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 (#).
370 x 321 - 22k - jpg

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.

2009年7月25日 星期六

Kevlar, sell, impeccable, hold your own

Police departments issue their officers Kevlar vests to stop bullets, and thick helmets and even shields to protect them from bottles and bricks. But there is nothing in the equipment room to give an officer thicker skin.

The Funeral: Your Last Chance to Be a Big Spender 

A willingness to cater to individual tastes is helping the funeral industry hold its own during the recession.

The incident took place on Sunday about 75 miles off the coast of Hainan Island, just south of the Chinese mainland. The American vessel, the Impeccable, was carrying out a surveillance mission that involved towing sonar equipment designed for anti-submarine warfare, Pentagon officials said.

2. Are Evangelicals Really Sold on Palin?

Viewpoint: Her anti-abortion credentials are impeccable. But some of her views are at odds with younger Evangelicals

sell (PERSUADE) Show phonetics
verb [T] soldsold
to persuade someone that an idea or plan is a good one and likely to be successful:
My boss is very old-fashioned and I'm having a lot of trouble selling the idea of working at home occasionally.
[+ two objects] The chance of greater access to European markets would help sell the President the scheme/sell the scheme to the President.
She's really sold on the idea of buying a new car.impeccable Show phonetics
perfect, with no problems or bad parts:
impeccable taste/manners/credentials
His English is impeccable.

━━ a. 罪を犯さない; 欠点のない, 非のうちどころない.
impeccably Show phonetics
She was impeccably dressed.

hold your own (ALSO hold your (own) ground)
to be as successful as other people or things in a situation:
Josie can hold her own in any argument.

Kevlar 杜邦公司的強力纖維

2009年7月24日 星期五

a plodding mediocrity, predictable

Building a Bench
A Supreme Court nomination is perhaps the least predictable event in political life. A president never knows when a justice might decide to give up his or her lifetime appointment. It did not happen in Jimmy Carter's four years or in the first term of President Bush.
(The Washington Post)

The Washington Post leads with an overview of the continuing health care battles in Congress as lawmakers appear ready to ignore President Obama's Aug. 7 deadline. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's announcement that his colleagues wouldn't be able to vote on legislation before the August recess confirmed the "growing consensus on Capitol Hill that the White House's fast-track approach has failed, and that a more plodding and contentious process has taken hold," reports the paper.

(WORK) Show phonetics
verb [I + adverb or preposition] -dd-
to work slowly and continuously, but without imagination, enthusiasm or interest:
For years, he's plodded away at the same dull routine job.
Alex is just plodding along at school, making very little progress.

plodder Show phonetics
noun [C]
Dennis is a bit of a plodder, but he gets the job done in the end.

plodding Show phonetics
━━ a. とぼとぼ歩く; こつこつ働く[努力する].

a.Progressing in a slow, toilsome manner; characterized by laborious diligence; as, a plodding peddler; a plodding student; a man of plodding habits. --Plod·ding·ly, adv.

mediocre Show phonetics
not very good:
The film's plot is predictable and the acting is mediocre.
Parents don't want their children going to mediocre schools.

mediocrity Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
A goal just before half-time rescued the match from mediocrity.
These people are just mediocrities (= people who do not have much skill or ability at anything).

━━ n. 凡庸, 平凡(な人).

談 a plodding mediocrity:兼談做為舌人,職責就是;遣辭用句,努力忠實以赴


「努力以赴」也有意思。參考昨日貼文:「關於美國大法官的自述」:(Cardozo's opinion of himself shows somewhat of the same flair as his opinions:)

In truth, I am nothing but a plodding mediocrity--please observe, a plodding mediocrity--for a mere mediocrity does not go very far, but a plodding one gets quite a distance. There is joy in that success, and a distinction can come from courage, fidelity and industry.

在真理的追求,我的才能也不過是認真的中器者(取「大器晚成」義)。不過請注意我的遣辭 a plodding mediocrity-- mediocrity只是"泛泛之輩",我則是個終生「努力以赴」的凡人,所以成就雖然有限,可還是路遠知馬力。此「不凡」之成就,來自個人真誠無畏的努力, 聊可自賀。


predict PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic
verb [T]
to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience:
It's still not possible to accurately predict the occurrence of earthquakes.
[+ that] Who could have predicted that within ten years he'd be in charge of the whole company?
[+ to infinitive] The hurricane is predicted to reach the coast tomorrow morning.
[+ question word] No one can predict when the disease will strike again.

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1 Something which is predictable happens in a way or at a time which you know about before it happens:
Comets appear at predictable times.
NOTE: The opposite is unpredictable.

2 DISAPPROVING happening or behaving in a way that you expect and not unusual or interesting:
The ending to the film was just so predictable.

predictably PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic
as expected:
Predictably, after the initial media interest, the refugees now seem to have been forgotten.

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noun [U]
the state of knowing what something is like, when something will happen, etc:
Although her job is boring and monotonous, she likes the sense of predictability and security that it gives her.

predictive PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic
adjective FORMAL
relating to the ability to predict:
The predictive value of this new method of analysis has still to be proven.