2016年5月19日 星期四

inspire, lookalike, fascinating, fascination, mom-and-pop


"He's like the local boy who grew up and said, 'I need to fix my city.' How do you not get inspired by that?"
JOSEPH M. TAYLOR, chief executive of Panasonic Corporation of North America, on Mayor Ras J. Baraka of Newark, who is winning praise for his efforts to tackle entrenched issues like crime, poverty and lack of opportunity in the divided city.

In a statement, Anish Kapoor, the Indian-British artist who designed Chicago’s “Cloud Gate,” said that he plans to take legal action against the creator of the Xinjiang lookalike.

Hong Kong Rents Push Out Mom and Pop StoresEast Asian pop culture and commercial art has a long history of fascination with Hitler and the Nazis (AFP, Patrick Lin)

German Fascination With Degrees Claims Latest Victim: Education Minister

Annette Schavan resigned on Saturday, the second time a minister has quit the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel for plagiarism in less than two years.

"Hello Radio Olympia, this is direct television from the studios of Alexandra Palace."

A fascinating film from the television archives.

倫敦奧運的口號“激勵一代人”(inspire a generation)。

Definition of mom-and-pop


North American
denoting a small store or business of a type often run by a married couple:most of the town relies on a local mom-and-pop ISP for their e-mail

Israel wants Taiwan 7-Eleven to drop Hitler lookalike
TAIPEI — The de facto Israeli embassy in Taiwan Tuesday called on 7-Eleven to remove products sporting a Hitler lookalike, but the convenience store chain said it had not yet decided if it would do so.
The appeal came after key rings and magnets, featuring an Adolf Hitler-style cartoon figure with what appeared to be a short black moustache, emerged at several 7-Eleven outlets across the island.
During an interview with local reporters Tuesday, Simona Halperin, the representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, said she hoped to see the controversial items removed from the shelves.
President Chain Store Corp, which runs 7-Eleven in Taiwan, said it had not decided if it would remove the products, but denied the images were meant to represent the German dictator.
"It's not a moustache, but a nose," a company official said, referring to the black square in the middle of the figure's face. On Monday, she had described the black spot as a "tooth".
Mark Lee, a blogger who created the cartoon figure, told AFP late Monday that the creation was indeed inspired by Hitler, but said he had no intention of promoting Nazi ideology.
East Asian pop culture and commercial art has a long history of fascination with Hitler and the Nazis.
Occasionally, Hitler turns up in Asian advertisement campaigns, and in the 1990s a pub called "Nazi Bar" was briefly in operation in Taipei.

A look-alike is a person who closely resembles another person. In popular Western culture, a look-alike is a person who bears a close physical resemblance to a celebrity, politician or member of royalty. Many look-alikes earn a living by making guest appearances at public events or performing on television or film, playing the person they resemble. A large variety of celebrity-lookalike images can be found throughout the web, including images placed by professional agencies that offer their services.

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
---Bertrand Russell


Pronunciation: /ɪnˈspʌɪə/ 


1Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative:his philosophy inspired a later generation of environmentalists[WITH OBJECT AND INFINITIVE]: his passion for literature inspired him to begin writing
1.1Create (a feeling, especially a positive one) in a person:their past record does not inspire confidence
1.2(inspire someone with) Animate someone with (a feeling):he inspired his students with a vision of freedom
1.3Give rise to:the film was successful enough to inspire a sequel
2Breathe in (air); inhale:they can expand their lungs and inspire enough gas to satisfy oxygen requirements



Pronunciation: /ɪnˈspʌɪərə/  


Middle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from Latin inspirare 'breathe or blow into' from in- 'into' + spirare 'breathe'. The word was originally used of a divine or supernatural being, in the sense 'impart a truth or idea to someone'.
  • spirit from Middle English:
    Our word spirit is based on Latin spiritus ‘breath or spirit’, from spirare ‘to breathe’—the ancient Romans believed that the human soul had been ‘breathed’ into the body—the image is the same as ‘the breath of life’. The sense ‘strong distilled alcoholic drink’ comes from the use in alchemy of spirit to mean ‘a liquid essence extracted from some substance’. People sometimes say the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak when they have good intentions but yield to temptation and fail to live up to them. The source is the New Testament, where Jesus uses the phrase after finding his disciples asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane despite telling them that they should stay awake. Spirare forms the basis of numerous English words including aspire (mid 16th century) from adspirare ‘to breath upon, seek to reach’; conspire (Late Middle English) from conspirare ‘to breath together, agree’; expire (late 16th century) ‘to breath out’; inspire (Late Middle English) ‘breath into’ from the idea that a divine or outside power has inspired you; and perspire (mid 17th century) ‘to breath through’; and transpire(Late Middle English) ‘breath across. In English spirit was shortened to sprite (Middle English) which in turn developed sprightly (late 16th century).
  • 発音記号[inspáiər]
1 〈人を〉奮い立たせる;〈人を〉刺激して(…する)気にさせる((to do));〈人を〉促して(…を)する気にさせる((to ...))
His speech inspired the crowd.
She was inspired to write a poem.
You always inspire me to greater efforts.
2 [inspire A in B/inspire B with A]〈A(感情・考えなど)をB(人)に〉生じさせる, (呼び)起こさせる, いだかせる, 吹き込む
inspire dislike in a person
inspire a person with admiration
3 …に生気[活気]を与える, …を活発にさせる
The troops were inspired by the general's heroism.
4 …を霊感[神感]によって伝える;〈作品などを〉霊感によって生じさせる;〈人を〉霊感[神感]によって導く.
5 〈言葉・行いを〉(ひそかに)示唆する, そそのかす.
6 (原因となって)…を引き起こす, 生じさせる;…がヒントとなって…する.
7 〈空気・気体を〉吸う, 吸い込む(inhale).
1 鼓舞する, 奮起させる;霊感[神感]を与える.
2 空気を吸う[吸い込む](inhale).
[ラテン語inspirāre(in-中に+spīrāre呼吸する=吸い込む). △SPIRITEXPIRERESPIRE


fas • ci • na • tion
fascinations (複数形)
1 [U]魅惑, 魅了(された状態);(恐怖などで)すくませること
He stared in fascination at the man.
2 ((通例 a 〜))魅力(的な点), 魅惑する力
havehold] a fascination for a person


fas • ci • nate
fascinated (過去形) • fascinated (過去分詞) • fascinating (現在分詞) • fascinates (三人称単数現在)
1 〈人を〉(…で)うっとりさせる, 魅惑する, 悩殺する((with, by, at ...));〈人の〉興味をそそる, 心を引きつける, を誘い込む(▼進行形不可)
be fascinated to discover ...
2 〈蛇などが〉…をすくませる.