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 Among Nelson ‪#‎Mandela‬'s many achievements, two stand out. First, he was the world's most inspiring example of fortitude, magnanimity and dignity in the face of oppression. Second, and little short of miraculous, was the way in which he engineered and oversaw South Africa's transformation from a byword for nastiness and narrowness into, at least in intent, a rainbow nation in which people, no matter what their colour, were entitled to be treated with respect http://econ.st/1cdHsiD

It is in trade, however, where leaving the EU would offer the greatest benefits. Mr. Cameron talks about a global marketplace, yet he wishes to keep Britain shackled to the EU, which, as the current trade spat with China shows, is a byword for hyperregulation and protectionism.

 “I’m not trying to completely demonize this technology,” Mr. Marquis-Boire said.

Gaius Cilnius Maecenas 13 April 70 BC –October 8 BC was a confidant and political advisor to Octavian (who was to become the first Emperor of Rome as Caesar Augustus) as well as an important patron for the new generation of Augustan poets. During the reign of Augustus, Maecenas served as a quasi-culture minister to the Emperor.
 Charles James (18 July 1906 in Sandhurst, Berkshire - September 23, 1978 in New York City) was a fashion designer known as America's first couturier. He is considered a master of cutting and is known for his highly structured aesthetic.

His name has become a byword for a wealthy, generous and enlightened patron of the arts.

Japan priest fights invisible demon: radiation
By Ruairidh Villar and Yuriko Nakao | FUKUSHIMA Feb 10 (Reuters) - On the snowy fringes of Japan's Fukushima city, now notorious as a byword for nuclear crisis, Zen monk Koyu Abe offers prayers for the souls of thousands left dead or missing after the ...

 These and other retro appliances are part of a treasure-trove offering a glimpse of futures that never happened on Japan's journey to becoming a worldwide byword for invention during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Couture may be an elitist playground, but the play remains characteristically discreet, especially in Paris.

Brash, blushing and all kinds of beautiful — whatever the super rich want, Paris had it made.

Yves Saint Laurent, who exploded on the fashion scene in 1958 as the boy-wonder successor to Christian Dior and endured as one of the best-known and most influential couturiers of the second half of the 20th century, died on Sunday at his apartment in Paris. He was 71.

A Misfit in the Couture Business
The possible demise of Christian Lacroix shows how there is no middle ground in haute couture. Labels struggle to survive except as part of multiproduct corporations -- or as niche players.

noun [U]
the holy city of Islam, which is in Saudi Arabia

noun [C usually singular]
a place to which many people are attracted:
His Indiana bookstore became a mecca for writers and artists.
The scheme would transform the park into a tourist mecca.
cycle (BICYCLE)
noun [C]
a bicycle

verb [I]
to ride a bicycle

noun [U]
We did a lot of cycling in France last year.

noun [C]
someone who rides a bicycle

EuroVox | 25.02.2008 | 05:30

Cycling Turns Fashionable in London

London’s cycling community gets fashion conscious as they ride the streets in style.

London is fast becoming a Mecca for cyclists. The city has seen a massive increase in cycling over the last few years and the mayor has just announced major new plans to support cycling including new bike lanes and a city bike hire system.
Now, London is also seeing a revolution in cycling fashion. Young trendy types wheel around London hotspots on vintage bicycles almost as if they were the latest handbag. And cycle clothing is getting a makeover, too.
Report: Martin Vogl

boy wonder
The noun has one meaning:
Meaning #1: an extremely talented young man
Synonym: child prodigy

couture Line breaks: cou|ture
Pronunciation: /kuːˈtjʊə/

Definition of couture in English:


1The design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements:designer ready-to-wear has taken over from couture as the focus of interest[AS MODIFIER]: London couture houses
1.1Fashionable made-to-measure clothes:they were dressed in size eight printed-silk couture


1920s: French, 'sewing, dressmaking'.
couture noun [U] (ALSO haute couture)

the designing, making and selling of expensive fashionable clothing, or the clothes themselves:
a couture show/collection/house

noun [C]
In 1960, Pierre Cardin became the first couturier to design men's clothes.


1 (しばしば軽蔑を表す)添え名, あだ名;(…を象徴的に表す)代名詞, 見本, 典型((for ...));語りぐさ
a byword for quality
2 言葉の癖, 独特な表現;決まり文句;ことわざ.
Definition of byword


  • a person or thing cited as a notable and outstanding example or embodiment of something:his name became a byword for luxury
  • a word or expression summarizing a thing’s characteristics or a person’s principles:‘Small is beautiful’ may be the byword for most couturiers


Syllabification: cou·tu·ri·er
Pronunciation: /ko͞oˈto͝orēər, -ˈto͝orēˌā/


  • A fashion designer who manufactures and sells clothes that have been tailored to a client’s specific requirements and measurements.


late 19th century: French, from couture.


de • mon • ize, ((主に英))-ise
demonized (過去形) • demonized (過去分詞) • demonizing (現在分詞) • demonizes (三人称単数現在)


Line breaks: mag¦na|nim¦ity
Pronunciation: /maɡnəˈnɪmɪti

Definition of magnanimity in English:


The fact or condition of being magnanimous;generosity:both sides will have to show magnanimity