2016年2月6日 星期六

premonition, premonitory, sitting hunched at the edge of the precipice, rocky crags



The people who work near Worth and West Broadway streets in Tribeca were worried by the sight of a massive crane. Tragically, it turns out these fears were not unfounded.

A crane collapsed in downtown Manhattan today, killing one and injuring…
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The first message of the morning watch plopped out of pneumatic tube into the wire basket with no more premonitory rattle than usual.
----The Guns of August


The dream artist Giorgio de Chirico recorded a "premonition" of Apollinaire's death in a 1914 painting. Apollinaire was wounded in the head in 1916, dying of his injury two years later, aged 38, as the war ended. His death symbolised the end of the most ecstatic years of modern art.


At Japanese Cliffs, a Campaign to Combat Suicide

Torin Boyd/Polaris for The New York Times
Yukio Shige, a 65-year-old former policeman, has spend his five years since retirement on a mission to stop those who go to the cliffs of Tojimbo from jumping.


SAKAI, Japan — The towering cliffs of Tojimbo, with their sheer drops into the raging, green Sea of Japan, are a top tourist destination, but Yukio Shige had no interest in the rugged scenery. Instead, he walked along the rocky crags searching for something else: a lone human figure, usually sitting hunched at the edge of the precipice.

hunch (hŭnch) pronunciation

n.
  1. An intuitive feeling or a premonition: had a hunch that he would lose.
  2. A hump.
  3. A lump or chunk: "She . . . cut herself another hunch of bread" (Virginia Woolf).
  4. A push or shove.

v., hunched, hunch·ing, hunch·es. v.tr.
  1. To bend or draw up into a hump: I hunched my shoulders against the wind.
  2. To push or shove.
v.intr.
  1. To assume a crouched or cramped posture: The cat hunched in a corner.
  2. To thrust oneself forward.
[Origin unknown.]
v. tr. - 彎腰駝背, 聳肩, 弓起背部
v. intr. - 向前移動, 隆起
n. - 預感, 直覺, 瘤, 隆肉, 肉峰

日本語 (Japanese)
n. - 予感, こぶ, 厚切れ, 虫の知らせ
v. - 丸める





premonition 
Line breaks: pre|mon|ition
Pronunciation: /ˌprɛməˈnɪʃ(ə)n, ˌpriː-/

NOUN

A strong feeling that something is about to happen, especially something unpleasant:he had a premonition of imminent disaster

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'advance warning'): from French prémonition, from late Latin praemonitio(n-), from Latin praemonere, from prae 'before' + monere'warn'.
Derivatives
premonitory

Pronunciation: /prɪˈmɒnɪt(ə)ri/
ADJECTIVE


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