Add in a better education for the woman- Beyonce has her high school diploma, unlike husband Jay-Z - and the chances of lasting happiness improve further. Those who have never divorced fare better too. But couples in which one member has been through a divorce in the past are less stable than those in which both members are divorcees.
‘Mom in Chief’ Touches on Policy, and Tongues Wag By RACHEL SWARNS
Michelle Obama has begun promoting her husband’s policy priorities, a notably different approach than the one embraced by the former first lady, Laura Bush.
Yahoo's truce with Carl Icahn inspired all kinds of speculation Monday, much of it about what the settlement might mean for the prospects of a deal with Microsoft. Tongues were wagging about the inclusion of Jonathan Miller, the former chief executive of AOL, on the list of those who might take seats on Yahoo's expanded board.
The New York Times reported that Yahoo's chief executive, Jerry Yang, recommended Mr. Miller himself. And, The Times said, some Yahoo shareholders consider Mr. Miller a possible successor to Mr. Yang, in the event that he resigns or is pushed out.
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Americans once scolded the Chinese on mismanaging their economy. But in recent weeks, the fingers have been wagging in the other direction.
Disappointingly, Mr. Pearce has so far been unable to parlay such delicate encounters into material gain, as a neighbor once did.
How Northrop, EADS Upset Boeing for Tankers
By August Cole, Andy Pasztor and Daniel Michaels
Companies Featured in This Article: Northrop Grumman, European Aeronautic Defence & Space, Boeing, Lockheed Martin The upset choice of Airbus planes as the U.S. military's newest aerial-refueling tankers represents nearly six years of planning and investment, but perhaps just as important was the relationship between a pair of executives at Europe's biggest aerospace company and its U.S. partner who needed wins of their own. Scott Seymour, then head of Northrop Grumman Corp.'s aircraft systems unit, and Ralph Crosby Jr., the top U.S. executive for Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co., parlayed their long association and knowledge of the Pentagon's bureaucracy into a $40-billion victory. On Friday, the U.S. Air Force announced the surprise ...
illegal, slay, slew (LARGE AMOUNT), flash in the pan,
Plan to Fight Illegal Downloads Faces Opposition By KEVIN J. O'BRIEN
An E.U. telecommunications bill would make it illegal for France to cut off access for repeated illegal downloads.
But Mr. Yokokume admits that it is hard to battle an opponent who seems invincible, and whom Mr. Yokokume said he had never even seen. What keeps him going, he said, is a hope of parlaying even a defeat into an eventual career in politics, and a touch of indignation at hereditary politics.
“Why can’t a regular person be a politician?” he asked. “Politics shouldn’t be a family business.”
Have your say.
have a/some, etc. say in sth
to be involved in making a decision about something:
When he's 18, he'll begin to have a/some say in the running of the family business.
The staff had little/no say in the restructuring of the company.
family business 某家私營之企業
flash in the pan
something that happened only once or for a short time and was not repeated:
Sadly, their success was just a flash in the pan.
Nevertheless, gold prospecting isn't the origin of 'a flash in the pan'. The phrase did have a literal meaning, i.e. it derives from a real flash in a real pan, but not a prospector's pan. Flintlock muskets used to have small pans to hold charges of gunpowder. An attempt to fire the musket in which the gunpowder flared up without a bullet being fired was a 'flash in the pan'.
The term has been known since the late 17th century. Elkanah Settle, in Reflections on several of Mr. Dryden's plays 1687, had this to say:
"If Cannons were so well bred in his Metaphor as only to flash in the Pan, I dare lay an even wager that Mr. Dryden durst venture to Sea."See also - lock, stock and barrel.
When YouTube emerged as one of the Internet's most popular Web sites last year, many TV executives dismissed it as a flash in the pan - and a largely illegal one at that. But after Google agreed to pay $1.65 billion for YouTube in October, they adopted a radically different stance: suddenly they wanted to take it on.
牛津大詞典收字原則之一Mr Shearing said words have to be well established before they can gain a place in the dictionary.
He said, "We sort through databases of newspapers, magazines and books because a word has to appear a certain amount before we will accept it. We don't want to accept a word if it turns out it is just a flash in the pan and will have disappeared five years later.
The Post's Top Editor to Step Down
Leonard Downie Jr. said yesterday he is stepping down as The Washington Post's executive editor, ending a 17-year tenure in which the paper became a major online force and won a slew of prizes for high-profile investigations, including one that Downie published over President Bush's objections.
(By Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post)
noun [C usually singular] US INFORMAL
a large amount or number:
Mr Savino has been charged with three murders as well as a whole slew of other crimes.
on Page 32: "... had just taken the reins from his predecessor, Anton Cermak, who had been slain by a bullet meant for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. ...
verb [T] slew or slayed, slain
1 UK OLD USE OR LITERARY to kill in a violent way:
St George slew the dragon.
2 (used especially in newspapers) to murder someone:
He was found slain in an alley two blocks from his apartment.Gunman Slays Five in Illinois at a University
By SUSAN SAULNY and MONICA DAVEY
Friday’s classes were canceled at Northern Illinois University after a gunman went into a lecture hall on Thursday and killed five students and himself. Sixteen other students were wounded.
With Guilty Plea in Slaying of Actress in New York, Killer Changes His Story
noun [C] MAINLY US
By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
An illegal immigrant from Ecuador changed his story and pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Adrienne Shelly, a filmmaker.
verb [T] MAINLY US ━━ v., n. 〔米〕 元金と賞金をさらに次の勝負に賭ける（こと）; 〔米話〕 （資本などを）うまく殖やす; 〔米話〕 （実力をつけて）（…に）なる ((into)).
to use or develop money, skills, etc. in a way that makes more money or leads to success:
They parlayed a small inheritance into a vast fortune.
intr.v., fared, far·ing, fares.
- To get along: How are you faring with your project?
- To go or happen: How does it fare with you?
- To travel; go.
- To dine; eat.
v., wagged, wag·ging, wags. v.intr.
- To move briskly and repeatedly from side to side, to and fro, or up and down.
- To move rapidly in talking. Used of the tongue.
- To walk with a clumsy sway; waddle.
- Archaic. To be on one's way; depart.
To move (a body part) rapidly from side to side or up and down, as in playfulness, agreement, admonition, or chatter.
The act or motion of wagging: a farewell wag of the hand.
[Middle English waggen.]wagger wag'ger n.
A humorous or droll person; a wit.
[Perhaps from WAG1.]
wag (MOVE) Show phonetics
verb [I or T] -gg-
(especially of a tail or finger) to move from side to side or up and down, especially quickly and repeatedly, or to cause this to happen:
The little dog's tail wagged in delight.
He wagged his finger sternly at the two boys.
wag Show phonetics
noun [C usually singular]
With a single wag of her finger she managed to convey her total disapproval.