2012年5月31日 星期四

qualified, half-assed, incompetent





For Some, Exercise May Increase Heart Risk
By GINA KOLATA 41 minutes ago

Could exercise harm some healthy people? Well-known researchers say the answer may be a qualified yes.



qualified[qual・i・fied]

  • レベル:大学入試程度
  • 発音記号[kwɑ'ləfàid | kwɔ'l-]
[形]
1 (職務・仕事などを遂行する)資質[能力]のある((for ...));(…するのに)適格の, 適任の, ぴったりの((to do));(法律上・慣習上必要な)条件を満たした, 資格[免許]のある
a qualified medical practitioner
免許のある開業医
wellpoorly] qualified officers
適格[不適格]な役人
a highly qualified person for the job
その仕事にまさに適した人
be qualified to vote
投票権がある.
2 修正[手直し, 手加減]した;制限[限定]された, 条件つきの
a qualified consent
条件つきの同意
a qualified acceptance
(手形の)制限引き受け, (契約の)条件つき承諾
in a qualified sense
ある限られた意味で.
qual・i・fied・ly
[副]
qual・i・fied・ness
[名]
階梯式教室、馬蹄型桌子,都是為了讓老師同學看到彼此,討論時容易產生火花。

學期中我把學校發給我的名牌搞掉了,自己做了一個,插進細縫中。

下課後, 老師跟我說:「我看不清楚你的名字。」

「為什麼?」「因為你做的名牌,名字和紙張底部之間的留白不夠,插進有深度的縫隙,

一半名字都塞進縫隙裡。」

我拿出名牌,果然是這樣,「你應該叫教務處幫你重做,他們做的名牌都是精密量過的,插進細縫中剛剛好。」

老師臨走前一語雙關地說:「把你那張half-assed的名牌丟吧!那張名牌只讓我們看到一半的你。」

當時我聽不懂「half-assed」(直譯:半個屁股)是什麼意思。

去查字典,上面寫著「凡事只做一半,不注重細節。」

沒錯,在那之前,我一直是個大而化之、半個屁股的人。

此書將對失聰者的辱稱"incompetent" 前後翻譯不一致
(ĭn-kŏm'pĭ-tənt) pronunciation
adj.
  1. Not qualified in legal terms: a defendant who was incompetent to stand trial.
  2. Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application.
  3. Devoid of those qualities requisite for effective conduct or action.
n.
An incompetent person.

incompetently in·com'pe·tent·ly adv.

half-assed
(hăf'ăst', häf'äst')
adj. Vulgar Slang
  1. Not well planned or executed.
  2. Incompetent.
half-assed half'-assed' adv.

set off, bridging loan, bascule, emirate, Frenemy, the crux ,recognize, An influx of traffic controllers



Tower Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Bridge - 頁庫存檔 - 翻譯這個網頁Tower Bridge (built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, ...

For Air Traffic Trainees, Games With a Serious Purpose 
 By MATTHEW L. WALD 
 An influx of new air traffic controllers are learning their trade on electronic tower simulators, which one instructor described as “a big Xbox.”


What I say and do are significant expressions from me. and you recognize this,



President Bush and many conservative economists have opposed such large-scale government intervention in the economy because it supports enterprises that might not survive in a free market. That is the crux of the argument against a government bailout of the auto industry.

Guardian - UK
Sir Martin Sorrell: called Google a 'frenemy'. Photograph: Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell has described Google as "mortal" ...


這frenemy 是英文friend 和 enemy 組長成的 portmanteau--保表示管關係"亦友亦敵" 詳細請參考
Frenemy can refer to a number of forms of relationship, including:
1) People; 2) Politics and International Relationships; 2) Commercial Relationships between Companies; or

...that can be both partners (customer, vendor, etc.) and competitors at the same time. These type of relationships grow more common in times of great change and make for uneasy relations.
More generally, frenemy also refers to two opposing parties, be it in personal relationships or in large scale interaction between nations, organizations, political parties, etc., that are mutually beneficial, yet are at odds to be mutually destructive.
Frenemy is a similar concept to Promoting adversaries


the crux 
noun [S]
the most important or serious part of a matter, problem or argument:
The crux of the country's economic problems is its foreign debt.

The issue of an arms embargo will be at the crux of the negotiations in Geneva.

emir
noun [C]
a ruler of particular Muslim countries in the Middle East:
the Emir of Kuwait

emirate
noun [C]
a country ruled by an emir━━ n. emirの職[管轄権, 管轄領]; 首長国.

Architecture in the Emirates
Philip Jodidio
Construction fever in the Gulf

The small emirates and states located on the Gulf, at the eastern edge of the Saudi Arabian peninsula, are building new cities in the desert at an astonishing rate, from Bahrain to Doha, and south to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Comprised of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain, the UAE is an oil-and-gas-rich region that has experienced an unparalleled architectural boom in recent years. With a dizzying array of ultra-modern towers popping up throughout the area, it's no surprise that the Gulf region has attracted many of the world's most prominent architects, including Tadao Ando, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Jean Nouvel, who are all designing groundbreaking projects for the ambitious Cultural District project on Saadiyat Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi. With these and many more remarkable, large-scale projects recently built or in progress, the Gulf emirates are perhaps today's top architectural hotspot.

recognize (KNOW)UK USUALLY recognise 
verb [T]
to know someone or something because you have seen, heard or experienced them before:
I hadn't seen her for 20 years, but I recognized her immediately.
"Do you recognize this song?"
Doctors are trained to recognize the symptoms of different diseases.

recognizableUK USUALLY recognisable
adjective
easy to recognize:
The Eiffel Tower in Paris is an instantly recognizable landmark.

recognizablyUK USUALLY recognisably 
adverb
At seven weeks, an embryo is recognizably human.

recognition 
noun [U]
When he returned to his home town after the war, he found it had changed out of all/beyond all recognition (= it had changed so much that he no longer recognized it).

influx Show phonetics
noun [U]
the arrival of a large number of people or things at the same time:

Turkey is expecting an influx of several thousand refugees over the next few days.


bascule[bas・cule]

  • 発音記号[bǽskjuːl]
[名]
1 《土木》跳開構造.
2 はね橋.

The Cambridge team looked on as a protester disrupted its race with Oxford on Saturday.
Leon Neal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Memo From London

Tradition Upended on the Thames

The annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race is no stranger to protests, but an Australian who swam between the crews on Saturday, above, set off a chain of chaotic events.

Japan govt forms new JAL team, mulls bridging loan
Reuters
TOKYO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Japan's government will set up a new team of ministry officials to work on a bailout for troubled Japan Airlines Corp (9205. ...


bridging loan
A bridge loan (usually bridging loan in the United Kingdom, also known as a "caveat loan," and also known in some applications as a swing loan) is a type of short-term loan, typically taken out for a period of 2 weeks to 3 years[1] pending the arrangement of larger or longer-term financing.

2012年5月29日 星期二

tenure/ eudal tenures, all-new,

The all-new installment of TASCHEN’s bestseller

In a world where products are out as soon as they’re in, where communicating without wires doesn’t come without strings, and even our accessories need accessories, we need simple tools. A book that helps us look inside because we are overloaded outside.





The Nobel committee’s embrace of Mr. Obama was viewed as a rejection of the unpopular tenure, in Europe especially, of his predecessor, George W. Bush.




feudal tenures,意思是授封於陪臣、騎士的土地權力。這種權利,原不過是一種租賃一使用權,所有權是屬於封建主的。梅因(《古代法》)說,它是仿效羅馬時代永田權的一種權利。後來它成了完全的所有權。

ten·ure (tĕn'yər, -yʊr') pronunciation
n.
    1. The act, fact, or condition of holding something in one's possession, as real estate or an office; occupation.
    2. A period during which something is held.
  1. The status of holding one's position on a permanent basis without periodic contract renewals: a teacher granted tenure on a faculty.
[Middle English, from Old French teneure, from tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre, to hold.]
tenurial ten·u'ri·al (-yʊr'ē-əl) adj.
tenurially ten·u'ri·al·ly adv.

━━ n. (財産の)保有(権,期間,条件); 在職[任]期間[条件]; (大学教師などの)終身的地位.
tenure of life 寿命.
tenure-track, tenure・track ━━ a. 〔米〕 終身的教授職に至る地位にある.
ten・ur・i・al
 ━━ a.

tax attribute,bankruptcy code, Chapter 7, Capital Tax


Blacks Face Bias in Bankruptcy, Study Suggests

By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD
A new survey found that lawyers were more likely to steer whites to Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code and blacks to the more expensive Chapter 13.


Kodak Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan The struggling photography company made the move to protect some $2.9 billion in "tax attributes." DEALBOOK »


 UPDATE2: 台湾与党がキャピタルゲイン課税案を発表、意見対立理由に財政部長は辞任
ロイター
[台北 29日 ロイター] 台湾与党の国民党は28日遅く、独自のキャピタルゲイン課税案を発表した。各界から反発の声が上がっていた行政院(内閣)による案に比べ、株式投資家に有利な内容となっている。 これを受け、台湾株式市場の加権指数.TWIIは上昇した。


 《天下》雜誌報導指出,為什麼一定要辭?劉憶如表示,「根據國民黨整合之後的立院版本,和原來基於公平正義、量能課稅的理念差異甚大,所以辭職,」她接著說,「我在乎的,是『有所得的人』應該繳稅;國民黨版讓在股票市場大量獲利的人,仍然不用繳『所得稅』。」

A tax on individuals or companies based on the value of their capital. An alternative name for this is a capital levy. Such a tax requires capital to be valued, and would be difficult to collect if it could not be paid out of income received from the capital over some short period. Most countries have thus chosen to tax either income from capital, or realized capital gains, or capital transfers, rather than capital itself.




tax attribute
A type of loss or tax credit that must be reduced as a result of the exclusion of debt cancellation from a taxpayer's gross income. Tax attributes are adjusted when a taxpayer declares bankruptcy.

Tax attributes include net operating losses and carryovers, general business credit carryovers, alternative minimum tax credit carryovers, capital loss and foreign tax credit carryovers.
Investopedia Says:
Taxpayers who are forgiven debts as a result of bankruptcy do not have to include the forgiven debt as income, but certain tax attributes must be reduced by an amount proportionate to the amount of debt that has been forgiven.

For example, if $5,000 in debt was forgiven, then the taxpayer could elect to have the basis of his/her rental property reduced by $5,000 and defer the tax until the property is sold. If the property is sold for a gain, then $5,000 of that gain will be taxed as ordinary income.

attribute[at・trib・ute]

  • レベル:大学入試程度
[動] 〔tríbjut〕 (他)[attribute A to B]
1 〈A(物・事)がBに〉起因すると考える, 〈AをBの〉結果[おかげ]であると考える
attribute the warmth to the Gulf Stream
その暖かさはメキシコ湾流のためだと考える
She attributed her failure to her procrastination.
自分の失敗を決断力のなさのせいにした.
2 〈A(性質・性格など)がB(人・生物など)に〉属すると考える, 〈AをBが〉もつと考える
attribute courage to the lion
ライオンには勇気があると考える.
3 〈A(作品)をB(人・時代など)の〉作[もの]だと考える
attribute an unsigned painting to Raphael
無署名の絵をラファエルの作とする.
━━[名] 〔ǽtrbjùt〕
1 特質, 特性, 属性(⇒QUALITY[類語]);《論理学》属性
He had many attributes of a good teacher.
彼はよい教師としての多くの特質を備えていた.
2 《文法》限定詞(▼the blue skyのblueなど).
3 (人・地位などの特徴となる)物, 象徴物
The scepter is the attribute of a ruler.
王笏(しゃく)は国王を象徴する.
[ラテン語attributus (at-へ+tribuere割り当てる). △TRIBUTE, CONTRIBUTE
at・trib・ut・er
[名]

2012年5月28日 星期一

induct, Politburo, roader, counterinsurgency



Members of the class of 2013 at the United States Military Academy practice for coming military maneuvers in the field.
Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

At West Point, Split on a Doctrine of War

Faculty at the United States Military Academy, above, are debating the effectiveness of the counterinsurgency strategy used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fans of the model fiercely defend it against advocates of its rival promoted by the party chief of Chongqing deep inland, Bo Xilai, who has a flair for publicity. Both Mr Wang and Mr Bo may join the Politburo’s standing committee next year, when seven of nine members, including President Hu Jintao and the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, will step down. Mr Bo trumpets the importance of state-owned enterprises, traditional socialist values and the inspirational power of Mao-era songs—while getting tough on organised crime. Maoist websites lionise Mr Bo; the Chongqing model is held up in shining contrast to that of Guangdong and its “capitalist roaders”.


KABUL, Afghanistan — The deaths of five British soldiers at the hands of an Afghan policeman with whom they were working have unleashed an outcry in Britain and highlighted the vulnerability of Western troops as they carry out a key part of the counterinsurgency strategy to train more members of the Afghan Army and the police.


Microsoft set to unleash Internet Explorer 8
CNET News - San Francisco,CA,USAThe release of IE 8 comes as Microsoft has been losing share to leading rival Firefox and also seeing stepped-up competition from Google and Apple, ...


The antiwar movement in all its commitment, all its sacrifice and determination, could not stop the violence unleashed against Vietnam. And therein lies cause for real regret.
We — the broad “we” — wrote letters, marched, talked to young men at induction centers, surrounded the Pentagon and lay down in front of troop trains. Yet we were inadequate to end the killing of three million Vietnamese and almost 60,000 Americans during a 10-year war.



A lifelong record collector, Mr. Wexler got his start in the music business in the 1940s as a promoter working for music publishers. He remained at Atlantic until 1975, when he stepped down as the label's vice chairman.
After leaving Atlantic, Mr. Wexler continued to produce albums, including Bob Dylan's 1979 album "Slow Train Coming." Mr. Wexler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
The Ben Franklin Society of PIA/GATF Inducts Eight New Members
What They Think - Lexington,KY,USA
He was also responsible for leading the industry in learning, understanding, and using the concept of Total Quality as envisioned by Dr. W. Edwards Deming. ...


roader
noun
noun, taxi-drivers'

A long-distance fare or journey. (1939 —) .

induct

verb [T] FORMAL ━━ vt. 就任させる ((into, as)); 手ほどきする; 入会させる ((to, into)); 兵役につかせる.
to introduce someone formally or with a special ceremony to an organization or group, or to beliefs or ideas:
Li Xiannian was inducted into the Politburo in 1956.
induction
noun [C or U]
Their induction into the church took place in June.
Her induction as councillor took place in the town hall.
an induction course/program/ceremony

unleash Show phonetics
verb [T]
to release suddenly a strong, uncontrollable and usually destructive force:
At worst, nuclear war could be unleashed.
Rachel's arrival on the scene had unleashed passions in him that he could scarcely control.

politburo[po・lit・bu・ro]

  • レベル:社会人必須
  • 発音記号[pɑ'litbjùərou | pɔ'lit-]
[名](複 〜s)(共産党)政治局;((the P-))ソ連共産党中央委員会政治局.





còunterinsúrgency[còunter・insúrgency]

[名][U][形]対ゲリラ游擊戦(の);対破壊計画[活動](の).
còunter・insúrgent
[名][形]ゲリラと戦う人(の).

hermeneutics, exegesis, exegete, interpreter

hermeneutics of language

exegesis:解經學;釋經學;解釋聖經。又稱 hemeneutics (sic)。hermeneutics 才對

......carpenters and craftsmen as his exegetes.
 exegete

(ĕk'sə-jēt') pronunciation also ex·e·ge·tist (ĕk'sə-jĕt'ĭst)
n.
A person skilled in exegesis.

[Greek exēgētēs, from exēgeisthai, to interpret. See exegesis.]
  • 発音記号[éksədʒìːt]
[名]解釈学者, 聖書評釈者.

hermeneutics
n.
(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
The theory and methodology of interpretation, especially of scriptural text.
hermeneutist her'me·neu'tist n.
hermeneutic
(hur-muh-NOO-tik, -NYOO-)

adjective
Interpretive or explanatory.

Etymology
From Greek hermeneutikos (of interpreting), from hermeneuein (to interpret), from hermeneus (interpreter). After Hermes in Greek mythology, who served as a messenger and herald for other gods, and who himself was the god of eloquence, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft

Usage
"Musically, the soundtrack is a trashy genre-fest that provokes a kind of hermeneutic overload. Is it for a horror film, a B-grade sci-fi, a masterpiece of Soviet cinema? Or a kung-fu flick, a western, or a gangster movie?" — Cameron Woodhead; The Session; The Age (Melbourne, Australia); Jun 19, 2006.



more
http://www.answers.com/topic/hermeneutics


exegesis
n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
[Greek exēgēsis, from exēgeisthai, to interpret : ex-, ex- + hēgeisthai, to lead.]




Friendly Ump: Japanese Ballplayer Wins at Supreme Court

Associated Press
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
The legal team of former Japanese professional baseball player Kouichi Taniguchi hit a home run at the U.S. Supreme Court, as a dictionary-wielding Justice Samuel Alito ruled for a 6-3 majority that Mr. Taniguchi’s interpretation of the word “interpreter” was correct.
As we have reported, Mr. Taniguchi lost a suit against a hotel in Saipan over an injury he suffered in 2006 when his leg fell through a wooden deck. A 1978 federal law says the victor in such cases can recoup the cost of “interpreters” from the loser. The question before the Supreme Court was whether the hotel could bill Mr. Taniguchi about $5,000 for its costs translating written documents in connection with the case.
Justice Alito said translating documents doesn’t count as interpretation. His reasoning relied heavily on dictionaries current in 1978, most of which defined an interpreter as one who translates oral communication. The Oxford English Dictionary included a definition of an interpreter as one who translates “books or writings,” but described that definition as obsolete, Justice Alito wrote.
The decision proved again that noted appeals court Judge Richard Posner of Chicago is a power hitter at the Supreme Court. While other appellate courts had found that “interpreter” includes translators of written material, Judge Posner ruled otherwise in 2006, prompting the Supreme Court review to resolve the conflict. Justice Alito cited Judge Posner’s comment that no one would refer to the translator of the Iliad and the Odyssey as an English-language “interpreter” of those works. Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan joined the majority.
Three dissenters offered a different interpretation. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, joined by justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, said it was hard to distinguish between interpretation and translation. She cited the example of a linguist being asked to read aloud a sight translation of a document in court.
Justice Ginsburg said the law was “not so clear as to leave no room for interpretation,” and she said she preferred to reach an outcome that would harmonize with the existing practice in most federal courts of allowing the costs for written translation.
In a court full of legal arcana, this case was simple enough for anyone with a dictionary to play along. Offer your interpretation in the comments.


2012年5月26日 星期六

furbelow, furkids, pet, in a sulk

 Sulking because he did not want his picture taken.

Pakistan and America

In a sulk


(sŭlk) pronunciation
intr.v., sulked, sulk·ing, sulks.
To be sullenly aloof or withdrawn, as in silent resentment or protest.

n.
A mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal: stayed home in a sulk; a case of the sulks.

[Back-formation from SULKY1.]



sulk

  • [sʌ'lk]
[動](自)〈特に子供が〉(人に)むっつりする, すねる((with ...));(事に対し)腹をたてる((at ...)).
━━[名]((the 〜s))すねること, 不機嫌, ふくれっつら
have [be in] (a fit of) the sulks [=((英))be in a sulk]
すねている.

(sŭl') pronunciation
adj., -i·er, -i·est.
  1. Sullenly aloof or withdrawn.
  2. Gloomy; dismal: sulky weather.
[Perhaps alteration of obsolete sulke, sluggish, perhaps ultimately from Old English āsolcen, from past participle of āseolcan, to become sluggish.]
sulkily sulk'i·ly adv.
sulkiness sulk'i·ness n.

sulk·y2 (sŭl') pronunciation
n., pl., -ies.
A light, open two-wheeled vehicle accommodating only the driver and drawn by one horse, used especially in harness racing.

[From SULKY1 (from its having only one seat).]

號事者將pets 寫成 furkids類似 "小毛"

pet

(pĕt) pronunciation
n.
  1. An animal kept for amusement or companionship.
  2. An object of the affections.
  3. A person especially loved or indulged; a favorite: the teacher's pet.
adj.
  1. Kept as a pet: a pet cat.
    1. Particularly cherished or indulged: a pet grandchild.
    2. Expressing or showing affection: a pet name.
  2. Being a favorite: a pet topic.

v., pet·ted, pet·ting, pets. v.tr.
To stroke or caress gently; pat. See synonyms at caress.

v.intr. Informal
To make love by fondling and caressing.

[Scottish Gaelic peata, tame animal, pet, from Old Irish.]
petter pet'ter n.

pet2 (pĕt) pronunciation
n.
A fit of bad temper or pique.

intr.v., pet·ted, pet·ting, pets.
To be sulky and peevish.

[Origin unknown.]





furbelow
(fûr'bə-lō') pronunciation
n.
  1. A ruffle or flounce on a garment.
  2. A piece of showy ornamentation.
tr.v., -lowed, -low·ing, -lows.
To decorate with a ruffle or flounce.

[Probably alteration of Provençal farbello, farbella, fringe, perhaps alteration of Italian faldella, pleat, diminutive of falda, flap, loose end, of Germanic origin.]


psychic, Matthew effect, telepathic, pathetic


《中英對照讀新聞》Pentagon plans for telepathic troops within five years 五角大廈計劃5年內成立心電感應部隊

◎陳成良
The U.S. Army is dedicating millions of research dollars into discovering building helmets to allow soldiers to telepathically communicate with one another on the battlefield.
美國陸軍正投入數百萬美元研究經費,研製能讓士兵在戰場上透過心電感應進行交流的頭盔。

The technology, which seems like something out of a science fiction novel, would use electrodes to pick up code words that soldiers were thinking. Those codewords would then be transmitted back to a computer where the soldier’s position and message--telling, for instance, that it is safe to progress towards a target--which would be transmitted to their peers in the field.
這種技術看似源自科幻小說,將使用電極來收集士兵思考時的腦電波代碼。這些代碼隨後傳輸回一部電腦,電腦將士兵的位置和訊息,例如,朝某個目標行進是安全的等指令,傳送給戰場上的同袍。

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA)was established in 1958 and was dedicated to expanding the Department of Defense’ technology usage, some of which included state-of-the-art, and top secret, research into the mind.
國防先進研究計畫局(DARPA)成立於1958年,致力於推廣國防部的科技應用,其中包括最先進的、最機密的心智研究。

Based largely out of University of California-Irvine, in conjunction with labs in Philadelphia and Maryland, scientists are trying to improve so-called ’synthetic telepathy’ so that it could be used in a battlefield.
這項研究工作主要由加州大學爾灣分校負責,費城和馬里蘭州的一些實驗室也參與其中。科學家試圖改進所謂的「綜合讀心術」,這樣就能應用在戰場。

So far, 45 percent of the commands that are transmitted from one volunteer to another--like ’call in helicopter’ or ’enemy ahead’--are correct. That statistic is expected to improve.
目前,從一個志願受試者傳遞給另一個受試者的指令中,有45%是正確的,比如「呼叫直升機」或者「前方有敵人」等。這一統計數值預計會改善。

新聞辭典
telepathic:形容詞,心電感應的。名詞為telepathy,指在沒有任何線索的情況下,不通過語言或行為的交流而洞悉他人思想的功能,此能力能將某些訊息透過普通感官之外的途徑,傳到另一人的心中,又稱「心靈感應」或「他心通」。

 (tə-lĕp'ə-thē) pronunciation
n.
Communication through means other than the senses, as by the exercise of an occult power.

telepathic tel'e·path'ic (tĕl'ə-păth'ĭk) adj.
telepathically tel'e·path'i·cal·ly adv.
telepathist te·lep'a·thist n.

pathetic, -ical[pa・thet・ic, -i・cal]

  • レベル:大学入試程度
  • 発音記号[pəθétik, -ikəl]
[形]
1 〈光景・物語・手紙などが〉哀れな[をさそう], 痛ましい
a pathetic sight
痛ましい光景.
2 感動的な, 感動させる;感情による[から出た].
3 〈努力・利息などが〉ごくわずかの, まったく不十分な.
[後ラテン語←ギリシャ語pathētikós (páschein苦しむ+-IC=苦しみやすい→同情心をもちやすい)]
pa・thet・i・cal・ly
[副]((時に文修飾))哀れに(も).
state-of-the-art:形容詞,(科技、機電等產品)最先進的、最高級的。用法如state-of-the-art technology(尖端科技)。

in conjunction with:片語,與…共同;連用。例句:He runs a store in conjunction with his relative.(他與親戚共同經營一家商店。)





Google Instant: Quick, Quick, Quick–But Not Psychic

PC World

When Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave a keynote address at the IFA show in Berlin yesterday, he talked about "a
The Matthew effect in Google search?


psy·chic (sī'kĭk)

n.
A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
See medium (sense 6).

adj. also psy·chi·cal (-kĭ-kəl)
Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental: psychic trauma; psychic energy.

Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy.
Of or relating to such mental processes.

[From Greek psūkhikos, of the soul, from psūkhē, soul.]

psychically psy'chi·cal·ly adv.new definition of Google. ...

2012年5月24日 星期四

take the cake, Take the guilt off the gingerbread, gastronomic

 

 

 《中英對照讀新聞》Paris takes the cake for priciest club sandwich 巴黎拿下最貴總匯三明治榜首


◎國際新聞中心
Paris, the City of Lights, is also the city with the most expensive club sandwich in the world, according to a global survey released Wednesday by an online travel service.
「光之城」巴黎也是世界上總匯三明治最昂貴的城市,根據線上旅遊服務公司週三公布的全球調查。

Hotels.com said it price-checked club sandwiches at more than 750 hotels in 26 cities in Asia, Europe, North America and South America to help travelers size up the affordability of different national capitals.
Hotels.com表示,該公司調查亞洲、歐洲、北美、南美26個城市超過750家旅館的總匯三明治價格,協助旅遊者評估不同國家首都的可負擔性。

The result? Paris topped the list with an average price of $33.10 for the iconic chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich that’s a fixture on virtually every hotel restaurant and room-service menu.
結果呢?巴黎(的總匯三明治)以平均33.1美元的價格位居榜首。這種以雞肉、培根、蛋、萵苣與美乃滋製成的經典三明治,幾乎是每家旅館餐廳與客房服務菜單的固定菜色。

Geneva placed second at $32.56, followed by Oslo at $30.50. New Delhi was cheapest at $9.57. "Paris may well be the gastronomic capital of the world, but travelers may be better off sticking to a croque-monsieur," Hotels.com spokeswoman Alison Couper said in a statement.(AFP)
日內瓦以32.56美元排名第二,再來是奧斯陸的30.5美元,新德里最便宜,只要9.57美元。Hotels.com發言人庫博在聲明中說:「巴黎是全球美食之都可能毋庸置疑,但旅遊者選擇法式乳酪三明治對荷包可能比較好。」(法新社)

新聞辭典
take the cake:片語,榜首,可恥至極,也作:take the biscuit。例句:And you say she’s opening your letters now? Oh, that really takes the biscuit!(你說她現在會拆你的信?哦!那真是可恥至極。)

 take the cake

 Be the most outstanding in some respect, either the best or the worst. For example, That advertising slogan really took the cake, or What a mess they made of the concert--that takes the cake! This expression alludes to a contest called a cakewalk, in which a cake is the prize. Its figurative use, for something either excellent or outrageously bad, dates from the 1880s.

better off:片語,(經濟)狀況較好。例句:Obviously we’re better off now we’re both working.(現在我們都在工作,經濟狀況顯然比較好一點。)

size up:片語,評估。例句:The two cats walked in circles around each other, sizing each other up.(這2隻貓互相繞圈圈,打量著對方。)

Take the guilt off the gingerbread : Phrases



Meaning:

To show something up as worth far less than first thought.


Example:



Origin:

Gingerbread is a cake mixed with treacle and flavoured with ginger. It was coated with a golden leaf and, as such, was often sold at country fairs up to the middle of the 19th century. I guess that sometimes the cake was less than perfect; when the gilt was removed, all was revealed.



Take the gilt off the gingerbread

Meaning

Remove an item's most attractive qualities.

Origin

This phrase has nothing to do with being guilty of anything of course - 'take the guilt off the gingerbread' is just a misspelling. The word is 'gilt', which refers to a thin layer of gold. Gingerbread is a form of cake and, although the association of the two words seems a little odd, gingerbread cakes were in fact gilded for festivals and other special events in the Middle Ages.
The word gingerbread has been recorded in English since the 13th century; it was originally a form of simple cake flavoured with treacle and, not surprisingly, ginger. It was, and is, frequently made as a form of biscuit, by rolling out the dough and cutting it into shapes - men, animals, letters of the alphabet etc.
Gold can be hammered to a minute thickness to form gold leaf. This can be 'gilded' to many different surfaces, including cake, and is harmless when eaten in small quantities - hence its use as a culinary decoration.
The expression 'taking the gilt off the gingerbread' isn't found in print until the 19th century, but the practise of gilding gingerbread cakes was probably in place well before that, as 'gingerbread' has been used as an adjective meaning 'showy and insubstantial' since the 17th century. Gingerbread without its casing of gold leaf was a rather humble offering - often little more than flavoured stale bread, and not likely to attract a reputation for showiness. Using present-day parlance, ungilded gingerbread was more minging than blinging. An early reference to that disparaging usage of gingerbread is found in The History of the tryall of Cheualry, 1605:
Anticke! thou lyest, and thou wert a Knight of ginger-bread: I am no Anticke.
The first evidence that I can find in print of 'take the gilt off the gingerbread' is from The New Zealand newspaperThe Lyttleton Times, February 1854:
To borrow a homely expression, it was determined in taking the gilt off the gingerbread.
The 'homely expression' reference indicates that the phrase was already known, in the Antipodes at least, by 1854.
Take the gilt off the gingerbreadSadly, gingerbread men (now often politically corrected to 'people') have had the gilt taken off them and are now usually clad with icing sugar.
See also:

2012年5月23日 星期三

impart, medicinal, flavor;Chardonnay

In his Nobel acceptance speech, Mr. Saramago spoke admiringly of these grandparents, illiterate peasants who, in the winter, slept in the same bed as their piglets yet who imparted to him a taste for fantasy and folklore as well as a respect for nature.
  1. Rainforest Medicinal Treasures Stymie U.N. Biodiversity Talks
    Developing nations want to make sure pharmaceutical firms aren't going to rampage through their wildlands, making a fortune off of rainforest biotechnology.
    Read original story in Reuters | Friday, Oct. 29, 2010
IBM to the World: On Cloud, You Got Nothing On Us
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The next time you run into an IBM employee, ask them, “What can you do for me?” Their typical response: some flavor of, “Whatever you want.” This often brings some confusion in the small- and medium-size (SMB) market and the channel, but the truth is ...


Chardonnay
also char·don·nay (shär'dn-ā', shär'dn-ā') pronunciation
n.
  1. A variety of grape used to make white wine, including champagne and white Burgundy.
  2. A dry white table wine made from this grape.

產地法國澳洲非洲等
Chardonnay 2009 (Other, France)

Inviting citrus aromas greet you on the nose, along with delicate citrus and apple flavors on palate. Light bodied, fresh and clean wine.
具有令人愉悅的柑橘、蘋果香氣,口感清新、酸度恰到好處,容易欣賞的酒款。

me·dic·i·nal (mĭ-dĭs'ə-nəl) pronunciation
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or having the properties of medicine.
  2. Having an unappealing, bitter flavor.
n.
A preparation or product having the properties of a medicine.

medicinally me·dic'i·nal·ly adv.

im·part (ĭm-pärt') pronunciation
tr.v., -part·ed, -part·ing, -parts.
  1. To grant a share of; bestow: impart a subtle flavor; impart some advice.
  2. To make known; disclose: persuaded to impart the secret.
  3. To pass on; transmit: imparts forward motion.
[Middle English imparten, from Old French impartir, from Latin impertīre, impartīre : in-, in; see in-2 + partīre, to share (from pars, part-, part).]


flavor[fla・vor]

  • レベル:大学入試程度
  • 発音記号[fléivər]
[名][U][C]
1 (独特の)味, 風味, 香味. ⇒TASTE[類語]
give flavor to food
食べ物に風味をつける
What flavor (of) ice cream do you have
どんな風味のアイスクリームがありますか.
2 調味料, 香辛料, 薬味
an artificial flavor
人工調味料.
3 趣, 味わい, 持ち味, 特色
an autumn flavor
秋のけはい
catch the flavor of the original
その原書の味わいをつかむ.
4 [U]((古))芳香.
5 《物理学》フレイバー:クオークまたはレプトンを識別する内部量子数.
flavor of the month [the week]
((米略式))今はやりのもの[こと];時の人;一時的なもの, 一過性のもの.
▼アイスクリーム店の掲示「今月[今週]のおすすめ品」から.
━━[動](他)〈飲食物に〉(…で)味をつける((with ...));〈生活・話などに〉趣を添える.
[中フランス語←後ラテン語flātor(悪臭). -v-がはいったのはsavour(風味)の類推による]
fla・vor・less
[形]

“up or down vote”, timetable, well-thought-out, distinguish



Op-Ed Contributor

The Crisis of European Democracy

By AMARTYA SEN
Reform on a well-thought-out timetable must be distinguished from reform done in extreme haste.




WASHINGTON — President Obama, beginning his final push for a health care overhaul, called Wednesday for Congress to allow an “up or down vote” on the measure, and sketched out an ambitious — and, some Democrats said, unrealistic — timetable for his party to pass a bill on its own within weeks.
“I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote on health care reform,” Mr. Obama said during a 20-minute speech in the East Room of the White House. He said there was no point in starting over, as Republicans are demanding, and called on nervous Democrats to stick with him, declaring there was no reason “for those of us who were sent here to lead to just walk away.”

“up or down vote” 成或敗



thóught-óut[thóught-óut]

[形]((通例副詞を伴って))〈論拠・企画などが〉十分に考えた末の, 考え抜いた, 周到な
well thought-out
よく考え抜かれた
badly thought-out
十分に考え抜かれていない.

tímetàble[tíme・tàble]

  • レベル:大学入試程度
[名]
1 時刻[計画, 予定]表
Everything is on a timetable.
すべては予定表に載っている.
2 ((英))(授業の)時間割(((米))schedule);大学要覧(((米))catalog).

distinguish[dis・tin・guish]

  • レベル:大学入試程度
  • 発音記号[distíŋgwiʃ]
[動](他)
1III[名]([副])]…を見分ける, 識別[弁別]する;…を(…と)区別する((from ...))(▼進行形不可)
distinguish the sound of the trumpets in an orchestra
オーケストラのトランペットの音を聞き分ける
fresh water fish as distinguished from salt water fish
海水魚と区別した淡水魚
It is important to distinguish good fromandevil.
善悪のけじめをつけることが肝要だ.
[類語]「(〜を〜と)区別する」の意ではtell ... apart, 次いでdifferentiateが一般的. 後者は特に部類としての区別という側面を含む. distinguishは類似物についてのしばしば個体レベルでの区別. discriminateは類似したものの間にすでに備わっている相違に気づき, それに基づいて選択, 異なる扱い方をするという意味合い.
2 ((通例canと共に用いて))〈物の〉(形状を)(視覚・聴覚などによって)はっきりと認める, 感知する. ▼進行形不可
Nothing could be distinguished in the fog.
もやが立ちこめて何も見えなかった.
3 〈物が〉…の区別の目安となる, を特色づける
His full beard distinguishes him.
豊かなひげが彼の特徴だ.
4 ((〜 -selfまたは受身))(…で)目立つ, りっぱ[有名]になる[である]((for, by ...;as ...))
be distinguished for one's learning
学識で名高い
He is distinguished as a painter.
彼は画家として有名だ.
5 …を(…に)分類する((into ...)).
━━(自)(…間の)相違を示す;(…を)弁別する, 見分ける((between ...))
distinguish between A and B
AとBを区別する
I cannot distinguish between the two.
両者の見分けがつかない.
[中英語. ラテン語distinguere(印で区別する)+-ISH. △DISTINCT
dis・tin・guish・er
[名]