2016年1月3日 星期日

subfreezing, one-two punch

In Formula 1 motor racing: Britain's Jenson Button has won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Button's team-mate Rubens Barrichello from Brazil came in second, handing a one-two victory to the Brawn GP team in its debut Formula One race. Italy's Jarno Trulli finished third, but just hours after the race, Formula 1 stewards penalised Trulli for overtaking while the safety car was on the track. This resulted in Britain's Lewis Hamilton being promoted from fourth to third place.


I don't mean to turn this column into All E-Books, All the Time. But Amazon pulled a nice one-two P.R. punch.
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one-two punch Show phonetics
noun [S] US
two unpleasant things which happen together:
The weather delivered a one-two punch to gardeners with unseasonal freezing temperatures and strong winds.

n.
  1. A combination of two blows delivered in rapid succession in boxing, especially a left lead followed by a right cross.
  2. Informal. An especially forceful or effective combination or sequence of two things.


subfreezing

(sŭb-frē'zĭng) pronunciation

adj.
Below freezing. - 低於冰點的


Nine US states hit by freezing weather

Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the United States are without electricity in the wake of a winter storm which has killed 55 people across nine different states. Ice, snow, flooding and high winds have hit a huge swath of the country from Texas to Maine. Subfreezing temperatures were expected to continue over the next two days according to the National Weather Service.


這subfreezing今天被用來作美國主要新聞報導的標題 它是比喻用的一語多關
首先 它與所謂"次級房貸subprime危機"相關
又用未來五年最高貸款利益"凍結"freeze相關


today's papers
Subfreezing
By Daniel Politi
Posted Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at 6:02 AM ET
The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today lead with word that the Bush administration will announce today that it has reached a deal with mortgage lenders to freeze interest rates for five years on a certain number of subprime loans. The plan, which was reached after weeks of talks between officials from the Treasury Department and the mortgage industry, is meant to avoid a large number of foreclosures that could affect the wider economy. But it's already facing criticism both by those who see it as an unfair bailout for people who took on more risk than they could bear as well as from those who think it won't cover enough homeowners in distress.
The New York Times leads with new details on what led intelligence agencies to reverse their thinking about Iran's nuclear program. It all apparently began last summer after analysts got a hold of notes of "conversations and deliberations" between Iranian military officials, some of whom were complaining "bitterly" about the decision to end the country's efforts to get nuclear weapons. The Wall Street Journal leads its world-wide newsbox with news that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has rejected a proposal to shift Marine troops from Iraq to Afghanistan. Gates told Marine Corps officials they're still needed in Iraq.
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