2010年1月29日 星期五

object of outrage

Senate, Weakly, Backs New Term for Bernanke
The Senate vote, 70-30, was a victory for President Obama, but signaled how much the Fed has become the object of outrage over high unemployment and bailouts.

2010年1月26日 星期二

Market Easy, No-Fee Sell to Applicants

Colleges Market Easy, No-Fee Sell to Applicants
Taking cues from politics and business, some colleges are sending applications that cut steps and fees.

2010年1月18日 星期一

shoot from the hip, reckless, holster

Yahoo labelled as ‘reckless' for backing Google over China stance

支持谷歌 雅虎被指“草率”

Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, denounced the Chinese actions as “reckless, dangerous and unprofessional.”

shoot from the hip

to react to a situation very quickly and with a lot of force, without thinking about the possible effects of your actions

His critics accuse him of shooting from the hip when challenged.


shoot from the hip

Speak or act recklessly or impulsively, as in Steve isn't very tactful; indeed, he's known for shooting from the hip.
This expression transfers the fast shooting accomplished by drawing a gun from a holster and shooting without raising it to quick speaking or acting. [Slang; mid-1900s] For a similar transfer, see shoot off one's mouth.

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noun [C]
a small case usually made of leather and fixed on a belt or a strap, used for carrying a gun

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doing something dangerous and not caring about the risks and the possible results:
He was found guilty of reckless driving.

2010年1月17日 星期日

all hell breaks loose, break loose

It has been more than a year since all hell broke loose on Wall Street and, remarkably, almost nothing has been done to prevent all hell from breaking loose again.

break loose
Escape from restraint, as in The boat broke loose from its moorings, or He finally broke loose from the school of abstract expressionism. This expression also appears in all hell breaks loose, which indicates a state of fury or chaos, as in When Dad finds out you broke his watch, all hell will break loose, or When the children saw the dead pigeon in the hall, all hell broke loose. [Early 1400s]

2010年1月15日 星期五

聖經中的英文學習 the Word

太初有道 ( the Word)

Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;     語言和辭彙 
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to GOD.


. S. Eliot (1888-1965):

The Rock (1934)

one thing is needful:

one thing is needful:

one thing is needful:

Luke 10

. 41But the Lord answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and troubled about many things: 42but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

The adjective needful has one meaning:
Meaning #1: necessary for relief or supply
Synonyms: needed, required, requisite

2010年1月14日 星期四

brownie points, gut reaction

A source close to Huawei said: “My first gut reaction to the Google news was, this doesn't add any brownie points. This brings the issue about trust to the fore again.”



brownie points

Credit for a good deed, as in John earned a lot of brownie points for doing his boss's report for him. The term originated with the points earned for various achievements by the youngest group of the Girl Scouts, called Brownies. In the mid-1900s it was transferred to general use.

AT&T tied for last place with Sprint in the overall rankings

Zagat has published its first-ever nationwide survey of what consumers think about wireless carriers. And guess what? AT&T tied for last place with Sprint in the overall rankings.

2010年1月13日 星期三

PowerPoint presentations, intelligent?

Can Intelligence Be Intelligent?
PowerPoint presentations will not win the war in Afghanistan.

olden, off-season

Many Japanese schoolchildren are likely enjoying their winter holidays now. But in olden days in China, I understand, this was the season of winter schools.

Such schools were small private academies that taught children in rural areas only during the months of the agricultural off-season.

Back then, the Chinese believed winter was the best time for reading books. In fact, their three favorite times for reading were on a rainy day, at night and in winter. That means any winter's night was the perfect time for this pursuit.

Of, relating to, or belonging to time long past; old or ancient: olden days.

[Middle English : old, old; see old + -en, adj. suff.; see -en2.]

follow through on their commitments

“We look to our Japanese allies and friends to follow through on their commitments,” Mrs. Clinton said at a news conference with Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. Three times, she indicated that the Obama administration was not open to any compromise.

follow through

1. In sports such as tennis or golf, carry a stroke to completion after striking the ball. For example, You don't follow through on your backhand, so it goes into the net. [Late 1800s]
2. Carry an object, project, or intention to completion; pursue fully. For example, She followed through on her promise to reorganize the department. Also see follow up, def. 1.

【ゴルフ・テニス】フォロースルー ((完全な振り切り)); 完遂.
or fol·low·through (fŏl'ō-thrū')
  1. The act or an instance of following through: a book promotion campaign with no follow-through.
  2. Sports. The concluding part of a stroke, after a ball or other object has been hit or released.

2010年1月11日 星期一

infra-, infra dig, thermographic

A thermographic device checks the temperatures of travelers at the quarantine station at Kansai International Airport in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture.(YASUHIRO MANBU/ THE ASAHI SHIMBUM)

thermographic camera, sometimes called a FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed), or an infrared camera less specifically, is a device that forms an image using infrared radiation, similar to a common camera that forms an image using visible light. Instead of the 450–750 nanometer range of the visible light camera, infrared cameras operate in wavelengths as long as 14,000 nm (14 µm).

Image of a small dog taken in mid-infrared ("thermal") light (false-color)




Inferior to, below, or beneath: infrasonic.
[From Latin īnfrā, below.]


━━ ad. (書物などで)下に, 以下に.
 infra dig こけんにかかわる.

in·fra dig (ĭn'frə dĭg') pronunciation
Beneath one's dignity.

[Short for Latin īnfrā dignitātem : īnfrā, below + dignitātem, accusative of dignitās, dignity.]


  • back・side
  • 背, 後方; 〔俗〕 しり (rump).⇒back


gall·ing ('lĭng) pronunciation

Causing extreme irritation or chagrin; vexing: a galling delay; a galling setback to their plans.

gallingly gall'ing·ly adv.

pullulating, full-blooded, belly- rubbing wahoo-yahoo

Both were masters of dissimulation and lovers of delay; but the leaden foot of Philip was the symptom of a dying organism, while Elizabeth temporised for the pullulating energies were coming swiftly to ripeness and unity under her wings. She sat still; but every feather bristled; she was tremendously alive. Her super-abundant vigour was at once alarming and delightful. While the Spanish ambassador declared that ten thousand devils possessed her, the ordinary
Englishman saw in King Hal s full-blooded daughter

Tom Wolfe Excerpts
In short, this has been America's period of full-blooded, go-to-hell, belly-
rubbing wahoo-yahoo rampage--and what architecture has she to show for it? ...


    1. Of unmixed ancestry; purebred.
    2. Related by way of having the same parents.
    1. Not pale or anemic; florid or ruddy.
    2. Vigorous and vital.
  1. Complete in all respects.
full-bloodedness full'-blood'ed·ness n.


intr.v., -lat·ed, -lat·ing, -lates.
  1. To put forth sprouts or buds; germinate.
  2. To breed rapidly or abundantly.
  3. To teem; swarm: a lagoon that pullulated with tropical fish.

[Latin pullulāre, pullulāt-, from pullulus, diminutive of pullus, young fowl. See pullet.]

━━ vi. 急速に繁殖する.
pul・lu・la・tion ━━ n.

wa·hoo 4
interj. Used to express exuberance.
n. pl. wa·hoos
An exuberant cry: He let out a wahoo. Also called regionally rebel yell.