2016年3月30日 星期三

nifty, sleight, arcane, conjure, fresco, life-changing, bro culture, sleight of hand, gigolo/gigot, coquette, second-sight

Friday at 6:30 p.m., join magician Ryan Oakes and educator Megan Kuensting to explore “The Fortune Teller” by painter Georges de La Tour and the art of sleight of hand during this ‪#‎MetFridays‬ gallery conversation. http://bit.ly/1RGfTTM

2015 would have entered the history books as a terrible year for the US stock market — had it not been for a small group of nifty companies.

Apart from a few stocks, the US markets are in a slump with fears post-crisis rally has run its course

When Google announced that its Google Translate app would be getting an update, the technology press went into a bit of a swoon. Google Translate’s new features are nifty. But anyone relying on it in a sensitive situation is likely to confuse lots of other people. At worst, it may annoy or insult them http://econ.st/1LN0qSc
Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love
Gabriel García Márquez, foreground, with Colombian journalist José Salgar in 2003. As a writer, Mr. García Márquez found the familiar in the fantastic.
Mr. García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and sleight of hand to conjure the miraculous in his fiction.
 German women have fewer children

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
"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.

Bro Culture: Icing on the Social-Marketing Cake?

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. Slangpl.bros.
  1. A brother.
  2. Friend; pal. Used as a form of familiar address for a man or boy: So long, bro.
[African American Vernacular English.]

nifty Show phonetics
adjective INFORMAL
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.

[Origin unknown.]

 arcane, conjure

arcane Show phonetics

━━ a. 不可解な; 秘密の.

adjective FORMAL
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.
    1. To summon (a devil or spirit) by magical or supernatural power.
    2. To influence or effect by or as if by magic: tried to conjure away the doubts that beset her.
    1. To call or bring to mind; evoke: “Arizona conjures up an image of stark deserts for most Americans” (American Demographics).
    2. To imagine; picture: “a sight to store away, then conjure up someday when they were no longer together” (Nelson DeMille).
  1. Archaic. To call on or entreat solemnly, especially by an oath.
  1. To perform magic tricks, especially by sleight of hand.
    1. To summon a devil by magic or supernatural power.
    2. To practice black magic.
n. Chiefly Southern U.S. (kŏn'jər)
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.
Nor less availed his optic sleight,
And Scottish gift of second-sight.


[U]予知[透視]能力, 千里眼
have second sight


Syllabification: (sleight)
Pronunciation: /slīt/
Translate sleight | into Italian

  • the use of dexterity or cunning, especially so as to deceive:except by sleight of logic, the two positions cannot be harmonized


sleight of hand

manual dexterity, typically in performing tricks:a nifty bit of sleight of hand got the ashtray into the correct position
skillful deception:this is financial sleight of hand of the worst sort


Middle English sleghth 'cunning, skill', from Old Norse slœgth, from slœgr 'sly'


  • 発音記号[sláit]
1 手練;器用さ.
2 策略, 術策;悪知恵.


  • 発音記号[koukét | kɔ-]
[動](〜・ted, 〜・ting)(自)
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 ...))
coquet with politics


Syllabification: nif·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈniftē/

adjective (niftier, niftiest)




mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

  • 発音記号[koukét | kɔ-]
[名]((文))あだっぽい女, 男たらし, 浮気女.


(jĭg'ə-lō', zhĭg'-) pronunciation
n., pl., -los.
  1. A man who has a continuing sexual relationship with and receives financial support from a woman.
  2. 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.
2 ダンスパートナー専門の男.


1 (羊の脚型の)ジゴそで.
2 (料理用の)羊の脚.
(jĭg'ət, zhē-gō') pronunciation
  1. A leg of mutton, lamb, or veal for cooking.
  2. A leg-of-mutton sleeve.
[French, from Old French, diminutive of gigue, fiddle, from Middle High German gīge, from Old High German gīga.]