2016年5月31日 星期二

tepid, stoke, ember, room temperature, rumor-stoked environment

The congestion is because of a surge in oil imports from a group of privately owned refiners—dubbed “teapots” because of their small size compared with giant state-owned companies, such as China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., or Sinopec, PetroChina Co., and China National Offshore Oil Corp.—that is shaking up China’s oil industry and stoking global markets.

If Merkel closes the borders to refugees, her critics’ legal argument may be a good excuse
Of all the people stoking the pressure on Germany’s chancellor, the most…

In Talk Show Tour, Jeb Bush Promotes Book on Immigration and Replies to Critics

The former Florida governor stoked speculation about his presidential ambitions by appearing on all of the Sunday morning talk shows to sell his new book on immigration.

 Fed Stokes Politics—In Hong Kong
If one result of the Fed's latest easing program is a flood of hot money into Hong Kong's property market, then calls will grow louder for the city's government to meaningfully curb rising home prices.

Spain Region Seeks Cash, Stoking Fear
Catalonia, Spain's most indebted region, said it will ask for $6.27 billion in financial assistance from the Spanish government's liquidity program, as it struggles to pay for basic services. 

Dictator's Death Stokes Fears
U.S. officials aggressively lobbied China, Russia and Japan and suspended a food-aid plan for North Korea following the death of the country's leader.

Open Source as a Model for Business Is Elusive

European Commission reaction to Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems has stoked a tricky debate: Can open-source software live up to its populist traditions?

Downturn in the U.K. Stokes Fears Over Lloyds
Lloyds Banking could be pushed closer to nationalization if the U.K. economy continues to sour.

“The hot drink provided immediate and sustained relief from symptoms of runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat, chilliness and tiredness,” they reported, “whereas the same drink at room temperature only provided relief from symptoms of runny nose, cough and sneezing.”

Indonesian Papua

More religions, more trouble

Jul 17th 2008 | JAKARTA
From The Economist print edition

Microsoft Kicks Off Seinfeld Campaign By Nick Wingfield
SEATTLE – Microsoft Corp. kicked off a major new advertising campaign to rejuvenate its Windows brand, which has been battered in recent years in commercials by rival Apple Inc. and tepid reviews of the latest version of its operating system for personal computers, Windows Vista.

Radical Muslim and Christian groups stoke the embers of Papua’s conflict

Apple's Outlook Disappoints

Apple Inc.'s shares sank after the company issued a tepid outlook, stoking worries that sales of its gadgets may suffer from a weakening economy.

Retailers reported tepid February sales, sapped by cooler temperatures, a Northeast blizzard and promotions the previous month.
Pompous old men who spend their retirements complaining will no longer be able to send their soup back for being a tad on the tepid side because the machines in Mack’s Frankfurt restaurant won’t listen and will give even less of a toss than a clock-watching teenager earning minimum wage.

A key test for Carrefour could come during Chinese festivals at the beginning of May, when the chain has announced it will slash prices for a holiday promotion. "I won't come, no matter how big a sale this will be, if Carrefour donated money to the Dalai Lama," said another Baishiqaio shopper who identified herself as Ms. Wang. The company says it has made no such gifts, but in the rumor-stoked environment surrounding the Beijing Olympics, it may need more than a sale to sway shoppers.

Satya Nadella, senior vice president of Microsoft's Search, Portal, and Advertising business, confirmed the purchase in a statement, following months of rumors that they were in merger talks. Financial terms were not disclosed.


"We must set up a strong present tense against all rumors of wrath, past and to come." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way." - John Tudor

Indonesian Papua
More religions, more trouble
Jul 17th 2008 | JAKARTA
From The Economist print edition
Radical Muslim and Christian groups stoke the embers of Papua’s conflict

noun [C usually plural] ━━ n. (pl.) 燃えさし, 余燼(よじん); 余韻.
a piece of wood or coal, etc. which continues to burn after a fire has no more flames:
We sat by the glowing/dying embers of the fire.


('mər) pronunciation
n.n. - 謠言, 傳聞, 傳說
v. tr. - 謠傳
  1. A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.
  2. Unverified information received from another; hearsay.
tr.v., -mored, -mor·ing, -mors.
To spread or tell by rumor.
[Middle English rumour, from Old French, from Latin rūmor.]
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1 (of liquid) not very warm

2 describes a reaction which is not enthusiastic:
I got a tepid response to my suggestion that we should start work earlier.

verb [I or T] (ALSO stoke up)
1 to add fuel to a large enclosed fire and move the fuel around with a stick so that it burns well and produces a lot of heat:
Once the fire had been stoked up, the room began to get warm.

2 to encourage bad ideas or feelings in a lot of people:
He's been accused of stoking up racial hatred in the region.
Rumours of an emergency meeting of the finance ministers stoked the atmosphere of crisis.


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1 (燃料を補給して)〈火を〉かき立てる, 〈炉などに〉(燃料を)補給する((up/with ...));〈炉・ストーブなどの)火の番をする;〈欲求などを〉かき立てる((up)).
2 …にうんと食べさせる((up)).
1 火をかき立てる;火[炉]の番をする;かまたき[火夫]をする((up)).
2 (…を)たらふく食べる, (…で)腹ごしらえをする((up/on, with ...)).

1 [C or U] the measured amount of heat in a place or in the body:
Preheat the oven to a temperature of 200 degrees Celsius.
There has been a sudden rise in temperature over the past few days (= The weather has become warmer).
The doctor examined him and took his temperature (= measured it).

2 [U] If you say that the temperature in a particular situation is rising, you mean that it is likely to become violent because people have become angry:
The temperature of the discussion started to rise as each side added its own arguments.