2017年1月27日 星期五

clutter and all, declutter, overtake (GO PAST), cocolossal, ultralow

"Look at my desk. Papers. You don't see presidents with that on their desk," President Donald J. Trump says.


CreditAndrew T. Warman for The New York Times

Marie Kondo
and the Ruthless War on Stuff

The author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” is embarking on a new venture: training an army of emissaries to declutter the American home.

It was never going to be easy. Reforming health care in America means fiddling with an industry that is larger than the economies of all but five countries. The system is a mishmash of laws and regulations that relies on profiteering firms and merciful doctors. Few predicted that Barack Obama’s attempt to reorganise the clutter would degenerate into such a remarkable example of Washington dysfunction http://econ.st/155jF94
Artists who can help you with a New Year declutter.

Is getting organised one of your resolutions for 2014? These sculptors, photographers and other artists show the aesthetic appeal of getting sorted. Just don't try stacking Volvos upside down at home.



Myriad layers of Society's waste cluttered up and ravaged their lives.

My Life in Hotels

Growing up, I knew them as places of romance and intrigue. Now they are islands of cosseted repose, where life's clutter is kept at bay and strangers know what I like to drink.


For Facebook, Challenge Is Selling to Mobile Market

The company is trying to find ways to show lucrative ads to mobile users without cluttering up their hand-held screens.

American Homes Crammed with Clutter — and Stress
By Brad Tuttle
Essentially, we're paying good money to clutter our homes, raise our stress levels and increase our frustration

'The Kissing List'
Reviewed by HALEY TANNER

In Stephanie Reents's connected stories, young women navigate an early adulthood cluttered with discarded relationships.

Google Inc.'s Android operating system overtook Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry as the top smartphone platform in the first quarter, according to research firm comScore Inc. Google gained six percentage points to capture market share of 34.7% in ...

Wave of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government

The ultralow interest rates the U.S. has been paying on its colossal debt may not last much longer, and the White House estimates that the tab will exceed $700 billion a year in 2019.

G.M. is a powerful presence here with 8 to 10 percent of the market for cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles, making it the second-largest automaker in China for such vehicles, passed only by Volkswagen. One of G.M.’s local joint ventures, Wuling, dominates the sale of bare-bones pickups and vans, hugely popular in rural areas, with nearly half the market.

Marketers have always been fond of coining words, the better to stand out amid the cacophony and clutter. There are myriad made-up names for products, like Kodak, Xerox and Q-Tip, not to mention advertising slogans proclaiming that Cocoa Krispies cereal is “cocolossal,” Mr. Salty pretzels are “crisplier” and 7Up is the “uncola.”

Austrians Outdrink Germans in World Beer Rankings

Austrians may often feel overshadowed by Germany, but when it comes to
drinking beer they've now overtaken their bigger neighbors. Czechs are
still believed to be nursing the number one spot.

The DW-WORLD Article

As a result of the effort, search engines should be able to find and index more Web pages, making their search results more comprehensive. “There is a lot of clutter on the Web and with this, publishers will be able to clean up a lot of junk,” said Matt Cutts, an engineer who heads Google’s spam fighting efforts. “I think it is going to gain traction pretty quickly.”

First, simplicity. The new page is far shorter than the old one. We have cut clutter (always something The Economist likes to do). There are fewer advertisements. The page is cleaner, with images that stand out more clearly to flag featured content.

co·los·sal (kə-lŏs'əl)
Of a size, extent, or degree that elicits awe or taxes belief; immense. See synonyms at enormous.

[French, from Latin colossus, colossus. See colossus.]
colossally co·los'sal·ly adv.

overtake (GO PAST)
verb overtook, overtaken
1 [T] to go beyond something by being a greater amount or degree:
Our US sales have now overtaken our sales in Europe.
We'd planned to hold a meeting tomorrow, but events have overtaken us (= things have changed).

2 [I or T] UK (US pass) to come from behind another vehicle or a person and move in front of it:
Always check your rear view mirror before you overtake (another car).

—— and all

phrase of all
  1. 1.
    used to emphasize something additional that is being referred to.
    "she threw her coffee over him, mug and all"


noun [U]
(a lot of objects in) a state of untidiness:
Sorry about the clutter in the kitchen.
My desk is covered in/full of clutter.

verb [T]
to fill something in an untidy or badly organized way:
The kids always clutter the hall (up) with school bags and coats and stuff.
Every shelf is cluttered with ornaments.
FIGURATIVE I try not to clutter (up) my mind with useless information.

a cluttered desk/room

━━ n. 乱雑さ; 混乱.
in a clutter とり散らかして.
━━ vt. とり乱す, 散らかす ((up)).
━━ vi. ばたばた走る; 騒ぐ.
“It isn’t a house problem,” he went on. “It’s a person problem. The person needs to fundamentally change their behavior.”
Excessive clutter and disorganization are often symptoms of a bigger health problem. People who have suffered an emotional trauma or a brain injury often find housecleaning an insurmountable task. Attention deficit disorder, depression, chronic pain and grief can prevent people from getting organized or lead to a buildup of clutter. At its most extreme, chronic disorganization is called hoarding, a condition many experts believe is a mental illness in its own right, although psychiatrists have yet to formally recognize it.
Compulsive hoarding is defined, in part, by clutter that so overtakes living, dining and sleeping spaces that it harms the person’s quality of life. A compulsive hoarder finds it impossible, even painful, to part with possessions. It’s not clear how many people suffer from compulsive hoarding, but estimates start at about 1.5 million Americans.

A Clutter Too Deep for Mere Bins and Shelves


Pronunciation: /diːˈklʌtə/
[with object]
remove unnecessary items from (an untidy or overcrowded place):there’s no better time to declutter your home