2015年8月22日 星期六

loony / luny , gonzo, weird, weirdo, deranged, clocked in, preternatural

A cartoon by Paul Noth. See more from this week's issue:http://nyr.kr/1UKgJ6G

The loony music video Gangnam Style surpassed two billion views on YouTube this week, making it the most watched clip of all time. At 4:12 minutes, that equates to more than 140m hours. Today's ‪#‎Dailychart‬ shows what humanity could achieve in the time spent watching the Gangnam Style video http://econ.st/1tEFEZ6

(born Nov. 1, 1762, London, Eng. — died May 11, 1812, London) British prime minister (1809 – 12). He entered Parliament in 1796 and supported William Pitt's policy of war with France. He served as attorney general (1802 – 06) and as chancellor of the Exchequer (1807 – 09). As premier from 1809, he was noted as an efficient administrator but also for his opposition to religious tolerance. He was assassinated by a deranged man who had applied to him for redress of a complaint against the government.
For more information on Spencer Perceval, visit Britannica.com.

At the outset, you must realise that success is unlikely if you go wholly against the grain of human nature. Granted, religion is all about forging the perfect man, or at least ensuring that, as far as possible, he lives up to divine expectations. But preternatural power has forged man in such a way that he will swallow some of your ideas about how to achieve this more easily than others.

Mr. Byers, 46, a running coach and event manager from Long Beach, Calif., who clocked in at 4 hours 48 minutes, has run 75 marathons since 2004 in bare feet. “People are kind of weirdabout it,” he shrugs.

The Olsens are known for keeping a tight grip on their image, but their general reluctance to talk to the press has left them ceding ground to tabloids eager to construct the narrative. The sisters began appearing regularly in the pages of the supermarket weeklies when they moved to Manhattan to study at New York University a few years ago. The magazines followed Mary-Kate’s struggle with anorexia in 2004 and then became fixated on how the twins dressed, running picture after picture of the two in big, round glasses and loose, layered knits, implying something deranged and effortful in a look that suggested Janis Joplin.

Again and again, when I was 14 and 15, I would leave home with 25 or 35 -- 35 cents sticks in my mind. I think I had a quarter and a dime on two of my trips. Never phased me a bit. Go right straight across the continent. In those days, it was easy to do. Everybody had a new car, and they wanted to show it off. If they liked you, they would pick you up and often times feed you and take you to their home. And there were no weirdoes on the road then. There were, but we never saw them. I had a vivid experience in those years. I went everywhere, and I did it on nothing.

(prē'tər-năch'ər-əl, -năch'rəl) pronunciation
  1. Out of or being beyond the normal course of nature; differing from the natural.
  2. Surpassing the normal or usual; extraordinary: "Below his preternatural affability there is some acid and steel" (George F. Will).
  3. Transcending the natural or material order; supernatural.
[Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, from Latin praeter nātūrām, beyond nature : praeter, beyond; see preterit + nātūra, nature; see nature.]
preternaturalism pre'ter·nat'u·ral·ism n.
preternaturally pre'ter·nat'u·ral·ly adv.
preternaturalness pre'ter·nat'u·ral·ness n.

v., clocked, clock·ing, clocks. v.tr.
  1. To time, as with a stopwatch: clock a runner.
  2. To register or record with a mechanical device: clocked the winds at 60 miles per hour.
To record working hours with a time clock: clocks in at 8 A.M. and out at 4 P.M.


adj., weird·er, weird·est.
  1. Of, relating to, or suggestive of the preternatural or supernatural.
  2. Of a strikingly odd or unusual character; strange.
  3. Archaic. Of or relating to fate or the Fates.
    1. Fate; destiny.
    2. One's assigned lot or fortune, especially when evil.
  1. often Weird Greek & Roman Mythology. One of the Fates.
tr. & intr.v., weird·ed, weird·ing, weirds.
Slang. To experience or cause to experience an odd, unusual, and sometimes uneasy sensation. Often used with out.
[Middle English werde, fate, having power to control fate, from Old English wyrd, fate.]
weirdly weird'ly adv.
weirdness weird'ness n.
SYNONYMS weird, eerie, uncanny, unearthly. These adjectives refer to what is of a mysteriously strange, usually frightening nature. Weird may suggest the operation of supernatural influences, or merely the odd or unusual: “The person of the house gave a weird little laugh” (Charles Dickens). “There is a weird power in a spoken word” (Joseph Conrad). Something eerie inspires fear or uneasiness and implies a sinister influence: “At nightfall on the marshes, the thing was eerie and fantastic to behold” (Robert Louis Stevenson). Uncanny refers to what is unnatural and peculiarly unsettling: “The queer stumps … had uncanny shapes, as of monstrous creatures” (John Galsworthy). Something unearthly seems so strange and unnatural as to come from or belong to another world: “He could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din” (Henry Kingsley).

The noun weirdo has 2 meanings:
Meaning #1: someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
Synonyms: creep, weirdie, weirdy, spook, schmuck
Meaning #2: someone deranged and possibly dangerous
Synonyms: crazy, loony, looney


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Pronunciation: /ˈluːni/
noun (plural loonies)

adjective (loonier, looniest)




mid 19th century: abbreviation of lunatic.

deranged Show phonetics
completely unable to think clearly or behave in a controlled way, especially because of mental illness:
a deranged criminal/mind/personality
to be mentally deranged

derangement Show phonetics

noun [U]de・range

━━ vt. 乱す, 妨げる; 発狂させる (a ~d killer).
de・ranged ━━ a. 気が狂った.
be mentally deranged 気が狂っている.
de・range・ment ━━ n. かく乱; 発狂.

loony, luny, gonzo 
If you haven't read Matt Taibbi's piece on the Republican clown car, I recommend it (below). It explains how Donald Trump bombast has pushed the other Republican candidates -- not rightward per se, but toward the luny bin.

On the campaign trail in Iowa, Donald Trump's antics have forced the other candidates to get crazy or go home

You guessed it: within two days, version 1.1.1 arrived, complete with mark-and-print features.This loony cycle went around a few more times, the little company writing the software to accommodate the review.

Love is blind, and so too is Linda Pugach, one of the loony-tuners in the somewhat sickening, mildly gonzo documentary “Crazy Love.”

 luny/ loony Show phonetics
adjective INFORMAL
foolish or stupid:
He had lots of loony ideas about education.

  1. Gonzo journalism is a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story via a first-person narrative. The word "gonzo" is believed to be first used in 1970 to describe an article by Hunter S. Thompson, who later popularized the style.