.

"It's an illusion if people think they can challenge the responsibility of administrative authorities without greater oversight," said one economic newspaper.



break

━━[名]
1 破壊, 破損, 崩壊;破損箇所, 裂け目, 割れ目, ひび
a break in a fence
塀にできたひび.
2 (…への)逃亡, 脱走(の試み);突進((for ...))
make a break for freedom [the car]
自由になろうと脱走する[車の方へ突っ走る]
make a prison break
脱獄する.
3 ((通例a 〜))(天候・音調・方向などの)急な変化;突然の出現;夜明け, 始まり
at (the) break of day
((文))夜明けに.
4 (友情関係の)中断, 断絶, 仲たがい;中断, 中止, 停止;《電気》(回路の)遮断, 断線;(コマーシャルなどによる)番組の中断
without a break
中断することなく
make a break with ...
…とたもとをわかつ.
5 ブレーク.
(1) 《音楽》声域の変化に伴って声の質が変わる転換点.
(2) 《ジャズ》ソロの挿入部.
6 ((略式))((通例a 〜))運, 機会, (特に)幸運, 好機(⇒OPPORTUNITY[類語]);優遇措置
a lucky [a big] break
幸運
a bad [((略式))a tough] break
不運
an even break
五分五分のチャンス
a tax break
税の優遇措置[特典]
get [have] a break
幸運をつかむ
give a break
幸運を与える;ひと安心させる, ひと息つかせる.
7 相場の暴落;((略式))失態, 失敗, へま;失言
make a (bad) break
失態を演じる
make a fool break
ばかなまねをする.
8 [U][C]((通例a 〜))(仕事の合間の)休憩, 小休止, 息抜き, 休暇
the Christmas break
クリスマス休暇
a coffee break
コーヒーの時間;休憩
take [have] a break
一服する
go on break
(労働者が)休憩にはいる.
9
(1) 《韻文》(行中の)休止.
(2) 《印刷》パラグラフ間の1行以上のあき;((〜s))省略符号(suspension points).
(3) (記事が別ページへ続く)切れ目.
(4) 行の最後で単語のつづりを分ける箇所. ▼分綴(ぶんてつ)の箇所.
10
(1) 《ビリヤード》連続の得点(run);初キュー.
(2) 《球技》カーブ.
(3) 《競馬・トラック競技》レースの開始, スタート.
(4) 《ボウリング》ミス, ブロー.
(5) 《ボクシング》=breakaway[名]1.
(6) 《テニス》(サービス)ブレーク;ブレークポイント.
11 《馬術》ブレーク:馬が駆け足などへ変わること.
12 《海事》船楼端.
13 ((米俗))(市民ラジオの)交信開始.
Give me a break!
((米略式))
(1) 助けてくれ, 勘弁してくれ.
(2) チャンスをくれ. ⇒[名]6
[古英語brecan. ラテン語frangere(破る)と同系]

net, pull, pull the plug on, notch

Apple Notches Patent Win Against HTC
Apple netted a victory in its legal dispute with HTC, as an International Trade Commission judge ruled the cellphone maker infringed two Apple patents.



Billionaires Pledge To Spread the Wealth
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's billionaire challenge has netted 40 tycoons willing to give away at least half of their money.


Iran: That Was a Firecracker
The first site to report that the president survived an assassination attempt has already pulled its story, and official news agencies now say Ahmadinejad's convoy was disrupted by a firecracker set off "to cheer the president."


Search Giant Pulls the Plug on Google Wave
Google Wave, once touted as an eventually replacement to e-mail, is being shuttered at the end of the year. Google will incorporate some of the social networking service's technology into other projects.

pull
v.intr.
  1. To exert force in moving something toward the source of the force.
  2. To drink or inhale deeply: pulled on the cold beer with gusto; pull on a cigarette.
  3. Nautical. To row a boat.
  4. Informal. To express or feel great sympathy or empathy: We're pulling for our new president.


pull the plug on Slang.
  1. To stop supporting or bring to an end: pulled the plug on the new art courses.


net

(nĕt) pronunciation
adj.
  1. Business.
    1. Remaining after all deductions have been made, as for expenses: net profit.
    2. Remaining after tare is deducted: net weight.
  2. Ultimate; final: the net result.
n.
  1. Business. A net amount, as of profit or weight.
  2. The main point; the essence: the net of our discussion.
tr.v., net·ted, net·ting, nets.
  1. To bring in or yield as profit.
  2. To clear as profit.
[Middle English, elegant, remaining after deductions, from Old French, elegant, and from Old Italian netto, remaining after deductions, both from Latin nitidus, clean, elegant. See neat1.]



notch
(nŏch) pronunciation
n.
    1. A V-shaped cut.
    2. Such a cut used for keeping a record.
  1. A narrow pass between mountains.
  2. Informal. A level or degree: a notch or two higher in quality.
tr.v., notched, notch·ing, notch·es.
  1. To cut a notch in.
  2. To record by or as if by making notches: notched the score on a stick.
  3. Informal. To achieve; score: notched 30 wins in a single season.
[Probably from a notch, alteration of an otch, from French oche, from Old French, from ochier, to notch.]

habanero

按下看大圖
漫畫來源: Ted Goff


habanero

('bə-nâr'ō, ä'bä-nĕ') pronunciation
n., pl., -ros.
A cultivar of the tropical pepper Capsicum chinense having small, round, extremely hot green to red fruit.

[American Spanish, of Havana (from the theory that it originated in Cuba), from (La) Habana, Havana.]

2011年7月18日 星期一

call in, call-in, called in sick, in question, call in question




Cameron Calls In Parliament as Hacking Scandal Grows



Prime Minister David Cameron said he would address Parliament on Wednesday, a day after Rupert Murdoch, his son James and Rebekah Brooks are set to testify.
call-in
(kôl'ĭn')
adj.
Being in a format such that listeners or viewers are invited to have their telephone conversations with the host or guests on a show broadcast to other listeners: a call-in radio show.

n.
  1. A viewer's or listener's telephone conversation with or telephone call to the host of such a show.
  2. A viewer or listener making such a call.


Telephone one's employer or school that one is ill and cannot come to work or attend. For example, Ben called in sick and told his boss he would miss the meeting.
[Mid-1900s]

call in question
Also, call into question. Dispute, challenge; also, cast doubt on. For example, How can you call her honesty into question? This usage was first recorded in John Lyly's Euphues (1579): "That ... I should call in question the demeanour of all."


Chip makers soon will deliver one of biggest advances in years in the technology that powers laptop and desktop computers. But how much consumers—and the chip companies—will benefit is in question.

in question
Under consideration, referring to the subject being discussed, as in No new facts have been discovered about the period in question. Shakespeare used this idiom in Cymbeline (1:1): "His father ... had, besides the gentleman in question, two other sons." [c. 1600] Also see call in question.

2011年7月17日 星期日

pass over, taken in by, in the hole



Elizabeth Warren Not Likely to Head Consumer Agency

Though she helped to create it, Wall Street critic may get passed over for head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.



Rebekah Brooks Arrested In Hacking Probe

Ex-News International chief, who resigned Friday, is taken in by police in London.


Gingrich Campaign: $1 Million in Debt, Half on Private Jets

Former Speaker of the House in the hole while Romney, Bachmann rake in contributions.



in the hole
1. In debt; in trouble, especially financial trouble. For example, Joan is too extravagant; she's always in the hole, or Buying all these Christmas presents will put us in the hole for the next few months. [Colloquial; early 1800s] Also see in a bind.
2. In trouble in a competitive sport. For example, At three balls and no strikes, the pitcher's in the hole, or The batter's got two strikes on him; he's in the hole. [Slang; late 1800s]
3. In a card game, scoring lower than zero. For example, Only one hand's been dealt and I'm already three points in the hole. This expression alludes to the practice of circling a minus score in the old game of euchre. The antonym for all three usages is out of the hole, as in It took careful financial management to get Kevin out of the hole, or An experienced pitcher often can manage to get out of the hole. Also see ace in the hole.





pass over
v

Definition: ignore, disregard
Antonyms: attend, heed, take care, tap

2011年7月16日 星期六

recension, popularizer

Such a thorough recension has been possible because....

The O.E.D. already provide popularizers with unlimited material.

recension
(rĭ-sĕn'shən) pronunciation
n.
  1. A critical revision of a text incorporating the most plausible elements found in varying sources.
  2. A text so revised.

[Latin recēnsiō, recēnsiōn-, a reviewing, from recēnsēre, to review : re-, re- + cēnsēre, to estimate.]

popularize

(pŏp'yə-lə-rīz') pronunciation
tr.v., -ized, -iz·ing, -iz·es.
  1. To make popular: A famous dancer popularized the new hairstyle.
  2. To present in a widely understandable or acceptable form: popularize technical material for a general audience.
popularization pop'u·lar·i·za'tion (-lər-ĭ-zā'shən) n.
popularizer pop'u·lar·iz'er n.

snap, in good shape

Eurozone to push for Greek bailout deal in snap summit
Debt-ridden Greece needs a second international bailout to stay solvent past 2012. It remains to be seen, however, if the rest of the eurozone can agree to a new financial package by a snap summit next week.


Cosmetic Dentistry - Prof. Robert Sader is our 'in good shape' studio guest
A radiant smile with even, brilliantly white teeth. For most people that has become a sign of health and success. We speak with our expert about the field of cosmetic dentistry and its methods.


必須是在許多未計畫的時間(at snap times)去看/ 觀察︰

職員對顧客的態度

顧客對職員的態度


snap

adj.
  1. Made or done suddenly, with little or no preparation: a snap decision.
  2. Fastening with a snap: snap pockets.
  3. Informal. Simple; easy: a snap assignment.


in condition

Also, in good condition or shape; in shape. Physically fit; also, in a state of readiness. For example, I've got to get in condition before the next road race, or This project's in good shape now, or Is this report in shape to show to the president? The first expression dates from the late 1700s; the use of shape for "a state of health or repair" dates from the mid-1800s. The antonyms of these expressions, out of condition and out of shape, date from the mid-1800s. For example, Their stock was out of condition and not suitable for selling, or I'm so out of shape that I can barely run a mile.

2011年7月15日 星期五

floodgate, reserve

A buyer examined and selected pig carcasses for the morning food markets at a wholesale center on the outskirts of Shanghai.
Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

China to Release More of Its Pork Reserves

With the price of pig meat up 38 percent in major cities since the start of the year, China is about to open the floodgates of its national pork reserve.

come out of, Integrity, Rung


Mr. Li, the MediaExpress spokesman, said the company now has misgivings about how it listed in the U.S. 'We had never considered that this way of listing would come [at the expense] of investor trust,' he said.



come out of
Also, come from or come of. Issue, proceed, or result from, as in What good can come out of all this wrangling? or Where are these questions coming from? or What do you think will come of this change? The first term dates from the early 1600s, the second from the early 1200s, and the third from the late 1500s. Also see where one is coming from.

レポートによると、OSS の整合性、品質、セキュリティは全体的に向上しており、毎年、Coverity 認定の「Integrity Rung」(整合性レベル)ランクを上げているプロジェクトが増え続けている、とのことだ。 具体的には、静的解析の欠陥密度が16%減少したことが判明、 ...


Integrity Ladder with Questions and User's Guide
laws (Rung 5 of the Integrity Ladder). Other companies may believe that
compliance .... preferred integrity rung of the ladder is often not constructive

Clay Jones / The Free Lance-Star / Creators Syndicate





Rung
━━ n. (はしごの)段; (いすなどの)桟; (車の)輻(や).
start at the bottom rung 一番低い地位から始める.

n.
  1. A rod or bar forming a step of a ladder.
  2. A crosspiece between the legs of a chair.
  3. The spoke in a wheel.
  4. Nautical. One of the spokes or handles on a ship's wheel.
  5. A level or degree in a hierarchy: a middle manager awaiting a promotion to the next rung.
[Middle English, from Old English hrung.]



integrity
  • [intégrəti]
[名][U]
1 正直, 誠実, 高潔, 廉直(honesty)
a person of high integrity
すぐれて誠実な人物.
2 完全な状態, 無欠(性), もとのままの状態, 無傷の状態
territorial integrity
領土保全.


Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

著名的“輕聲說話加大棍子”的擴張主義政策,就出自這位“羅斯福王”之手。

There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.

Theodore Roosevelt, Speech in Chicago, 3 Apr. 1903



make a pitch for US and Canadian slang
a. to give verbal support to
b. to attempt to attract (someone) sexually or romantically

the body politic, natural wastage, ground staff


the body politic noun [S] FORMAL
all the people of a particular country under a particular government

natural wastage UK noun [U] (US attrition)
a reduction in the number of people who work for an organization which is achieved by not replacing those people who leave

ground staff plural noun

the people whose job is to take care of a sports ground and its equipment

2011年7月14日 星期四

improve on

Google+ Improves on Facebook

By DAVID POGUE

Google+, Google's social network, has easy-to-use privacy controls and allows video chats with as many as 10 people.




improve on
Make beneficial additions or changes to, as in The company is trying to improve on the previous model. [Late 1600s]

rifted, soaring, imbricate

或許該拼湊東海校園的九景送許達然

只怕那兒沒有夢中文物的指指點點

沒有學者學生的友情愛情

所以用這篇當作文理大道上的風聲鐘聲……..

《斷象》The Rifted Vision

(臺灣大學「新月台」內)

200510月,住處前臺灣大學網球場邊樹立一棟建築物「新月台」我無法原諒它但求立面工整 (裏面有一家原叫 NTU FancyLand的,隔間等真是慘不忍睹;又,砍一棵樹為夜間照明

這棟的公共藝術是一牆化工材織物,由九個校景一瞥所構成。它說拜科技之賜,現在可以將景色合成、織成

大概很少人注意版權版上還有一首中英對照的詩歌。讓我無法思解的是這首可能是創作詩嗎?我記憶中的詩是這樣,標點和幾處可能有錯,而我認為或許意思到了就好、漢文版和英文版都是如是觀。遺憾的是沒記下作者。

《斷象》The Rifted Vision

Erected first are the soaring towers, followed by the stairs,

Sculpted first are the standing walls followed by the windows,

To inter-view, to en-vision,

Shuttling to imbricate the fleeting images and fading imaginations,

Partly for the passing beholders,

Partly for the remembering scholars.

先有巨塔,而後有了樓梯

先有高樓,而後有了窗

為了溝通、為了看見、為了明白

穿梭為了凝固即將逝去的風景與意志

一半借給路人指點

一半留給學者紀念



imbricate

(ĭm'brĭ-kāt') pronunciation
adj.
Having regularly arranged, overlapping edges, as roof tiles or fish scales.


v., -cat·ed, -cat·ing, -cates.

v.tr.
To overlap in a regular pattern.

v.intr.
To be arranged with regular overlapping edges.

[Latin imbricātus, covered with roof tiles, from imbrex, imbric-, roof tile, from imber, imbr-, rain.]

imbrication im'bri·ca'tion n.




2011年7月13日 星期三

gainful, historiogra·phy, employment, Histrionic personality disorder


GOING AFTER ‘GAINFUL’
WASHINGTON -- Weeks after the U.S. Education Department issued softened regulations designed to ensure that vocational programs prepare graduates for "gainful employment," House Republicans made abundantly clear Friday that, in their view, the rules had not been eased nearly enough, and that they would continue to oppose them. The article is in Inside Higher Ed.



Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriately seductive behavior, usually beginning in early adulthood. These individuals are lively, dramatic, vivacious, enthusiastic, and flirtatious.

They may be inappropriately sexually provocative, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style, and be easily influenced by others. Associated features may include egocentrism, self-indulgence, continuous longing for appreciation, and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve their own needs.





The art of, or employment of, writing history.
his·to·ri·og·ra·phy
(hĭ-stôr'ē-ŏg'rə-fē, -stōr'-) pronunciation
n.
  1. The principles, theories, or methodology of scholarly historical research and presentation.
  2. The writing of history based on a critical analysis, evaluation, and selection of authentic source materials and composition of these materials into a narrative subject to scholarly methods of criticism.
  3. A body of historical literature.

[French historiographie, from Old French, from Greek historiographiā : historiā, history; see history + -graphiā, -graphy.]

historiographic his·to'ri·o·graph'ic (-ē-ə-grăf'ĭk) or his·to'ri·o·graph'i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
historiographically his·to'ri·o·graph'i·cal·ly adv.

employ
tr.v., -ployed, -ploy·ing, -ploys.
    1. To engage the services of; put to work: agreed to employ the job applicant.
    2. To provide with gainful work: factories that employ thousands.
  1. To put to use or service. See synonyms at use.
  2. To devote (time, for example) to an activity or purpose: employed several months in learning Swahili.
n.
  1. The state of being employed: in the employ of the city.
  2. Archaic. Occupation.

[Middle English emploien, from Old French emploier, from Latin implicāre, to involve : in-, in; see en-1 + plicāre, to fold.]

employability em·ploy'a·bil'i·ty n.
employable em·ploy'a·ble adj.
employer em·ploy'er n.

[名]
1 [U][C]職, 職業, 仕事, 業務(⇒OCCUPATION[類語]);(時間をとる)仕事
public employment
公職
leave one's employment
職を去る
give employment to ...
…に職を与える
seek employment
職を求める
She found employment as a typist.
タイピストとして職を得た.
2 [U]使われている状態, 雇用, 勤め, 勤務(⇔unemployment);[C]((形式))有益な活動
full employment
(失業者ゼロの)完全雇用
be in [out of, without] employment
就業[失業]している.
3 [U]((形式))(物を)使うこと, 使用;利用
the employment of atomic energy
原子力の利用.
4 就業人口.
----

  • [histɔ`ːriɑ'grəfi | -ɔ'g-]
[名][U][C]
1 歴史文献;((集合的))史実.
2 歴史記述, 修史, 史料編集.
3 歴史学の方法.
4 公の歴史, 正史.
his・tò・ri・o・gráph・ic, his・tò・gráph・i・cal [形]史料編集の.



gainful


(gān'fəl) pronunciation
adj.
Providing a gain; profitable: gainful employment.

gainfully gain'ful·ly adv.
gainfulness gain'ful·ness n.

2011年7月12日 星期二

market capitalisation, rounding error, regulatory , discretionary

Lex專欄:雀巢押注徐福記
FT Lex: Nestlé
英國《金融時報》 Lex專欄



In the casino of dealmaking, a small bet on a potentially big return is often worth making. Nestlé has done just that. The S$2.1bn it is offering for 60 per cent of Singapore-listed Hsu Fu Chi is less than 1 per cent of the Swiss food group's market capitalisation. And the Chinese food maker will only add about 0.5 per cent to Nestlé's Sfr110bn in revenues last year. Yet for what is effectively a rounding error, the Swiss giant has agreed to buy an extensive distribution network in everyone's dream market. Hsu Fu Chi is a call option on growth in the Chinese middle class.


在撮合交易的賭場裡,用小額賭注押注於可能獲得的巨大收益,通常是值得的。雀巢(Nestlé)就押下了這樣一注。該公司將以21億新元收購在新加坡上市的徐福記60%的股權,這個金額還不到這家瑞士食品集團市值的1%。這家中國食品製造商將為雀巢增加的收入,僅相當於後者去年1100億瑞士法郎營收的約0.5%。然而,相對於幾乎可以忽略不計的收購成本,這家瑞士巨頭同意買入的,卻是一個遍布中國這個人人都垂涎的巨大市場的分銷網絡。徐福記是對中國中產階層壯大的看漲期權。

The option does not exactly come cheap. The S$4.35 per share offer price values​​ Hsu Fu Chi at a full 2​​6 times next year's earnings – about a 25 per cent premium to the company's share price before bid speculation broke out this month. Nestlé itself trades at 16 times its 2012 earnings. Furthermore, if Hsu Fu Chi, which has clashed with regulators in the past, were to suffer any health and safety problems, the reputation of Nestlé's broader business could suffer. Finally, there are disturbing precedents. Private equity group Blackstone and Unilever, the British food maker, have encountered regulatory trouble while attempting to raise food prices in China.


這個期權並不廉價。雀巢開出的每股4.35瑞士法郎的價格,是徐福記明年預期每股收益的整整26倍,較本月收購傳言出現之前的徐福記股價,溢價幅度達到25%。目前雀巢自己的股價是2012年預期每股收益的16倍。另外,徐福記曾經與監管機構有過不愉快的過去,如果它出現任何衛生與食品安全問題,可能損及雀巢旗下更廣泛業務的聲譽。最後,之前的一些先例令人憂心。私營股本集團黑石(Blackstone)和英國食品製造商聯合利華(Unilever)試圖在中國提價時,都遭遇了監管方面的麻煩。

Still, the downside for Nestlé is limited. Although many of Hsu Fu Chi's products are discretionary purchases, the food sector is still reasonably defensive. And if the investment sours, Nestlé's income statement will barely notice. Also, adverse currency swings are unlikely; there is pressure from all sides for the renminbi to appreciate. That would be welcome for Nestlé, which has for years watched the currencies of its important trading partners sink against the Swiss franc. The currency hedge provides a nice kicker for a bet worth making.


儘管如此,這筆交易對雀巢的不利之處是有限的。雖然徐福記的很多產品都不是必需品,但食品行業仍具有相當強的防禦性。如果這筆投資出現問題,給雀巢收入損益錶帶來的影響幾乎覺察不到。另外,也不太可能出現不利的匯率波動。人民幣面臨來自各方的升值壓力。對於雀巢而言這是有利的,近年來,雀巢重要貿易夥伴國的貨幣兌瑞士法郎匯率紛紛下跌。人民幣能夠提供的匯率對沖,為一個值得下的賭注提供了一個有力的“起腳牌(kicker)”。



Lex專欄是由FT評論家聯合撰寫的短評,對全球經濟與商業進行精闢分析

2011年7月11日 星期一

epos/ epic

ep·os (ĕp'ŏs') pronunciation
n.

1. A number of poems, not formally united, that treat an epic theme.
2. An epic.

[Latin, from Greek.]
Usage
"Not many people outside South Sulawesi know about this most unique epos, La Galigo." — Carla Bianpoen; Jakarta Post; Ancient Bugis Epos Goes International; The Jakarta Post (Indonesia); Jan 15, 2004.



  • [épik]

[形]((通例限定))
1 叙事詩(体)の. ⇒LYRIC 1
an epic poem
叙事詩.
2 叙事詩的な
an epic novel
叙事詩的小説.
3 勇壮[雄大, 壮大]な, 英雄的な;(程度が)並みはずれた, 大規模の, 広範囲の
epic events
勇壮な出来事
a palace of epic proportions
並みはずれて広壮な宮殿.
━━[名]
1 (作品としての)叙事詩, 史詩;[U](ジャンルとしての)叙事詩.
2 叙事詩的な[勇壮な, 壮大な]事柄[出来事, 話].
[ラテン語←ギリシャ語epikós (epos単語+-IC=単語の). 「単語」→「話」→「長い物語の詩」]

turn loose

turn loose 是繼選擇 發展之後 讓其放鬆去發灰

"From Lou Gerstner to the front lines, the key to IBM's turnaround was selecting, developing, and turning loose the 'workleaders' Emmett Murphy so brilliantly defines. Leadership IQ provides the leadership model needed for the twenty-first century."—Don Walsh, Senior Vice President, IBM

"So much literature and advice on the subject of leadership is largely anecdotal. Anyone eager to succeed in the new world of work will benefit from the scientific research and practical advice Emmett Murphy offers in Leadership IQ. The book not only breaks new ground, it gives readers the practical tools they can use to increase their leadership effectiveness."—Craig Hickman, Author of Mind of a Manager, Soul of a Leader and The Fourth Dimension


CE20079
領導智商
原文書名 Leadership IQ
作者:
Murphy
譯者:張篤群
頁數:312

定價:280

ISBN:957-8396-56-2

書籍簡介:
在對造就卓越領導人的因素做了長達六年的經驗研究之後,本書作者艾米特‧莫菲以研究結果為基礎建立了一套名為「領導智商」的綜合性領導計劃。艾米特‧莫菲和他的同仁研究美國及其他國家總共562家大型及小型組織的18,000名經理人,並且從這18,000名經理人當中挑選1,000多名具有卓越領導能力的領導人,然後再分析使這些人成為卓越領導人的各項因素。艾米特‧莫菲及其同仁從研究成果中歸納出評估和改善領導能力的新方法,凡是使用過這套領導能力培養計劃的組織都得到非常顯著的效果,這些組織包括IBM、通用、太平洋電話電報、全錄、麥當勞、J&J、和Chase Manhattan銀行,這些都是E.C. Murphy, Ltd. 的頗有名望的客戶。
在讀完關於其他組織運作情況的章節之後,讀者可以回過頭來看看自己的表現。 做完本書後面「領導智商自我評估試題」的各項題目之後,你將對於自己在扮演本書各重要角色時的表現有非常清楚的了解。對於你得分較差的部分本書也提供簡單 易學的領導智商培養練習實例,讀者可在書中找到許多腳本及對話範例,這些都是成功領導人的行動準則,可以幫助重新塑造你的思維方向和行為。

2011年7月10日 星期日

(as) rich as Croesus / Rockefeller 

(as) rich as Croesus / Rockefeller 

紀元前6世紀的中東Lydia國王Croesus(這字照希臘文’o”要發音:クロイソス;英文則不發音) 就是大超級富豪(a man of immense weath)。

我們談過John D. Rockefeller(1839-1937) 的經營財富有道。他過世,英文圈(1938)就用他取代Croesus……

Croesus

A king of Lydia who flourished in the 6th century b. c., and was renowned for his vast wealth; hence, a common appellation for a very rich man; as, he is a veritable Crœsus.

現在Forbes等雜誌,每年都會選百位世界首富。不過,經營有道的,還是很難和Rockefeller比。

━━ n. クロイソス(のような大富豪) ((紀元前6世紀のLydiaの王)).
(as) rich as Croesus 大金持で.