In the speech Mr Clegg will say it is vital that reforms to parental leave 父母育嬰假 help not only the rich, but also ordinary working families in what he calls "Alarm Clock Britain".
"Too many of these parents feel trapped by the current rigid rules," he will say. The current systems which allow men two weeks of paternity leave "patronise women and marginalise men" he will claim.
The government wants couples to be able to take leave in a number of chunks rather than a single block, or parents taking time off together rather than one after the other.
He had even noticed two or three gestures which, in his fatuity, he had thought she kept for him.
Apotheosis of Fatuous Egotism
Imagine this: Grass still feels guilty for being drafted into the
Waffen SS at 17 while some of his older fellow soldiers from the
Frundsberg tank division are attending reunions! Yet Grass's most
egregious critic — Christopher Hitchens, in Slate — calls him
"something of a bigmouth and a fraud, and also something of a
hypocrite." It is Grass's craven critics — the fatuous Hitchens among
them — who should feel ashamed.
condescending and dismissive
The McCain campaign’s response was condescending and dismissive — a statement that Mrs. Edwards doesn’t understand the comprehensive nature of the senator’s approach, which would harness “the power of competition to produce greater coverage for Americans,” reducing costs so that even people with pre-existing conditions could afford care.
This is nonsense on multiple levels.
verb USUALLY HUMOROUS
condescend to do sth If you condescend to do something, you agree to do something which you do not consider to be good enough for your social position:
I wonder if Michael will condescend to visit us?
intr.v., -scend·ed, -scend·ing, -scends.
- To descend to the level of one considered inferior; lower oneself. See synonyms at stoop1.
- To deal with people in a patronizingly superior manner.
[Middle English condescenden, from Old French condescendre, from Late Latin condēscendere : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com– + dēscendere, to descend; see descend.]
con・de・scend・ing ━━ a. （目下に対して）威張らない, 腰の低い; わざとへり下った, 恩にきせるような.
con・de・scen・sion ━━ n. 卑下; 恩きせがましい態度.
to decide that something or someone is not important and not worth considering:
I think he'd dismissed me as an idiot within five minutes of meeting me.
Let's not just dismiss the idea before we've even thought about it.
Just dismiss those thoughts from your mind - they're crazy and not worth thinking about.
He's so dismissive of anybody else's suggestions.
a dismissive attitude
stupid, not correct, or not carefully thought about:
a fatuous idea/remark
adjective: Foolish or inane, especially in a complacent and smug manner.
From Latin fatuus (foolish). Earliest recorded use: 1633.
"You know it's patronising because every five minutes there is an utterly fatuous remark dressed up as profundity." — Amol Rajan; When Women Aren't on Top; The Independent (London, UK); Oct 13, 2010.
a.Showing condescending favor; assuming the manner of airs of a superior toward another. -- Pat·ron·i·zing·ly, adv. Thackeray.