2015年12月24日 星期四

boob, boob tube, reformulated, booby prize, booby-trap, Marmite

Shown here nearly three times its actual size, “Beauty Revealed: Self Portrait” was painted from life by a right-handed woman in a studio that was none too warm

The picture comes not from France, the home of sensuality. It was painted in puritanical Boston in 1828.
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Young Hunter S. Thompson slams ‘empty head’ Jack Kerouac in 1958 letter
"The man is an ass, a mystic boob with intellectual myopia."

An Englishman likes a routine: Marmite on his toast, warm beer in his glass, bad teeth in his mouth and, for readers of the Sun, a squint at Kelly from Daventry's boobs on Page 3. Such is the claim made by Britain's biggest-selling tabloid: that since its topless photos were introduced in 1970 they have become a harmless fixture of national life. Yet Page 3's days could be numbered http://econ.st/16512dc



3. YouTube to Boob Tube: Dane Boedigheimer's Annoying Orange TV Show Has Kids Hooked How a guy from Minnesota turned animated scenes of "kitchen carnage" into a hit TV show for boys in three years


Intel Still Trying to Put Smarts Into the Boob Tube
Silicon Valley has been talking for 15 years or so about marrying TV and the Internet. On Thursday, Intel gave an update this week about a reformulated TV strategy that might be paraphrased as follows: it's the software, stupid.


Microsoft has swiftly fixed an embarrassing gaffe which saw a chunk of code labelled "big boobs".
微軟已迅速修補一段程式碼被標示成「大胸部」的尷尬烏龍。





Marmite

Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːmʌɪt/

noun [mass noun] British trademark

a dark savoury spread made from yeast extract and vegetable extract.

Origin:
early 20th century: from marmite

Marmite


NOUN


trademark in UK 
  • 1[mass noun] A dark savoury spread made from yeast extract and vegetable extract.
    1. 1.1Used in reference to something that tends to arouse strongly positive or negative reactions rather than indifference.
      ‘the styling is ‘Marmite’—some hate it, many love it’
      ‘a proper Marmite sitcom, which people are either utterly loving or totally despising’


boob

  • 発音記号[búːb]
[名]. n. Slang A stupid or foolish person; a dolt. n. 
1 ((米古風))まぬけ, とんま;俗物.
2 ((英略式))大失敗, へま.
3 ((〜s))((俗))乳房, おっぱい(usually boobs) informal
a woman’s breast.
boob job
乳房の整形.
━━[動](自)((英俗))大失敗をやる, どじを踏む.



boob tube,

n. Slang
Television: "Parents complain about the quality of the shows but don't prevent their children from gluing themselves to the boob tube" (David Owen).
Synonyms: television receiver, television, television set, tv, tv set, idiot box, telly, goggle box


Booby prize


Meaning


A prize given to make fun of the loser in a contest or game.

Origin


A Booby is a type of gannet. 'Boobies' has also been used as a slang term for breasts since around 1935. This booby is neither of those. The word has been used to mean dunce or nincompoop since at least the late 16th century and that's the 'booby' of 'booby prize' and 'booby trap'. The word probably derives from the Spanish word 'bobo' meaning 'fool' or 'dunce'. An example of that usage, as 'bobie', comes in The Pleasant Comodie of Patient Grissill, 1599:

Let Gwenthyan see what bobie fool loves her...
It is also found, as 'booby', in Fletcher and Massinger's comic play The Custome of the Countrey, circa 1640:
Cry you great booby.
Booby prizeSome etymological records have it that people were labelled as boobies because they were like the seemingly dim-witted seabirds. Actually, it was the other way about. The blue-footed avians were named boobies by the 17th century sailors who first came across them in the eastern Pacific because they didn't attempt to escape when approached. Thomas Herbert recorded this apparently stupid and 'booby-like' behaviour in the travelogue Relation Travails, 1634:
One of the Saylers espying a Bird fitly called a Booby, hee mounted to the top-mast and tooke her. The foolish quality of which Bird is to sit still, not valuing danger.
The phrase 'booby prize' originated as a term of disparagement for the person with the lowest score in a contest. It was probably coined in the USA. All the early printed references to 'booby prize' originate from there - the earliest that I can find is from a student newspaper from Oberlin, Ohio, The Oberlin Review, 1881:
The gentlemen strove at skill in hemming aprons for the fair ones: the first prize was won by Mr. Jackson, the booby prize by Mr. Jones.
See also - 'booby trap'.


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booby prize
n.
  1. An award given to the one who performs worst in a game or contest.
  2. Informal. Acknowledgment of great inferiority, as in ability.
booby trap noun [C],
something dangerous, especially a bomb, that is hidden inside somewhere that looks safe:
The bodyguard was killed while checking the president's car for booby traps.
a booby-trap bomb
They put a bucket of water on top of his door as a booby trap.

booby-trap Show phonetics
verb [T]
The police discovered that the car was booby-trapped.

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