2017年2月10日 星期五

slant, incur, power keg

“Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.” 
—Emily Dickinson



Web Data Offer New Slant on Traditional Horse Race
The first real "Internet election" has produced an explosion of statistics that has overwhelmed political junkies used to relying on more traditional measures of campaign success, such as polling and fund-raising.
"It's unprecedented," says Kevin Wallsten, a 31-year-old professor of political science at California State University in Long Beach. "We don't have the capacity to really measure and cope with it all."





I guess he intends to retire to his Texas ranch. But his negative legacies are too numerous. They include the victims and bereaved families of the Iraq war, the powder keg of Afghanistan, Americans living in poverty and the deepening global recession.



Mr. Norton said A.I.G. had incurred interest and fees of about $331 million so far. The Fed also took a majority stake in A.I.G. in exchange for the bailout, angering shareholders, who were almost completely wiped out.




Majestic 5,000-meter-class mountain ranges tower above the Caucasus, or Kaukasos in ancient Greek mythology. It was here that Prometheus, a Titan, was chained after he incurred the wrath of Zeus after stealing away heavenly fire to give to mortals. I suppose we must "contain" the flame of war in this powder keg of the Caucasus.

incur 

verb [T] -rr- SLIGHTLY FORMAL
to experience something, usually something unpleasant, as a result of actions you have taken:
to incur debts/fines/bills
The play has incurred the wrath/anger of both audiences and critics.
Please detail any costs/expenses incurred by you in attending the interview.

slant 
verb
1 [I or T] to (cause to) lean in a diagonal position; to (cause to) slope:
Italic writing slants to the right.
The evening sun slanted (= shone with the light moving in a slope) through the narrow window.

2 [T] OFTEN DISAPPROVING to present information in a particular way, especially showing one group of people, one side of an argument, etc. in such a positive or negative way that it is unfair:
The police claimed that reports in the media were slanted against/towards the defendant.

slant 
noun
1 [U] a position that is sloping:
The house is built on/at a slant.

2 [C usually singular] a particular way of showing or viewing something:
The book had a personal/political/sociological slant.

slanted
adjective
1 sloping in one direction

2 DISAPPROVING showing information about one person, one side of an argument, etc. in such a positive or negative way that it is unfair:
Slanted media coverage is increasing public support for the war.

slanting
adjective
sloping in one direction:
Swiss chalets have steeply slanting roofs, so that snow does not settle on them.

slantwise
adverb (US ALSO slantways)

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