2016年5月11日 星期三

nonplussed, prude, prudery, near miss, skinny-dip

You are such a prude.

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nonplussed

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Pronunciation: /nɒnˈplʌst /




ADJECTIVE

1So surprised and confused that one is unsure how to react:Henry looked completely nonplussed
2North American INFORMAL Not disconcerted; unperturbed.

Usage

In standard use nonplussed means ‘surprised and confused’, as in she was nonplussed at his eagerness to help out. In North American English a new use has developed in recent years, meaning ‘unperturbed’—more or less the opposite of its traditional meaning—as in he was clearly trying to appear nonplussed. This new use probably arose on the assumption that non- was the normal negative prefix and must therefore have a negative meaning. It is not considered part of standard English.




prude

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NOUN

A person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity:the sex was so ambiguous and romantic that none but a prude could find it objectionable

Origin

early 18th century: from French, back-formation fromprudefemme, feminine of prud'homme 'good man and true', from prou 'worthy'.
Derivatives





prudery

NOUN

skinny-dip




VERB

[NO OBJECT] informal

Swim naked:we spotted the local teenagers skinny-dipping

near miss 

Pronunciation:

NOUN

1narrowly avoided collision or other accident:she had a near miss when her horse was nearly sucked into a dykethe terrifying near miss took place at 4,500 ft
2A bomb or shot that just misses its target:he had escaped more than twenty near misses
2.1Something almost achieved:victory in Houston and a near miss in the finals of the French Open


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