2016年3月30日 星期三

respite, perk, perk up, smog jog, gory, cow dung/poo, R & R, field of vision, perquisite, gendarme, dungeon, donjon

Meet Jay Munster, the founder of Innovation Labs'-based Blue Skies, a company trying to solve the air-quality problems that were recently highlighted during Mark Zuckerberg's disastrous "Smog Jog" in China.http://hvrd.me/104UZ8

This woman has lived off grid for 30 years in $3k house

Jill Redwood, from East Gippsland in Victoria, lives in a solar-powered...

Even by Afghanistan’s murderous, war-torn standards it has been a gory week. More than 100 civilians were injured or killed in acts of terrorism in just 48 hours. Yet, after the first meeting in years this month between an Afghan government delegation and senior leaders of the Taliban insurgency, the prospects for peace actually look better http://econ.st/1HAHd1s

An always-connected lifestyle is a blessing for some and a nightmare for others. Aeroplanes used to be the one respite in a typical business traveller's itinerary. Starting in the early 2000s this blissful seclusion started to come under threat. In-air Wi-Fi is now increasingly common on domestic routes in America, and on long-haul routes elsewhere. The Economist explains how airborne Wi-Fi works http://econ.st/1DcsGsy

Imports also declined bynearly 9% year-on-year, reflecting persistently weak demand. Meanwhile, as oil prices slump, inflation may fall below the central bank’s target range of 1-4%. Fears of deflation and continuing low growth stalk not just Thailand but Asia, not least because of dampened Chinese demand. The worry now is not that the junta has failed to meet its promise of stability, but that it has succeeded—and this is what it looks like http://econ.st/1EO8qxC
A production at Shakespeare's Globe has audience members fainting at scenes of rape, mutilation and murder. What are the goriest scenes in theatre? (via Guardian culture)
They've been fainting in the aisles at the Globe, due to a stomach-churning production of Titus Andronicus. Michael Coveney has five more examples of...
The Guardian|由 Michael Coveney 上傳



 Microsoft Surface Sales Perk Up-At a Cost

Gorky Park has changed since it was the grim setting of a 1981 murder novel.

Moscow Journal

Gorky Park, Once Drab, Now Glows


The park has transformed over the past two years into an extravagant urban recreational space that offers Muscovites a respite from the intense political pressures of Russia.

But after Simon is cracked on the head during the heist, he can’t remember where he hid the painting, even when Franck tries to jog his memory with some vigorous fingernail removal (from “Shallow Grave” onwards, Mr Boyle has taken a sadistic delight in gory torture scenes).

Yutaka Takikawa

  • An increasing number of Japanese companies are introducing practical experience-based training programs for new employees to boost their confidence. Ikai Co., a staffing agency based in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, required 57 employees fresh out ...
This is the 75th year that the Hill Cumorah Pageant has been staged.
Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times

At Mormon Pageant, Respite From Politics

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints find a spiritual oasis in an annual, 750-actor portrayal of the Book of Mormon at the faith’s birthplace.

Oracle v Google
Who owns the perk in Java?
Man Killed By Plane Making Emergency Landing
With an oil leak blocking his field of vision, the plane's pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on the beach when his propeller fell off. He struck a man who was jogging on the beach.

Rest and Relaxation. A respite from combat.

Touring America One Jog at a Time


A collection of 10 jogging routes across the country that can add a healthful respite to even the shortest trip or urban weekend getaway.

2009Starbucks brews first China blend to perk up business
Reuters - USA
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - US coffee chain Starbucks, keen to boost business in China, is brewing ahead of the Lunar New Year a limited-edition blend that ...


Schultz Takes Over to Try To Perk Up Starbucks

In retaking the reins of Starbucks Corp., Howard Schultz will have to fix a coffee empire that he says has become stifled by bureaucracy and has lost the courage that helped it change how Americans get their coffee.
Starbucks ousted CEO Jim Donald yesterday and said that, effective immediately, Mr. Schultz, the chairman, will take on the additional role.
Mr. Schultz, 54 years old, came to the Seattle coffee company in 1982 when it had four locations and nurtured it to become the empire it is today. Serving as CEO from 1987 to 2000, he presided over the company's 1992 public offering. Starbucks now has more than 15,000 locations around the globe, products on supermarket shelves and its own record label.

She says the 2-inch-long kitten was "ice cold." But she felt it move, so she wrapped the kitten in a warm towel. Then it began meowing - and her 4-year-old Pekingese perked up.

But the highlight of the trip, according to Byron’s letters, remains one of Switzerland’s most thrilling attractions: the Château de Chillon, a medieval fortress whose turrets rise dreamlike from the waters. The castle became notorious in the 16th century as a political prison, and the two poets were deeply moved when a gendarme showed them the dungeon, where an outspoken cleric, François Bonivard, had been chained to a pillar for six years.

英國著名景點「倫敦地牢」(The London Dungeon),以陰森氛圍和逼真的布置而聞名,每一位進去參觀的觀光客無不感到毛骨悚然。
The London Dungeon is a popular London tourist attraction,[1] which recreates various gory and macabre historical events in a grimly comedic 'gallows humour' style, attempting to make them appealing to younger audiences. It uses a mixture of live actors, special effects and rides.
Opening in 1974, it was initially designed as more a museum of "horrible history", but the Dungeon has evolved to become an actor-led, interactive experience. The Dungeon is operated by Merlin Entertainments.

Cow dung, also known as cow patscow pies or cow manure, is the waste product ofbovine animal species. These species include domestic cattle ("cows"), bison ("buffalo"), yak, and water buffalo. Cow dung is the undigested residue of plant matter which has passed through the animal's gut. The resultant faecal matter is rich in minerals. Colour ranges from greenish to blackish, often darkening soon after exposure to air.

Water buffalo dung drying on the wall of a house, Yuanyang County, Yunnan


Syllabification: gor·y
Pronunciation: /ˈgôrē/
adjective (gorier, goriest)

  • 1Involving or showing violence and bloodshed: a gory horror film

  • 1.1Covered in blood.


the gory details

humorous The explicit details of something: she told him the gory details of her past



Pronunciation: /-rəlē/


  • 発音記号[gɔ'ːri]
[形](-i・er, -i・est)
1 ((略式))血生臭い;残虐な.
2 ((文))血まみれの, 流血の.
3 血のり[凝血]のような.
4 不愉快な, いやな
gory details

(dŏn'jən, dŭn'-) pronunciation
The fortified main tower of a castle; a keep.

[Variant of DUNGEON.]


(zhän'därm', zhäN'därm') pronunciation
  1. A member of the French national police organization constituting a branch of the armed forces with responsibility for general law enforcement.
  2. Slang. A police officer.
[French, from Old French gent d'armes, gendarme, sing. of gens d'armes, mounted soldiers, men-at-arms : gens, people, men (from Latin gentēs, pl. of gēns, clan) + de, of (from Latin ; see de-) + armes, pl. of arme, weapon; see arm2.]

field of vision
The portion of space that the fixed eye can see.
res·pite (rĕs'pĭt) pronunciation
  1. A usually short interval of rest or relief. See synonyms at pause.
  2. Law. Temporary suspension of a death sentence; a reprieve.
tr.v., -pit·ed, -pit·ing, -pites.
To delay; postpone.



[no object] (perk up)
  • become more cheerful, lively, or interesting:in the second half, the dance perked up she’d been depressed, but she seemed to perk up last week
  • [with object] (perk someone/something up) make someone or something more cheerful, lively, or interesting:the coffee had perked him up long enough to tackle the reviews

perk (LIQUID) Show phonetics
verb [I or T] INFORMAL
(to cause a liquid, especially coffee) to percolate

perk up (IMPROVE) phrasal verb INFORMAL
to improve or become more exciting:
Share prices perked up slightly before the close of trading.
perk up:慣用語,變得生氣勃勃。例句:The plants perked up nicely after a bit of water.(這植物在澆了一點水後恢復生氣。)

perky Show phonetics
happy and full of energy:
You look very perky this morning.

perkily Show phonetics
"Does anyone want to come out jogging with me?" he said perkily.

perkiness noun [U]

 (pûrk) pronunciation

v., perked, perk·ing, perks.
  1. To stick up or jut out: dogs' ears that perk.
  2. To carry oneself in a lively and jaunty manner.
To cause to stick up quickly: The dog perked its ears at the noise.


phrasal verb:perk up
  1. To regain or cause to regain one's good spirits or liveliness.
  2. To refresh the appearance of: New furniture and paint perked up the room.
[Possibly Middle English perken, to perch, from perk, rod, perch, probably from Medieval Latin perca and from Old French perche, perce, both from Latin pertica, rod. See perch1.]

perk2 (pûrk) pronunciation
n. Informal
A perquisite: "Temper tantrums over perks are more common than the American taxpayer might like to believe" (Maureen Dowd).

[Shortening and alteration of PERQUISITE.]

perk3 (pûrk) pronunciation
intr.v. Informal, perked, perk·ing, perks.
To percolate: The coffee was perking on the stove.


  • 発音記号[pə'ːrkwəzit]
1 (給料以外の)臨時収入;チップ, 心づけ.
2 (地位に伴う)特権, 役得.


dʒɑ'g | dʒɔ'g
jogs (複数形) • jogged (過去形) • jogged (過去分詞) • jogging (現在分詞) • jogs (三人称単数現在)
[動](〜ged, 〜・ging)(他)
1 (うっかり)…を(ぐいと)揺り動かす, (ちょっと)押す[引く];(注意を促すために)…を軽く押す
jog a person's elbow
2 〈記憶などを〉呼び起こす
jog a person's memory
3 〈馬を〉一定の速歩(はやあし)で進める.
1 ゆっくり規則的なペースで走る, ジョギングする;とぼとぼ歩く
He jogs along the beach every day.
2 ((略式))〈仕事などが〉ゆっくり進む, 〈人が〉何とかやっていく((on, along))
jog on well enough
3 〈人・物が〉揺れながら進む
The wagon jogged down the unpaved road.
4 (馬で)速歩で行く.
1 ゆっくり走ること, ジョギング, とぼとぼとした歩み, 徐行;(馬などの)一定の速歩
go for a jog
jog pants
2 揺れ;軽い突き[押し];軽い刺激, 衝動, 喚起.

jog (RUN)
verb [I] -gg-
to run at a slow regular speed, especially as a form of exercise:
"What do you do to keep fit?" "I jog and go swimming."
He was walking at a very quick pace and I had to jog to keep up with him.

jog Show phonetics
noun [S]
I haven't done much exercise all week, so I think I'll go for a jog this morning.

noun [C]

noun [U]
He usually goes jogging for half an hour before breakfast.

【綜合報導】激進組織「伊斯蘭國」(Islamic State,IS)前天再以最新宣傳影片「別手軟?」(No Respite)對美國、俄羅斯國等反IS國家嗆聲,片中出現中華民國國旗,引發民眾憂慮我國是否會遭恐攻。總統馬英九昨

Definition of respite

  •  a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant:the refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering [in singular]:a brief respite from a dire food shortage
  • a short delay permitted before an unpleasant obligation is met or a punishment is carried out.


[with object] rare
  • postpone (a sentence, obligation, etc.):the execution was only respited a few months
  • archaic grant a delay or extension of time to; reprieve from death or execution:some poor criminal ... from the gibbet or the wheel, respited for a day


Middle English: from Old French respit, from Latin respectus 'refuge, consideration'


  • レベル:社会人必須
  • 発音記号[réspit | -pait]
1 (仕事・苦痛などの)一時的中断((from ...));息抜き, 小休止, 休息(期間)
The noise went on all night without a moment's respite.
2 延期, 猶予;(死刑の)執行延期.
1 〈人に〉一息つかせる, 〈苦痛を〉一時軽減する.
2 〈刑罰の〉執行を延期する, 〈義務などを〉猶予する;〈死刑囚の〉刑の執行を延期する.