2009年10月31日 星期六

Knock-knock joke


Knock Knock
Knock Knock
Knock knock. Who's there? Nobel. Nobel who? Nobel, so I knocked.
Okay, so it's a bad joke. Aren't most knock-knock jokes bad? Isn't that the point? Knock-knock jokes are considered to be one of the lowest forms of humor. Here are some more examples of how low it can go.
Knock knock. Who's there? Jewel. Jewel who? Jewel know when you open the door.
Knock knock. Who's there? Spell. Spell who? W-H-O.
Knock knock. Who's there? Norm. Norm who? Normally these jokes are funnier.
Knock knock. Who's there? Dewey. Dewey who? Dewey have to keep telling these dumb jokes?
It's National Knock-Knock Day. Drive someone crazy with a knock-knock joke.
Knock knock. Who's there? Tank. Tank who? You're welcome.


"Knock knock. Who's there? Dozen. Dozen who? Dozen anyone ever answer this door?"Knock-knock joke

2009年10月30日 星期五

slather, the multitude, run into a multitude of

Researchers at MIT have found a way to grow the carbon nanotubes that manufacturers need to build smaller, faster computer chips.

麻省理工學院( MIT)的研究人員已找出一個生成奈米碳管的方法,廠商需要用它製造更小、更快的電腦晶片。

As chipmakers like Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices inc. work endlessly to find ways to build smaller and smaller chips, they often run into a multitude of problems.


The Washington Post and USA Today lead with the official start of the three days of ceremonies and parties to celebrate the inauguration of the country's first black president. Around 400,000 people gathered in the frigid Washington, D.C. weather to attend a concert at the Lincoln Memorial that included some of the most recognizable names in the entertainment industry. "There is no doubt that our road will be long, that our climb will be steep," Obama told the crowd. The WP slathers on the groan-inducing imagery in its Page One story: "At times, the multitudes seemed to dance as one, Americans from every corner of the country, of every generation."

Like all car makers, Toyota has slathered on incentives to try to boost sales, but such moves have had little impact. Dealers say tight credit and low consumer confidence are keeping buyers away from showrooms and threatening to hold down car sales in the coming year. John Bergstrom of Bergstrom Automotive, a dealer of Toyota and other makes in Wisconsin, said consumer confidence is so low "it's almost like they need permission to buy something."

run into:片語,(使)陷入(困境、債務等)。例句: Never run into debt. (千萬不要陷入負債中。)

multitude:名詞,許多。例句:There are a multitude of reasons against it.(有許多反對理由。)

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a multitude of a large number of people or things:
The city has a multitude of problems, from homelessness to drugs and murder.
This case has raised a multitude of questions.

the multitude noun [S] FORMAL
1 a large crowd of people:
He stepped out onto the balcony to address the multitude below.

2 the ordinary people who form the largest group in a society

the multitudes plural noun FORMAL
large numbers of people:
the multitudes using the Internet
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verb [T]
to spread something thickly on something else:
She slathered lotion on/all over her body.
She slathered her toast with butter.

atomizer, substance, substantive, Substantivism

at·om·iz·er (ăt'ə-mī'zər) pronunciation

A device for converting a substance, especially a perfume or medicine, to a fine spray.

n. - 噴霧器, 香水噴瓶

日本語 (Japanese)
n. - 噴霧器, スプレー


  • レベル:社会人必須
  • 発音記号[sʌ'bstəntiv]

1 名詞;((古))名詞相当語句.
2 実詞:ラテン語などで名詞と形容詞をまとめた名称.
1 《文法》
(1) 名詞の, 名詞的な.
(2) 〈動詞が〉存在を表す.
2 独立[自立]の.
3 ((限定))((形式))実質[本質]的な;現実の.
4 かなり(多く)の.
5 《法律》実体法の(⇔adjective).
6 〈染料が〉直接に染まる.

Substantivism is a position, first proposed by Karl Polanyi in his work The Great Transformation, which argues that the term 'economics' has two meanings. The formal meaning, used by today's neoclassical economists, refers to economics as the logic of rational action and decision-making, as rational choice between the alternative uses of limited (scarce) means, as 'economising,' 'maximizing,' or 'optimizing.' [1]

The second, substantive meaning presupposes neither rational decision-making nor conditions of scarcity. It refers to how humans make a living interacting within their social and natural environments. A society's livelihood strategy is seen as an adaptation to its environment and material conditions, a process which may or may not involve utility maximisation. The substantive meaning of 'economics' is seen in the broader sense of 'provisioning.' Economics is the way society meets material needs.[1]


  1. ^ a b Polanyi, Karl. (1944) The Great Transformation: the Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, Farrar and Rinehart, New York

2009年10月29日 星期四

goodie, goody-goody, rebel, goody two-shoes

Employers Avoid Axing Oldies but Goodies

Hard-pressed companies forced to make layoffs tend to cut younger workers while retaining those over 55

Now, I am not a goody-two-shoes when it comes to this. When I was sent to a military school at the age of 14, I soon learned to sprinkle my discourse with an occasional "bleep." But then, and ever since, not in mixed company … and only when, like the icing on the cake, not the main ingredient but the judicious enhancer of the flavor.

n. - 好人, 好孩子, 正面人物, 好

日本語 (Japanese)
n. - 主人公, いい人
int. - すてき

Joan was a goody-goody and I was a rebel.
( 當時姊姊) Joan 性喜討好人,而我則富叛逆性
A prudish, self-righteous individual, a goody-goody. For example, Phyllis was a real goody two-shoes, tattling on her friends to the teacher. This expression alludes to the main character of a nursery tale, The History of Goody Two-Shoes (1765), who was so pleased when receiving a second shoe that she kept saying "Two shoes." The goody in the story is short for goodwife but means "goody-goody" in the idiom.

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someone who behaves in a way intended to please people in authority

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noun [C]
a person who is opposed to the political system in their country and tries to change it using force, or a person who shows their disagreement with the ideas of people in authority or of society by behaving differently:
The rebels took over the capital and set up a new government.
He was a bit of a rebel when he was a teenager and dyed his hair pink and had his nose pierced.

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verb [I] -ll-
1 to fight against the government or to refuse to obey rules, etc:
The people rebelled against the harsh new government.
Jacob rebelled against his parents' plans for him and left school at the age of 16.

2 to react against a feeling, action, plan, etc:
My poor sick stomach rebelled at the idea of any more food.

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1 [C or U] violent action organized by a group of people who are trying to change the political system in their country:
The government has brutally crushed the rebellion.

2 [C] action against those in authority or against the rules or against normal and accepted ways of behaving:
a backbench rebellion against the new foreign policy
her teenage rebellion

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1 If a group of people are rebellious, they oppose the ideas of the people in authority and plan to change the system, often using force:
rebellious groups of southern tribespeople

2 If someone is rebellious, they are difficult to control and do not behave in the way they are expected to:
Her teachers regard her as a rebellious, trouble-making girl.