2015年5月31日 星期日

barrel, barrel bomb, barrel roll, swallow, "hook, line and sinker" , "Lock, stock and barrel" ,

At least 71 people have been killed in Syria's northern Aleppo province by barrel bombs dropped from government helicopters, activists sayhttp://bbc.in/1PUMNoK
At least 71 people have been killed in Syria's northern Aleppo province by...

英語中用釣具和槍械等的主要部品來表示全部(The whole thing)的方式為
"hook, line and sinker" 和 "Lock, stock and barrel" 。前者多偏向受騙等。

Never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel and paper by the ton.


 barrel roll

barrel roll

Line breaks: bar¦rel roll


An aerobatic manoeuvre in which an aircraft follows a single turn of a spiral while rolling once about its longitudinal axis.

バレルロール (マニューバ)

バレルロール(barrel roll)とは、航空機戦闘機アクロバット機)が空中で行う機動(マニューバ)の一つ。

barrel Line breaks: bar¦rel
Pronunciation: /ˈbar(ə)l /


1A cylindrical container bulging out in the middle, traditionally made of wooden staves with metal hoops round them:the wine is then matured in old barrels
1.1A barrel together with its contents:a barrel of beer

1.2A measure of capacity used for oil and beer, usually equal to 36 imperial gallons for beer and 35 imperial gallons or 42 US gallons (roughly 159 litres) for oil:the well was producing 10,000 barrels a day
A cylindrical tube forming part of an object such as a gun or a pen:a gun barrel

3The belly and loins of a four-legged animal such as a horse:a Welsh mountain pony with a barrel like a butt of wine

VERB (barrelsbarrellingbarrelledNorth Americanbarrelsbarrelingbarreled)

[NO OBJECT, WITH ADVERBIAL OF DIRECTION] INFORMAL , chieflyNorth American Drive or move in a way that is so fast as to almost be out of control:they shot him and then barreled away in the truck
[WITH OBJECT] Put into a barrel or barrels:
when the young spirit is barrelled, it absorbs some of this flavour
Middle English: from Old French baril, from medieval Latin barriclus 'small cask'.

swallow (ACCEPT)
to accept something without question or without expressing disagreement:
Not surprisingly, this excuse was too much for them to swallow.
He swallowed her story whole.
She swallowed his sales pitch line hook, line and sinker (= believed it completely).

fall for sth hook, line and sinker
to completely believe something that someone tells you which is not true:
She told him she needed the money for her baby and he fell for it hook, line and sinker.

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

1.    One that sinks, as a weight used for sinking fishing lines or nets. (釣糸などの)おもり
2.    Slang. A doughnut. 〔米俗〕 ドーナツ;
Baseball. A sinkerball.【野】シンカー.


Lock, stock and barrel
The whole thing.

It isn't until 1842 though, in William Thompson's collection of humourous letter 'Major Jones' Courtship', that we see the phrase as we now use it:
"All moved, lock, stock, and barrel."
Rudyard Kipling came close to giving us a definition of the term in 1891, in 'Light That Failed':
"The whole thing, lock, stock, and barrel, isn't worth one big yellow sea-poppy."
Why and how the change from 'stock, lock and barrel' was made we don't know now. It's possible that 'lock, stock and barrel' just has a better ring to it.

桶裝炸彈(Barrel bomb),或譯「桶炸彈」、「油桶炸彈」。是指一種簡易形式的無誘導炸彈,或稱飛行式IED(簡易爆炸裝置),屬於土製炸彈的一種。這種炸彈通常裝在大型的油桶或桶狀的金屬容器,內有高爆炸藥榴霰彈化學武器,使用飛機直升機投擲落下後爆炸[1]。由於這種炸彈使用了大量炸藥,但精度相當差,且又被濫用於包括難民營在內的人口群居處,其所產生的爆炸是毀滅性的[2][3][4]。批評者認為此種炸彈的特性等同恐怖武器,且根據國際公約,使用這種炸彈是違法的[5]

realize, evince, impale, paling, pixilated, colophon, pagination, beyond the pale

A Hawaii man was killed Friday after he was apparently impaled by the bill of a fish, a Hawaii County fire official said.

LONDON (AP) — The death of a financier whose body was found impaled on railings outside his luxury London apartment isn't being treated as suspicious, police said Thursday.

 Rouen is on the Seine, so we decided to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets toward the river. As we ambled past the rows of half-timbered houses, which evince a sweet innocence, an accordion player on the corner and stands selling multicolored macarons, I was immediately charmed.

 The FBI appealed to the public Thursday for help identifying two men shown in pixilated photos and video footage who are suspected of involvement in Monday’s bomb attacks in Boston.

Impalement Artist Takes a Stab at the 'Wheel of Death'
A former knife-throwing world champion—and current holder of 16 world records-—is taking a stab at one of the most dangerous feats in knife throwing: The Veiled Wheel of Death.

Some of the Chinese people, on the other hand, evince a response less warm. In a long consideration of Mo Yan’s work and Nobel recognition, Perry Link quotes the satirist Wang Xiaohong imagining Alfred Nobel’s distress:
Two years ago my people gave a prize to a Chinese, and in doing so offended the Chinese government. Today they gave another prize to a Chinese, and in doing so offended the Chinese people. My goodness. The whole of China offended in only two years.

There was even art criticism, some of it recorded in on-the-spot assessments (including poetry) on pieces of paper, called colophons, attached to the very scrolls they referred to. Several are displayed here, a few with translations, and they create a palpable sense of artists in conversation with one another and the past.

Art Encyclopedia:


Poetic or explanatory inscription often at the end, but sometimes at the beginning, of a book, print, manuscript or piece of calligraphy, or on a painting.

Writings (Chin. tiba) on Chinese works of calligraphy or painting by persons other than the artist, usually functioning to praise the artist or work, are customarily referred to as colophons. When written by the artist they are called inscriptions. When the writer of the colophon is a self-styled and acknowledged connoisseur, the colophon may serve to certify the work as a genuine specimen of the master.
n. - 版權頁
日本語 (Japanese)
n. - 巻尾飾り模様, 出版社のマーク


━━ n. 奥付け; 出版社のマーク.

pag·i·na·tion (păj'ə-nā'shən) pronunciation

  1. The system by which pages are numbered.
  2. The arrangement and number of pages in a book, as noted in a catalog or bibliography.


e • vince
evinced (過去形) • evinced (過去分詞) • evincing (現在分詞) • evinces (三人称単数現在)
evincive, (全1件)
1 〈気持ち・性質などを〉はっきり示す, 明示する, 証明する
evince one's innocence
2 …を表す, 示す.


(also pixillated)
Definition of pixilated


  • bewildered; confused.
  • informal, dated drunk.


mid 19th century: variant of pixie-led, literally 'led astray by pixies', figuratively 'confused', or from pixie, on the pattern of words such as elated and emulated

1. Mentally unbalanced; eccentric.
2. Whimsical.

From pixie, a mischievous fairylike creature

"Robert De Niro redeems himself after his disastrous work in 'The Fan' by displaying a refreshing flair for screwball comedy as Bessie's pixilated physician, Dr. Wally." — James Verniere; 'Marvin's Room' Hits Home; Boston Herald; Jan 10, 1997.

“He has conceived his method of practice almost as carefully as each of his projects,” the citation from the nine-member Pritzker jury says. “He develops buildings of great integrity — untouched by fad or fashion. Declining a majority of the commissions that come his way, he only accepts a project if he feels a deep affinity for its program, and from the moment of commitment, his devotion is complete, overseeing the project’s realization to the very last detail.”

The movie ends with Vatel realizing that he is nothing more than a puppet in the hands of his superiors, bought and sold like a piece of property: he consequently commits suicide by impaling himself on his sword.

realize, UK USUALLY realise Show phonetics
verb [I or T]
to understand a situation, sometimes suddenly:
They didn't realize the danger they were in.
[+ (that)] "Do you realize (that) this is the third time you've forgotten?" she said angrily.
[+ question word] I realize how difficult it's going to be, but we must try.
As he watched the TV drama, he suddenly realized (that) he'd seen it before.
"You're standing on my foot." "Sorry, I didn't realize."
See also realize at real (NOT IMAGINARY).

realization, UK USUALLY realisation Show phonetics
noun [C usually singular]
[+ that] The realization was dawning (= They were starting to realize) that this was a major disaster.

さく 柵

    a fence; a stockade; palings.
    • 〜を作る put up a fence.
    • 〜で囲う enclose with a fence; fence in; put a fence around.

  1. One of a row of upright pointed sticks forming a fence; a pale.
  2. Pointed sticks used in making fences; pales.
  3. A fence made of pales or pickets.

Beyond the pale


Unacceptable; outside agreed standards of decency.


Firstly, let's get the spelling clear here. It's 'beyond the pale', and certainly not 'beyond the pail' - the phrase has nothing to do with buckets. The everyday use of the word 'pale' is as an adjective meaning whitish and light in colour (and used to that effect by Procol Harum and in countless paint adverts). This 'pale' is the noun meaning 'a stake or pointed piece of wood'. That meaning is virtually obsolete now except as used in this phrase, but is still in use in the associated words 'paling' (as in paling fence) and 'impale' (as in Dracula movies).
Beyond the paleThe paling fence is significant as the term pale became to mean the area enclosed by such a fence and later just the figurative meaning of 'the area that is enclosed and safe'. So, to be 'beyond the pale' was to be outside the area accepted as 'home'.
Catherine the Great created the Pale of Settlement in Russia in 1791. This was the name given to the western border region of the country, in which Jews were allowed to live. The motivation behind this was to restrict trade between Jews and native Russians. Some Jews were allowed to live, as a concession, 'beyond the pale'.
Pales were enforced in various other European countries for similar political reasons, notably in Ireland (the Pale of Dublin) and France (the Pale of Calais, which was formed as early as 1360).
The phrase itself originated later than that. The first printed reference comes from 1657 in John Harington's lyric poem The History of Polindor and Flostella. In that work, the character Ortheris withdraws with his beloved to a country lodge for 'quiet, calm and ease', but later venture further:
"Both Dove-like roved forth beyond the pale to planted Myrtle-walk".
Such recklessness rarely meets with a good end in 17th century verse and before long the lovers are attacked by armed men with 'many a dire killing thrust'. The message is clear - 'if there is a pale, decent people stay inside it', which conveys exactly the figurative meaning of the phrase as it is used today.

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also em·pale (ĕm-)
tr.v., -paled, also -paled, -pal·ing, -pal·ing, -pales, -pales.
    1. To pierce with a sharp stake or point.
    2. To torture or kill by impaling.
  1. To render helpless as if by impaling.
  2. [動](他)
    1 …を(とがったくいなどに[で])固定する;…をくし刺し(の刑)にする;((しばしば受身))…を(とがった物で)留める, 刺し貫く((on, upon, with ...))
    impale the insects on pins for display
    2 …を手も足も出ないようにする, 釘づけ状態にする
    He has been impaled on the horns of a dilemma.
    3 《紋章》合わせ紋にする.
[Medieval Latin impālāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin pālus, stake.]
impalement im·pale'ment n.
impaler im·pal'er n.

verb [T often passive]
to push a sharp object through something, especially the body of an animal or person:
The dead deer was impaled on a spear.

2015年5月30日 星期六

apron, have one's day in court, tied to apron strings

Lady Gaga has her day in Taiwan

Lady Gaga has her day in Taiwan

Lady Gaga is presented with the key to Taichung city during her visit to Taiwan, where the mayor announced July 3 as "Lady Gaga Day. " (July 4)

"The first time I went to Mogadishu there were soldiers on the roof of the airport terminal and a crashed cargo plane on the apron with a rocket-sized hole in its fuselage. I wore body armour pretty much all the time, was woken by explosions at night and ducked rifle fire by day," writes AFP's Tristan McConnell. "That was five years ago. I was back again recently and went out for a pizza, at night." Read more:http://u.afp.com/pizza AFP Photo: Carl de Souza

have one's day in court
Have an opportunity to be heard, as in By asking Rob for an explanation the professor showed he was willing to let him have his day in court. This expression transfers the idea of a hearing in a court of law to more general use.

Pakistan's Spies Tied to Slaying of a Journalist

Intelligence showed that senior officials of the spy agency directed the attack on a journalist in an effort to silence criticism, two senior administration officials said.

The airport apron is the area of an airport where aircraft are parked, unloaded or loaded, refueled, or boarded.[1] Although the use of the apron is covered by regulations, such as lighting on vehicles, it is typically more accessible to users than the runway or taxiway. However, the apron is not usually open to the general public and a license may be required to gain access.
The use of the apron may be controlled by the apron management service (apron controlor apron advisory) to provide coordination between the users.
The apron is designated by the ICAO as not being part of the maneuvering area. All vehicles, aircraft and people using the apron are referred to as apron traffic.

tied to apron strings
Wholly dependent on or controlled by a woman, especially one's mother or wife. For example, At 25, he was still too tied to her apron strings to get an apartment of his own. This expression, dating from the early 1800s, probably alluded to apron-string tenure, a 17th-century law that allowed a husband to control his wife's and her family's property during her lifetime.

2015年5月29日 星期五

finished product, bedtime, restful, melatonin production

‪#‎tbt‬ to the Nave's restoration and the stunning finished product!

A thing or person that is the result of an action or process:her perpetual suntan was the product of a solarium

Personal Health
Steps for More, and Better, Sleep

In general, adults need at least seven hours of sleep, and being mindful of diet and exercise during the hours leading up to bedtime can help ensure a restful night.

《中英對照讀新聞》Melatonin production falls if the lights are on 亮燈會減少製造褪黑激素
Melatonin production falls if the lights are on
Having the lights on before bedtime could result in a worse night’s sleep, according to a study to be published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. The research shows that the body produces less of the sleep hormone melatonin when exposed to light.
Sleep patterns have been linked to some types of cancer, blood pressure and diabetes. The US researchers also found lower melatonin levels in shift workers. The pinal gland produces melatonin through the night and starts when darkness falls.
Researchers have shown that switching on lights in the home switches off the hormone’s production. In the study, 116 people spent five days in room where the amount of light and sleep was controlled. They were awake for 16 hours and asleep for eight hours each day. Initially the patients were exposed to 16 hours of room light during their waking hours. They were then moved onto eight hours of room light in the morning and eight hours of dim light in the evening.
The researchers found that electrical light between dusk and bedtime strongly suppressed melatonin levels. With dim light, melatonin was produced for 90 minutes more a day.

shift:名詞,輪班。例句:Are you on the night shift or the day shift(= Do you work during the night period or the day period)?(你是上夜班還是日班?)
switch on/off:片語,開啟/關閉。例句:switch the TV off/on (把電視關起來/打開)
supress:動詞,壓抑。例句:She couldn’t suppress her anger/delight.(她沒辦法壓抑怒氣/喜悅。)

Definition of bedtime


[in singular]
the usual time when someone goes to bed:it was well past her bedtime [as modifier]:a bedtime story

Definition of restful


  • having a quiet and soothing quality:the rooms were cool and restful






2015年5月27日 星期三

leaning, predilection, taxing

Republican-leaning groups have been buying far more TV ads in support of their candidates than Democratic groups have.

Supreme Court justices’ decisions have increasingly been regarded as falling along ideological lines. But since justices are not representatives of any political party, it confuses matters to identify them in nakedly partisan terms. As we await big decisions on gay marriage and the fate of Obamacare, it is encouraging to see signs that the justices are not always captive to their predilectionshttp://econ.st/1K8rZmz

IN THE 15 years since the nine members of the Supreme Court effectively picked the nation’s 43rd president in Bush v Gore, the justices’ decisions have...

predilection Line breaks: pre¦di|lec¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌpriːdɪˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/ 

Definition of predilection in English:


preference or special liking for something; a bias in favour of something:your predilection for pretty girls

An inclination, a tendency, or a preference. See synonyms at predilection.