2016年4月9日 星期六

corny, mawkish, sappy"feel-good" story, cookie-cutter, eggs-static, peregrine falcon


“I was really too young to know that there are times when — I don’t want to sound silly — but when you are plugged into the universe and all of a sudden something comes through you, and it’s yours but it isn’t yours,” he said. “It comes out and you don’t know where it comes from. I don’t know why or how I wrote that song when I was 21 or 22 years old. It was certainly beyond me. I thought I had a nice melody. I thought it was maybe a little corny. But people liked it.”



Indeed, Ota has been hit hard as big Japanese companies shifted production abroad in search of lower labor costs. Locals bemoan how neighborhoods that once pulsated with the clanging of metal presses and bustle of workers have grown deserted, or become filled with hushed, cookie-cutter apartment complexes known as mansions.
的確,日本大企業為了尋求更低的勞動力成本,把生產向海外轉移,大田因此遭受重創。當地人為變化感到悲哀:那些充滿金屬壓床有規律的聲音和忙碌工人的街區或已被遺棄,或被千篇一律的寧靜“公寓”樓取代。

Now this all may sound like the kind of trite and sappy "feel-good" story that gives Hollywood a bad name. But director Joe Wright and screenwriter Susannah Grant maintain an emotionally controlled tone that keeps the film from sliding into goopy melodrama. They make sure Steve, not Nathaniel, is the center of the story, and by focusing more on the man who wants to help than the man who needs help, they've created a unique movie rather than just another example of cookie-cutter Oscar bait. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi



"There is an element of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be called corny." — Irving Berlin 


Inside Europe | 11.04.2009 | 07:05

Bird watchers eggs-static in Brussels

Easter is eggs-actly the time of year that journalists love to come up with corny headlines like that one, involving eggs! Well there’s one story that has started writing itself over the last few years.

When two peregrine falcons started nesting in Brussels' main Cathedral, bird enthusiasts from across Europe hurried to see the return of one of Europe's rarest species. Now, more than 25,000 visitors flock to see the falcons nesting each spring, thanks to television pictures transmitted night and day, just centimetres from the eggs themselves.







static
adj.
    1. Having no motion; being at rest; quiescent.
    2. Fixed; stationary.
  1. Physics. Of or relating to bodies at rest or forces that balance each other.
  2. Electricity. Of, relating to, or producing stationary charges; electrostatic.
  3. Of, relating to, or produced by random radio noise.
n.
  1. Random noise, such as crackling in a receiver or specks on a television screen, produced by atmospheric disturbance of the signal.
  2. Informal.
    1. Back talk.
    2. Interference; obstruction.
    3. Angry or heated criticism.
[New Latin staticus, relating to weight, from Greek statikos, causing to stand, from statos, standing.]
statical stat'i·cal adj.
statically stat'i·cal·ly adv.


cookie cutter


 音節
cóokie cùtter
((米))
1 クッキーの抜き型.
2 どれも同じ形をした物, 似たりよったりの物.
cóokie-cùtter



[形]sappy
adj., -pi·er, -pi·est.
  1. Full of sap; juicy.
  2. Slang. Excessively sentimental; mawkish.
  3. Slang. Silly or foolish.
sappily sap'pi·ly adv.
sappiness sap'pi·ness n.


corny
adj.-i·er-i·est.
Trite, dated, melodramatic, or mawkishly sentimental.
[From CORN1.]
cornily corn'i·ly adv.
corniness corn'i·ness n.


corny 

Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːni/ 


ADJECTIVE (corniercorniest)

informal
Tritebanal, or mawkishly sentimental:it sounds corny, but as soon as I saw her I knew she was the one

Derivatives


cornily

ADVERB

corniness

NOUN

Origin

1930s: from an earlier sense 'rustic, appealing to country folk'.

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