2016年5月3日 星期二

swanky, shrug off , ostentatious; pretentious.

On September 25th, Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, called together hundreds of diplomats, business leaders, journalists, ministers and others to a swanky hall in Delhi to launch his latest marketing push. Mr Modi is trying to persuade investors that India is an attractive place to do manufacturing. Yet, as he suggests, achieving that requires progress in a host of areas http://econ.st/1stvoYD

 In escape from Japan doomsday, capital takes flight
Reuters
By Stanley White | TOKYO (Reuters) - Hiroshi Kosaka has an unorthodox pitch for his realty business: instead of pictures of swanky condominiums his website features Japanese debt statistics and budget meltdown scenarios usually left to credit rating ...



這位英國文學-政界等的名人,Samuel Johnson 對他的評價相當高:
Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.
Life of Addison, 1672–1719 by Samuel Johnson
「親切而不鄙俚,典雅而不炫耀,值得研究英文風格之士日夜讀之。」
(王佐良先生編『英國散文的流變』頁59。)

「有志於學得那種親切而不粗俗,優雅而不浮華的英語文體的人,都必須日日夜夜地攻讀。」(劉炳善譯伦敦的叫卖声(倫敦的叫賣聲.))



ostentatious
adjective DISAPPROVING
too obviously showing your money, possessions or power, in an attempt to make other people notice and admire you:
They criticized the ostentatious lifestyle of their leaders.
an ostentatious gesture/manner

ostentation
noun [U] DISAPPROVING
Her luxurious lifestyle and personal ostentation were both hated and envied.

ostentatiously
adverb DISAPPROVING
The room was ostentatiously decorated in white and silver.
He took out his gold watch and laid it ostentatiously (= very obviously so everyone would notice) on the table in front of him.





swank suburb
Samsung Presses Ahead on Android
Samsung has shrugged off early court losses in patent disputes with Apple, apparently confident that it will be able to navigate around them.

shrug off
1. Minimize the importance of, as in That nasty review didn't bother him at all; he just shrugged it off. [Early 1900s]
2. Get rid of, as in She managed to shrug off her drowsiness and keep driving. [Mid-1900s]
3. Wriggle out of a garment, as in He shrugged off his coat. [First half of 1900s]


HE was gradually making it possible to earn a livelihood by his art. Liberty's had taken several of his painted designs on various stuffs, and he could sell designs for embroideries, for altar-cloths, and similar things, in one or two places. It was not very much he made at present, but he might extend it. He had also made friends with the designer for a pottery firm, and was gaining some knowledge of his new acquaintance's art. The applied arts interested him very much. At the same time he laboured slowly at his pictures. He loved to paint large figures, full of light, but not merely made up of lights and cast shadows, like the impressionists; rather definite figures that had a certain luminous quality, like some of Michael Angelo's people. And these he fitted into a landscape, in what he thought true proportion. He worked a great deal from memory, using everybody he knew. He believed firmly in his work, that it was good and valuable. In spite of fits of depression, shrinking, everything, he believed in his work.
He was twenty-four when he said his first confident thing to his mother.
"Mother," he said, "I s'll make a painter that they'll attend to."
She sniffed in her quaint fashion. It was like a half-pleased shrug of the shoulders.
"Very well, my boy, we'll see," she said.
"You shall see, my pigeon! You see if you're not swanky one of these days!"
"I'm quite content, my boy," she smiled.
"But you'll have to alter. Look at you with Minnie!"
Minnie was the small servant, a girl of fourteen.



swanky
[形](-i・er, -i・est)((略式))
1 ((英))気どった, いきな.
2 (またswánk)ぜいたくな, 豪勢な.
swank・i・ly
[副]
swank・i・ness


swank
adj., swank·er, swank·est.
  1. Imposingly fashionable or elegant; grand. See synonyms at fashionable.
  2. Ostentatious; pretentious.
n.
  1. Smartness in style or bearing; elegance.
  2. Swagger.
intr.v., swanked, swank·ing, swanks.
To act ostentatiously or pretentiously; swagger.

[Perhaps akin to Middle High German swanken, to swing.]

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