2016年4月16日 星期六

swingeing, snorting, guff, daft, ing, boojwah, bullshit, apex, coke-snorting

As Africans get rich, the party seems sure to get louder—whatever the consequences

Whereas in the geriatric West recreational drug use is falling and many night clubs are closing, in Africa’s capitals it appears to be growing

Business people feel time is accelerating faster than ever, but the figures suggest they are largely talking guff

'Truly exquisite snorting'

'Go ahead, you deserve it!'

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition implemented five years of swingeing cuts to public spending and halved Britain’s deficit as a percentage of GDP. Both promise at least two more years of belt-tightening. The opposition Labour Party, having opposed cuts at first, is now desperate to avoid seeming spendthrift, and also promises frugality. The Economist explains the parties’ spending planshttp://econ.st/1IM54gl

Cocaine-Snorting Oscar Statuette Appears on Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood Reporter - 15 hours ago
Street artist Plastic Jesus placed a life-size Oscar statuette on Hollywood Boulevard at La ...

Essayist Stephen Miller pursues a lifelong interest in conversation by taking an historical and philosophical view of the subject. He chronicles the art of conversation in Western civilization from its beginnings in ancient Greece to its apex in eighteenth-century Britain to its current endangered state in America. As Harry G. Frankfurt brought wide attention to the art of bullshit in his recent bestselling On Bullshit, so Miller now brings the art of conversation into the light, revealing why good conversation matters and why it is in decline.

 It is big, bulky, you can't snort it, and it doesn't get you high. By any reckoning, iron ore would seem like a daft thing to peddle if you were in the drugs trade. Yet on March 3rd Mexican authorities seized nearly 120,000 tonnes of it near the port of Lázaro Cárdenas on the Pacific coast. The Economist explains why Mexican drug-traffickers started smuggling iron ore to China http://econ.st/1kb5rWb

But her natural language was blunter. "Why does he keep talking about the boojwah?" she once asked of a sympathetic journalist. "Why not find a good plain English word for the good plain English people? The boojwah live in France."

 All the more frustrating, then, that he was remembered for something else: for running, in 1972, the most idealistic or daft campaign for the presidency ever seen, and for earning one of the soundest electoral trouncings. He promised swingeing cuts in the defence budget, an end to the war in Vietnam, an amnesty for draft-evaders, universal health care, a guaranteed job for every American and an income above the poverty line for every American household.

Management guff lands in China
Last week I received a press release that began: “Starcom MediaVest Group of Greater China, in its mission to transform into a Human Experience Company, today unveils...”
上週我收到一份新聞稿,開頭寫道:“為完成向人性化體驗型公司(Human Experience Company)轉變的使命,星傳媒體(Starcom MediaVest Group)大中華區現為您呈現……”There were two words in this that made me sit up, and they weren't “Human Experience”, daft as those clearly were. Instead, the words were “Greater China”. Management bullshit, it seems, has finally arrived in the People's Republic.

Urban Dictionary: Boojwah

Something distasteful. A replacement for the swear "bullshit" Can be used to describe something stupid or annoying also.


Line breaks: apex
Pronunciation: /ˈeɪpɛks /

NOUN (plural apexes or apices /ˈeɪpɪsiːz/)

1The top or highest part of something, especially one forming a point:the apex of the roofFIGURATIVE the central bank is at the apex of the financial system

1.1Geometry The highest point in a plane or solid figure, relative to a base line or plane.

1.2Botany The growing point of a shoot.
2The highest point of achievement; a climax:
the apex of his career was in 1966 when he hoisted aloft the World Cup for England
Motor Racing The point in turning a corner when the vehicle is closest to the edge of the track.


[NO OBJECT] Reach a high point or climax:melodic lines build up to the chorus and it apexes at the solo

[WITH OBJECT] Motor Racing Turn (a corner) very close to the edge of the track:he understands when to apex a corner
early 17th century: from Latin, 'peak, tip'.
Line breaks: bull|shit
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊlʃɪt /



Stupid or untrue talk or writing; nonsense.

VERB (bullshitsbullshittingbullshitted)

Talk nonsense to (someone) in an attempt to deceive them.





early 20th century: from bull3 shit.


  • 発音記号[swíndʒiŋ]
1 ((略式))巨大な;ものすごい;〈税金・罰金が〉厳しい
swingeing cuts
2 〈打撃などが〉強烈な.


  • 発音記号[tráuns]

1 (試合で)…を負かす.
2 …をひどく打つ[殴る];…を罰する, せっかんする, しかる.
(gŭf) pronunciation
n. Slang
  1. Nonsense; baloney.
  2. Insolent talk; back talk.
[Perhaps imitative.]

(dăft) pronunciation
adj., daft·er, daft·est.
  1. Mad; crazy.
  2. Foolish; stupid.
  3. Scots. Frolicsome.
[Middle English dafte, foolish, from Old English gedæfte, meek.]
daftly daft'ly adv.
daftness daft'ness n.



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  • Make a sudden sound through one’s nose, especially to express indignation or derision: she snorted with laughter [with direct speech]: “How perfectly ridiculous!” he snorted

  • 1.1(Of an animal) make a sudden explosive sound through the nose, especially when excited or frightened.

  • 1.2 [with object] informal Inhale (the powdered form of an illegal drug, especially cocaine) through the nose.

    • He was hopelessly addicted to coffee, cigarettes, and other drugs: he would snort heroin and then pray for the courage to resist its temptation.
    • I became an alcoholic and began to deal in drugs, even snorting cocaine and crack.
    • He snorted the drug or smoked crack cocaine three to five times a week.