2016年10月1日 星期六

flank, petulance, transgression, outflank, transgressive

The irresponsibility of petulant Jeb.


Highlighting 2004 Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek for praise, Engdahl slammed novels which “pretend to be transgressive”, but which are not. “One senses that the transgression is fake, strategic,” he said. “These novelists, who are often educated in European or American universities, don’t transgress anything because the limits which they have determined as being necessary to cross don’t exist.”

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November is the month of Performa, a massive biennial of performance art that turns New York into the worldwide hub of live art.

Once viewed as an excluded, transgressive medium, performance art has recently ballooned in popularity. How did it become so big?
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20131029-live-art-power-of-performance

Apple Starts Flanking the 'iWatch' Name

Politically, he was badly outflanked by a masterful and more pragmatic Bill Clinton; on a personal level, he was undone by petulance and hypocrisy, whining about his status on Air Force One after a state funeral and carrying on an extramarital affair while impeaching the president for lying about sexual transgressions.


Google Inc.'s plan to build a computer operating system confirms what Chief Executive Eric Schmidt has downplayed for years: The Internet giant is challenging Microsoft Corp. in virtually all its businesses.

The operating system, dubbed Google Chrome OS and announced late Tuesday, is designed to ouflank a giant: Microsoft's Windows, which already runs the vast majority of the world's personal computers. Google now offers rival products in many of Microsoft's major businesses, except for videogame machines and heavy-duty commercial software.



Definition of flank
noun
  • 1the side of a person’s or animal’s body between the ribs and the hip:leaning against his horse’s flanks
  • a cut of meat from the flank of an animal:a thick flank of beef on a spit two pounds of flank
  • the side of something large, such as a mountain, building, or ship:the northern flank of the volcano
  • 2the right or left side of a body of people such as an army, a naval force, or a soccer team:the left flank of the Russian Third Army
  • the right or left side of a game board such as a chessboard.

verb

[with object]
  • be situated on each side of or on one side of (someone or something):the fireplace is flanked by built-in bookshelves
  • (usually as adjective flanking) guard or strengthen (a military force or position) from the side:massive walls, defended by four flanking towers
  • (usually as adjective flanking) attack down or from the sides, or rake with gunfire from the sides:a flanking attack from the northeast

Origin:

late Old English, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin

outflank
tr.v., -flanked, -flank·ing, -flanks.
  1. To maneuver around and behind the flank of (an opposing force).
  2. To gain a tactical advantage over (a competitor, for example).




transgress verb [I or T] FORMAL
to break a law or moral rule:
Those are the rules, and anyone who transgresses will be severely punished.

transgression 
noun [C or U] FORMAL
Who is supposed to have committed these transgressions?

transgressor 
noun [C]
The system seems to be designed to punish the transgressor (= the person breaking the rules) rather than help his victim.

transgressive

adjective

  • 1involving a violation of moral or social boundaries:her experiences of transgressive love with both sexes
  • relating to art or literature in which orthodox moral, social, and artistic boundaries are challenged by the representation of unconventional behaviour and the use of experimental forms: the contrast of such transgressive films with their mainstream counterparts should be clear
2 Geology (of a stratum) overlapping others unconformably, especially as a result of marine transgression: this stage was markedly transgressive over a large part of Russia


petulant 
adjective DISAPPROVING
easily annoyed and complaining in a childish and rude way

petulantly 
adverb
"Well, he didn't invite me to his party so I'm certainly not inviting him to mine!" she said petulantly.

petulance 
noun [U]

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