2015年11月19日 星期四

reprise, obfuscate, flannel, parlor tricks like high-stakes testing


Barclays staffers were told by a senior executive, “if you get enquiries [about rejected trades] just obfuscate and stonewall”.

(Picture by Bloomberg)


The findings come on top of a $2.4bn fine in May.
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In sentencing Hernandez to life without parole, the jury saw through the best legal obfuscation that money could buy.


John Wayne took home a Golden Globe in 1970 for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit," a role that would later be reprised by Jeff Bridges.
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The Chinese, surely, are different. They have all been weaned on political lies and obfuscation. Searching for a tiny sliver of truth or meaning in flannel is the nation's comparative advantage. When management guff arrives big time in China, my prediction is that they will be better at dealing with it than westerners – just as they are better at so much else.
當然,中國人就不一樣了。他們從小耳濡墨染各種政治謊言,接受愚民教育?。在一堆廢話中尋找一點點真相或意義,是該民族的長項。那個偉大的時刻到來——即管理層套話終於降臨中國的時候,料想中國人應對起來應該比西方人自如一些,正如他們在許多其他事情上的表現也勝過西方人一樣。


to reprise National Palace Museum


 grey flannel trousers


Grading schools is as absurd as grading students. The criteria for both are equally detrimental to achieving the goals of a truly useful education: self-awareness, an engaged citizenry and the skills necessary to generate meaningful, dignified work.
Until we address the core societal conditions that now make such goals unattainable for the vast majority, there is little hope that obfuscating parlor tricks like high-stakes testing, free cellphones for every child and schoolwide report cards will serve as successful incentives. (紐約時報讀者投書)
obfuscating parlor tricks like high-stakes testing

ob·fus·cate (ŏb'fə-skāt', ŏb-fŭs'kāt'pronunciation
tr.v.-cat·ed-cat·ing-cates.
  1. To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand: “A great effort was made . . . to obscure or obfuscate the truth” (Robert Conquest).
  2. To render indistinct or dim; darken: The fog obfuscated the shore.
[Latin obfuscāre, obfuscāt-, to darken : ob-, over; see ob– + fuscāre, to darken (from fuscus, dark).] v. tr. - 弄暗, 使迷亂, 使模糊
日本語 (Japanese)
v. - 困惑させる, 不明瞭にする, 混乱させる, 当惑させる, わかりにくくする

 parlor trick (ちゃちな)お座敷芸, 隠し芸.

The practice of making retention decisions on the basis of the results of a
single test — called “high-stakes testing

reprise
n.
  1. Music.
    1. A repetition of a phrase or verse.
    2. A return to an original theme.
  2. A recurrence or resumption of an action.
tr.v., -prised, -pris·ing, -pris·es.
To repeat or resume an action; make a reprise of.

[Middle English, act of taking back, from Old French, from feminine past participle of reprendre, to take back. See reprieve.]




ob·fus·cate (ŏb'fə-skāt', ŏb-fŭs'kāt') pronunciation
tr.v., -cat·ed, -cat·ing, -cates.
  1. To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand: "A great effort was made . . . to obscure or obfuscate the truth" (Robert Conquest).
  2. To render indistinct or dim; darken: The fog obfuscated the shore.
[Latin obfuscāre, obfuscāt-, to darken : ob-, over; see ob- + fuscāre, to darken (from fuscus, dark).]
obfuObfuscationscation ob'fus·ca'tion n.
obfuscatory ob·fus'ca·to'ry (ŏb-fŭs'kə-tôr'ē, -tōr'ē, əb-) adj.


flannel[flan・nel]
  • 発音記号[flǽnl]

[名]
1 [U]フランネル, ネル, フラノ;(綿)ネル;((主に米))綿布.
2 ((〜s))((主に英))フランネル製の衣類, (特に)フラノのズボン;(選手の)ユニホーム
getwinone's flannels
選手になる.
3 ((英))タオル(((米))washcloth).
4 [U]((英略式))おべんちゃら, お世辞;はぐらかしの言葉.
noun

1:
Extravagant or exaggerated talk; hot air, nonsense; also, flattery. (1927 —) .
Daily Telegraph This coupon will bring you our 'all facts—no flannel' brochure telling you all about us (1970). verb intr. and trans.

2:
To talk flatteringly or evasively (to). (1941 —) .
J. Braine I managed to flannel him into the belief that I approved of his particular brand of efficiency (1957).


━━[形]フランネル製の.
━━[動](〜ed, 〜・ing or((主に英))〜led, 〜・ling)(他)
1 〈人に〉フランネルの服を着せる;…をフランネルの布[タオル, ぞうきん]でふく.
2 ((英略式))…にお世辞を言う((up)).
━━(自)((英略式))お世辞を言う.

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