2015年12月19日 星期六

face, efface, Jack, moll, gigolo, appliqué, armoire

Beginning in December 1917 Matisse spent the winter months in the south of France. This painting features several elements that reappear in other of his so-called Nice-period works: boldly patterned wallpaper, elaborately pierced and appliquéd textiles of North African origin, additional works by the artist (in this case, a plaster of a reclining female figure is visible atop the mirrored armoire), and an alluring view of palm trees and the Mediterranean Sea outside the studio window.

Turn off your red light...
Strumpets to courtesans, molls to midnight gigolos, escorts to extras, suggest your pleasures in song for this week's potent topic, says Peter Kimpton

The Wonders of Scientific Discovery by Charles R....

Look, the world tempts our eye,
And we would know it all,
We map the starry sky,
We mine this earthen ball,
We measure the sea-tides, we number the sea-sands,

We scrutinise the dates
Of long-past human things,
The bounds of effaced states,
The lives of deceased kings:
We search out dead men's words, and works of dead men's hands.

An appliqué is a device applied to another surface. The technique is very common in some kinds of textiles, but may be applied to many materials. In the context of ceramics, for example, an appliqué is a separate piece of clay added to the primary work, generally for the purpose of decoration.

アップリケアプリケ (: appliqué) とは、土台となるの上に、別の布や皮などの小片を縫い留めたり、貼り付ける手芸を指す。また、そのようにして作った作品や模様。機能優先のものから、美しくデザインされた装飾のものまで様々である。アップリケの語源はラテン語の「貼る・付ける」という意味に由来する。「ワッペン」ともいう。

Quilt block in appliqué and reverse appliqué

wardrobe is a standing closet used for storing clothes. The earliest wardrobe was a chest, and it was not until some degree of luxury was attained in regal palaces and the castles of powerful nobles that separate accommodation was provided for the apparel of the great. The name of wardrobe was then given to a room in which the wall-space was filled with closets and lockers, the drawer being a comparatively modern invention[citation needed]. From these cupboards and lockers the modern wardrobe, with its hanging spaces, sliding shelves and drawers, evolved slowly.

(ĭ-fās') pronunciation
tr.v., -faced, -fac·ing, -fac·es.
  1. To rub or wipe out; erase.
  2. To make indistinct as if by rubbing: "Five years' absence had done nothing to efface the people's memory of his firmness" (Alan Moorehead). See synonyms at erase.
  3. To conduct (oneself) inconspicuously: "When the two women went out together, Anna deliberately effaced herself and played to the dramatic Molly" (Doris Lessing).
[Middle English effacen, from French effacer, from Old French esfacier : es-, out (from Latin ex-, ex-) + face, face; see face.]
effaceable ef·face'a·ble adj.
effacement ef·face'ment n.
effacer ef·fac'er n.

不知為何將Jack Welch 寫成John Welch--- John 又稱為Jack

(jăk) pronunciation
  1. often Jack Informal. A man; a fellow.
    1. One who does odd or heavy jobs; a laborer.
    2. One who works in a specified manual trade. Often used in combination: a lumberjack; a steeplejack.
    3. Jack A sailor; a tar.
  2. (Abbr. J) Games. A playing card showing the figure of a servant or soldier and ranking below a queen. Also called knave.
  3. Games.
    1. jacks (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A game played with a set of small six-pointed metal pieces and a small ball, the object being to pick up the pieces in various combinations.
    2. One of the metal pieces so used.
  4. Sports. A pin used in some games of bowling.
    1. A usually portable device for raising heavy objects by means of force applied with a lever, screw, or hydraulic press.
    2. A wooden wedge for cleaving rock.
  5. A device used for turning a spit.
  6. Nautical.
    1. A support or brace, especially the iron crosstree on a topgallant masthead.
    2. A small flag flown at the bow of a ship, usually to indicate nationality.
  7. The male of certain animals, especially the ass.
  8. Any of several food and game fishes of the family Carangidae, found in tropical and temperate seas.
  9. A jackrabbit.
  10. A socket that accepts a plug at one end and attaches to electric circuitry at the other.
  11. Slang. Money.
  12. Applejack.
  13. Slang. A small or worthless amount: You don't know jack about that.

v., jacked, jack·ing, jacks. v.tr.
  1. To hunt or fish for with a jacklight: hunters illegally jacking deer.
    1. To move or hoist by or as if by using a jack: jacked the rear of the car to replace the tire.
    2. To raise (something) to a higher level, as in cost: "Foreign producers jacked up the price on some steels by over 100%" (Forbes).
  2. Baseball. To hit (a pitched ball) hard, especially for a home run.
To hunt or fish for quarry by using a jacklight.

phrasal verb:
jack off Vulgar Slang.
  1. To masturbate.
[From the name Jack, from Middle English Jakke, possibly from Old French Jacques, from Late Latin Iacōbus. See Jacob. N., sense 15, short for JACK SHIT.]
jacker jack'er n.


Line breaks: moll
Pronunciation: /mɒl


1A gangster’s female companion:I’d rush the money over to his moll
2A prostitute.


early 17th century: pet form of the given name Mary.


Line breaks: gig¦olo
Pronunciation: /ˈ(d)ʒɪgələʊ

NOUN (plural gigolos)

A young man paid or financially supported by a woman, typically an older woman, to be her escort or lover.


1920s (in the sense 'dancing partner'): from French, formed as the masculine of gigole 'dance hall woman', from colloquial gigue 'leg'.