2015年1月30日 星期五

lather, fumigate, blather, blatherskite

During a wide-ranging Reddit "Ask me Anything" session -- one that touched upon everything from his biggest regrets to his favorite spread to lather on bread -- the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist outlined a future that is equal parts promising and ominous.

  1. 1.
    a frothy white mass of bubbles produced by soap, washing powder, etc. when mixed with water.
    "she rinsed off the lather and dried her hands"
    synonyms:foamfrothsudssoapsuds, bubbles; More
  2. 2.
    a state of agitation or nervous excitement.
    "Dad had got into a right lather by the time I got home"
    synonyms:panic, nervous state, state of agitation, state of anxiety, flusterflutterfret,fussfrenzyfeverpotherMore
  1. 1.
    form or cause to form a lather.
    "soap will not lather in hard water"
  2. 2.
    spread (a substance) thickly or liberally.
    "we lathered the cream on our scones"


  • 発音記号[blǽðərskàit]
1 おしゃべりな人, 放談家.
BLATHER+skite skate(おいぼれの馬)=くだらないことをしゃべる人]

(verb) To talk foolishly.
Synonyms:smatter, babble
Usage:Patrick, oblivious to his sister's visible disinterest, continued to blather about the woes of his fantasy baseball team.


  • 発音記号[fjúːməgèit]

[動](他)…を(煙・蒸気で)蒸す, いぶす;…の燻蒸(くんじょう)消毒をする.
To subject to the action of smoke or fumes, especially to destroy pests.  (© eSpindle Learning)
Usage: Use care when you fumigate any room to get rid of fleas in the carpet.

燻煙 像氣體般地從高熱的固體(如鉛),散發而出的微細固態粒狀物。
其與氣體或蒸氣不同,此種物理性的改變大多伴隨著化學反應,如氧化。燻煙有時會凝聚顆粒變大。有臭味的氣體或蒸氣並非燻煙。燻煙與粉塵不同,主要係在於其形成小粒子的過程有的是化學處理程序、燃燒、爆炸或蒸餾。有些固體當受熱成液態時,會產生蒸氣,該蒸氣上升離開熔融物時,叉立即凝結為固體而未經液態而直接變為固態。燻煙粒徑比粉塵更小,約為0.1至1微米。 FUMIGANT
燻蟲劑 以燻煙消毒或殺除蟲、鼠。

escalating, inflate, first-ever, on the part of, unprecedented, precedent-setting

The Japanese hostage might escape the death threatening.

ISIS Extends Deadline

ISIS released a message late Wednesday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaeda. The audio was released as Jordan had offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap

What unprecedented protest means for Taiwan
Googlers Get The Gift Of The G1; Probably Won't Inflate HTC Sales
(Tricia Duryee)

UN sets up food crisis task force

The United Nations and the World Bank have announced the creation of
a task force to deal with an unprecedented rise in global food
prices. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference in
Berne, Switzerland that the task force would help to provide a
coordinated response to the food crisis. World Bank president Robert
Zoellick called on countries not to ban exports on food, saying it
only worsened the current situation. After two days of meetings of
agency heads, the UN said in a statement that escalating food prices
have become a crisis for the world's most vulnerable, including the
urban poor.

EU Imposes Tariffs on Imports of Steel Pipe From China
EU officials approved pre-emptive penalties on imports of steel pipe from China, a precedent-setting move that suggests the trading bloc is growing more protectionist.

The Afghan collection gives an unprecedented look into the lives of Jews in ancient Persia in the 11th century. The paper manuscripts, preserved over the centuries by the dry, shady conditions of the caves, include writings in Hebrew, Aramaic, Judea-Arabic and the unique Judeo-Persian language from that era, which was written in Hebrew letters.

Tech Firms Log On to San Francisco Race
In Tuesday's San Francisco mayoral election, 16 candidates will battle in one of the most competitive contests in years. And Silicon Valley technology players are getting involved to an unprecedented degree.

It is unprecedented in Taiwan's short history as a democracy. Direct presidential elections were first held in 1996, after one-party rule ended in the 1980s.
Many expected a guilty verdict but some believed the trial was political revenge on the part of the new ruling party.
Mr Chen and his Democratic Progressive Party favoured Taiwan's independence from the Chinese mainland, angering Beijing as well as the pro-China Kuomintang (KMT) in Taiwan.

Unprecedented credit rating downgrade adds to US economic woes

The United States has experienced its first-ever credit rating downgrade, just days after a last-minute deal between Democrats and Republicans to avoid defaulting on government bonds.

on the part of

  1. Regarding or with respect to (the one specified): Brilliant strategy on the part of Confederate forces ensured their victory at Chancellorsville.


Line breaks: un|pre¦ce¦dent¦ed
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈprɛsɪdɛntɪd /



[AS SUBMODIFIER]: a period of unprecedentedly high prices
[形]前例のない, 空前の, 無比の, 新しい, 新奇な.


Line breaks: pre¦ce|dent

Definition of precedent in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈprɛsɪd(ə)nt
1An earlier event or action that is regarded as anexample or guide to be considered in subsequentsimilar circumstances:there are substantial precedents for using interactivemedia in training
1.1Law previous case or legal decision that may be or ( binding precedent) must be followed insubsequent similar cases:we hope to set a legal precedent to protecthundreds of miles of green lanes


Pronunciation: /prɪˈsiːd(ə)nt
, ˈprɛsɪ-/
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Preceding in time, order, or importance:a precedent case


late Middle English: from Old French, literally 'preceding'.


verb [I or T]
to make or become greater or more serious:
The decision to escalate UN involvement has been taken in the hopes of a swift end to the hostilities.
His financial problems escalated after he became unemployed.
The escalating rate of inflation will almost certainly bring escalating prices.

noun [C or U]
It's difficult to explain the recent escalation in/of violent crime.

inflate (MAKE LARGER) Show phonetics
verb [T]
to make something larger or more important:
They inflated their part in the rescue every time they told the story.

inflated Show phonetics
Inflated prices, costs, numbers, etc. are higher than they should be, or higher than people think is reasonable.

conjugal, conjoin, conjoined twins

As Conjugal Visits Fade, a Lifeline to Inmates' Spouses Is Lost


Mississippi, one of only a few states to allow conjugal visits, is putting an end to the hour that inmates and their spouses can spend alone together.

In the early 1900s Mississippi's prisons allowed private female visitors, but only for African-American convicts. This was in the racist belief that it would calm their supposedly fiery passions. Thinking about conjugal visits has moved on a bit. Some researchers, prisons and inmates say they help rehabilitation. But in America and Britain policymakers look on them with distaste http://econ.st/180PbPL

 詩中缺乏愛情詩,中國有寫夫婦之愛in conjugal love的詩甚多。

Doctors separate conjoined twins

Sudanese twins who were born joined at the head have been successfully separated by British doctors at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.


  • 発音記号[kəndʒɔ'in]
[動](他)(自)((形式))結合[連接, 連合, 合同]させる[する].


Line breaks: con|join
Pronunciation: /kənˈdʒɔɪn /

Definition of conjoin in English:


[WITH OBJECT] formal
Joincombine:an approach which conjoins theory and method


late Middle English: from Old French conjoindre, fromLatin conjungere, from con- 'together' + jungere 'to join'.

conjoined twins

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Definition of conjoined twins in English:


Twins that are physically joined at birthsometimessharing organs, and in some cases separable bysurgery (depending on the degree of fusion).


The term conjoined twins has supplanted Siamese twins in all contexts other than informal conversation.

(kŏn'jə-gəl) pronunciation
Of or relating to marriage or the relationship of spouses.

[Latin coniugālis, from coniūnx, coniug-, spouse, from coniungere, to join in marriage. See conjoin.]
conjugality con'ju·gal'i·ty (-găl'ĭ-tē) n.
conjugally con'ju·gal·ly adv.

en-suite, C-Suite, minion, settecento

This house has three bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, a gym and a wine cellar. It was built in a factory and took four days to assemble. "It's like Lego."
Manufacturers of prefab homes in Europe offer spacious floor plans and high-end finishes—nothing cookie cutter about these million-dollar homes.

Over half of global C-suite executives admit to discounting data analysis that they do not understand. How high on the agenda is data analysis in your business? Visit: http://bit.ly/1CQHbCH to download 'Gut and Gigabytes' - the biggest global survey of 1,135 C-suite executives and how they make big decisions today.

The final Concert From The Frick Collection for this season is called “The Scottish Play,” but it has nothing to do with Shakespeare’s supposedly cursed drama. Hear it tonight at 10.

'The Scottish Play' With Trio Settecento

American period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento performs 18th century Scottish reels, variations and sonatas in a program they called "The Scottish Play."

Definition of 'C-Suite'

A widely-used slang term used to collectively refer to a corporation's most important senior executives. C-Suite gets its name because top senior executives' titles tend to start with the letter C, for chief, as in chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief information officer.

Also called "C-level executives."

settecento (ˌsɛtəˈtʃɛntoʊ ; (Italian) ˌ sɛttɛˈtʃɛntɔ )



the 18th cent. as a period in Italian art and literature

Word Origin

It, short for mille settecento, one thousand seven hundred
minion Line breaks: min¦ion

Pronunciation: /ˈmɪnjən


A follower or underling of a powerful person, especially a servile or unimportant one:he gets oppressed minions like me to fob them off


late 15th century: from French mignon, mignonne.

"Let us be Diana's foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the moon."

--Falstaff from "Henry IV, Part I" (1.2)

en suite

Line breaks: en suite
Pronunciation: /ɒn ˈswiːt /

Definition of en suite in English:


1(Of a bathroomimmediately adjoining a bedroom and forming part of the same set of rooms:[AS ADJECTIVE]: all rooms have en-suite facilities[AS ADVERB]: each bedroom has a small bathroom en suite
1.1[AS ADJECTIVE] (Of a bedroom) having an en-suite bathroom:there are twenty-five luxurious en-suite bedroomsall rooms are en suite with colour TV


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late 18th century (in the sense 'in agreement or harmony'): from French, literally 'in sequence'.