2016年9月22日 星期四

nostrum, rubbished, trash, scathing, symbolic

Oxford University doesn't think much of Theresa' May's latest education plans
The head of Oxford University has rubbished Theresa May’s plans to push…
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"Religion aside, the book is full of strange myths and nostrums that hint at what mattered to people in the fourteenth century: sex, money, power, perfume."

  Report Finds a Los Angeles in Decline

By ADAM NAGOURNEY

A commission presented a scathing verdict on the civic health of the city, saying it was falling behind other major cities across the globe.

 

U.N. Passes Symbolic Rebuke of Assad

The scathing condemnation followed Ban Ki-moon's assertion that "almost certain crimes against humanity" have occurred in Syria.



The customer-review process isn’t perfect. Occasionally, it can be abused, or manipulated. There have been cases, for example, where a software company deliberately trashes the apps of its competitors, giving them terrible reviews in hopes of dampening their sales.



China rubbishes cyber-espionage claims
Register - London,England,UKBy John Leyden • Get more from this author China has been accused of using malware to spy against the Tibetan government-in-exile and the private office of ...

The researchers said hackers were apparently able to take control of computers belonging to several foreign ministries and embassies across the world using malicious software, or malware.


Microsoft once again rubbishes Blu-ray Xbox 360 claim
The Tech Herald - Indianapolis,IN,USA
Microsoft continues to deny rumours of Blu-ray coming to Xbox 360. Image:



malware
(MALicious softWARE) Software designed to destroy, aggravate and otherwise make life unhappy. See crimeware, virus, worm, logic bomb, macro virus and Trojan.



rubbish
noun [U]
1 MAINLY UK (MAINLY US garbage, US ALSO trash) waste material or unwanted or worthless things:
I forgot to put the rubbish out for collection this morning.
Put the empty box in the rubbish bin.
Take the old furniture to the rubbish dump.

2 INFORMAL something that you think is very low quality or not true:
The film was rubbish.
His ideas are a load of (old) rubbish.

rubbish
verb [T] UK INFORMAL
to criticize:
Why does everyone rubbish my ideas?

rubbishy
adjective MAINLY UK INFORMAL
very low quality:
a rubbishy film

scathing

Line breaks: scath¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈskeɪðɪŋ
 
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adjective

Derivatives



scathingly

adverb


trash
n.
    1. Worthless or discarded material or objects; refuse or rubbish.
    2. Something broken off or removed to be discarded, especially plant trimmings.
    3. The refuse of sugar cane after extraction of the juice.
  1. A place or receptacle where rubbish is discarded: threw the wrapper in the trash.
    1. Empty words or ideas.
    2. Worthless or offensive literary or artistic material.
    3. Disparaging, often abusive speech about a person or group.
  2. A person or group of people regarded as worthless or contemptible.
tr.v., trashed, trash·ing, trash·es.
  1. Slang.
    1. To throw away; discard: trashed the broken toaster.
    2. To wreck or destroy by or as if by vandalism; reduce to trash or ruins.
    3. To beat up; assault.
    4. To subject to scathing criticism or abuse; attack verbally: "The ... professor trashes conservative ... proposals as well as liberal nostrums" (Michael Marien).
    1. To remove twigs or branches from.
    2. To cut off the outer leaves of (growing sugar cane).



nostrum 

Pronunciation: /ˈnɒstrəm/ 


NOUN

1medicine prepared by an unqualified person, especially one that is not considered effective:charlatan who sells nostrums
1.1scheme or remedy for bringing about some social or political reform or improvement:right-wing nostrums such as a wage freeze and cutting public spending

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin, used in the sense '(something) of our own making', neuter ofnoster 'our'.

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