2017年7月1日 星期六

cane, stodgy (BORING). vandalism, skyline, horizon

A graffiti artist has been banned from all US national parks and other federally administered land – that’s more than 20 percent of the United States! – for vandalism after Reddit users tracked her down on social media.




In recent years of global prosperity, legions of new Indian, Russian and Chinese millionaires came to roost in the gleaming new high-rise condominiums that made Singapore look more like Miami than the stodgy nation that banned chewing gum and caned an 18-year-old American for vandalism in 1994. But if once you could see the global shift in wealth to Asia manifested in the burgeoning skyline, you now can see the effects of its flight from emerging markets.


skyline
NOUN

An outline of land and buildings defined against the sky.
‘the skyline of the city’




vandalism 

Pronunciation: /ˈvand(ə)lɪz(ə)m/ 


NOUN

[MASS NOUN]
Action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property:an act of mindless vandalismsurveillance of the building would reduce vandalism and theft


stodgy (BORING)
adjective UK INFORMAL DISAPPROVING
boring, serious and formal:
Neither company has succeeded in shedding its stodgy image.
Younger consumers, it is said, regard their products as stodgy and unfashionable.

stodginess noun [U]


cane noun
1 [C or U] the long, hard, hollow stem of particular plants such as bamboo, sometimes used to make furniture or support other plants in the garden

2 [C] a long stick used especially by old, ill or blind people to help them walk

3 [S] a long, thin stick used in the past as a school punishment

cane
verb [T]
to hit a child at school with a stick as a punishment

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