2010年7月30日 星期五



"The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book — it makes a very poor doorstop." Alfred Hitchcock

2010年7月29日 星期四

legal wrangling/ 'bag

Global brewer's bid to bag Budweiser trademark rejected, again

Global brewing giant Anheuser-Busch has been told that it cannot register
the name Budweiser as an EU trademark. The decision, in favour of a Czech
brewery, is the culmination of more than a decade's legal wrangling.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article

It ain't over till the fat lady sings

It ain't over till the fat lady sings


Nothing is irreversible until the final act is played out.


Dan Cook made a closer stab with "the opera ain't over till the fat lady sings", in a televised basketball commentary in 1978. Cook was preceded however by US sports presenter Ralph Carpenter, in a broadcast, reported in The Dallas Morning News, March 1976:

Bill Morgan (Southwest Conference Information Director): "Hey, Ralph, this... is going to be a tight one after all."
Ralph Carpenter (Texas Tech Sports Information Director): Right. The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings."

2010年7月28日 星期三

"Self-Boarding" System

Continental Testing "Self-Boarding" System
The practice has been growing in airports around the world and is being tested for the first time in the United States in Houston after security officials determined it wouldn't affect safety.

2010年7月27日 星期二

the tempo and the feeling

Google changes tempo of music approach
by Greg Sandoval LOS ANGELES--Here at the epicenter of the entertainment sector, two news reports about Google's digital music plans have the music sector ...

n., pl., -pos, or -pi (-pē).
  1. Music. The speed at which music is or ought to be played, often indicated on written compositions by a descriptive or metronomic direction to the performer.
  2. A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace: "the tempo and the feeling of modern life" (Robert L. Heilbroner).

[Italian, from Latin tempus, time.]

2010年7月26日 星期一

workplace bullying,abusive bos

New Laws Target Workplace Bullying

By Adam Cohen

There are some very important things they don't tell you on career day. Chief among them is that there is a good chance that at some point during your working adult life you will have an abusive boss

2010年7月24日 星期六


withal (with-OL)

1. In addition.
2. Nevertheless.
With (used postpositively).

1 そのうえ, 同様にまた, 同時に
The lady is fair and wise and rich withal.
From the joining of the phrase "with al" (with all)

"I have worked at, and occasionally been in charge of, a few of the country's largest papers -- Newsday, the New York Post, and The New York Times come to mind -- and at a handful of lesser lights or so bright withal." — John Van Doorn; Laid Off After 58 Years in Newspapers; Editor & Publisher (New York); Nov 18, 2008.

cheering ,booing


"A boo is a lot louder than a cheer. If you have 10 people cheering and one person booing, all you hear is the booing." Lance Armstrong

2010年7月22日 星期四


sa·voir-faire (săv'wär-fâr') pronunciation

The ability to say or do the right or graceful thing. See synonyms at tact.

[French : savoir, to know how + faire, to do.]

disgenic, eugenic

The adjective disgenic has one meaning:

Meaning #1: pertaining to or causing degeneration in the offspring produced
Synonym: cacogenic
Antonym: eugenic (meaning #1)
Pertains to noun: dysgenics (meaning #1)

2010年7月19日 星期一

come to a head

bring to a head
Cause to reach a turning point or crisis. For example, Management's newest policy has brought matters to a head.
The related phrase come to a head means "to reach a crisis," as in With the last break-in, the question of security came to a head. These phrases allude to the medical sense of head, the tip of an abscess that is about to burst. [Mid-1500s]

2010年7月16日 星期五

come about/ come to pass

come about
1. Also, come to pass. Happen, take place, as in How did this quarrel come about? or When did this new development come to pass? Shakespeare used the first term, first recorded in 1315, in Hamlet (5:2): "How these things came about." The variant, dating from the late 1400s, appears often in the Bible, as in, "And it came to pass ... that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus" (Luke 2:1).
2. Also, go about. In sailing, to change tack (direction), as in It's important to duck under the boom when we come about. [Mid-1500s]

True corporate responsibility, sustainability and that treasured “licence to operate” come, above all, from identifying the fundamental dangers to the business and ensuring they don't come to pass.

真正的企业责任、可持续性和那宝贵的“营业执照”,首先来自于认清企业面临的根本危 险,并确保它们不会发生。

Grillwalker, bratwurst grilling

European Business Week | 16.07.2010 | 16:30

Grillwalkers give the term "to go" new meaning

Vending cart permits are not available in Berlin anymore, and those that exist are handed down from generation to generation or sold for large sums of money. One entrepreneur who wanted to set up a bratwurst grilling business found a way to get around the lack of a vending cart permit. He invented the portable grill and thus was born the "grillwalker."

Report by: Gerhard Schneibel

brat·wurst (brăt'wûrst', -vʊrst') pronunciation
A small sausage of highly seasoned fresh pork, usually served fried.

[German, from Middle High German brātwurst, from Old High German : brāto, meat + wurst, sausage; see wurst.]

2010年7月15日 星期四

Give me a break!

  • Give me a break!, Give me a break 是非常口語的說法.在不同的場合有不同的解釋. Give me a break 可以解釋為 “你得了吧!”,或者是 “你算了吧!”,我 們來舉一個例子.下面是一個人在跟他的朋友爭論:
  • You really think Jennifer is the prettiest girl in our class? Give me a break! There are several girls in our class who are better looking then she is. To my mind, Lisa is tops. She not only has looks; she also has brains.
  • 這個人說:“你真的認為珍尼弗是我們班上最漂亮的女生?你算了吧!我們班上有好幾個女生都比她好看.在我的心目中, 莉莎比誰都強.她不僅漂亮,而且腦子還很聰敏。”
  • 在這句話裡,give me a break 是表示不同意別人的意見。
  • 下面我們再來給大家舉一個例子.在這個例句裡, give me a break 的意思又不同了,這是一個哥哥在對他的小弟弟講話:
  • Look, kid, I'm working on a term paper that's due tomorrow. I promise to play the video game with you after dinner, OK? Come on, give me a break so I can finish this!
  • 這個哥哥說:“喂,小鬼,我正在寫一份明天要交的學術報告.我保證吃完晚飯後就跟你一起玩電子游戲,行不行?得啦, 你別煩我啦!讓我把報告寫完吧。”

  • give me a break 讓我休息一下, 得了吧!

    2010年7月13日 星期二

    make passes at/ take a pass at

    Hugh Hefner Makes a Pass at Playboy
    The 84-year-old wants to take the company he founded private, but could face a competing bid from arch-rival Penthouse.

    1. Flirt or make advances to someone, especially of a sexual nature, as in "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses" (Dorothy Parker, Not So Deep As A Well, 1936). [1920s]
    2. Also, take a pass at. Make an attempt, as in I've made a pass at opening it but had no luck, or Jake, will you take a pass at changing the oil? This usage employs pass in the sense of a "jab" or "poke." [Colloquial; 1900s] Also see make a stab at.

    2010年7月12日 星期一

    coin of the realm, tenacity

    名][U]固持, 固執;粘り[忍耐]強さ;頑固さ;記憶力のよさ;粘り.

    A certain quality of the human hand in its relation to the coin of the realm. It attains its highest development in the hand of authority and is considered a serviceable equipment for a career in politics. The following illustrative lines were written of a Californian gentleman in high political preferment, who has passed to his accounting:

        Of such tenacity his grip
    That nothing from his hand can slip.
    Well-buttered eels you may o'erwhelm
    In tubs of liquid slippery-elm
    In vain -- from his detaining pinch
    They cannot struggle half an inch!
    'Tis lucky that he so is planned
    That breath he draws not with his hand,
    For if he did, so great his greed
    He'd draw his last with eager speed.
    Nay, that were well, you say. Not so
    He'd draw but never let it go!

    1 領域, 範囲;(学問などの)分野, 部門;(動植物分布の)圏, 帯
    the realm of science
    科 学の領域
    within the realm of possibility
    prices within realm of common sense
    2 ((文))王国.
    [古フランス語←ラテン語*rēgālimen (rēgālis王室の+-men王国). △REGAL1, REIGN

    2010年7月10日 星期六

    cross-licensing agreement

    a patent cross-licensing agreement with Denso Corp. ...

    Microsoft in cross-patent deal with Japan's Denso
    (PINK:DNZOF) , a Japanese developer of advanced automotive technology. The deal will give Denso access to Microsoft patents for the company's current and ...
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    A cross-licensing agreement is a contract between two or more parties where each party grants rights to their intellectual property to the other parties.

    2010年7月8日 星期四



     如今藝術中的""———只看不做———已經不是批評家,而是藝術 史家了,他們已經不能夠識別他們要看的是什麼,德 里達也無法告訴他們。

    又譬如說,以前介紹過趙琴的《歌 手 (Castrato)的 興盛與衰亡》,可以在《老實 12 老婦遭 遇的下文》讀到:「我生在那不勒斯,那兒每年割二三千名兒童,….. 有 的因此得到一副比女還美麗的嗓子,還有的將統治國家。」

    《绝世阉 伶》(Farinelli, il Castrato)

    2010年7月4日 星期日

    tubular, fluorescent lamps nudging filament bulb close to extinction

    A Brief History of the Lightbulb

    Fluorescent lamps first appeared on market shelves in 1938, and by the 1950s they were lighting up most of America. More efficient and cheaper than their incandescent predecessors, fluorescents have slowly become a global lighting standard, nudging Edison's filament bulb close to extinction

    bulbous, self-illuminating costume

    A Brief History of the Lightbulb

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers got turned on by the bulb during the 1994 Woodstock music festival, donning memorable self-illuminating costumes for their



    1. Resembling a bulb in shape; rounded or swollen: a bulbous nose; a bulbous stem base.
    2. Botany. Bearing bulbs or growing from a bulb.
    bulbously bul'bous·ly adv.