The act of writing is a sleight of hand through which the dead hand of the past reaches over to our side of the board.
--Marjorie Garber,Shakespeare's Ghostwriting
My London, and Welcome to It
By A.A. GILL
"If New York is a wise guy, Paris a coquette, Rome a gigolo and Berlin a wicked uncle, then London is an old lady who mutters and has the second sight." A Londoner reviews his town.
First, there was embarrassing news that over 60 serving military officers, sergeants and soldiers were found to have joined a fake gigolo training course. The servicemen paid the equivalent of thousands of US dollars each to a criminal ring to learn how to seduce wealthy females.
Microsoft's Retail Challenge
Microsoft may have developed its first nifty mobile device. But trying to sell and service it could prove a challenge.
a nifty car
Carrying a nifty-looking laptop isn’t just vanity. It can prove life-changing, as Ms. Poole, the flight attendant, well knows. Once, during a flight, she flirted with a passenger just because he was using a cool computer. Seven years later, he’s her husband.
Now, here’s a nifty little way for T-Mobile and Google to beef up the numbers on the G1, the first smartphone built on Android, Google’s mobile operating ...
In the case of the frescoes, a new lighting system was installed that recreates the sun’s dawn-to-dusk nuances. “It’s rather nifty to watch,” said Carlo Celia, one architect who worked on the project. And it’s an improvement over the previous lighting, which tended to flatten the frescoes.
Oh, how nifty -- Hula Hoop's 50
How time flies when you're having fun. Would you believe it was 50 years ago that Wham-O Toys released the Hula Hoop, selling more than 25 million in four months? The craze is believed to have started in Egypt in 1000 B.C., when children played with large hoops made of dried grapevines. According to "Historical Dictionary of the 1950s," Wham-O sold the toys for $1.98 in 1958. Today, Toys 'R Us sells Hula Hoops for $4.99.
By ELLA QUITTNER
The "icing" craze, a drinking game centered on Smirnoff Ice, might seem like the Holy Grail of Internet marketing. So why isn't Diageo, Smirnoff's parent company, smiling?
n. Slang, pl., bros.
- A brother.
- Friend; pal. Used as a form of familiar address for a man or boy: So long, bro.
[African American Vernacular English.]
nifty Show phonetics
good, pleasing or effective:
a nifty piece of work/footworka nifty little gadgetSlang.
adj., -ti·er, -ti·est.
First-rate; great: a nifty idea.
n., pl., -ties.
A nifty person or thing, especially a clever joke.
arcane Show phonetics
mysterious and known only by a few people:
He was the only person who understood all the arcane details of the agreement.
This argument may seem arcane to those not closely involved in the world of finance.
His inquiry, The New York Times' Jenny Anderson writes, conjures up memories of Eliot Spitzer, who as New York's previous attorney general took on Wall Street after the technology stock boom went bust. Mr. Spitzer, now governor, began his crusade by looking into tainted stock research and ended up delving into the arcane world of reinsurance.
v., -jured, -jur·ing, -jures. v.tr.
- To summon (a devil or spirit) by magical or supernatural power.
- To influence or effect by or as if by magic: tried to conjure away the doubts that beset her.
- To call or bring to mind; evoke: “Arizona conjures up an image of stark deserts for most Americans” (American Demographics).
- To imagine; picture: “a sight to store away, then conjure up someday when they were no longer together” (Nelson DeMille).
- Archaic. To call on or entreat solemnly, especially by an oath.
- To perform magic tricks, especially by sleight of hand.
- To summon a devil by magic or supernatural power.
- To practice black magic.
See hoodoo (sense 1).
adj. Chiefly Southern U.S.
Of or practicing folk magic: a conjure woman.
[Middle English conjuren, from Old French conjurer, to use a spell, from Late Latin coniūrāre, to pray by something holy, from Latin, to swear together : com-, com- + iūrāre, to swear.]
The power of discerning what is not visible to the physical eye, or of foreseeing future events, esp. such as are of a disastrous kind; the capacity of a seer; prophetic vision.
He was seized with a fit of second-sight.Addison.
Nor less availed his optic sleight,Trumbull.
And Scottish gift of second-sight.
Pronunciation: /slīt/Translate sleight | into Italian
Origin:Middle English sleghth 'cunning, skill', from Old Norse slœgth, from slœgr 'sly'
1 手練；器用さ.2 策略, 術策；悪知恵.
- 発音記号[koukét | kɔ-]
1 〈女が〉（男の）気を引こうとする, （男に）媚(こび)を見せる, いちゃつく((with ...)).
2 （…を）いじる；（…に）気まぐれに手を出す((with ...))━━[形]＝coquettish.
coquet with politics
adjective (niftier, niftiest)• informal
Originmid 19th century: of unknown origin.
- 発音記号[koukét | kɔ-]
n., pl., -los.
- A man who has a continuing sexual relationship with and receives financial support from a woman.
- A man who is hired as an escort or a dancing partner for a woman.
[French, perhaps from gigolette, dancing girl, prostitute, from giguer, to dance, from gigue, fiddle, from Old French. See gigot.]
1 金持ちの年増女に養われる男, 「つばめ」；（売春婦の）ひも.
1 （羊の脚型の）ジゴそで.2 （料理用の）羊の脚.
- A leg of mutton, lamb, or veal for cooking.
- A leg-of-mutton sleeve.
[French, from Old French, diminutive of gigue, fiddle, from Middle High German gīge, from Old High German gīga.]