2016年10月24日 星期一

jolly, semiquaver, friend or foe, quaver, drawl

“I'd rather be myself, he said. "Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly."
―Bernard Marx from BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley


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But he was no radical. He seldom got mad at anyone, hugely regretting any loss of his “sense of balance”. His soft, slow plainsman’s drawl held just the slightest quaver of emotion.

She walked upon the grass,
Still quavering.



Is tech friend or foe to Santa Claus?

By Leanne Italie, Associated Press

Practically any schoolchild can type "Is Santa real?" into Google. And just a few clicks can bring youngsters to websites that sell customized letters from the North Pole or offer advice on how Mom and Dad can fool the kids into believing in old St. Nick.




The Vancouver Games: A Gold in Drinking

By Sean Gregory
Vancouver has been overrun with jolly, intoxicated fans


jolly

adj., -li·er, -li·est.
  1. Full of good humor and high spirits.
  2. Exhibiting or occasioning happiness or mirth; cheerful: a jolly tune.
  3. Greatly pleasing; enjoyable: had a jolly time.
adv. Chiefly British
To a great extent or degree; extremely.


v., -lied, -ly·ing, -lies. v.tr.
To keep amused or diverted for one's own purposes; humor.

v.intr.
To amuse oneself with humorous banter.

n., pl., -lies.
  1. Chiefly British. A good or festive time.
  2. jollies Slang. Amusement; kicks: However you get your jollies is fine with me.
[Middle English joli, from Old French, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
jollily jol'li·ly adv.
jolliness jol'li·ness n.


quaver[qua・ver]

  • 発音記号[kwéivər]

[動](自)
1 わなわなと[ぶるぶる]震える(tremble)
quaver with fright
恐怖でわなわなと震える.
2 〈声・音が〉震える;震え声で言う[歌う];顫音(せんおん)で歌う, 楽器で顫音を出す(trill).
━━(他)〈歌・音符を〉震え声で歌う;〈言葉を〉震え声[震えた調子]で言う((out, forth)).

━━[名]
1 (特に声の)震え;顫音;震え声, 声を震わせて言うこと.
2 ((英))《音楽》8分音符(((米))eighth note).Word of the Day:
semiquaver (SEM-ee-kway-vuhr)

noun: In music, a note having the time value of one-sixteenth of a whole note.

Etymology
From Latin semi- (half) + quaver (an eighth note).

Usage
"Synchronising film and music is tough enough in a modern movie, but spare a semiquaver of sympathy for Dmitri Shostakovich." — Conrad Walters; Film and Music Marry as Composer Settles Old Score; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Nov 5, 2008.

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