2018年1月25日 星期四

sordid, colliery, flatly, collier, shantytown, shack, plastic surgery, hackwork

Besides taking part in local Ayrshire affairs, McAdam operated the Kaims Colliery. The colliery supplied coal to the British Tar Company, of Archibald Cochrane, 9th Earl of Dundonald and partners in the coal tar trade; McAdam ran its kilns

Bernie Sanders flatly disavows the very heart of socialism as defined by Karl Marx: “I don’t believe government should own the means of production”, he says

The closure of the Kellingley colliery heralds the end of the British coal mining industry. Taking with it decades of camaraderie and history, this local tragedy is shrouding Yorkshire in sadness

The end of deep coal mining in Britain: ‘They’ve knocked us down’
After surviving Margaret Thatcher and myriad strikes, but deep coal…

JUST IN: The killings took place over a 56-day manhunt following an attack on a colliery in Aksu in September that left 16 people dead.

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Chinese police shot dead 28 members of a “terrorist group” in the mainly…

Art crime takes many forms, from faking the provenance of paintings, to swiping Old Masters from dusty country houses, to trafficking illicit antiquities. 

Unlike the history of Nazi-looted art, which triggers public disgust, one type of art crime can engender quiet admiration: the perfectly executed heist of a masterpiece from a museum.

But this crime is really a far more sordid affair:



North Korea has finally responded to persistent rumours that leader Kim Jong-Un had plastic surgery to look like his revered grandfather, issuing an angry denial criticising "sordid" media reports.


The rumours have been partly fed by the undeniable fact that Kim Jong-Un has sought to evoke memories of his grandfather in numerous ways, through his dress, haircut, gestures and public appearances. And there is a clear physical resemblance. But Pyongyang’s patience with reports of plastic surgery appears to have run out.


Insisting that the very idea of Kim undergoing plastic surgery was "unimaginable," KCNA flatly rejected what it described as "sordid hackwork by rubbish media." (AFP)


With Google Earth, India Can No Longer Hide Its Shantytowns and 'Slumdogs'

By Julien Bouissou / Le Monde / Worldcrunch
An NGO in India has started to use Google Earth satellite technology to shine a light on whole neighborhoods of wretched slums, which authorities had long pretended didn't even exist

Watching the Murder of an Innocent Man

In a shantytown near Johannesburg, an angry mob committed a horrifying crime that was caught on video.

(shăn'tē-toun') pronunciation
A town or a section of a town consisting chiefly of shacks.(shăk) pronunciation

A small, crudely built cabin; a shanty.

intr.v., shacked, shack·ing, shacks.
To live or dwell: farm hands shacking in bunkhouses.

shack up Slang.
  1. To sleep together or live in sexual intimacy without being married.
  2. To live, room, or stay at a place: I'm shacking up with my cousin till I find a place of my own.
[Possibly from American Spanish jacal, from Nahuatl xacalli, adobe hut : xámitl, adobe + calli, house, hut.]

col·lier (kŏl'yər) pronunciation
  1. A coal miner.
  2. A coal ship.
[Middle English colier, from col, coal, from Old English.]

col·lier·y (kŏl'yə-rē) pronunciation
Meaning #1: a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
Synonym: pit

sor·did (sôr'dĭd) pronunciation
sordid:形容詞,卑鄙的、不誠實的。例句:The story paints a sordid picture of bribes and scams.(故事描繪貪污與騙局的黑暗面。)
  1. Filthy or dirty; foul.
  2. Depressingly squalid; wretched: sordid shantytowns.
  3. Morally degraded: "The sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils" (James Joyce). See synonyms at mean2.
  4. Exceedingly mercenary; grasping.
[Middle English sordide, festering, purulent, from Latin sordidus, dirty, from sordēre, to be dirty.]
sordidly sor'did·ly adv.
sordidness sor'did·ness n.

hideous:形容詞,可怕的、難以忍受的。例句:His family was subjected to a hideous attack by the gang. (他的家人遭受幫派份子可怕的襲擊。)

flatly:副詞,斷然地、直截了當地。例句:He flatly dismissed the idea as impossible.(他覺得這個想法不可能,直接拒絕了。)