2018年2月13日 星期二

bonkers, ultramarathon, crotchety, unvarnished, reassuring, sewn up, halfway sane

Wright was a man of many “firsts.” In 1910, a two-volume book of Wright’s drawings was published in Germany, and almost immediately, Europe went bonkers for him. He was arguably the first American celebrity export — a rock star before rock stars — and he affected scores of young architects who would shape the modern era. He even followed up the book with a “European tour.”


If you wanted to push yourself to the outermost chalk line of human endurance, you might consider an ultramarathon, or a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean, or being nominated to the United States Supreme Court.



It started with a fanfare, albeit with a bemused tone. “China’s bonkers elevated bus is real and already on the road”


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"This day is one of the best days of my life," Dion Leonard said after being reunited with his beloved dog, Gobi, ending a frantic search for the pup he met during an ultramarathon.


The other night I phoned a former Republican member of Congress with whom I'd worked in the 1990s on various pieces of legislation. I consider him a friend. I wanted his take on the Republican candidates because I felt I needed a reality check. Was I becoming excessively crotchety and partisan, or are these people really as weird as they seem? We got right into it:
Me: "So what do really you think of these candidates?"
Him: "You want my unvarnished opinion?'
Me: "Please. That's why I called."
Him: "They're all nuts."
Me: "Seriously. What do you really think of them?"
Him: "I just told you. They're bonkers. Bizarre. They're like a Star Wars bar room."
Me: "How did it happen? How did your party manage to come up with this collection?"
Him: "We didn't. They came up with themselves. There's no party any more. It's chaos. Anybody can just decide they want to be the Republican nominee, and make a run for it. Carson? Trump? They're in the lead, and they're both out of their f*cking minds."
Me: "That's not reassuring."
Him: "It's a disaster. I'm telling you, if either of them is elected, this country is going to hell. The rest of them aren't much better. I mean, Carly Fiorina? Really? Rubio? Please. Ted Cruz? Oh my god. And the people we thought had it sewn up, who are halfway sane -- Bush and Christie -- they're sounding almost as batty as the rest."
Me: "Who's to blame for this mess?"
Him: "Roger Ailes, David and Charles Koch, Rupert Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh. I could go on. They've poisoned the American mind and destroyed the Republican Party.
Me: "Nice talking with you."
Him: "Sleep well."



crotchety, unvarnished, bonkers, reassuring, 古怪,質樸的,瘋狂的,讓人放心sewn up,  halfway sane


crotchety
ˈkrɒtʃɪti/
adjective
  1. irritable.
    "he was tired and crotchety"
unvarnished
ʌnˈvɑːnɪʃt/
adjective
  1. 1.
    not covered with varnish.
    "unvarnished woodwork"
    synonyms:bareplainunpainted, unlacquered, unpolishedunfinisheduntreated,rawnaturalmatt;
    stripped
    "the unvarnished wood panelling"
  2. 2.
    (of a statement or manner) plain and straightforward.
    "please tell me the unvarnished truth"


An ultramarathon, also called ultra distance, is any footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi).



bon·kers (bŏng'kərz) adj. Informal
Crazy: "When word spread that free gas was to be found, the populace, as expected, went bonkers" (Washington Post).

[Origin unknown.]

bonkers "crazy," 1957, British slang, perhaps from earlier naval slang meaning "slightly drunk" (1948), from notion of a thump ("bonk") on the head.

Urban Dictionary: bonkers

www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bonkers

bonkers. Bananas, nuts, crazy, wild, ballistic, cuckoo! Any thesaurus will do. Quite commonly used word, not slang, used to affectionately describe a state of mind ...

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