v., -slapped, -slap·ping, -slaps. v.intr.
To demonstrate effusive goodwill.
To demonstrate effusive goodwill toward (another or others).
backslapper back'slap'per n.
Sex and the City has two entries detailing its characters. The Simpsons has 45. Is Wikipedia gendered?
Having or making gender-based distinctions: gendered behavior in children; gendered assumptions about the law's fairness.
Obama Calls for Innovation, Cooperation in State of the Union Address
President Obama attempted to rally Americans to what he called a 21st-century version of the space race during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The president said new investments and innovations will be required for the United States to stay competitive and "win the future." Seeking to "sway his audience with rhetoric rather than voluminous specifics," the president didn't recommend any particular new programs but spoke in general terms about his administration's priorities, including job creation and new technologies. "Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we'd beat them to the moon," Obama said. "NASA didn't even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn't just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs." Obama also discussed the fiscal difficulties that will restrict spending for the duration of his administration. He proposed a ban on earmarks and "a five year budget freeze on non-security related discretionary spending," which if enacted would save $400 billion over the next five years. With people from Tucson sitting with the first lady, Obama acknowledged the shooting that killed six and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords earlier this month. He acknowledged the lawmakers who skipped the usual party-segregated seating arrangement to sit with colleagues literally across the aisle, but he said "What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow."
Read original story in The Washington Post | Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
State of the Union: 'This is our generation's Sputnik moment'
Obama cited Sputnik and the Space Race as moments that inspired American innovation in the State of the Union. (Associated Press)
By STEPHEN WILLIAMS
A simulated arcade machine houses an iPad for Atari game-play.
A video game arcade cabinet, also known as a video arcade machine or video coin-op, is the housing within which a video arcade game's hardware resides. Most cabinets designed since the mid-1980s conform to the JAMMA wiring standard. Some include additional connectors for features not included in the standard.
Being a piano mover in New York City involves a host of special talents. Bill Hennessy, the owner of Keyboard Express, explains why the biggest keys to moving a nine-foot concert grand are quick thinking and parking skills.
When, in 1686, a royal embassy from
Persistently calm, whether when facing difficulties or experiencing success; not easily upset or excited.)
tr.v., -plussed also -plused, -plus·sing -plus·ing, -plus·ses -plus·es.
To put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; bewilder.
A state of perplexity, confusion, or bewilderment.
v. tr. - 使困惑
n. - 迷惑, 盡頭, 困惑
n. - 迷惑, 盡頭, 困惑
a metal instrument with two handles used in medical operations for picking up, pulling and holding things
I: verb tr.: To make persistent demands for payment, especially for a debt.
noun: 1. Someone who duns. 2. A demand for payment.
II: noun: 1. A dull grayish brown color. 2. A horse in dun color.
adjective: Of dun color.
For I: Origin unknown. Earliest documented use: Early 17th century.
For II: From Old English dun, perhaps from dusk. Earliest documented use: 953.
"National artist and film director Carlo J. Caparas has been dunned for P540 million in income tax." — Tax Evasion Charges Hound Caparas; Malaya (Manila, Philippines); Oct 22, 2010.
|The Who, c. 1978|
By TYLER KEPNER
Yet with his 28th birthday approaching in January, when his wife is scheduled to have their second child, Rasner will not return for 2009. He said he understood his place on the Yankees’ depth chart and was eager for a new career in Japan.
When the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League showed interest, Rasner told his agent, Matt Sosnick, to pursue the opportunity. Sosnick told ESPN.com on Saturday night that the Yankees had sold Rasner’s rights to the Golden Eagles for $1 million.
Rasner made less than $400,000 last season and was not eligible for salary arbitration. He said Sosnick was working out the details of his contract in Japan.
“I just have to hope and pray that this is good for me and my family,” Rasner said by telephone from his home in Reno, Nev. “Having another kid, that kind of changes everything. I just think now’s the time to try to do something and try to get the stability that I need for those guys.”
Rasner joined the Yankees in 2006, but got his best opportunity last season. He won his first three starts, in May, but finished 5-10 with a 5.40 earned run average. His final victory was on July 12.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In sports, a depth chart is used to show the placements of the starting players and the secondary players. Generally a starting player will be listed first or on top while a back-up will be listed below. Depth charts also tend to resemble the actual position locations of certain players.
The typical Major League Baseball depth chart consists of a list of players at each position, with the starter or first-string player listed first, followed by replacement and platoon players. For fantasy baseball, typical preseason projection systems such as PECOTA construct depth charts that specify not just the order of the players at each position (starter, replacement or bench player) but also the amount of playing time each person at that position will have. For example, at first base one player may be projected as playing 60 percent of the innings, and another 40 percent for the coming season, while at catcher one player may be projected as playing 80 percent of the innings, and another 20 percent. For pitchers, the depth charts project the number of innings each roster player will pitch.
 Outside of sportsThe term depth chart is now also being used from the perspective of management theory, to address the process of key positioning leaders within the organization, considering a dynamic life cycle perspective which includes developmental tasks such as those cited in books and articles related to the leadership pipeline subject. A depth chart analysis for key positioning leaders should affect the development of leadership training programs and high performance development initiatives in modern corporations and enterprises.
 See also
- A map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators.
- An outline map on which specific information, such as scientific data, can be plotted.
- A sheet presenting information in the form of graphs or tables.
- See graph1 (sense 2).
- A listing of best-selling recorded music or other items. Often used in the plural: A hit single that reached number 3 on the charts.
1. Old enough, according to the law, to be eligible for something, as in In this state he's not of age for buying liquor, but he may vote, or Next year Jane's coming of age and will get her driver's license. This usage was first recorded about 1430. The term under age signifies being too young to be eligible, as in It's against the law to serve alcohol to anyone under age.
2. come of age. Mature or develop fully, as in The school's bilingual program has finally come of age.
on the go
In constant activity, very busy, as in I'm exhausted--I've been on the go since eight this morning. [Mid-1800s]
|WWI Flying Ace|
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG 29 minutes ago
Well-known Chinese-Americans, along with the heads of Microsoft, Boeing, Goldman Sachs and Walt Disney, joined President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China.
關心國是者 請用 a common country 查
Abraham Lincoln: A Biography - Google 圖書結果
Benjamin P. Thomas, Michael Burlingame - 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 576 頁
可得出美國內戰之後求統一 不過它追求的是彼此的目的的一致 unify a country in common purpose
1. Gardening marked by an affected and elaborate style.
2. Affected use of archaic language.
From the line "A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!" in a poem by Thomas Edward Brown (1830-1897)
Now here is a word with a dual personality. Poet T.E. Brown unwittingly helped coin it when he wrote a poem describing his garden filled with all that came to his mind: grotto, pool, ferns, roses, fish, and more.
And when he needed a word to rhyme with the line "Rose plot," he came up with "God wot! " He used "wot", an archaic term that's a variant of wit (to know), to mean "God knows!" and it stood out among other contemporary words in the poem.
If you wish to create your own godwottery, we recommend: sundials, gnomes, fairies, plastic sculptures, fake rockery, pump-driven streams, and wrought-iron furniture. A pair of pink flamingos will round it out nicely.
"And an important thing about all this godwottery -- as Anthony Burgess calls it -- is that all types and classes embrace it." — Paul Fussell; The Great War 第一次世界大戰 and Modern Memory; Oxford University Press; 2000.
First and third person singular present tense of wit2.
[Middle English wat, from Old English wāt.]
v. Archaic, wist (wĭst), wit·ting (wĭt'ĭng), first and third person singular present tense, wot (wŏt). v.tr.
To be or become aware of; learn.
- That is to say; namely.
[Middle English, from Old English witan.]
verb tr.: To enter, send, or admit.
[動]（〜・ted, 〜・ting）(他)…を（…の中に）差し込む, 挿入する((into ...)).
From Latin intromittere, from intro- (inwardly) + mittere (to send). Earliest documented use: 1600.
"I never tire of intromitting a hardboiled egg into a milk bottle, shell and all." — Raymond Sokolov; Playing With Our Food; The Wall Street Journal (New York); Nov 3, 2007.
China's millionaires live high on the hog
BY JUN WAKAMATSU STAFF WRITER
For China's wealthy, taking three overseas vacations a year and keeping three cars in the garage is nothing to get excited about.
A survey by Hurun Research Institute found that many of the so-called "Qianwan Fuhao," a Chinese term referring to people with personal wealth in excess of 10 million yuan (around 126 million yen, or $1.52 million), had made their fortunes through real estate and stock market investments.
Their average age is 39, and average annual personal consumption is 1.9 million yuan (around 24 million yen), more than 60 times the average yearly income of workers in Chinese cities.
The Qianwan Fuhao own an average of 3.3 cars, and take 15 vacation days a year, which many said they spend going on vacations, playing golf and reading. They take vacations overseas an average of 2.9 times a year, enjoy wine and whisky, and 60 percent are non-smokers.
Their favorite overseas travel destination is France, followed by the United States and Australia, with Japan coming in fourth. Patek Philippe watches and Cartier jewelry are among their favorite brands.
They also tend to be bullish about the prospects for the Chinese economy over the next two years, with 54 percent responding that they are "extremely confident." Many are putting money into manufacturing ventures, while buying real estate remains popular.
The survey was carried out by Hurun, a privately owned Chinese firm, between April and November 2010. Interviews were conducted with 401 individuals with personal fortunes of 10 million yuan or more. Of the total, 45 had wealth in excess of 100 million yuan, and their average age was 43.
HIGH OFF THE HOG, EAT
Also, live high on the hog. Prosper, live luxuriously, as in When Aunt Ida dies and they inherit her estate, they'll be eating high off the hog, or Since their loan was approved, they've been living high on the hog. It alludes to the choicest cuts of meat, which are found on a pig's upper flanks. [Late 1800s]
To observe that Mr. Robb’s books are unusual is to say several things at once. Most obviously, they sometimes apply hardy, free-range kinds of research. “The Discovery of France” was given a jolt of life by his back-road explorations on a bicycle. (“This book,” he wrote, “is the result of 14,000 miles in the saddle and four years in the library.”) They also take unusual forms. In Mr. Robb’s new book one chapter is written like a screenplay, while another employs witty question-and-answer sections that function like lemon juice squeezed over a platter of oysters. Clearly Mr. Robb is restless, and he has little interest in being a droning, by-the-numbers tour guide.
v., droned, dron·ing, drones. v.intr.
- To make a continuous low dull humming sound: "Somewhere an electric fan droned without end" (William Styron).
- To speak in a monotonous tone: The lecturer droned on for hours.
- To pass or act in a monotonous way.
To utter in a monotonous low tone: "The mosquitoes droned their angry chant" (W. Somerset Maugham).
- A continuous low humming or buzzing sound.
- Any of the pipes of a bagpipe that lack finger holes and produce a single tone.
- A long sustained tone.
- Any of various instruments that produce only a constant pitch.
[From DRONE1 (from the bee's humming sound).]
Did I mention that he is also jaggedly funny? His prose approximates Ian McEwan’s by way of Anthony Lane. In his new book a group of Parisians in the Latin Quarter in the 1840s don’t die from disease, they die from “various illnesses known collectively as ‘lack of money.’ ”
- Marked by irregular projections and indentations on the edge or surface. See synonyms at rough.
- Having a rough or harsh quality: "not a stutter exactly but a jagged sound, as if the words were being broken-off from some other, stronger current of words deep inside" (Anne Tyler).
jaggedness jag'ged·ness n.
Mr. Robb’s prose is fleet and ingenious. He describes the “sucking sound” of modern French police sirens, the “snickering” of certain neon signs, the melodious “parping of automobiles.” His good humor is infectious. When young men were finally allowed to visit young women in Parisian college dormitories in the 1960s, he writes that they brought “wine, cigarettes, Tunisian pâtisseries, hot dogs and erections.” Describing the soulless towers in immigrant suburban Paris, he notes dryly: “The planes coming in to land at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle always missed them, but the towers were falling apart anyway.”
An erection of the penis.
A pâtisserie is the type of French bakery that specializes in pastries and sweets. In France, it is a legally controlled title that may only be used by bakeries that employ a licensed maître pâtissier (master pastry chef).
In France, the pâtissier is a pastry chef who has completed a lengthy training process, typically an apprenticeship, and passed a written examination. Often found in partnership with a boulangerie, pâtisseries are a common sight in towns and villages in France.
By MATTHEW L. WALD
The Electric Power Research Institute hopes to farm out the job of inspecting serious glitches in power lines to robots.
farm outAssign something to an outsider; subcontract something. For example, The contractor was so busy he had to farm out two jobs to a colleague, or When their mother was hospitalized, the children had to be farmed out to the nearest relatives. This term originally referred to letting or leasing land. Today it usually refers to subcontracting work or the care of a dependent to another. In baseball it means "to assign a player to a lesser (farm) league," as opposed to a big league. [Mid-1600s]
The procuring of services or products, such as the parts used in manufacturing a motor vehicle, from an outside supplier or manufacturer in order to cut costs.
2005/10/10 讀 I. Calvino 【伊塔羅．卡爾維諾（ Italo Calvino）著《為什麼讀經典》 ( Why Read the Classics? 1991 )，參考（李桂蜜譯，台北：時報出版， 2005）。】
談 Cyrano on the Moon（其漢譯『西哈諾在月球』）。
This is the beginning of conte philosophique…..
就去信問瑞麟兄。「請有空代查、 解釋 conte philosophique 有人翻譯為「哲學寓言」。
RL:「conte翻譯成寓言或許是比較偏了些，一般是指短篇小說。可是，有些字典也把conte解釋作伯爵，好像是義大利文的關係。」（hc 案：參考http://www.answers.com/conte 最後之欄。）
conte, the French word for a tale, applied since the 19th century to short stories, but previously used to denote a more fanciful kind of short prose fiction, usually both witty and morally instructive. Voltaire's Zadig (1747) and Candide (1759 老實人) belong to this category, along with some works by Perrault, La Fontaine, and others.
presence at Mass ：參與彌撒；與祭。
presence of God ：天主的鑒臨；天主的臨在：無所不在的天主，此時此刻就在我們面前，善人的靈魂是天主的聖殿。
Presentation of Mary ：獻聖母于聖殿（主堂）；聖母奉獻日紀念：根據偽經 Apocrypha 記載，瑪利亞幼年時，其父母將她獻於聖殿；教會早在第六世紀就慶祝此節日。曾一度被取消，十六世紀又恢復，在十一月廿一日慶祝。
Presentation of the Lord ：聖母獻耶穌于聖殿（主堂）：慶日在二月二日。
By JAMES BARRON and ANAHAD O’CONNOR 1:54 AM ET
The giant amoeba-shaped storm forced the cancellation of flights and threatened the Wednesday commute. Above, trucks prepared to plow on the Upper East Side.
By LARRY ROHTER
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- Being in a vertical, upright position: an erect lily stalk; an erect posture.
- Being in a stiff, rigid physiological condition.
- Archaic. Wide-awake; alert.
- To construct by assembling: erect a skyscraper.
- To raise to a rigid or upright condition.
- To fix in an upright position.
- To set up; establish: erect a dynasty.
- Mathematics. To construct (a perpendicular, for example) from or on a given base.
erectly e·rect'ly adv.
erectness e·rect'ness n.
The modern species of humans, the only extant species of the primate family Hominidae.
As you complete the transaction, a final screen offers to save you time with shortcuts for adding a tip.
The thing is, the software for these systems come from two different companies. In some cabs, you're offered buttons that add 15%, 20% or 25% tip--perfectly understandable.
But in the other half of the taxis, the tip buttons say $2, $3 and $4. That's it, no matter how long or short the ride was.
Considering the huge range of fares, those options are almost never exactly what you want. A percentage makes infinitely more sense.
It reminded me suddenly of the touchscreen kiosks at Delta. Now, I actually like Delta quite a lot, and think they're doing a lot of things right lately. But the kiosks--oh, man.
n., pl. men (mĕn).
- An adult male human.
- A human regardless of sex or age; a person.
- A human or an adult male human belonging to a specific occupation, group, nationality, or other category. Often used in combination: a milkman; a congressman; a freeman.
- The human race; mankind: man's quest for peace.
- Zoology. A member of the genus Homo, family Hominidae, order Primates, class Mammalia, characterized by erect posture and an opposable thumb, especially a member of the only extant species, Homo sapiens, distinguished by a highly developed brain, the capacity for abstract reasoning, and the ability to communicate by means of organized speech and record information in a variety of symbolic systems.
- A male human endowed with qualities, such as strength, considered characteristic of manhood.
- A husband.
- A male lover or sweetheart.
- Enlisted personnel of the armed forces: officers and men.
- A male representative, as of a country or company: our man in Tokyo.
- A male servant or subordinate.
- Informal. Used as a familiar form of address for a man: See here, my good man!
- One who swore allegiance to a lord in the Middle Ages; a vassal.
- Games. Any of the pieces used in a board game, such as chess or checkers.
- Nautical. A ship. Often used in combination: a merchantman; a man-of-war.
- often Man Slang. A person or group felt to be in a position of power or authority. Used with the: “Their writing mainly concerns the street life—the pimp, the junky, the forces of drug addiction, exploitation at the hands of ‘the man’” (Black World).
- To supply with men, as for defense or service: man a ship.
- To take stations at, as to defend or operate: manned the guns.
- To fortify or brace: manned himself for the battle ahead.
Used as an expletive to indicate intense feeling: Man! That was close.
━━ n. （pl. men） 人間, 人（というもの）; 男, 立派な男; （男性の）大人; 男性; 猿人, 原人; 夫; 男の恋人, 彼; …家(か) ((of)); 召使い; 部下; （pl.） 従業員; （pl.） 兵卒; （チームの）一員; 〔話〕 ((呼びかけ)) おい, 君; もってこいの人 ((for)); 相手; （時にthe M-） 白人（社会）; （チェスの）駒; （大学の）在校生, 卒業生.
- Casual conversation; small talk.
To engage in small talk or gossip.
tr.v., -coct·ed, -coct·ing, -cocts.
- To extract the flavor of by boiling.
- To make concentrated; boil down.
[Middle English decocten, to boil, from Latin dēcoquere, dēcoct-, to boil down or away : dē-, de- + coquere, to boil, to cook.]decoction de·coc'tion n.
A light, usually small umbrella carried as protection from the sun.
[French, from Italian parasole : parare, to shield (from Latin parāre, to prepare) + sole, sun (from Latin sōl).]parasoled par'a·soled' adj.
By MICHIKO KAKUTANI
A new edition of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" that replaces the word "nigger" with "slave" does the original Twain novel a disservice.
What did huck like about being sivilize?
Regular meals, a place to call home, and people who weren't cruel to him.
The Datastore is part of a larger policy of openness decreed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, who hopes the open information will give rise to "a great army of unpaid scrutineers and invigilators" who would keep city politicians aboveboard. One site built from the data, WhereDoesMyMoneyGo.org, makes it easy for citizens to see how their taxes are spent.
A verb tense that expresses action completed by a specified time in the future and that is formed in English by combining will have or shall have with a past participle.
"在《責任的重負》翻譯過程中，我同朱特教授有過幾次通信。他有一部研究歐洲知識分子向蘇聯「朝聖」的代表作《不完美的過去》(Past Imperfect)，我問他，“imperfect”應當翻譯成「不完美的」還是「未完成的」？教授覆函道：你說得對，“Past Imperfect”兼有你提到的兩重涵義，一個未結束、未完成(unfinished or incomplete)的昨天，也是一個道德上、形式上受損(spoiled)的——或用你的話說， 「被玷污」的——不完美的昨天。「中文裡有一個能涵蓋兩種意思的詞嗎？」"
2006年12月12日 ... 吾人到現場後﹐客觀﹑耐心地觀察環境(Genchi﹐げんち﹐現地)與作業對象(Genbutsu﹐