2017年2月11日 星期六

betcha, wager, “You Betcha!", "You bet!" alpha males swagger

Mr Trump seems to overestimate Russia’s clout as well as its alignment with his goals. He mistakes the strut of a bully for the swagger of a superpower
Vladimir Putin could do very well out of Donald Trump
ECONOMIST.COM
First Chores? You Bet


Tu Betchus
- Republican VP nominee Sara Palina has been lampooned for her folksy speech pattern, which includes phrases like “You Betcha!".

betcha

IN BRIEF: Slang for I wager that you….

ince Melissa McCarthy's instantly classic portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on last weekend’s "Saturday Night Live” (if you’re among the few who hasn’t yet seen it, click below), I haven’t been able to watch Spicer without laughing.
Apparently Trump isn’t laughing, though. According to a Trump ally quoted in Politico, Trump "doesn't like his people to look weak."
But it’s not just weakness. For all his alpha male swagger, Trump is particularly sensitive to attacks by women -- from Megyn Kelly’s questions during the debates, to the millions who marched the day after his inauguration, to Meryl Streep's take-down at the recent Golden Globes. Women seem to get under Trump’s thin skin. And Trump’s counterattacks -- mocking their looks, claiming they're "overrated," suggesting they have their periods – make him seem even weirder than usual.
I hear Rosie O'Donnell, Trump’s longtime nemesis, has volunteered to play Steve Bannon on SNL. Go for it, Rosie.
When it comes to bullies, satire is the best disinfectant. For alpha male bullies, satire by a woman is sheer poison.
What do you think?


White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) and secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos (Kate McKinnon) take questions…
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alpha male
noun
  1. the dominant male animal in a particular group.

    "two of them trotted over to greet the alpha male, a black wolf with a greying muzzle"
    • a man tending to assume a dominant or domineering role in social or professional situations.

      "most alpha males need to control the women in their lives"

swagger
ˈswaɡə/
verb
  1. 1.
    walk or behave in a very confident and arrogant or self-important way.

    "he swaggered along the corridor"
noun
  1. 1.
    a very confident and arrogant or self-important gait or manner.

    "they strolled around the camp with an exaggerated swagger"
adjective
  1. 1.
    denoting a coat or jacket cut with a loose flare from the shoulders.
  2. 2.
    BRITISHinformaldated
    smart or fashionable.

    "I'll take you somewhere swagger"

wager
noun [C]
an amount of money that you risk in the hope of winning more, by trying to guess something uncertain, or the agreement that you make to take this risk; a bet:
She put a cash wager of £50 on the biggest horse race of the year.
He tried to eat 50 hard-boiled eggs, for a wager.

wager 
verb
1 [I or T] to bet:
[+ two objects + (that)] I'll wager you £5 that they'll get there first.

2 [I] OLD-FASHIONED used to say that you are certain that something is true or will happen in the future:
[+ (that)] I'd wager (that) she's interested in you.

you bet INFORMAL
used to emphasize a statement or to mean 'certainly':
"Are you coming to the party?" "You bet!"

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