2017年4月25日 星期二

friended, churlish, surly, make enemies, unfriended the company in a big way

"When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can't tell good from evil."
--from "Meditations" (c. 161–180 CE) by Marcus Aurelius

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I hope I’m not being churlish in suggesting that addressing racism by removing Confederate flags is an important start, but it’s hardly enough.

'Anna Wintour has announced she cannot "in good conscience" stay at Le Meurice Hotel - owned by the Sultan of Brunei's Dorchester hotel group - during Paris Fashion Week. Would it be churlish, at this point, to mention US Vogue's March 2011 interview with Asma al-Assad, the wife of the murderous Syrian dictator?'

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It is true that the dialogue is perhaps too beautifully crafted to ring true. But this is to miss the point of one of the greatest travelogues ever written. It is churlish to hold beautifully crafted prose against “Travels with Charley”. Indeed, in a book with so much to commend it, the majesty of Steinbeck’s writing is the single biggest draw.

'Dog in the manger' is still used allusively to refer to any churlish behaviour of the 'spoilsport' sort. If Google searches are anything to go by, you are just as likely to find it written as 'Dog in the manager', a surreal version that escaped even the inventive Steinhowel. 

 Japan's Facebook Has Ugly Profile
Just like Facebook, Japanese social-networking firm Mixi debuted its shares to much fanfare. Since then though, investors have unfriended the company in a big way.

But now, tuna ranks as the top sushi delicacy, and its fatty meat, once considered a bizarre food, is much prized. How fickle tastes and food culture are.

PARIS, Oct. 6 It's dangerous to speak in absolutes, particularly in the fickle fashion business. But it would seem stingy, even churlish, not to state the obvious, even at the risk of sounding like the hyperbolic fashion editor who cried "Think pink!" in "Funny Face."
(By Robin Givhan, The Washington Post)

in a big way
To a great extent, conspicuously. For example, I could go for a hamburger in a big way, or This hotel chain is expanding in a big way. [Slang; late 1800s]


Line breaks: surly
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːli/

ADJECTIVE (surliersurliest)

  • Bad-tempered and unfriendly:the porter left with a surly expression




mid 16th century (in the sense 'lordly, haughty, arrogant'): alteration of obsolete sirly (see sir-ly1).

One not a friend; an enemy. [R.] Carlyle.

Definition of friend

  • 1a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations: she’s a friend of mine we were close friends
  • (used as a polite form of address or in ironic reference) an acquaintance or a stranger one comes across:my friends, let me introduce myself
  • (one's friends) archaic one’s close relatives.
  • a person who supports a cause, organization, or country by giving financial or other help:the Friends of the Welsh National Opera
  • a person who is not an enemy or opponent; an ally:she was unsure whether he was friend or foe
  • a familiar or helpful thing:he settled for that old friend the compensation grant
  • a contact on a social networking website:all of a sudden you’ve got 50 friends online who need to stay connected
  • 2 (Friend) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.


[with object]
  • 1 informal add (someone) to a list of friends or contacts on a social networking website:I am friended by 29 people who I have not friended back
  • 2 archaic befriend (someone).
  • [no object] (friend with) black English have a sexual relationship with:the woman got married and you still used to friend with she?


be (or make) friends/enemies with

be (or become) on good or affectionate terms with: Carrie wanted to be friends with everyone

be no friend of (or to)

show no support or sympathy for: he is no friend of the Republican Party the policy revealed itself as no friend to the utilities

a friend at court

a person in a position to use their influence on one’s behalf: I knew that it never hurt to have a friend at court

a friend in need is a friend indeed

proverb a person who helps at a difficult time is a person who you can really rely on: you are a friend in need, you are, Edie

friend with benefits

informal a friend with whom one has an occasional and casual sexual relationship.

friends in high places

people in senior positions who are able and willing to use their influence on one’s behalf: she had friends in high places everywhere

fick·le (fĭk'əl) pronunciation
Characterized by erratic changeableness or instability, especially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious.

[Middle English fikel, from Old English ficol, deceitful.]
fickleness fick'le·ness n.
fickly fick'ly adv.


Line breaks: churl|ish
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃəːlɪʃ/


Rude in a mean-spirited and surly way: it seems churlish to complain

  1. Of, like, or befitting a churl; boorish or vulgar.
  2. Having a bad disposition; surly: “as valiant as the lion, churlish as the bear” (Shakespeare).
  3. Difficult to work with, such as soil; intractable.
churlishly churl'ish·ly adv.
churlishness churl'ish·ness n.


  • 発音記号[tʃə'ːrliʃ]
1 百姓の(ような);いなか者の;無作法な, 無愛想な.
2 けちな.

[副]surly Show phonetics
bad-tempered, unfriendly and not polite:
We were served by a very surly waiter.
He gave me a surly look.