2016年7月7日 星期四

dodgy, stick to one's last and calibrator, adage,by none other than

Many Britons voted for Brexit on the promise that points-based immigration would replace free movement. They were sold a dodgy product.

The Guardian
Once about protest and struggle, but now used by dodgy corporations to 'pinkwash' their reputations. Has the LGBT movement been hijacked by big business?

Big rich countries often accuse small offshore financial centres, such as Jersey and the Cayman Islands, of acting as willing conduits for dodgy money. The minnows say they are being bullied: big hypocrites should clean up their own acts first. This case is bolstered by a damning report on its own members by none other than the OECD http://econ.st/IYXDJzhe old adage not to compare apples with oranges makes a lot of sense.

Author Peter Drucker's adage that a business enterprise has two basic functions—marketing and innovation—certainly resonates in the quick-service industry ...

Govt to force recall on dodgy appliances
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Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick says most companies do the right thing and issue voluntary recalls of unsafe appliances such as heaters, ...
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The old adage that what's good for GM is good for America could become a reality.

"So far, the electronics sales seem to be holding well," said Mr. Stringer. Though he warned that the U.S. economy was "dodgy" and the situation could change in the New Year, Mr. Stringer, speaking to reporters in a round-table interview, also said the company was on track to achieve an operating profit margin of 5% for the business year ending next March.

hold (CONTINUE) Show phonetics
verb [I or T]
held, held to cause to stay or continue in the same way as before:
Let's hope our good luck holds.
I hope the repair holds until we get the car to a garage.
The old adage that 'money talks' still holds true (= is still true).
The government is committed to holding exports at their present level.
The ship/aircraft held its course.

dodgy Show phonetics
adjective UK INFORMAL
1 dishonest:
a dodgy deal
They got involved with a dodgy businessman and lost all their savings.

2 unable to be depended on or risky:
The weather might be a bit dodgy at this time of year.
I can't come in to work today - I've got a bit of a dodgy stomach.
It was a dodgy situation.

3 likely to break or cause pain:
Careful - that chair's a bit dodgy.
Ever since the war I've had this dodgy leg.


発音記号[dɑ'dʒi | dɔ'dʒi]

[形](-i・er, -i・est)((英略式))

1 ごまかしのじょうずな, ペテンの.

2 へまな, 無器用な.

3 〈計画が〉危なっかしい;〈物が〉危険性がある, 危ない.

4 〈体の一部が〉弱い, 健康でない.


adj. Chiefly British, -i·er, -i·est.
Evasive; shifty.
Unsound, unstable, and unreliable.
So risky as to require very deft handling.

adage Show phonetics
noun [C]
a wise saying; proverb:
He remembered the old adage 'Look before you leap'.
  • [ǽdidʒ]

[名]((古風))(人生訓などの)金言, 格言(maxim);ことわざ(proverb);言い伝え.

For Obama, a Party Tempered by Tough Times
When a train pulls out of Philadelphia today carrying President-elect Barack Obama on a symbolic journey to Washington, it will set off a four-day inaugural celebration of unprecedented ambition that has been calibrated to strike a balance between marking a moment many thought would never come an...
(By Alec MacGillis, The Washington Post)

的另外一義就是 鞋楦子ㄒ|ㄝˊ ㄒㄩㄢˋ ˙ㄗ (解釋:木製的腳模型。製做鞋子時,用來校正鞋樣。或作鞋楦頭、鞋楥。 --教育部國語辭典)

stick to one's last
Keep to what you know and don't interfere out of your province, as in Let me handle the defense in this suit; you stick to your last and track down more eyewitnesses.

This adage comes from an ancient story about a shoemaker criticizing a work by a Greek painter named Apelles, saying that the shoe in the picture was not correctly portrayed. After the painter corrected it, the shoemaker pointed out an error in the leg, whereupon the painter said, "Shoemaker, do not go above your last." Over the centuries the story was repeated, and the expression still is sometimes put as cobbler, stick to your last, even though cobblers are nearly obsolete.

calibrator 是20世紀才有的 用來作儀器機器設備等的校正/校驗(calibration)
describes tools or other devices that are adjusted or marked for making accurate measurements:
a calibrated stick for measuring the amount of oil in an engine

verb [T]

noun [C or U]

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

But the UK needs to calibrate its response carefully given the importance of co-operation with Russia on issues such as Iran's nuclear programme, and the future of the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo. Any UK actions can also be expected to trigger retaliatory responses from Russia.