2016年10月3日 星期一

potboiler, impregnable, send up, separation of church and state

“The wall between state and church”, Justice Hugo Black wrote in Everson v Board of Education, a case from 1947, “must be kept high and impregnable”

Hole in a constitutional wall
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John Scalzi's new novel is a sci-fi send-up of the standard diplomacy potboiler.


"Separation of church and state" is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson and others expressing an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

The intent of this clause was to limit the power of the Federal Government in regard to religion thus ensuring freedom of religion in the United States of America.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state_in_the_United_States


impregnable

ɪmˈprɛɡnəb(ə)l/
adjective
  1. (of a fortified position) unable to be captured or broken into.
    "a massive and impregnable fortress"
    • unable to be defeated or overcome.
      "Liverpool used their good fortune to forge an impregnable lead"

potboiler
noun [C] DISAPPROVING 金めあての文学[美術]作品(を作る人).
an artistic work, usually of low quality, that has been created quickly just to earn money:
Her most recent potboiler was one of last year's bestselling paperbacks.


(send up
1. Put in prison, as in He'll be sent up for at least ten years. [Mid-1800s]
2. Cause to rise, as in The emissions sent up by that factory are clearly poisonous. [Late 1500s]
3. Satirize, make a parody of, as in This playwright has a genius for sending up suburban life. [First half of 1900s]
4. send up a trial balloon. See trial balloon. )

Foretelling a Flamboyant Future, but Rooted in Operatic Tradition
By BERNARD HOLLAND
This impregnable Puccini potboiler, dressed up in Anthony Minghella’s gorgeous pageantlike production, returned to the house on Monday.

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