2015年11月4日 星期三

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Lessons in Fearmongering

By FRANK BRUNI
In advance of a potentially historic Election Day, the foes of same-sex marriage deployed their favorite canards.

"Well...you would probably rather have some canard a l'orange," we might
suggest. "Pity you don't have any canard...or any oranges."

The word religion derives from Latin ligare (to tie or to bind, as in 'ligament'), but it best serves as a tool to divide people. My religion is better than yours. My god true, yours false. What, we have the same religion? No problem, my sect is better than yours.



Incidents/Injuries: L G Sourcing, Inc. has received seven reports of the
chairs breaking when in the reclined position, resulting in minor
injuries such as bruising to the back, hips, shoulders, arms and a torn
ligament.



Actually, Dr. Lanham—a professor emeritus of English at UCLA and a man of Rabelaisian intellectual appetite (oh, please, Rabelais?)—makes no such claim in his learned if eccentric book, which will stretch the ligaments of the best bibliophile (Quintilian, Castiglioni, Peter Drucker, Konrad Lorenz would make for a handsome game of contract bridge, don't you think?).


The French contrepeterie is also facilitated by a strong Rabelaisian tradition for coarse, if witty, humour. Contrepeteurs excel in finding in seeming innocuous phrases the elements for the lewd and humorous. For example, les nouilles cuisent au jus de canne : les couilles nuisent au cul de Jeanne . The satirical weekly newspaper Le Canard Enchainé prints a regular rubric, l'album de la comtesse, that has a large following. For the past twelve years, the column has been written by the physicist Joël Martin. The popular singer, Bobby Lapointe (1922–1972), left a legacy of excellent contrepetant song for young and old.

"I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone — the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity." — George Gallup



Ten buildings we love to loathe - is your local monstrosity here?



monstrosity

(mŏn-strŏs'ĭ-tē) pronunciation
n., pl., -ties.
  1. One that is monstrous.
  2. The quality or character of being monstrous.
[Middle English monstruosite, from Old French, from Late Latin mōnstrōsitās, from Latin mōnstruōsus, monstrous. See monstrous.]

n. 奇形; 奇怪巨大;

monstrous

[形]
1 奇怪な;恐ろしい;醜怪な;ぞっとするような, 残忍な
monstrous cruelty
ひどい残酷さ.
2 巨大な;途方もない
a monstrous appetite
驚くべき食欲.
3 (伝説上の)怪物のような;《生物》奇形の.
4 不条理な;恥ずべき
It is monstrous to do
…するとはひどすぎる.
mon・strous・ly
[副]
mon・strous・ness
[名]


Rabelaisian

(răb'ə-lā'zē-ən, -zhən) pronunciation
adj.
  1. Of or relating to Rabelais or his works.
  2. Characterized by coarse humor or bold caricature.
[ræ`bəléiziən]
[形]ラブレー(風)の, ラブレーを思わせる. ▼Rabelaisの作品は奔放なユーモアと鋭い風刺が特徴.
━━[名]ラブレー崇拝者[研究家].
[フランスの作家François Rabelais(c1490-1553)から]



ligament

  • [lígəmənt]
[名]
1 《解剖学・動物学》靭帯(じんたい).
2 ひも, 帯;きずな;結束力.
[中ラテン語ligāmentum. △LIAISON, LIABLE

n.
  1. Anatomy. A sheet or band of tough, fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages at a joint or supporting an organ.
  2. A unifying or connecting tie or bond.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin ligāmentum, from Latin, bandage, from ligāre, to bind. See lien.]



canard[ca・nard]
 

  • 発音記号[kənɑ'ːrd | kænɑ'ːd]

[名]
1 虚報, 作り話, デマ.
2 《航空》カナード, 先尾翼飛行機.
[フランス語]

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