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?
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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
- An omnivorous person or animal.
- One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.
[From New Latin Omnivora, omnivores, from neuter pl. of Latin omnivorus, omnivorous. See omnivorous.]
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?
- Excessively strict in behavior, morality, or opinions.
- Having or wearing a tightly laced garment.
straitlacedness strait'-lac'ed·ness n.
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Toyota Is First Across the Finish Line in Japan
But Victory for the Auto Maker Is Bittersweet, as It Overtakes GM to Become the World's No. 1 Auto Maker in a Time of Turbulence
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.
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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 ...
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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.
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.
But in Brooklyn, a 24-year-old officer, with three years on the force, seemed less inclined to walk away from verbal abuse.
“We say, ‘Back down,’ ” he said. “If they don’t back down and start making direct threats, that’s an offense. They don’t get a free pass.”
1. Reverse one's upward course, descend. For example, When she saw the wasps' nest on the roof, she hastily backed down the ladder. This literal usage usually refers to something one has climbed, such as a ladder or mountain. [Mid-1800s]
2. Also, back off. Retreat or yield. For example, As the watchdog began to snarl the letter carrier backed off, or You have a good point; now don't back down when you present it to the board. [First half of 1900s] Also see back away, def. 2.
The Funeral: Your Last Chance to Be a Big Spender
By GABRIELLE GLASER
A willingness to cater to individual tastes is helping the funeral industry hold its own during the recession.
verb [T] sold, sold
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:
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.
to be as successful as other people or things in a situation:
Josie can hold her own in any argument.
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.
plod (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
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。
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.
predictable Hide phonetics
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, after the initial media interest, the refugees now seem to have been forgotten.
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.
relating to the ability to predict:
The predictive value of this new method of analysis has still to be proven.