2014年6月30日 星期一

abhor, buccaneer, cold shoulder, blackballed, probity, bigoted


That startup founders were Silicon Valley's “cool kids”, glamorous buccaneers compared to engineers and corporate drones, could make failure tricky to recognise, let alone accept, he said. “People are very encouraging. Everything is amazing, cool, awesome. But then they go home and don't use your product.”

 As a culture, we abhor price fixing and artificially suppressed wages. Why do we let it happen when it comes to college sports?

 In 1571, on the death of his father, Montaigne, then thirty-eight years old, retired from the practice of law at Bordeaux, and settled himself on his estate. Though he had been a man of pleasure and sometimes a courtier, his studious habits now grew on him, and he loved the compass, staidness and independence of the country gentleman's life. He took up his economy in good earnest, and made his farms yield the most. Downright and plain-dealing, and abhorring to be deceived or to deceive, he was esteemed in the country for his sense and probity. In the civil wars of the League, which converted every house into a fort, Montaigne kept his gates open and his house without defence. All parties freely came and went, his courage and honor being universally esteemed. The neighboring lords and gentry brought jewels and papers to him for safekeeping. Gibbon reckons, in these bigoted times, but two men of liberality in France,- Henry IV and Montaigne.

Woes of Detroit Hurt Borrowing by Its Neighbors


Two weeks after Detroit declared bankruptcy, cities, counties and other local governments in Michigan are getting a cold shoulder in the municipal bond market.

 The buccaneer on the wave might relinquish his calling and become at once if he chose, a man of probity and piety on land.


Cold shoulder for corporate buccaneer

Brian Myerson is effectively blackballed from London by the Takeover Panel after being found guilty of breaking the Takeover Code
Tourists give Athens the cold shoulder

Optimistic Greek travel operators expect visitor numbers to rise by 10
percent this summer as holidaymakers booked into North African resorts
change their plans to avoid political unrest there. But the Greek capital,
Athens, has seen regular strikes and violent protests as well. The city's
hotel owners are suffering as a result.

cold shoulder

n. Informal
Deliberate coldness or disregard; a slight or a snub: received the cold shoulder from several members of the club.


Syllabification: (ab·hor)
Pronunciation: /abˈhôr/
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verb (abhors, abhorring, abhorred)

[with object] formal
  • regard with disgust and hatred:professional tax preparers abhor a flat tax because it would dry up their business





late Middle English: from Latin abhorrere, from ab- 'away from' + horrere 'to shudder'



[名][U]正直, 誠実(honesty).

buc·ca·neer (bŭk'ə-nîr') pronunciation
  1. A pirate, especially one of the freebooters who preyed on Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century.
  2. A ruthless speculator or adventurer.
[French boucanier, from boucaner, to cure meat, from boucan, barbecue frame, of Tupian origin, akin to Tupi mukém, rack.]
buccaneer buc'ca·neer' v.

rash, sit on, strained yogurt,

rash judgement :妄斷;武斷:判斷他人有罪而缺乏有力根據。

Balkan-style or Set-style Yogurt

The warm cultured milk mixture is poured into containers then incubated without any further stirring. Balkan-style or set-style yogurt has a characteristic thick texture and is excellent for enjoying plain or using in recipes.

Swiss-style or Stirred Yogurt

The warm cultured milk mixture is incubated in a large vat, cooled and then stirred for a creamy texture, often with fruit or other flavourings added. Swiss-style or stirred yogurt is often slightly thinner than Balkan-style or set yogurt and can be eaten as-is, in cold beverages or incorporated into desserts.

Greek-style Yogurt

A very thick yogurt that is either made from milk that has had some of the water removed or by straining whey from plain yogurt to make it thicker and creamier. Greek-style yogurt tends to hold up better when heated than regular yogurt, making it perfect for cooking. It is also referred to as Mediterranean or Mediterranean-style yogurt and is often used for dips such as Tzatziki. A Balkan-style yogurt that has 6% M.F. or more makes an excellent substitute for Greek-style yogurt.

China sits on Hu's rights comments

WASHINGTON--Chinese media organizations were instructed to exercise "restraint" in reporting remarks by Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday about respecting "universal human rights," according to sources close to Hu's delegation.
The order was given in an internal document issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry and distributed to major media organizations, the sources said.

sit on

1Fail to deal with:she sat on the article until a deadline galvanized her into putting words to paper
2Subdue (someone), typically by saying something intended to discomfit or embarrass them:someone should have sat on him when he was young
2.1Suppress (something):I want this story sat on


sit on [upon] ...[sit on [upon] ...](1) 〈事件などを〉調べる.
(2) ((略式))〈提案・ニュースなどを〉ほうっておく.
(3) ((略式))〈人を〉しかり飛ばす;黙らせる;押さえる.
(4) ((略式))〈物を〉守る, 番をする.

(răsh) pronunciation
adj., rash·er, rash·est.
  1. Characterized by or resulting from ill-considered haste or boldness. See synonyms at reckless.
  2. Archaic. Quick in producing a strong or marked effect.
[Middle English rasch, active, unrestrained, perhaps from Old English -raesc (in līgræsc, lightning) or from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German rasch, fast.]
rashly rash'ly adv.
rashness rash'ness n.

rash2 (răsh) pronunciation
  1. A skin eruption.
  2. An outbreak of many instances within a brief period: a rash of burglaries.
[Possibly from obsolete French rache, a sore, from Old French rasche, scurf, from raschier, to scrape, scratch, from Vulgar Latin *rāsicāre, from Latin rāsus, past participle of rādere.]


Line breaks: strain
Pronunciation: /streɪn /


1[WITH OBJECT] Force (a part of one’s body or oneself) to make an unusually great effort:I stopped and listened, straining my ears for any sound
1.1[NO OBJECT] Make an unusually great effort:his voice was so quiet that I had to strain to hear it
1.2Injure (a limb, muscle, or organ) by overexerting it:on cold days you are more likely to strain a muscleglare from the screen can strain your eyes
1.3Make severe or excessive demands on:he strained her tolerance to the limit
1.4[NO OBJECT] Pull or push forcibly at something:the bear strained at the chain around its neckhis stomach was swollen, straining against the thin shirt
1.5Stretch (something) tightly:the barbed wire fence was strained to posts six feet high
1.6ARCHAIC Embrace (someone) tightly:she strained the infant to her bosom again
2[WITH OBJECT] Pour (a mainly liquid substance) through a porous or perforated device or material in order to separate out any solid matter:strain the custard into a bowl
2.1Cause liquid to drain off (food which has been boiled, soaked, or canned) by using a porous or perforated device:she turned to the sink to strain the noodles
2.2Drain (liquid) off food by using a porous or perforated device:strain off the surplus fat


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1A force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree:the usual type of chair puts an enormous strain on the spine[MASS NOUN]: aluminium may bend under strain
1.1An injury to a part of the body caused by overexertion:he has a slight groin strain
1.2Physics The magnitude of a deformation, equal to the change in the dimension of a deformed object divided by its original dimension.
2A severe or excessive demand on the strength, resources, or abilities of someone or something:the accusations put a strain on relations between the two countries[MASS NOUN]: she’s under considerable strain
2.1[MASS NOUN] A state of tension or exhaustion resulting from severe demands on one’s strength or resources:the telltale signs of nervous strain
3(usually strains) The sound of a piece of music:the distant strains of the brass band grew louder


at (full) strain

ARCHAIC Using the utmost effort.

strain every nerve

see nerve.

strain at the leash

see leash.





Middle English (as a verb): from Old French estreindre, from Latin stringere 'draw tight'. Current senses of the noun arose in the mid 16th century.

business as usual, do the business, have no business, in the business of, like nobody's business, mind one's own business

如果泛民停留在司法覆核財委會決定,然後收工(Business as usual)如常開會,同建制派談笑風生,咁以後就唔使玩嘞,被人侮辱兼踩到上心口,在政治上唔還招,就等如投降,大家等住睇政改同廿三條在建制派結合泛民內鬼下強力動員通過。

如果泛民停留在司法覆核財委會決定,然後收工如常開會(Business as usual),同建制派談笑風生,咁以後就唔使玩嘞,被人侮辱兼踩到上心口,在政治上唔還招,就等如投降,大家等住睇政改同廿三條在建制派結合泛民內鬼下強力動員通過。

business as usual

An ongoing and unchanging state of affairs despite difficulties or disturbances:apart from being under new management, it’s business as usual in the department

do the business

Do what is required or achieve the desired result:Rogers has got to do the business, score a hat trick or something
VULGAR SLANG Have sexual intercourse.

have no business

Have no right to do something:he had no business tampering with social services

in business

Operating, especially in commerce:they will have to import from overseas to remain in business
INFORMAL Able to begin operations:if you’ll contact the right people, I should think we’re in business

in the business of

Engaged in or prepared to engage in:I am not in the business of making accusations

like nobody's business

INFORMAL , chiefly British To an extraordinarily high degree or standard:these weeds spread like nobody’s business

mind one's own business

Refrain from meddling in other people’s affairs.

send someone about their business

DATED Tell someone to go away.