2015年12月22日 星期二

solstice, appellation, rejoice, dealmaker, appellate, willow, white knight

Dealmakers rejoice: merger and acquisition transactions in 2015 hit an all-time high, breaking the 2007 record. We have the full details:

The Politics of the Federal Bench
GOP-Appointed Majorities Winning Ideological Battles at Appellate Level
(By R. Jeffrey Smith, The Washington Post)

"A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works." — Bill Vaughan

on Page 37:
" ... one instance. The king's silver jubilee in 1935 provoked widespread national rejoicing"
2. on Page 64:
" ... seemed to some jaundiced critics hardly the right time for a festival of national rejoicing"

Google may be Yahoo's white knight
· Brin says he will work with No 2 search player · Dominant force in market tests system on rival's site

找富爸抗日月光收購 矽品引進鴻海 成最大股東


2008 Latvians Rejoice Over Winter Solstice

December 24th may be on many people's minds in Germany, but festivities up
in the Baltic country of Latvia already began on Dec. 21st -- the shortest
day of the year.

The DW-WORLD Article


━━ n. 【天文】至点.
 summer [winter] solstice 夏[冬]至.

white knight
noun [C]
a person or organization that saves a company from financial difficulties or an unwanted change of ownership by putting money into the company or by buying it


━━ a. 【法】控訴[上告]の.
 ━━ n., a. 【法】控訴人(の).
appellate court 控訴[上告]裁判所.
 ━━ n. 名称; 名義; 異名.
 ━━ n., a. 異名(の); 名称(の), 名義(の); 【文法】普通名詞.
 ━━ n. 被控訴人.


━━ n. 名称; 名義; 異名.

verb [I] FORMAL
to feel or show great happiness about something:
Everyone rejoiced at the news of his safe return.
She rejoiced in her good fortune.
[+ to infinitive] I rejoiced to see that she had made such a quick recovery.

rejoicing when you feel or show great happiness about something:
There was much rejoicing at/over the good news.

In the Chang family history, Lu Ying remains an elusive figure. She was the anchor of the household, an example for all, yet no one could describe her precisely. Her children could recall the feel of the house when she was alive; they say that she was the sole maker of its climate - harmonious and calm, without a trace of discontent. They remember the mood she created but not her person, not her words or her features, nothing exact. Lu Ying was what the eighteenth-century historian Chang Hsüeh-ch'eng would have called a "quiet woman." Her strength lay in her refraining, a holding back out of propriety and a reining in for balance and equilibrium. "[Quietness] is the finest appellation that can be given to a woman," Chang declared, "because it implies learning."


--合肥四姐妹 (Four Sisters of Hofei ): A History By Annping Chin

The origin of the shortfall appears to be the discovery that garlic
from Spain was being passed off as French.
To protect their product the French growers have awarded their prized
crop an appellation controllée status.

With the publication of "The Closing of the American Mind" in 1987, he received modest fame and a torrent of criticism, often taking the form of slander. He was called a racist, a sexist, and an elitist. The man who had written of Franklin D. Roosevelt, saying that he was "this century's greatest virtuoso of democratic leadership", had the appellation of "ultra-conservative" shrieked at him. With characteristic integrity, Bloom took the criticism without flinching and responded respectfully to what little substance there was.

Social class is never far away in this story. Just before Gordon Brown became prime minister, I had a meal with him in his Scottish home. Homemade lamb stew was followed by shop-bought rhubarb tart, with a glass of supermarket white available, if anyone wanted one, from an already-opened bottle. As befits a politician keen to stress his plain values, the meal was perfectly good and superbly ordinary, the kind of food we had both grown up with (though 40 or 50 years ago, wine would have been unusual). The interesting thing is that we called it “lunch.” In my youth, the working-class appellation for the midday meal was dinner. Tea was the evening meal. Lunch (luncheon! How fancy!) existed only in the stories of children’s books like “Wind in the Willows.” Just as much as the television popularity of the sacred Nigella Lawson or the profane Gordon Ramsay, this change in terminology suggests that in much of Britain middle-class eating habits have triumphed, not a moment too soon.

Reviewed by IAN JACK
A social history told through the medium of food.

Emma could not but rejoice to hear that she had a fault.
"Well," said she, "and you soon silenced Mr. Cole, I suppose?"

"Yes, very soon. He gave me a quiet hint; I told him he was mistaken;
he asked my pardon and said no more. Cole does not want to be wiser
or wittier than his neighbours."

"In that respect how unlike dear Mrs. Elton, who wants to be wiser
and wittier than all the world! I wonder how she speaks of the Coles--
what she calls them! How can she find any appellation for them,
deep enough in familiar vulgarity? She calls you, Knightley--what can
she do for Mr. Cole? And so I am not to be surprized that Jane
Fairfax accepts her civilities and consents to be with her.
Mrs. Weston, your argument weighs most with me. I can much more
readily enter into the temptation of getting away from Miss Bates,
than I can believe in the triumph of Miss Fairfax's mind over
Mrs. Elton. I have no faith in Mrs. Elton's acknowledging herself
the inferior in thought, word, or deed; or in her being under any
restraint beyond her own scanty rule of good-breeding. I cannot
imagine that she will not be continually insulting her visitor
with praise, encouragement, and offers of service; that she will not be
continually detailing her magnificent intentions, from the procuring
her a permanent situation to the including her in those delightful
exploring parties which are to take place in the barouche-landau."

A mole, a rat, a toad and a badger become friends. They travel, have adventures, and take care of each other in the way that friends do. Their story is told in the children's classic, The Wind in the Willows, written by Kenneth Grahame and published a century ago. Grahame, born on this date in 1859, based his book on stories he told to his young son. The anthropomorphized animals act in a way that is very human, with strengths and flaws that both children and adults can relate to. The book has been adapted for the stage and screen, and even inspired its own ride in DisneylandMr. Toad's Wild Ride.
"The Wild Wood is pretty well populated by now; with all the usual lot, good, bad, and indifferent — I name no names. It takes all sorts to make a world."Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows


  • 植物》柳
  • 2. 柳細工{やなぎ ざいく}

  • 提供元:「EDP」


    • as restless as a willow in a windstorm
    • 〔暴風{ぼうふう}を受けているヤナギの枝のように〕落ち着きのない、そわそわした
    • basket willow
    • 《植物》〔枝をかご細工{さいく}の材料{ざいりょう}として使える〕ヤナギ