2016年9月30日 星期五

passport, rainmaker, recliner, stamp on sth, put/set in motion

What are the most useless passports in the world?
It'll be some time before Aghans are as free to trot the globe as Germans.
ECONOMIST.COM


一般字典只稱RECLINER為「活動躺椅,」。有的中文詞典還說可指: 斜靠著、躺著的人。其實,它還可以指「斜靠的物」。

據 Yahoo辭典:斜靠著的人;躺著的人 例 The recliner on the couch was asleep. 沙發上躺著的人睡著了。 活動躺椅 例 A man sat in a recliner drinking beer. 一個男人坐在活動躺椅上喝啤酒。


‘Put This Plan in Motion,’ Obama Urges Lawmakers 
 By JEFF ZELENY 

President Obama urged Congress on Saturday to swiftly resolve its differences in the sweeping economic recovery measure and bring fiscal relief.


Putting Stamp on Afghan War, Obama Will Send 17,000 Troops
The order will add nearly 50 percent to the 36,000 American troops already there.

Some analysts have also said it could set in motion a long-anticipated round of consolidation in the pharmaceuticals industry. Investors were also wondering what the deal might mean for Crucell, which had been in deal talks with Wyeth.




We wrote to the passport office to set the whole process in motion.


Type: Public
On the web: http://www.ranbaxy.com Employees: 11,000
Employee growth: 53.3%
Ranbaxy Laboratories is quite the rainmaker in India's pharmaceutical business. The company is India's largest drug developer and manufacturer, with generics topping its list of products.

rain・maker 雨を降らす(能力のある)人; 人工降雨専門家; 〔米俗〕 仕事をよくとってくる事業家; 顧客集めのうまい弁護士.


n.
  1. Informal. One who is known for achieving excellent results in a profession or field, such as business or politics.
  2. One who is believed to be capable of producing rain, as through magical or ritual actions.

stamp (MARK)
noun [C]
a tool for putting a mark on an object either by printing on it or pushing into it, or the mark made in this way:
A date stamp inside the front cover of a library book shows when it should be returned.

stamp 
verb [T]
It is necessary to stamp your passport.
Every carton of yoghurt is stamped with a sell-by date.


stamp on sth phrasal verb
to use force to stop or prevent something that you consider to be wrong or harmful:
Any opposition to the new government was immediately stamped on by the army.

put/set sth in motion
to start a machine or process:
Once the printing processes have been put in motion, they're not so easy to stop.
We wrote to the passport office to set the whole process in motion.


recline
verb FORMAL
1 [I or T] to lean or lie back with the upper part of your body in a nearly horizontal position:
She was reclining elegantly on the sofa.
He reclined his head against/on my shoulder.

2 [T] If you recline a chair, you change the position of its back so that it is in a leaning position.

reclining
adjective [before noun]
The coach has air conditioning and reclining seats.

recliner
noun [C] 又稱為 recliner chair ;n. - リクライニングチェア
a chair in which you can lean back at different angles

***** 今天接到美國CPSC的一通知某折疊式活動倚的支稱有問題,必須回收。
Bond Manufacturing Co. Issues Recall for Folding Recliner Chairs That Can Collapse and Injure Users
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07222.html

我們查一下英文How Products are Made. Copyright © 2002 by The Gale Group, Inc. 關於 RECLINER的品質保證Quality Control,似乎都沒有明白提到它必須承受的壓力;
Furniture constructed for residential use is not required to undergo consumer testing, unlike furniture manufactured specifically for use in businesses, public buildings, or schools. However, furniture manufacturers consistently monitor quality by visual inspection; many have inspectors who examine each piece to ensure that it looks right (no protruding nails, puckers, etc.), feels right, and performs correctly. Once the piece passes visual inspection, the recliner is tagged and boxed for shipment out of the plant. Fabrics may be tested by the company to ensure that they conform to specifications such as fabric stretch, seam slippage, colorfastness, and flammability. Some companies conduct much more extensive testing on their residential-use motion furniture, so that they may assure their clients that the product will perform consistently.


*****
Fitness Revolution in Motion
As they try to get children off their couches and onto their feet, schools and gyms in the Washington region and across the country are harnessing some of the same technology often blamed for making them fat: video games.
(By Lori Aratani, The Washington Post)


motion
━━ n. 動き, 運動; 動作, 身振り; (議会などの)動議; 【法】申請; 便通; (pl.) 排泄(せつ)物.
go through the motions (of) (…の)しぐさをする; (…を)機械的[おざなり]に済ます.
in motion 動いて, 活動して.
on the motion of …の動議で.
put [set] … in motion …を動かす; …を実行に移す.
━━ v. 身振りで合図する ((~ (to) a person to do;at)).
motion analysis [study] (合理的作業法についての)動作研究.
motion graphics 【コンピュータ】モーション・グラフィクス.
motion JPEG 【コンピュータ】モーションJPEG.
mo・tion・less ━━ a. 動かぬ, じっとした.
mo・tion・less・ly ad.
mo・tion・less・ness n.
motion picture 映画.
Motion Picture xpert Group 【コンピュータ】=MPEG.
motion sickness 乗り物酔い.
Motion-Time Analysis 動作時間分析 ((人間の基本的な動作研究を通し,作業の基本動作に費やされる時間の表示及び記録の基礎となる予定基本時間のシステム分析のこと;略MTA)).


teen pregnancy, quid, centrifuges, Quid Pro Quo, ‘Scratch your itch


DeLorean
Next time someone says OBAMA ruined this country, show them this graphic.



New Information on Trump’s $25,000 Gift to Florida Official

Documents obtained this week by The New York Times, including a copy of Mr. Trump’s check, at least partly undercut a timeline that looked like a quid pro quo.


Complete with Manor House, farmland and happy villagers.

Twenty million quid to you.
BBC.IN


University of Michigan 在 Wolverines of Ann Arbor 相簿中新增了 1 張相片。

“It’s like I keep in touch with my family, and I have an extended family by 2,000 children. Well, friends. 2,000 friends. I like getting to help people in their careers. I write great letters of recommendation and have helped many people get into many different jobs, medical schools, grad schools, etc.
I tell my students that there are only 6 words they need to know to be happy in life. Those 6 words are ‘Quid Pro Quo,’ you get something for something. And the other 3 are really important, ‘Scratch your itch.’ Not society’s itch. Not your parents’ itch. Your itch. If you pay attention to those two things, you’ll be happy and successful.”‪#‎WolverinesOfAnnArbor‬ 

Iran says it has 5,000 centrifuges operational

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has claimed that his country is running more than 5,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium, suggesting an expansion of the Iranian nuclear programme. State media quoted him as saying the world powers had agreed that Iran could have up to 6,000 centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear plant without it endangering continuing nuclear talks. The International Atomic Energy Agency has so far confirmed that about 3,000 to 3,500 centrifuges were operational at the Natanz plant. The five United Nations veto powers plus Germany have continually called for a freeze on the Iranian atomic programme.


teen pregnancy  26.5/1K MEANING 每千人(teens)有26.5人受孕


quid1
kwɪd/
noun
BRITISHinformal
  1. one pound sterling.
    "we paid him four hundred quid"


quid pro quo
ˌkwɪd prəʊ ˈkwəʊ/
noun
  1. a favour or advantage granted in return for something.
    "the pardon was a quid pro quo for their help in releasing hostages"

centrifugal 
adjective
(of a turning object) tending to move away from the point around which it is turning:
centrifugal force

centrifuge 
noun [C]
a machine which turns a container round very quickly, causing the solids and liquids inside it to separate by centrifugal action

cen・tri・fuge
━━ n. 遠心分離機.Centrifuges are used for enriching uranium, which could be employed in nuclear weapons if more highly refined.

French toast, pain perdu, he is toast


Shifting from red to blue to red, then blue again, Floridians have picked the winner in each of the past five elections. If Hillary Clinton can muster a big turnout among Hispanics she will probably win



French toast, also known as German toast,[1][2] gypsy toast,[3] poor knights (of Windsor),[4] or Spanish toast,[2] is a dish made of bread soaked in beaten eggs and then fried.
FrenchToast.JPG
French toast served at a restaurant
Serving temperatureHot, with toppings
Main ingredientsBread, eggs, milk or cream
The usual French name is pain perdu "lost bread", as it is a way to reclaim stale or otherwise "lost" bread. It may also be called pain doré"gilded bread".[7] The term pain perdu was formerly used metaphorically to mean sunk costs.[8]

What is the meaning of the phrase “He is toast”?

The phrase “he is toast” or “you are toast” is used to mean that someone is “finished” or “ruined” in the sense that either their life, their career, their financial well being, or something else has come to a negative ending. The phrase is used in a variety of different contexts, but has a negative meaning associated with it.



hashtag, truthiness, “mathiness”, wardrobe malfunction, zombie bank/currency


The volume on Donald J. Trump's microphone was lower than Hillary Clinton's, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.


The American economist Paul Romer has recently written of “mathiness”, by analogy with “truthiness”, a term coined by American talk show host Stephen Colbert. Truthiness presents narratives which are not actually true, but consistent with the world view of the person who spins the story. It is exemplified in rightwing fabrications about European health systems — their death panels and forced euthanasia — and in some activists’ support for alleged rape victims even when their allegations are unsupported by evidence . Mathiness is a similar use of algebraic symbols and quantitative data to give an appearance of scientific content to ideological preconceptions.

'Right now online many people are absolutely certain that Allen is guilty. Just as they are absolutely certain that Amanda Knox is guilty, just as they will be absolutely certain that what I am saying is wrong. There is not a lot of nuance in Hashtag Justice. There is a hashtag ‪#‎IBelieveDylanFarrow‬'



Germany's 'zombie currency' refuses to die

It's been 10 years since Germany dismissed the deutschmark in favor of the
euro. But there's plenty of life left in the old currency yet.



You know you're old when text-speak gets incorporated into the dictionary.The New Oxford American Dictionary has released its annual list of added words, and it's a doozy. Abbreviations like BFF (best friend forever) and TTYL (talk to you later) made the cut, as did timely terms like hockey mom and vuvuzela. Some echo the Oxford Dictionary of English's additions, like LBD (little black dress) and bromance.Check out a few other, choice additions:


下火車,「歐斯本」和「尤斯頓」等詞就已成為推特熱門主題標籤 (hashtag),還有網友用「倫敦火車大勢利眼」(The Great Train Snobbery)和「永不肯花錢的保守黨」(The Never-Spending Tory)等雙關語來嘲笑他。
  • hashtag  
  • n. (on social networking websites such as Twitter) a hash or pound sign (#) used to identify a particular keyword or phrase in a posting.
  •  A hashtag is a word or a phrase prefixed with the symbol #,[1][2] a form of metadata tag. Short messages on microblogging social networking services such as Twitter, Tout, identi.ca, Tumblr, Instagram, or Google+ may be tagged by including one or more with multiple words concatenated, e.g.:
    #Wikipedia is an #encyclopedia
    Hashtags provide a means of grouping such messages, since one can search for the hashtag and get the set of messages that contain it.

Facebook Unveils Hashtags for Real-Time Public Conversations




  • Interweb n. humorous the Internet.
  • megachurch n. a church with an unusually large congregation, typically one preaching a conservative or evangelical form of Christianity.
  • truthiness n. informal the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true.
    – ORIGIN early 19th cent. (in the sense ‘truthfulness'): coined in the modern sense by US humorist Stephen Colbert (1964–).
  • wardrobe malfunction n. informal, humorous an instance of a person accidentally exposing an intimate part of their body as a result of an article of clothing slipping out of position.
  • zombie bank n. informal a financial institution that is insolvent but that continues to operate through government support.


measly, poltergeist, heebie-jeebies, tut-tutting, plaza, piazza, innards, Joy of English, tacky, wonky, gummy

A university educated pensioner under the age of 70 is more likely to be in the labour force than a 16- to 24-year-old with no qualifications

Oldies are spending more and more on theatre and cinema tickets
ECON.ST



The Bookshop is a postwar tragicomedy of manners, set in an isolated seaside town where an enterprising woman opens a bookstore only to find it beset by poltergeists, weather, and hostile townsfolk.



In a lecture at Oxford University economist Paul Krugman implied that the British government—perhaps deliberately—engineered measly growth at the beginning of its term, thus making it easier for the economy to roar back as the election approached. That would seem to ascribe to the coalition an unrealistic level of strategic wizardry and general deviousness, beyond even that possessed by the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne. Though interesting, it may say more about Mr Krugman than the British governmenthttp://econ.st/1K9291J


China to Philippines: Here, Have a Measly $100,000 in Aid
The world's second largest economy off-loads insultingly small change on a storm-battered Philippines


Google reacts to PRISM-induced heebie jeebies; the week in cloud GigaOM
Google acknowledges new data encryption plan to mitigate ... news in The Washington Post that Google is encrypting user data flowing between its data centers ...




Policy and the Personal
By PAUL KRUGMAN

There's a lot of tut-tutting about the focus on Mitt Romney's personal history. But it's not a diversion; it's a way to bring real policy issues to the forefront.



Winn-Dixie Voluntarily Recalls Gummy Bears


Posted in: Grocery Recalls
A major grocery chain, Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., in the US is implementing a voluntary recall of a specific brand of bulk gummy bears sold in its stores. The recalled gummy bears are sold under the brand Sunrise.
The affected bulk gummy bears are being recalled because of possible metal contamination. Consumption of food containing small amounts of metal might be harmful to a person’s health.
These gummy bears were sold in the self-serve bulk areas of select Winn-Dixie stores’ produce departments. The recalled gummy bears were sold in the stores from November 14 until December 13.
The following Winn-Dixie stores in different areas of Louisiana and Florida were selling recalled “Sunrise Assorted Flavor Gummy Bears:”
St. John Commons in W. Jacksonville,Florida
Concord Shopping Mall inMiami,Florida
Main StreetSquare inFern Park,Florida
Pepper Tree Plaza in Margate,Florida
Store in 70431 Hi-way 21,Covington,Los Angeles
The grocery chain is implementing a voluntary recall out of caution, in order to prevent any possible medical emergencies resulting from consumption of the affected product. To date, there have been no reports of illnesses that are related to the recalled gummy bears.
Mary Kellmanson, group vice president for marketing of Winn-Dixie, is encouraging guests and consumers that have concerns (about the product or recall) to return the gummy bears in order to be given full refund. Winn-Dixie will refund the recalled product without any questions asked. Consumers who have questions about the recall, or the gummy bears, can contact Winn-Dixie’sGuestServiceCenter. The center’s toll-free number is 1-866-WINN-DIXIE, or 1-866-946-6349.


或許應該說
我的這blog 目標是希望大家讀得懂這樣難的英文
如果我們仍然力不從心
且讓我們再奮鬥十年


joy (HAPPINESS) Show phonetics
noun
1 [U] great happiness:
They were filled with joy when their first child was born.
She wept for joy when she was told that her husband was still alive.

2 [C] a person or thing which causes happiness:
Listening to music is one of his greatest joys.
the joys of parenthood
[+ to infinitive] Her singing is a joy to listen to.

joyful Show phonetics
adjective
very happy:
Christmas is such a joyful time of year.
I don't have very much to feel joyful about/over at the moment.

joyfully Show phonetics
adverb

joyfulness Show phonetics
noun [U]

joyless Show phonetics
adjective
unhappy:
Jane is trapped in a joyless marriage.

joylessly Show phonetics
adverb

joylessness Show phonetics
noun [U]

joyous Show phonetics
adjective LITERARY
full of joy; very happy:
a joyous hymn/event/voice

joyously Show phonetics
adverb LITERARY

joyousness Show phonetics
noun [U] LITERARY


The Joy of English


Illustration by Matt Dorfman



Published: November 14, 2008

Roy Blount Jr. has returned from the fields where the American lingo grows wild to write “Alphabet Juice,” his personal lexicon, usage manual, writers’ guidebook, etymological investigation and literary junk drawer. This alphabetically arranged book reads like a big bag of salty snacks: nibble five or six of its 500-plus entries and you’ll have to wolf the whole thing.
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ALPHABET JUICE

The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory.
By Roy Blount Jr
364 pp. Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $25
Who before Blount thought to construct a complete conversation using only English vowels? Give a listen:
“ ’ey!”
“Eeeee!”
“I. . . . ”
“Oh, you.”
Who before Blount admired “it” as “the skinniest of all two-letter words”? Who thought to bust Buckminster Fuller for writing, “I seem to be a verb”? Because “verb” is a noun, Blount points out, Fuller was really saying, “I seem to be a noun,” when he made his famous declaration.
A self-diagnosed hyperlexic since first grade, Blount hangs out in dictionaries the way other writers hang out in bars. It’s easy to picture him making a pub crawl of the Oxford English Dictionary, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (unabridged), the Random House unabridged dictionary and especially the American Heritage Dictionary, where he helps tend bar as a member of its official usage panel. Both giddy and sober, as if ripped on Old Crow fortified with Adderall, Blount chases letters, words and phrases to their origins, and when stumped he ­hypothesizes.
Take “quirky,” for example. Origin unknown, but Blount speculates that “quirk” was born following “the union of ‘quick’ and something more pejorative, perhaps ‘jerk.’ ” Why, he asks, do so many re­duplicative expressions or near-­reduplicative expressions start with “h” (“hill­billy,” “hippy-dippy,” “handy-dandy,” ­“hanky-panky,” “hocus-pocus,” “hoity-toity,” “hoodoo,” “hotsy-totsy,” “hully gully,” “humdrum,” “hurdy-gurdy”), beating out the runner-up, “w”? His answer:
“You will note that many of those ‘h’ expressions refer to disorder and jumblement. Most are of unknown origin. (No matter what you may have learned at your mother’s knee, ‘hunky-dory’ probably does not come from a street in Yokohama where sailors could find a bit of all right.) They’re the sort of expressions that people pull out of the air to convey something otherwise indefinable, like ‘whatchamajig.’ ”
From there he redirects his inquiry to the entry for the letter “h” — which does not contain the “h” sound, having “lost one of its aitches when it came into English from the French hache” — and wonders if the ease of forming the “h” sound with just a breath explains its ubiquity.
There’s no aspect of our language, written, spoken or grunted, that escapes Blount appraisal. Like that other lay linguist H. L. Mencken, who beat the pros at their own game with “The American Language,” he figures that if amateurs are qualified to create language and authorized to mutate it, why leave the fun of tasting, dissecting and quarreling over it to the professoriate?
Marginalized as a humorist (like Mencken) because he knows how to write funny, Blount is also a superb reporter who possesses an imaginative intellect (also like Mencken). Disdaining those scholars who think the relation between words and their meanings is arbitrary, he argues that “all language, at some level, is body language.” Beyond the clearly imitative words, like the onomatopoeic “boom,” “poof” and “gong,” Blount zeroes in on the expressive words that “somehow sensuously evoke the essence of the word: ‘queasy’ or ‘rickety’ or ‘zest’ or ‘sluggish’ or ‘vim,’ ”he writes. “If you were a cave person earnestly trying to communicate how you felt digestively, you might without benefit of any verbal tradition come up with something close to ‘nausea.’ ”
Blount has coined a term to describe words like these that are “kinesthetically evocative of, or appropriate to, their meaning”: it’s “sonicky,” and it appears so frequently in “Alphabet Juice” that it deserves billing in the subtitle. Other sonicky words Blount traps and releases: “lick,” “heebie-jeebies,” “ka-ching,” “chunky,” “blink,” “squeeze,” “foist,” “weird,” “wonky,” “finicky” and “wobbly.” “ ‘Sphincter’ is tight; ‘goulash’ is lusciously hodgepodgy,” he writes. “ ‘Swoon’ emerged from the Old English swogan, to suffocate, because the mind and the mouth conspired to replace ‘og’ with ‘oo’ in order to register a different motion-feeling.” To Blount’s sonicky list, allow me to add “snot.”
The mind-mouth conspiracy to which Blount refers leads him to meditate on the pleasure of saying “polyurethane foam.” The surplus of vowels, the “fluidity” of its meter and “the conjunction of that ‘y’ pronounced like a long ‘e’ and that ‘ur’ like ‘yoor’ ” get primary credit for bliss. Feeling “ ‘polyurethane foam’ . . . running around in my mind’s ear and mouth is like watching otters play in the water,” he says. The scientist in him holds and measures words; the poet tickles them and begs to be tickled back. At one moment he has you beholding the most exquisitely balanced word in English (“level”), and at an­other he’s schooling you in the frequency with which “t” evokes disapproval, as in “tut-tut,” “too-too,” “tittle-tattle,” “tacky tacky tacky,” “fat,” “rat,” “catty,” “tatty,” “twit” and “all hat and no cattle.”
Like many writers, I keep a few books on a shelf to unclog my brain for those times when the right combination of words refuses to muster for service (currently in rotation are “Blood Meridian,” “Beneath the Underdog,” “Mumbo Jumbo” and “1001 Afternoons in Chicago”). To that pantheon I add “Alphabet Juice” for its erudition, its grand fun and its contrary view on what constitutes good writing. Real writers are supposed to “murder their darlings” — that is, purge any vivid phrase that calls excessive attention to the author. This advice has been variously attributed to Twain, Faulkner, Hemingway, Orwell, Auden and others, but Blount traces it to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s 1916 book, “On the Art of Writing.” “Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it — wholeheartedly — and delete it before sending your manuscript to press: Murder your darlings,” Quiller-Couch wrote.
As one who labored for 15 years as an editor urging writers to birth their darlings and nurture them so that we would have something interesting to publish, I cheered after reading Blount’s critique of this maxim. What is “murder your darlings” but a giant, throbbing, attention-grabbing darling itself? Quiller-Couch could have written “kill your pets” or “eliminate your sweeties” if he was so keen on scrubbing his copy of brilliant phrases, Blount writes, demolishing the famous directive by quoting passages in its vicinity. They swarm with darlings!
Not that Blount counsels self-­indulgence. Writing “needs to be quick, so it’s readable at first glance and also worth lingering over.” This book is both, and danced in Blount’s arms, English swings smartly. My admiration for “Alphabet Juice” only swelled when it proposed a conclusion for this review. Reviewers like to apply the word “uneven” to books they’re fond of, he suggests, but have a few reservations about. “Would you want to read a book that was even?” he asks.
Yes, very much so. And I just did.

Jack Shafer writes about the press for Slate.



It is certainly brilliant value. Which is just what Serge Trigano, son of Club Med founder Gilbert Trigano, wanted to achieve when he discovered the car park back in 2001 - a place that was comfortable, affordable and 'in the Paris known to locals'. Prices start at an impressively low €79 (even tacky hotels on the Left Bank aren't this cheap) and each room not only has a fridge, microwave, excellent beds with top-quality linen,

tacky (LOW QUALITY)
adjective INFORMAL DISAPPROVING
of cheap quality or in bad style:
The shop sold tacky souvenirs and ornaments.

tackiness
noun [U]《中英對照讀新聞》Mourning means brisk business after Polish leader’s death 波蘭總統去世舉國哀悼,小販大發利市 ◎俞智敏From flags to candles and tulips to tacky badges, business is brisk for those looking to make a fast buck in the wake of the air-crash death in Russia of Polish president Lech Kaczynski. 從國旗到蠟燭、鬱金香和俗氣的徽章,對那些想趁波蘭總統卡辛斯基在俄羅斯空難中喪生而大發橫財的人來說,生意可是興隆得很。

tacky
adj., -i·er, -i·est.
Slightly adhesive or gummy to the touch; sticky.

[From TACK1.]
tackiness tack'i·ness n.

tack·y2 (tăk'ē
adj. Informal, -i·er, -i·est.
  1. Neglected and in a state of disrepair: a tacky old cabin in the woods.
    1. Lacking style or good taste; tawdry: tacky clothes.
    2. Distasteful or offensive; tasteless: a tacky remark.
[From tackey, an inferior horse.]
tackily tack'i·ly adv.
tackiness tack'i·ness n.

William: Yes, my chair is wonky.
Jean: William 坐的椅子整个倒了,现在他已经坐在地上了。
William: That’s right Jean; my chair has collapsed because it was wonky.
Jean: OK. 看来 wonky 这个词的意思就是 shaky 或者是 uneven. Shaky 摇摇晃晃的,uneven 歪的。
William: Yeah let’s listen to these people using the word wonky.

Example:
A: I like your new glasses but they don’t look straight.
B: Oh, that’s because my ears are wonky.

A: The wheel on my bike is wonky.
B: Oh… that explains why you looked so wobbly when you were cycling.

Jean: Ah so the first person said his ears were wonky. 那他的耳朵不会掉下来吗?
Steven Fry
Much-loved actor Stephen Fry has an endearingly wonky nose
William: No, he used wonky to mean uneven.
Jean: 噢,谢天谢地。
William: And the second person said the wheel on his bike is wonky.
Jean: Yes, 他自行车的轮子是 wonky 的,就是说是没有安好,是歪的。
William: And his friend said he looked wobbly.
Jean: 就是说,如果他的自行车轮子是 wonky 的,那么他看上去也是 wobbly 也就不奇怪了。Wobbly 就是抖动的或者是摇摇摆摆的,平衡掌握得不好的样子。
William: Ok Jean, I think that we’re going to have to end the show here.
Jean: Yes, and you’d better go and find a new chair.
William: Yep and I’ll be sure to check that my new chair is not wonky.
Jean: Ok and I’ll remind everyone that they can visit our website www.bbcchina.com.cn for more Authentic Real English programmes.


gummy
(gŭm'ē
adj., -mi·er, -mi·est.
  1. Consisting of or containing gum.
  2. Covered or clogged with or as if with gum.
  3. Having the texture or properties of gum; sticky and viscid.
gumminess gum'mi·ness n.


plaza
[名]1 (特にスペインの町・都市の)広場;市場.2 (高速道路沿いの)サービスエリア.3 ((主に米・カナダ))=shopping center.[スペイン語. △PLACE]

piazza[pi・az・za]

  • 発音記号[piǽzə | piǽtsə]
  • [名](複〜s, piaz・ze 〔pjttse〕)
1 (特にイタリアの都市の)広場.
2 ((主にニューイング・米南部))ポーチ, ベランダ;((英))屋根つき回廊.





heebie-jeebies

Syllabification: (hee·bie-jee·bies)
Pronunciation: /ˌhēbē ˈjēbēz/
noun



(the heebie-jeebies) informal
  • a state of nervous fear or anxiety:it takes a lot more than a measly poltergeist to give me the heebie-jeebies

Origin:

1920s: coined by W. B. DeBeck (1890–1942), American cartoonist, in his comic strip Barney Google
[イタリア語「広場」. △PLACE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poltergeist
In folklore and parapsychology, a poltergeist (German for "noisy ghost") is a type ofghost or other supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances, such as loud noises and objects being moved or destroyed. Most accounts of poltergeists describe movement or levitation of objects, such as furniture and cutlery, or noises such as knocking on doors. Poltergeists are purportedly capable of pinchingbitinghitting and tripping people.

tut-tutt
 ( t tŭt'tŭt')
intr.v., -tut·ted, -tut·ting, -tuts.
To express annoyance, impatience, or mild reproof: "those fussy fellows at the State Department tut-tutting about lack of reform in the political system" (John Hughes).

measly

Pronunciation: /ˈmiːzli/
adjective (measlier, measliest)

informal
  • ridiculously small or few:three measly votes

Origin:

late 16th century (describing a pig or pork infected with measles): from measles + -y1. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century