2017年2月14日 星期二

delis, eatables, less, hubby, hubbub, casuistry, hamper, less... than, less than, no less, nothing less than




The dancing stopped, and there were bursts of applause, a general hubbub of delight, as Arnoux advanced with his hamper on his head ; the eatables contained in it made a lump in the centre.

汎思(郁達夫?):
話說光緒二十六年七月二十日那天,北京東城馬大人胡同西口停住一隊騾車,有的排過街外沿著大佛寺粉紅圍牆一條南北夾道。這日黎明,各騾夫俱已來到,聚首相談,吵吵鬧鬧總是不免,故此滿街人聲嘈雜。
原來這些車輛專為出遠門打發來的。那僱戶老管家名喚羅大,年方五十歲上下,一邊抽著旱煙袋…
原文:
 It was the morning of the twentieth of July, 1900. A party of mule carts were lined up at the western entrance of Matajen Hutung, a street in the East City of Peking, part of the mules and carts extending to the alley running norh and south along the pink walls of the Big Buddha Temple. The cart drivers were early; they had come there at dawn, and there was quite a hubbub in that early morning, as was always the case with these noisy drivers.
 Lota, and old man of about fifty and head servant of the family that had engaged the carts for a long journey, was smoking a pipe 
The 1920s was the "delicatessen decade". Jewish culture was popular culture—songwriters wrote about deli customers, and singers invited audiences to dine with them in delis after their shows. These days, they're more of a tourist attraction
因患癌而宣布暫別參與社會事務的融樂會前總幹事王惠芬,今午在facebook,貼出與丈夫的光頭照,指自己是在手術和化療前剃光頭髮,並感謝朋友和家人無條件的愛和支持。她在貼文中,亦寫上「二人同心」、Many thanks to my hubby的標籤。

The story of an outlet that is less a shop than a cultural icon
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What he unexpectedly encountered at the Rordams’ was as terrible as an army with banner nothing less than a pretty girl fourteen years old.




 Like her close ally Ronald Reagan, Thatcher was often attacked for her failure to grasp nuance. After listening to a talk by the distinguished historian Edward Norman, rightly predicting, as Mr. Moore writes, "that the issue of nuclear weapons, which had fallen comparatively quiet since the early 1960s, would soon reappear as a great moral struggle in the West," she declaimed above the hubbub: "I agree with Doctor Norman: we must defend Christian values with the ATOM BOMB."



Mr. Moore also reveals, extraordinarily, that the prime minister was in contact with the Irish Republican Army during the hunger strikes by prisoners in the early 1980s. She always denied this fact, even to herself, hiding behind a piece of casuistry: The contact was through an intelligence officer and was therefore necessarily unofficial.



hamper1
ˈhampə/
noun
  1. a basket with a carrying handle and a hinged lid, used for food, cutlery, and plates on a picnic.
    "a picnic hamper"
    synonyms:basketpannier, wickerwork basket; More
    • BRITISH
      a basket or box containing food for a special occasion.
      "a Christmas food hamper"

 eatable

noun
  1. 1.
    items of food.
    "parcels of eatables and gifts"
hubbub
ˈhʌbʌb/
noun
  1. a chaotic din caused by a crowd of people.
    "a hubbub of laughter and shouting"
    • a busy, noisy situation.
      "she fought through the hubbub"


(less than) Far from; certainly not:Mitch looked less than happy

nothing less than

used to emphasize how extreme something is:it was nothing less than sexual harassment





no less
4
Used to suggest, often ironically, that something is surprising or impressive:Peter cooked dinnerfillet steak and champagne, no less

casuistry



Definition of casuistry

noun

[mass noun]
  • 1the use of clever but unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions; sophistry: the minister is engaging in nothing more or less than casuistry
2the resolving of moral problems by the application of theoretical rules.

hubby
n. Informal, pl., -bies.
A husband.

[Alteration of HUSBAND.]

hubby[hub・by]

  • 発音記号[hʌ'bi][名]((略式))夫, ハズ(husband).

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