2015年11月2日 星期一

be felt, jock, noxious, tack. tacky, ob-, obnoxious, criminality, sophomoric, gaudy, flashy, be no match for sth/sb,

"When David Bowie was offered a knighthood in 2003 he said: “I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. I seriously don’t know what it is for. It’s not what I spent my life working for.” As another refusenik, the great J. G. Ballard said, all this is about reinforcing privilege and rank and snobbery in a class- divided society. Loyalty, he said, should be felt to fellow citizens and the country as a whole."

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced he is scrapping…

Want to earn a killer salary? Learn the sport of coding.

Some are ever skipping college altogether and joining the Silicon Valley…

It's not clear how long he'd been inhaling noxious fumes for

But it’s not all fun and games. Sometimes certain members of the crowd can get out of hand. In 2012, someone (Wile E. Coyote?) threw tacks on the road. That same year, a moron lit a few flares and ended up burning TdF winner Bradley Wiggins. Then, in what might be the grossest fan display, last year, someone sprayed Mark Cavendish with urine. Yeah. Nuts might be an understatement.

"Elliot Rodger had never kissed a girl. In a culture of casual sex, he was a virgin — at 22. He was lonely, angry, humiliated, depressed, and also likely struggling with mental illness. He couldn’t understand why others got to have what he didn’t; why girls always seemed to go after the “obnoxious jocks,” not the nice guys like him; why he had to see it all around him — from porn to campus party culture — as if taunting him. He was always missing out." http://ti.me/1lP3cWZ


Jan. 7, 1765.
To-night at the Spotted Pig I was eating my customary Sunday Supper when I espied Boswell entering. I groaned, thinking my Meal ruined, but he merely extended his Greetings to me and went off to converse with Burke at his Table. Have I finally rid myself of this noxious Pest?



'Back to Blood'

Tom Wolfe's new novel is built around the gaudy clash of Miami's different ethnic and financial populations.

John Westcott, a former homosexual who is now married and the director of Exchange Ministries in Winter Park, Fla., an organization whose mission is to reorient sexuality, can only smile when Mr. Maher reminds him that Jesus never addressed the subject of homosexuality. At a Christian theme park where the passion of Christ is re-enacted in a tacky musical pageant, the actor playing Jesus compares the Holy Trinity to the three states of water: liquid, ice and vapor.

4. Most Obnoxious Tourists? The French

By Bruce Crumley / Paris
Americans may be rude, but a new survey of attitudes toward foreign tourists shows that they're no match for the French

Knowledge is Power

"I will respond preemptively to those who are quick to dismiss the views and analytics crafted by retired DoD personnel as 'irrelevant and inapplicable', by saying that such assertions are sophomoric, unsustainable, without merit and wholly dismissive of the Dr. W. Edwards Deming advocated pursuit of profound knowledge," says Stokes. "To be sure, we benefit from applying accumulated knowledge, as has been evident since humankind first saw the need to record and preserve what was learned. The Library of Alexandria is an ancient and extraordinary example of this premise."

Writing in The New York Times nearly 30 years afterward, when the film “The Ten Commandments,” was re-released for a brief run, Vincent Canby called it “a gaudy, grandiloquent Hollywood classic” and suggested there was more than a touch of “the rugged American frontiersman of myth” in Mr. Heston’s Moses.

Mr. Carroll is an object of national fascination in part because of his apparently pathological criminality, and in part because he represents a kind of Briton known as a chav. Chavs, whether rich or poor, tend to favor gaudy jewelry and expensive-but-tacky clothes with big logos and to behave in a way that others find coarse or obnoxious.

Finding the Unexpected Beneath the Gaudy
The Frugal Traveler searches for sophomoric fun, total relaxation, a taste of luxury, plus the alternative, “real” Cancún, whatever that might be.

be felt

  • adjective
    • 二年級(學生)的
    • 一知半解的
    • 不老練的

be no match for sth/sb
to be less powerful or effective than someone or something else:
Gibson ran well but was no match for the young Italian.


(ŏb-nŏk'shəs, əb-) pronunciation
  1. Very annoying or objectionable; offensive or odious: “I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution” (Ulysses S. Grant).
  2. Archaic. Exposed to harm, injury, or evil: “The town … now lies obnoxious to its foes” (John Bunyan).
  3. Archaic. Deserving of or liable to censure.
[Latin obnoxiōsus, subordinate, from obnoxius, subject, liable : ob-, to; see ob– + noxa, injury.]
obnoxiously ob·nox'ious·ly adv.
obnoxiousness ob·nox'ious·ness n.


ob • nox • ious
əbnɑ'kʃəs | -nɔ'k-
[形]とても不快な, 胸の悪くなる;醜悪な;(…に)嫌われている((to ...))
obnoxious behavior
persons obnoxious to the government

jock 2

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North American informal
An enthusiastic male athlete or sports fan, especially one with few other interests.


ɑb-, əb- | ɔb-, əb-
「…へ」「…の前に」「上に」「おおって」「反対に」「逆に」「完全に」‖obvert, obstetric, obscure, oblate, obsolete


Syllabification: (nox·ious)
Pronunciation: /ˈnäkSHəs/
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  • harmful, poisonous, or very unpleasant:they were overcome by the noxious fumes




late 15th century: from Latin noxius (from noxa 'harm') + -ous

, -i·er, -i·est.
Showy in a tasteless or vulgar way.
[Possibly from GAUDY2 (influenced by GAUD).]
gaudily gaud'i·ly adv.
gaudiness gaud'i·ness n.
SYNONYMS gaudy, flashy, garish, loud, meretricious, tawdry.
These adjectives mean tastelessly showy: a gaudy costume; a flashy ring; garish colors; a loud sport shirt; a meretricious yet stylish book; tawdry ornaments. anti-flash
gaud·y2 (') pronunciation
n. Chiefly British., pl. -ies.
A feast, especially an annual university dinner.
[Middle English gaudi, gaud, prank, trick, possibly from Old French gaudie, merriment (from gaudir, to enjoy, make merry, from Latin gaudēre, to rejoice) and from Latin gaudium, enjoyment, merry-making (from gaudēre, to rejoice).]
Wikipedia article "Gaudy". gaudie


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1A small, sharp broad-headed nail:tacks held the remaining rags of carpet to the floor

1.1North American A drawing pin:here are some tacks—put up a notice

2A long stitch used to fasten fabrics together temporarily, prior to permanent sewing.
3A method of dealing with a situation or problem; a course of action or policy:as she could not stop him going she tried another tack and insisted on going with him

4Sailing An act of changing course by turning a boat’s head into and through the wind, so as to bring the wind on the opposite side.

4.1A boat’s course relative to the direction of the wind:the brig bowled past on the opposite tack
4.2A distance sailed between tacks:it’s a shame to see a yacht drop her sails and start the diesel just because she has to make a few short tacks5
Sailing A rope for securing the corner of certain sails.
5.1The corner to which a rope is fastened.
6[MASS NOUN] The quality of being sticky:cooking the sugar to caramel gives tack to the texture


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1[WITH OBJECT AND ADVERBIAL] Fasten or fix in place with tacks:he used the tool to tack down sheets of fibreboard

2[WITH OBJECT AND ADVERBIAL] Fasten (pieces of cloth) together temporarily with long stitches:when the dress was roughly tacked together, she tried it on
2.1(tack something on) Add or append something to something already existing:the castles have new wings and other bits tacked oncustomers tell of surprise ‘nuisance fees’ tacked on to every transaction

3[NO OBJECT] Sailing Change course by turning a boat’s head into and through the wind:their boat was now downwind and they had to tackCompare with wear2.
[from the practice of shifting ropes (see sense 5 of the noun of noun) to change direction]
3.1[WITH OBJECT] Alter the course of (a boat) by tacking:I tacked the ship shortly after midnight
3.2[WITH ADVERBIAL OF DIRECTION] Make a series of changes of course while sailing:but what happens when you have to tack up a narrow channel singlehanded?


on the port (or starboard) tack

Sailing With the wind coming from the port (or starboard) side of the boat:as soon as the yacht is established on the starboard tack, the jib sheet is let fly



Middle English (in the general sense 'something that fastens one thing to another'): probably related to Old French tache 'clasp, large nail'.

tack·y2 (tăk'ē) pronunciation
adj. Informal., -i·er, -i·est.
  1. Neglected and in a state of disrepair: a tacky old cabin in the woods.
    1. Lacking style or good taste; tawdry: tacky clothes.
    2. Distasteful or offensive; tasteless: a tacky remark.
[From tackey, an inferior horse.]

Police got riots wrong, says Cameron
Police were too slow to react to the riots and were wrong to treat it as a public order issue rather than one of criminality, the Prime Minister says.
tackily tack'i·ly adv.