Notes of a word-watcher, Hanching Chung. A first port of call for English learning.
dunderhead, sounding board, deafening roar of cannon plus the jangle of church bells
On this day in 1962, Leonard Bernstein broadcast his Young People’s Concert “Sound of a Hall” from the New York Philharmonic’s new home at Lincoln Center (now David Geffen Hall). He spoke about the science of sound; acoustics, vibration, sound waves, echo and reverberation.
“Well, the best test of dynamic range I can think of is that great piece of fireworks – Tchaikovsky’s Overture 1812, because it begins as softly as possible with only 6 solo strings, and runs the whole dynamic range to a full orchestra, plus at the end, an extra brass band…plus the deafening roar of cannon plus the jangle of church bells… "
Sixty-five years ago the average grade at Harvard was around a C. Now, it’s about an A. The trend is evident across America’s Ivy League. So are these prestigious universities embracing fewer rich dunderheads than they used to, or have standards dropped?http://econ.st/1T3XKSw
Sixty-five years ago the average grade at Harvard was around a C. Today it’s about an A. The trend is evident across America’s Ivy League. So are these prestigious universities embracing fewer rich dunderheads than they used to or have standards dropped? And which students now get the easiest ride? http://econ.st/1dRTpDq
Yale University and the board of directors of Yale Alumni Publications, Inc., the Connecticut-based 501(c)3 that currently publishes the Yale Alumni Magazine, announced that, beginning July 1, the 124-year-old Yale Alumni Magazine will become a department of the university.
Editor-in-chief Kathrin Day Lassila will remain at the magazine’s helm, and the board of directors will continue to serve as a sounding board and source of guidance for the magazine.
Definition of sounding board in English:
1A board or screen placed over or behind a pulpit or stage to reflect a speaker’s voice forward.