2016年7月15日 星期五

flay, gutsy, gust, alter ego, Public Flaying


Apollo flayed the satyr Marsyas alive for his hubris.
Iris Murdoch, who would be ninety-six today, thrilled to paintings of every stripe, but she was compelled by one work in particular: “Titian’s The Flaying of Marsyas.”
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“Emma Watson’s alter ego Hermione Granger would doubtless approve of her HeForShe campaign and its gutsy, smart take on feminism.”

In this painting by Jusepe de Ribera, we see Saint Bartholomew in the final moments before he is to be flayed alive. His left hand is illuminated, petitioning, and also serves to draw our attention to the instruments of his torture, symbolically positioned in the shape of a cross. The executioner seems to have stopped short in his actions, suggesting a moment of doubt.
Jusepe de Ribera, "The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew," 1634, oil on canvas http://1.usa.gov/1H2bKX3




Public Flaying for U.K. Bank Titans
Former U.K. bank chiefs apologized for mistakes and drew criticism during TV hearings on the financial crisis.

flay
verb [T]
1 to remove the skin from a person's or animal's body

2 to whip a person or animal so hard that some of their skin comes off:
FIGURATIVE The critics really flayed (= severely criticized) his new book.


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Definition of flay in English:

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
1Strip the skin off (a corpse or carcass):the captured general was flayed alive

gutsy




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Pronunciation: /ˈɡʌsti/

Definition of gusty in English:

adjective (gustiergustiest)

1Characterized by or blowing in gusts:gusty windsHaving or showing gusto:gusty female vocals



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