2016年9月12日 星期一

aria, enormity, foghorn, singalong

Juan-Diego Flórez is breaking hearts already in the Royal Albert Hall with this aria from Rossini's 'La Cenerentola'.



BBC Breakfast
"Hello, can you hear me, I'm at Glastonbury dreaming about who I used to be"...
With a singalong crowd of 100,000, Adele made her debut headline appearance last night. Cheeky, potty mouthed and with soaring vocals... Did you love it? ‪#‎Glastonbury‬ ‪#‎Adele‬ ‪#‎Canyouhearme‬



And as the day wore on, the enormity of that step started to sink in: the markets, Sterling, Scotland, the Irish border, the Gibraltar border, the frontier at Calais, the need to continue compliance with all EU regulations for a free market, re-issuing passports, Brits abroad, EU citizens in Britain, the mountain of legistlation to be torn up and rewritten ... the list grew and grew.



“'That's life for you,'said MacDunn. 'Someone always waiting for someone who never comes home. Always someone loving some thing more than that thing loves them. And after a while you want to destroy whatever that thing is, so it can't hurt you no more'.”
―from "The Fog Horn" by Ray Bradbury
A gathering of the best maritime fiction from the last two hundred years: tales of shipwrecks and storms at sea, of creatures from the deep, of voyages that test human limits on the wild and limitless waters. Classic adventures stories by Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, Stephen Crane, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jack London mix with marvelously imaginative tales by Isak Dinesen, Patricia Highsmith, and J. G. Ballard. Robert Olen Butler explores the memories of a Titanic victim who has become part of the sea that swallowed him; Ray Bradbury’s “The Fog Horn” summons something primeval and lonely from the ocean depths; John Updike’s vacationing lovers retrace the route of Homer’s Odyssey on a cruise ship. From Edgar Allan Poe’s dramatic “A Descent into the Maelstrom” to Ernest Hemingway’s chilling “After the Storm” to Mark Helprin’s heartbreaking “Sail Shining in White,” the stories here are as wide-ranging and entrancing as the sea itself.



Aria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aria
An aria in music was originally any expressive melody, usually, but not always, performed by a singer. The term became used almost exclusively to describe a ...



singalong 

Pronunciation: /ˈsɪŋəlɒŋ/ 


NOUN

1An informal occasion when people sing together in a group:the party got off to a resounding start with a singalongcheery pub singalong
1.1[USUALLY AS MODIFIER] A light popular song or tune to which one can easily sing along inaccompaniment:an album featuring simple, singalong tunes



enormity 

Pronunciation: /ɪˈnɔːmɪti/ 



NOUN (plural enormities)

1[MASS NOUN] (the enormity of) The great or extreme scale, seriousness, or extent of something perceived as bad or morally wrong:thorough search disclosed the full enormity of the crime
1.1(In neutral use) large size or scale:I began to get a sense of the enormity of the task
2grave crime or sin:the enormities of war

Usage

Enormity traditionally means ‘the extreme scale or seriousness of something bad ormorally wrong’, as in residents of the town were struggling to deal with the enormity of the crime. Today, however, a more neutral sense as a synonym for hugeness or immensity, as in he soon discovered the enormity of the task, is common. Some people regard this use as wrong, arguing that enormity in its original sense meant ‘a crime’ and should thereforecontinue to be used only of contexts in which a negative moral judgement is implied. Nevertheless, the sense is now broadly accepted in standard English, although it generallyrelates to something difficult, such as a task, challenge, or achievement.



Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin enormitas, from enormis, from e- (variant ofex-) 'out of' + norma 'pattern, standard'. The word originally meant 'deviation from legal or moral rectitude' and 'transgression'. Current senses have been influenced by enormous.
 foghorn. : a horn on a boat, ship, etc., that makes a loud, deep sound and is used in foggy weather to warn nearby ships.

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