2015年11月4日 星期三

crotchety, unvarnished, bonkers, reassuring, sewn up, halfway sane


The other night I phoned a former Republican member of Congress with whom I'd worked in the 1990s on various pieces of legislation. I consider him a friend. I wanted his take on the Republican candidates because I felt I needed a reality check. Was I becoming excessively crotchety and partisan, or are these people really as weird as they seem? We got right into it:
Me: "So what do really you think of these candidates?"
Him: "You want my unvarnished opinion?'
Me: "Please. That's why I called."
Him: "They're all nuts."
Me: "Seriously. What do you really think of them?"
Him: "I just told you. They're bonkers. Bizarre. They're like a Star Wars bar room."
Me: "How did it happen? How did your party manage to come up with this collection?"
Him: "We didn't. They came up with themselves. There's no party any more. It's chaos. Anybody can just decide they want to be the Republican nominee, and make a run for it. Carson? Trump? They're in the lead, and they're both out of their f*cking minds."
Me: "That's not reassuring."
Him: "It's a disaster. I'm telling you, if either of them is elected, this country is going to hell. The rest of them aren't much better. I mean, Carly Fiorina? Really? Rubio? Please. Ted Cruz? Oh my god. And the people we thought had it sewn up, who are halfway sane -- Bush and Christie -- they're sounding almost as batty as the rest."
Me: "Who's to blame for this mess?"
Him: "Roger Ailes, David and Charles Koch, Rupert Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh. I could go on. They've poisoned the American mind and destroyed the Republican Party.
Me: "Nice talking with you."
Him: "Sleep well."



crotchety, unvarnished, bonkers, reassuring, 古怪,質樸的,瘋狂的,讓人放心sewn up,  halfway sane


crotchety
ˈkrɒtʃɪti/
adjective
  1. irritable.
    "he was tired and crotchety"
unvarnished
ʌnˈvɑːnɪʃt/
adjective
  1. 1.
    not covered with varnish.
    "unvarnished woodwork"
    synonyms:bareplainunpainted, unlacquered, unpolishedunfinisheduntreated,rawnaturalmatt
    stripped
    "the unvarnished wood panelling"
  2. 2.
    (of a statement or manner) plain and straightforward.
    "please tell me the unvarnished truth"

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