2016年9月28日 星期三

pallid, fudge, fudge factor, tried and true

German business boss says 'hard Brexit' is best

The head of Germany's biggest business lobby group has said it would be better for the UK to have a clean break from the EU rather than some kind of "fudge".
Markus Kerber told Today programme presenter Justin Webb there needed to be a "hard exit" from the EU to avoid lingering uncertainty.




Francesco Tonelli for The New York Times

Milk chocolate banana pudding with wafer crumbs.
For years, when striving to make the ultimate, silky, profoundly fudgy chocolate pudding, I invariably looked to Grandma. Oh, not to either of my Grandmas, who relied on boxed mixes with pallid results. But to an iconic silver-haired Grandma whom I envisioned stirring a pot of farm fresh milk, eggs, cornstarch and melted chocolate to a creamy, intense perfection.
For over a decade, I happily stirred my way through pudding recipes from the most tried-and-true grandmotherly sources I could find: Fannie Farmer and “Joy of Cooking,” Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and spiralbound Junior League cookbooks.
And all the puddings were pretty good — jiggly and smooth, with addictive sticky skins that I greedily peeled off and ate while standing in front of the fridge. But none was quite good enough to send me back for more.



The investigation of the statistics bureau took place from late October to December last year, and Mr. Wang was removed from his post shortly thereafter. Party cadres in the bureau had to undergo criticism sessions — a tried and true method of enforcing discipline in the party — with the goal of making them “red-faced and sweating,” the report said.


對國家統計局的調查是在去年10月底到12月間進行的。不久後,王保安被免職。報告稱,國家統計局的黨員幹部開展了民主生活會——這種加強黨紀的方法久經考驗,被證明是可靠的——相互批評,目的是讓參加者「臉紅出汗」。



Portugal pretends it is fighting back after years of EU-mandated austerity policies. The EU pretends it is holding the line. In fact Europe is functioning as it always has: though compromise and fudge



Portugal's anti-austerity protests may be more bark than bite.
ECON.ST



By HANIF KUREISHI
Reviewed by ERICA WAGNER
Hanif Kureishi’s pallid new novel considers middle-age alienation and lust in immigrant London.

Fudging the numbers

Thanks to the reader who sent me the link to this, a government wanting to make evidence fit policy with Youth disorder:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2009/jan/07/youth-crime-statistics

Creative nonfiction luminary John D’Agata has defended writers' right to fudge the truth in his book The Lifespan of a Fact, co-written with fact-checker Jim Fingal. (Dan Kois expressed mixed feelings about the book when reviewing it for Slate.) D’Agata’s book brought to mind, for many, the various partly true memoirs of the last ten years.



Fudge factor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fudge_factor

fudge factor is an ad hoc quantity introduced into a calculation, formula or model in order to make it fit observations or expectations. Examples include Einstein's Cosmological Constant, dark energy, dark matter and inflation.



Fudge is a type of candy, usually extremely rich and flavored with cocoa. It is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk and heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240°F or 115°C, and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency.

A creamy, semisoft candy most often made with sugar, butter or cream, corn syrup and various flavorings. The most popular fudge flavor is chocolate, though maple (made with maple syrup), butterscotch (made with brown sugar or dark corn syrup) and vanilla are also favorites. Fudge can be plain and perfectly smooth or it may contain other ingredients such as nuts, chocolate chips, candied or dried fruit, etc. It may be cooked or uncooked, but both styles must be allowed to set before cutting.


  1.  Tomorrow, the Davies Commission, which was set up to recommend the best way to add extra air capacity to London and its environs, reports. London is desperately short of runways, and the choice has come down to adding a third runway at Heathrow, a second one at Gatwick, or perhaps some sort of fudge. With all eyes on the Davies Commission, it was easy to overlook that this week was a momentous one for Heathrow for another reason: the retirement of Terminal 1http://econ.st/1g7jEq5
  2.  
    Definition of fudge

    noun

    • 1 [mass noun] a soft crumbly or chewy sweet made from sugar, butter, and milk or cream.
    • [as modifier] chiefly North American rich chocolate, used as a sauce or a filling for cakes: a fudge cake hot fudge sundaes
    • an attempt to fudge an issue:the new settlement is a fudge rushed out to win cheers at the conference
    • [mass noun] archaic nonsense: I hope your marriage will cure you of your silly fudge
    • 3a piece of late news inserted in a newspaper page.

    verb

    [with object]
    • present or deal with (something) in a vague or inadequate way, especially so as to conceal the truth or mislead:the authorities have fudged the issue
    • adjust or manipulate (facts or figures) so as to present a desired picture: the government has been fudging figures to make it look as though targets have been met

n. - 乳脂軟糖, 胡說, 謊話
v. tr. - 粗製濫造, 捏造
v. intr. - 欺騙, 逃避責任, 捏造
int. - 胡說八道

pallid Adjective
1 very pale, in a way that looks unattractive and unhealthy:
Next to his tanned face, hers seemed pallid and unhealthy.

2 lacking enthusiasm or excitement:
This is a pallid production of what should be a great ballet.




pallor
noun [U]
the state of being very pale:
The deathly pallor of her skin was frightening.

tried and true
Tested and proved to be worthy or reliable, as in Let me deal with it--my method is tried and true. [Mid-1900s]

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