2009年7月31日 星期五

zeitgeist , "upcycling",omnivore, self-inspecting, carnivore, dinosaurs

Dinosaurs are back in the news. Earlier this month, the computer-animated film, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, was released worldwide. Shortly before that, scientists in Australia announced the discovery of the fossils of three new species of the prehistoric creatures. Two plant-eaters and a carnivore, they are the first large dinosaurs to be unearthed since 1981.
Now we know: she got an early start. Reborn, Journals & Notebooks, 1947-1963 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 318 pages), the first of three projected volumes selected from the diaries Sontag kept nearly all her life, is a portrait of the artist as a young omnivore, an earnest, tirelessly self-inspecting thinker fashioning herself into the phenomenon she will be. A typical entry: "Read the Spender translation of [Rilke's] The Duino Elegies as soon as possible." As soon as possible! She's 15.

Google Zeitgeist 2008
New York Times - United States
By Jack Bell This year’s Google Zeitgeist, where the Internet giant tracks the most popular search terms, revealed that when it comes to soccer in the ...A word for our times

The Oxford American dictionary's word of the year may not be one you've heard of. What's your buzzword of 2007?

November 19, 2007 1:30 PM |

Carnivores, omnivores, herbivores ... and now locavores. "Locavore" has been chosen by the New Oxford American Dictionary as its word of the year for 2007.

In case you're wondering, locavores are people who maintain a small carbon footprint by eating locally-produced food.

Other contenders for the dictionary's 2007 title included "upcycling" - the transformation of waste materials into something more useful or valuable - and the verb "to tase" (stun with a Taser).
stun gun noun [C]
a device which produces a small electric shock in order to stop an animal or human from moving temporarily without harming them permanently


  1. An omnivorous person or animal.
  2. One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

[From New Latin Omnivora, omnivores, from neuter pl. of Latin omnivorus, omnivorous. See omnivorous.]



[G.] n. (the ~ またはthe Z-) 時代精神.

You're not alone if you hadn't heard any of these before - we hadn't either. But what would you choose as the word that captures the zeitgeist of 2007?

strait-laced or straight-laced

strait-laced or straight-laced (strāt'lāst')

  1. Excessively strict in behavior, morality, or opinions.
  2. Having or wearing a tightly laced garment.

[STRAIT, tightly (obsolete) + -laced (from LACE).]

straitlacedly strait'-lac'ed·ly (-lā'sĭd-lē, -lāst') adv.
straitlacedness strait'-lac'ed·ness n.

Countdown, the finish line,


"Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead."Roger Bannister

The Final Countdown
By Daniel Politi

Posted Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at 6:00 AM ET Take a deep breath, we're almost there. As the candidates race toward the finish line, all the papers lead with the final hours of the Longest Presidential Race in History.

1Q Grp Net Pft Y17.87B Vs Y5.89B Pft Yr Earlier

Japan Daiwa Securities 1Q Grp Net Pft Y17.87B Vs Y5.89B Pft Yr Earlier
Wall Street Journal
Japan's second-largest securities business group by revenue said its net profit in the fiscal first quarter soared to Y17.87 billion from Y5.89 billion a ...

2009年7月30日 星期四

pound key

* Sprint: "[Phone number] is not available right now. Please leave a detailed message after the tone. When you have finished recording, you may hang up, or press pound for more options."

with the pound key (#).

with the pound key (#).
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joint-stock, privatization

French Cabinet Moves Closer to Privatization of La Poste
The French cabinet approved a bill that will turn the country's postal service, La Poste, into a joint-stock company on Jan. 1.

株式組織; 共同出資.
joint-stock a. 株式共有の.
joint-stock bank 〔英〕 株式銀行 ((略 JSB)).
joint-stock company 〔英〕 株式会社.

Stock or capital funds of a company held jointly or in common by its owners.

2009年7月28日 星期二

arms-length, uncontested, turnout

Mr. Ma ran uncontested on Sunday in the election for Kuomintang party chief. He won 92.5 percent of about 300,000 votes cast, with a turnout of 58 percent, the party said.

These are indictments of capitalists, not of capitalism. Capitalism comes in many varieties and the cavalier thesis that less regulation is always better has been exposed as false; but the main features of the liberal market economy – private property rights, smart but even-handed and arms-length regulation, and democratic politics – are uncontested. Capitalism's worst crisis in 70 years has not prompted a serious alternative vision of society.

The arm's length principle (ALP) is the condition or the fact that the parties to a transaction are independent and on an equal footing. Such a transaction is known as an "arm's-length transaction". It is used specifically in contract law to arrange an equitable agreement that will stand up to legal scrutiny, even though the parties may have shared interests (e.g., employer-employee) or are too closely related to be seen as completely independent (e.g., the parties have familial ties).

Not contested: an uncontested divorce; the uncontested leader.

earthy, versatile, sickbed, unwinding, clientele

The club’s clientele is diverse, including workaday salarymen, business owners and other men unwinding after work.

announced early Monday that it is offering to buy the shares in its two main bottlers that it does not already own for about $6 billion, in an unwinding of its decade-long strategy of separating bottling from its main soft-drink business.

The Reckoning
A Champion of Wall St. Reaps the Benefits
A Champion of Wall St. Reaps the Benefits
Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency
Senator Charles Schumer meeting with Neel T. Kashkari, center, the official in charge of the $700 billion federal bailout.

In Washington, Senator Charles E. Schumer is beneficiary, advocate and overseer of an industry that is his hometown’s most important business.

The Man Who Is Unwinding Lehman Brothers

A 75-year-old lion of the bankruptcy bar, Harvey R. Miller has been consumed by the largest corporate liquidation in U.S. history.

Lawyer Seen as Bold Enough to Cheat the Best of Investors

Authorities say that Marc S. Dreier, one of New York’s most accomplished lawyers, brazenly swindled the city’s savviest investors, in a fraud estimated at $380 million.

Nascar’s Sponsors, Hit by Sticker Shock

Nascar, which relies on corporate sponsorships more than other sports, is particularly vulnerable in an economic crisis.

Economic View
To Build Confidence, Aim for Full Employment

If the new president had a target of full employment, and if Americans believed that he could reach it, the confidence problem could be quickly solved.

Asian Leaders Focus on Growth at 3-Nation Summit Meeting

The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea held their nations’ first joint summit meeting, which focused on a joint Asian response to the global economic crisis.

A Software Secretary That Takes Charge

A new generation of Internet technologies is making meaningful progress in anticipating your needs without you pressing a key.

Digital Domain
Advertisers Face Hurdles on Social Networking Sites

Web advertising experts see a myriad of difficulties in making brand advertising work on social networking sites.

Everybody’s Business
Before the Fear, There Was Foolishness

Before the credit crisis, lenders lent with unimaginable foolishness and made incredibly risky bets. And the bets busted.

Measuring the Shock Waves in Bond Funds

Many middle-of-the-road bond mutual funds that seemed to promise stable returns in a difficult market have recently taken gut-wrenching plunges.

The Feed
Wait. Why Is the F.T.C. After Whole Foods?

The F.T.C. once feared Whole Foods would dominate the market for organics. Now, that looks unlikely.

New Jersey
The Divorced Find a Housing Niche

New complexes offer tenants the ability to sign a lease for any time period 30 days or longer, and move in within 48 hours.

Week 52: What Sense Does It Make?

This year, the week between Christmas and New Year, a week that is usually just carefree and unproductive, is likely to be positively dead.

From Week in Review and Sunday Magazine
The Remedist

Why John Maynard Keynes is the man of the year.

Health care and the economy share a sickbed. Barack Obama placed a heavy bet last week that they can recover together.

(SUBSTANCE) PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Phonetic PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
noun [U]
the usually brown, heavy and loose substance of which a large part of the surface of the ground is made, and in which plants can grow; the land surface of the Earth rather than the sky or sea:
The ploughed earth looked rich and dark and fertile.
See also earthen.

earthy PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Phonetic PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
like or relating to earth:
an earthy smell

Trend-Setting sounds from North America's Native People

Earthy music, roots or world music? The music of North America's native peoples remains mysterious and difficult to grasp. But indigenous music (as Native Americans themselves call it) plays a vital role in that continent's music scene. Contemporary indigenous music has little to do with traditional chanting and earthy sounds but instead - versatile, innovative and full of talent - is moving in a very modern direction. Its popularity has grown steadily over the past years. Melanie Aberle, who compiled this half hour in Toronto, traces new developments in native American music in good part from a Canadian perspective.

The dining room of one of them, Laris, is drenched in white - white marble, white tablecloths, white orchids. "The food and clients provide the color here," said the man at its helm, David Laris, formerly chef at Mezzo in London. As befits someone of Greek ancestry, he serves great fish, including raw oysters from three continents, scallops with basil and Kalamata olives, and a fabulously earthy cauliflower and caviar soup, not unlike the brew served by Jean Joho in Chicago.

earthy PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Phonetic PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
referring to sex and the human body in a direct way:
She has an earthy sense of humour.
Compare earthy at earth (SUBSTANCE).

A Picasso play also attracted attention, not to say notoriety. It was "Desire Caught by the Tail," which he had written in three days on a sickbed in 1941. It was produced privately in Paris three years later with a cast that included the playwright, Simone de Beauvoir, Valentine Hugo, Albert Camus, Raymond Queneau and Jean-Paul Sartre. The main prop was a big black box that served as a bed, bathtub and coffin for the two principal characters, Fat Anxiety and Thin Anxiety. The play's action was earthy.

When "Desire" was commercially staged in St. Tropez in 1967, it aroused protests even in that resort town's atmosphere of tolerance. The objection was that some of the characters were expected to urinate on stage. Although this did not take place, the play was thought overly suggestive.

earthiness PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Phonetic PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
noun [U]
I like the earthiness of her writing.


━━ a. 多芸[多才]の, 多方面の; 用途の広い; 変りやすい, 気まぐれな.
ver・sa・tile・ly ━━ ad.
ver・sa・tile・ness ━━ n.

sickbed Show phonetics
noun [C]
the bed of a person who is ill:
We visited my grandmother on her sickbed.

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unwind (UNFASTEN) PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
verb [I or T] unwound, unwound
If you unwind something that is wrapped around an object, you unfasten it, and if it unwinds, it becomes unfastened:
In a nearby medical tent, a US Army doctor gently unwinds Metruk's bandage.

unwind (RELAX) (unwound, unwound) PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
verb [I] (ALSO wind down)
to relax and allow your mind to be free from anxiety after a period of work or some other activity that has made you anxious:
A glass of wine in the evening helps me to unwind after work.

v., -wound (-wound'), -wind·ing, -winds. v.tr.
  1. To reverse the winding or twisting of: unwind a ball of yarn.
  2. To separate the tangled parts of; disentangle.
  3. To free (someone) of nervous tension or pent-up energy.
  1. To become unwound.
  2. To become free of nervous tension; relax: liked to unwind with a cocktail before dinner.
clientele (klī'ən-tĕl', klē'än-) pronunciation
  1. The clients of a professional person or practice considered as a group.
  2. A body of customers or patrons: a restaurant's clientele.

[French clientèle, from Latin clientēla, clientship, from cliēns, client. See client.]