2009年12月29日 星期二

My cup runneth over


Epidemiologists counter that such small studies don't mirror real-world conditions, and they can't examine the long-term risk of disease.

My cup runneth over


I have more than enough for my needs.


From the Bible, Psalms 23:5 (King James Version):

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Makes Good and makegood, unforeseen circumstance

漫畫來源: Ted Goff

Putin Makes Good On Threats, Pulls Russia Out of Arms Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin made true on earlier warnings to withdraw Russia's participation from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) on Saturday.

make good 讓某事成真
When someone makes good something, they either pay for it, or make it happen:
The shortfall in the budget will be made good by selling further shares.

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

makegood 媒體的補償廣告客措施


Credit given to an advertiser (or advertising agency) by a publication or broadcast medium for an advertisement or commercial spot to make up for an error or unavoidable cancellation on the part of the publication or broadcast medium. The credit is usually in the form of a rerun of the advertisement or commercial.

In print advertising, the publisher must agree that an advertisement was poorly run. Generally, print makegoods are given when an advertisement has been placed in a position in the publication other than the one contracted for or when there has been some mistake on the part of the publisher in the printing of the ad copy.

In broadcast, a makegood may be offered in the form of an extra run of a commercial when the broadcast medium did not deliver the audience size or composition promised for a previously contracted commercial. Broadcast makegoods are also given when transmission was poor, through some fault of the broadcast medium, or when the commercial did not run as scheduled, through some unforeseen circumstance.

All makegoods are subject to negotiation between the advertiser (or advertising agency) and the medium.


Not felt or realized beforehand; unexpected: unforeseen difficulties.

2009年12月28日 星期一

raise a hand against, raise your hand for

As chocolate milk opponents lobby state and federal officials, the dairy industry has responded with an estimated $1 million campaign dubbed "Raise Your Hand for Chocolate Milk." Launched in early November, the YouTube-intensive strategy is designed to highlight the drink's health benefits (vitamin D, calcium, potassium) and to counter the critics who have pegged it as nothing more than a sugar-laden snack drink.

raise a hand against

Also, lift one's hand against. Threaten to hit or actually hit, as in She's never raised a hand against the children. [First half of 1500s]

E-readers, e-paper, e-books, growing popularity/intolerance

In Tehran, thick crowds marched down a central avenue in midmorning, defying official warnings of a harsh crackdown on protests as they chanted “death to Khamenei,” referring to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has expressed growing intolerance for political dissent in the country.

LG Display Inks E-Paper Deal
The South Korean LCD maker signed an agreement with Taiwan's Prime View International, maker of e-books for Sony and Amazon.com, to tap the fast-growing electronic reader market.


Read-e for the masses

Dec 24th 2009
From Economist.com

The growing popularity of electronic books

CONSUMERS are beginning to warm to the idea of viewing their novels and news on plastic tablets, thumbing buttons instead of flipping pages. E-reader sales have been gathering momentum since Amazon launched the Kindle in 2007. In 2009 falling prices, combined with a flurry of deals, announcements and technical upgrades, primed the market for a vast expansion. There are about 5m e-readers in circulation worldwide and double that amount will be sold in 2010, according to iSuppli, a market-research firm. Apple, with its record of improving upon existing technologies and triggering mass adoption, is expected to shake up the business by launching a tablet-style computer—which would make an ideal e-reader—in 2010.

value-added tax(Abbr. VAT)

The total number of shoppers had risen by nearly 20% compared to Boxing Day in 2008, said Experian.

The rise is thought to be due to bargain hunting ahead before the VAT rate returns to 17.5% on 1 January and the fact Boxing Day fell on a weekend.

value-added tax

(Abbr. VAT)
A tax on the estimated market value added to a product or material at each stage of its manufacture or distribution, ultimately passed on to the consumer.

2009年12月27日 星期日

jump to a conclusion

My dad was a D.C. policeman, and I would like to apologize (not “recalibrate”) to the Cambridge police for the president’s assumption that they “acted stupidly.” You would think that Mr. Obama would have afforded the police the same consideration he gave to the mass-murdering Muslim Army major when he said: “I would caution against jumping to conclusions.”

jump to a conclusion
Form an opinion or judgment hastily, as in Wait till you have the facts; don't jump to a conclusion. [c. 1700]

2009年12月26日 星期六

Liu's trial stayed out of the state-run news media

While they were not timid in their prosecution of Mr. Liu, the authorities made sure that coverage of his trial stayed out of the state-run news media.

v., stayed, stay·ing, stays. v.intr.
  1. To continue to be in a place or condition: stay home; stay calm.
  2. To remain or sojourn as a guest or lodger: stayed at a motel.
  3. To stop moving; halt.
  4. To wait; pause.
  5. To endure or persist: stayed with the original plan.
  6. To keep up in a race or contest: tried to stay with the lead runner.
  7. Games. To meet a bet in poker without raising it.
  8. To stand one's ground; remain firm.
  9. Archaic. To cease from a specified activity.
  1. To stop or halt; check.
  2. To postpone; delay.
  3. To delay or stop the effect of (an order, for example) by legal action or mandate: stay a prisoner's execution.
  4. To satisfy or appease temporarily: stayed his anger.
  5. To remain during: stayed the week with my parents; stayed the duration of the game.
  6. To wait for; await: "I will not stay thy questions. Let me go;/Or if thou follow me, do not believe/But I shall do thee mischief in the wood" (Shakespeare).
  1. The act of halting; check.
  2. The act of coming to a halt.
  3. A brief period of residence or visiting.
  4. A suspension or postponement of a legal action or an execution: granted a stay to the prisoner's execution.

stay put

  1. To remain in a fixed or established position.
stay the course
  1. To hold out or persevere to the end of a race or challenge.

[Middle English steien, from Old French ester, esteir, from Latin stāre.]

SYNONYMS stay, remain, wait, abide, tarry, linger, sojourn. These verbs mean to continue to be in a given place. Stay is the least specific, though it can also suggest that the person involved is a guest or visitor: "Must you go? Can't you stay?" (Charles J. Vaughan). Remain often implies continuing or being left after others have gone: I remained at the end of the meeting to talk to the speaker. Wait suggests remaining in readiness, anticipation, or expectation: "Your father is waiting for me to take a walk with him" (Booth Tarkington). Abide implies continuing for a lengthy period: "Abide with me" (Henry Francis Lyte). Tarry and linger both imply a delayed departure, but linger more strongly suggests reluctance to leave: "She was not anxious but puzzled that her husband tarried" (Eden Phillpotts). "I alone sit lingering here" (Henry Vaughan). To sojourn is to reside temporarily in a place: "He was sojourning at [a] hotel in Bond Street" (Anthony Trollope). See also synonyms at defer1.

2009年12月23日 星期三




2009年12月22日 星期二



Omicron, uppercase , lowercase, postmodernism, Cyrillic

Russia Is Torn Over Push for Use of Cyrillic Web Domains
Computer users are worried that a move by the Russian government would end up restricting access to the Internet.

Or so the thinking goes, anyway. The problem is that over the course of the 20th century, greatness has turned out to be an increasingly blurry business. In part, that’s a reflection of the standard narrative of postmodernism, according to which all uppercase ideals — Truth, Beauty, Justice — must come in for questioning.

or Omikron (uppercase Ο, lowercase ο, literally "small o" : Όμικρον, o mikron, micron meaning 'small' in contrast to omega) is the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 70. It is rarely used in mathematics because it is indistinguishable from the Latin letter O and easily confused with the digit 0. This letter is equal to the Phoenician letter Ayin. In modern Greek, Omicron represents the sound IPA: [ɔː]. Letters that arose from omicron include Roman O and Cyrillic O.

Cyrillic ━━ a., n. (ギリシア正教会に属するスラヴ民族が昔使用した)キリル字母(の).
Cyrillic alphabet (the 〜) キリル文字.

upper case

upper・case a. 【印】大文字(活字)の.

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noun [U]
the large form of letters when they are printed or written; capital letters Compare lowercase.

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adjective [not gradable]


━━ n. ギリシア語アルファベットの第15字 ((Ο,ο)).

2009年12月21日 星期一

a little problem, a small problem

漫畫來源: Ted Goff

adj., lit·tler, or less (lĕs), also less·er (lĕs'ər), lit·tlest, or least (lēst).
  1. Small in size: a little dining room. See synonyms at small.
  2. Short in extent or duration; brief: There is little time left.
  3. Small in quantity or degree: little money.
  4. Unimportant; trivial: a little matter.
  5. Narrow; petty: mean little comments; a little mind consumed with trivia.
  6. Without much power or influence; of minor status.
    1. Being at an early stage of growth; young: a little child.
    2. Younger or youngest. Used especially of a sibling: My little brother is leaving for college next week.

adj., small·er, small·est.
  1. Being below the average in size or magnitude.
  2. Limited in importance or significance; trivial: a small matter.
  3. Limited in degree or scope: small farm operations.
  4. Lacking position, influence, or status; minor: "A crowd of small writers had vainly attempted to rival Addison" (Thomas Macaulay).
  5. Unpretentious; modest: made a small living; helped the cause in my own small way.
  6. Not fully grown; very young.
  7. Narrow in outlook; petty: a small mind.
  8. Having been belittled; humiliated: Their comments made me feel small.
  9. Diluted; weak. Used of alcoholic beverages.
  10. Lacking force or volume: a small voice.

2009年12月18日 星期五

2009年12月17日 星期四

The Sun Is The Answer

The Sun Is The Answer
( THə ) THē

the1 (THē THə )

2009年12月16日 星期三

backing,"full backing" , endorse (SUPPORT), misguided

Doug Melamed, Intel's senior vice president and general counsel, calls FTC's lawsuit against Intel "misguided and unwarranted."

French president Nicolas Sarkozy also assured Hamid Karzai of France's "full backing" as he congratulated the Afghan leader on his re-election.

Blogged and Sold

Why the Federal Trade Commission’s effort to regulate online endorsements is misguided.

G-8 Backs Greenhouse-Gas Cuts
The Group of Eight officially endorsed a goal of halving greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 and promised "ambitious" cuts over the next decade or two. But they also urged fast-growing emerging economies to pledge their own meaningful reductions. (Statement)


━━ vt. 誤った指導をする, 思い誤らせる.
mis・guidance ━━ n.
mis・guided ━━ a. 誤った.
mis・guidedly ad.

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verb [T]
1 to make a public statement of your approval or support for something or someone:
The National Executive is expected to endorse these recommendations.
FORMAL I fully endorse (= agree with) everything the Chairperson has said.

2 to appear in an advertisement, saying that you use and like a particular product:
They paid $2 million to the world champion to endorse their new aftershave.

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noun [C or U]

It's a period of translation and of the key backing to the idea of translation, the first composition of a good Chinese English dictionary in which the languages were shared and pulled together by, actually, missionary scholars at the same time as they compiled their dictionary to translate the whole of the Bible into Chinese. And this feat was finished with the first draft version around about 1830.


backing (băk'ĭng) pronunciation
  1. Something forming a back: the backing of a carpet.
    1. Support or aid: financial backing.
    2. Approval or endorsement: The President has backing from the farm belt.


━━ n. 裏打ち; 支援(グループ); 裏書; 裏板; (製本の)背付け; 【楽】伴奏; 後退; 逆行.
back・ing memory 【コンピュータ】補助記憶装置.
back・ing storage 【コンピュータ】補助記憶装置 (back・ing store).