2016年7月26日 星期二

equanimity, well, yeoman’s service


"No doubt you are right, my best of friends, there would be far less suffering amongst mankind, if men—and God knows why they are so fashioned—did not employ their imaginations so assiduously in recalling the memory of past sorrow, instead of bearing their present lot with equanimity."
--from "The Sorrows of Young Werther" (1774) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



In producing the first comprehensive narrative history of what will surely remain one of the most controversial presidential administrations in U.S. history, Baker has done yeoman’s service. All subsequent writers dealing with the subject will find his book indispensable.


挖開兔子洞 Well into the Rabbit Hole Well是"深入"的意思。典出Wonderland第7章的語言遊戲: in the well/well in.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Chapter VII: A Mad Tea Party

https://www.cs.indiana.edu/metastuff/wonder/ch7.html

Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. ... `You might just as well say that "I see what I eat" is the same thing as "I eat what I see"!'.

" — Well [Versed] in" the Language of Wonderland - The Victorian Web

www.victorianweb.org/authors/carroll/beckman.html

Mar 19, 2010 - When Alice finds herself lost in a strange world of stature-altering consumables and hookah-smoking caterpillars, the foreignness of the place ...


equanimity

Pronunciation: /ˌɛkwəˈnɪmɪti/  
 /ˌiːkwəˈnɪmɪti/ 

NOUN

[MASS NOUN]
Calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation:she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity

Origin

Early 17th century (also in the sense 'fairness, impartiality'): from Latin aequanimitas, fromaequus 'equal' + animus 'mind'.





yeoman service


Pronunciation: /ˌjəʊmən ˈsəːvɪs/ 


Efficient or useful help in need:the minister has performed yeoman service for Mulroney



well 1 

Pronunciation: /wɛl/ 




ADVERB (betterbest)

1In a good or satisfactory way:the whole team played well
1.1In a way that is appropriate to the facts or circumstances:you did well to come and tell me[AS SUBMODIFIER, IN COMBINATION]: well-timed exit
1.2So as to have a fortunate outcome:his campaign was not going well
1.3In a kind way:the animals will remain loyal to humans if treated well
1.4With praise or approval:people spoke well of himthe film was quite well reviewed at the time
1.5With equanimity:she took it very well, all things considered
1.6Profitablyadvantageously:she would marry well or not at all
1.7In a condition of prosperity or comfort:they lived well and were generous with their money
2In a thorough manner:add the mustard and lemon juice and mix well
2.1To a great extent or degree (often used for emphasis):the visit had been planned well in advance[AS SUBMODIFIER, IN COMBINATION]: a well-loved colleaguea well-deserved reputation
2.2Intimately; closely:he knew my father very well
2.3[AS SUBMODIFIER] British informal Very; extremely:he was well out of order
2.4[WITH SUBMODIFIER] Used as an intensifier:I should jolly well hope so
3[WITH MODAL] Very probablyin all likelihood:being short of breath may well be the first sign of asthma
3.1Without difficulty:she could well afford to pay for the reception herself
3.2With good reason:‘What are we doing here?’ ‘You may well ask.’

ADJECTIVE (betterbest)

[PREDICATIVE]
1In good health; free or recovered from illness:I don’t feel very wellit would be some time before Sarah was completely well[ATTRIBUTIVE]: informal I am not a well man
1.1In a satisfactory state or position:I do hope all is well with you and your family
2Sensibleadvisable:it would be well to know just what this suggestion entails

EXCLAMATION

1Used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, resignation, or relief:Well, really! The manners of some people!
1.1Used when pausing to consider one’s next words, to mark the resumption or end of a conversation, etc.well, I suppose I could fit you in at 3.45well, cheers, Tom—I must fly
1.2Used to indicate that one is waiting for an answer or explanation from someone:Well? You promised to tell me all about it

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