2015年12月9日 星期三

woeful, Housing Woes, woefully unprepared to deal with

Miss Suu Kyi, inspiring figure though she is, is an untested leader who has perforce been woefully out of touch with events.




If storms like Desmond become the norm in Britain, the country is woefully unprepared to deal with them

Republicans were quick to raise their objections yesterday and in what was clearly a "worrisome sign for the president," as the New York Times puts it, Sen. Olympia Snow of Maine, one of the few Republicans who voted for the stimulus package, declared that while the president's goals are "worthy" she lamented that the budget "falls woefully short" on fiscal restraint and reducing the deficit.

Housing Woes in U.S. Spread Around Globe

世界經濟不景氣,在英國似乎又多了一些佐證。
《衛報.》頭版標題是"1978年以來最快的房價跌勢"﹔《每日電訊報》頭條是"有史以來最大規模的房價下跌".....



perforce

pəˈfɔːs/
adverb
formal
  1. used to express necessity or inevitability.
    "amateurs, perforce, have to settle for less expensive solutions"
    synonyms:necessarily, of necessity, inevitably, unavoidably, by force of circumstances, needs must; More



woes
plural noun FORMAL
great problems or troubles:
The country has been beset by economic woes for the past decade.
Unusually poor harvests have added to the country's woes.

housing
noun [U]
buildings for people to live in:
There's a shortage of cheap housing in the region.
woe
noun [U] LITERARY
extreme sadness:
Her face was lined and full of woe.
He told me a real tale of woe about how he had lost both his job and his house in the same week.

woeful
adjective FORMAL
extremely sad:
She was looking very woeful, with her eyes red and swollen.
See also woeful.

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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