2016年9月27日 星期二

astonished, geysering nonstop shtick of the highest order,


The Comic Who Was Hamlet

Robin Williams, who died on Monday at 63, "spoke in tongues," writes TIME's Richard Corliss. "Any language or accent, any human or mammal or alien, geysering nonstop shtick of the highest order, leaving viewers astonished, thrilled and wearied"



Shtick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shtick
shtick (Yiddish: שטיק ) (or schtick) is a comic theme or gimmick. "Shtick" is derived from the Yiddish word shtik (שטיק), meaning "piece"; the closely related ...

geyser

ˈɡiːzə,ˈɡʌɪ-/
noun
  1. 1.
    a hot spring in which water intermittently boils, sending a tall column of water and steam into the air.
  2. 2.
    BRITISH
    a gas-fired water heater through which water flows as it is rapidly heated.
verb
  1. 1.
    (especially of water or steam) gush or burst out with great force.
    "a fissure opened and yellow smoke geysered upward"

astonish和surprise同表吃驚,但程度上不同。astonished,不止於驚奇(surprise)而已。




astonish 
verb [T]
to surprise someone very much:
I was astonished by how much she'd grown.
What astonished me was that he didn't seem to mind.

astonished 
adjective
[+ to infinitive] I was astonished to see Miriam there.
They looked astonished when I announced I was pregnant.
The doctors were astonished at the speed of her recovery.

astonishing
adjective
very surprising:
Her first novel enjoyed an astonishing success.
[+ to infinitive] It's astonishing to think that only a few years ago Communism dominated eastern Europe.

astonishingly 
adverb
Astonishingly, I've never visited King's College Chapel in all the years I've lived here.
She did astonishingly well in her exams.

astonishment Show phonetics
noun [U]
very great surprise:
To the astonishment of her colleagues, she resigned.
She gasped in astonishment.

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