2017年5月4日 星期四

spit, spitfire, schist, go-to, clutch, medic, medevac, Rosary beads, a clutch of, flout, skit, gala, spam, silently on the margins, half-unseen.

Hundreds of Pilot Whales Stranded on New Zealand’s Farewell Spit

Hundreds of Pilot Whales Stranded on New Zealand’s Farewell Spit

‘An ABZ of Love’: Kurt Vonnegut’s vintage go-to guide on sex and sexuality

The great Kurt Vonnegut. “An erect penis has no resemblance to the kind that they have seen on statues in parks or on small boys paddling the seashore.”…

Baidu’s go-to engineer for designing better models of “human-computer interaction.”

The price paid by the brave men that manned them was often dreadfully high

The bulk of it, some 110,000 square feet of gallery space, is 70 feet below ground, where the foundations of the towers met raw Manhattan schist.
Associated Press president Gary Pruitt described Anja as 'spirited, intrepid and fearless, with a raucous laugh that we will always remember'. Here, in this photograph taken on 11 June 2011, Lance Corporal Blas Trevino of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, clutches his Rosary beads as he is treated by US Army flight medic Sgt Joe Campbell on a medevac helicopter after being shot in the stomach outside Sangin, Afghanistan

"There’s nothing quite like invoking holiness as a way to brag about your life."

Calling something “blessed” has become the go-to term for those who want to boast about an accomplishment while pretending to be humble, fish for a...
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A new study suggests that despite huge increases in inequality, America may be no less mobile a society than it was 40 years ago. The study, by a clutch of economists at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, is far bigger than any previous effort to measure social mobility http://econ.st/1kf0gEB
Buying Overseas Clothing, U.S. Flouts Its Own Advice


In some countries, suppliers to the American government show a pattern of unsafe or abusive conditions.
Petition Wants Met Gala Dedicated to Gay Rights
An online petition calls for the Metropolitan Opera’s Russian-theme gala, led by two supporters of President Vladimir V. Putin, to be dedicated to gay rights.

Swindles and Spam, Lurking in Your Search Results
A little caution when using a search engine can help you steer clear of fraudulent merchandise and keep out of the clutches of spammers.



  Barbra Streisand, at a Gala and in Memory


A gala to honor Barbra Steisand is filled with glittering names, but her status as a feminist role model is worth lingering on.


  What's So Funny? Actors, Products Star in Skits

The Funny or Die comedy website has become a go-to venue for marketers looking to weave their products into funny spots with the hope of going viral.


Buried Treasure: World War II Spitfires to Be Unearthed in Burma

Paging Indiana Jones: a British farmer's 15-year quest to find a squadron of legendary fighter planes buried in a far-off land has finally paid off


Hospitals Flout Charity Aid Law

A report says most New York medical centers are violating state rules curbing aggressive debt collections against people who cannot pay.

Today's Highlights
Shopping for a Lamborghini
Shopping for a Lamborghini
Why did Lamborghini switch from making tractors to making sports cars? Legend has it that if Enzo Ferrari had been a bit less arrogant, the name Lamborghini might still be associated mostly with tractors instead of with some of the world's finest sports cars. Lamborghini tractors and Ferrari sports cars used the same clutch, which had some quality issues. When Ferruccio Lamborghini, who was born on this date in 1916, approached Enzo Ferrari to discuss a possible solution to the problem, Ferrari told Lamborghini to stick to his tractors and leave sports car design to him. Lamborghini took the words as a challenge and went on to design some of the world's fastest and most expensive high-performance sports cars.

"A normal chap, a man who likes creating things. A good worker in the morning, and a man who likes enjoying himself in the afternoon."Ferruccio Lamborghini, describing himself to a reporter

The Milky Way: Bigger, Faster, Better Understood

By Danielle Dowling
A clutch of recent studies reveal more about our home galaxy than scientists previously knew

HANWANG, China — The official came for Yu Tingyun in his village one evening last week. He asked Mr. Yu to get into his car. He was clutching the contract and a pen.

Robert G. Morvillo, one of the go-to members of the criminal bar, had some explaining to do this week when two of his law firm's high-profile clients --Samuel Israel III and Jacob "Kobi" Alexander -- appeared to be flouting the criminal justice system.

Go to Item from City Room»

During the takeover talks, Google ran a small trial of its technology on Yahoo's site in the US, which was widely seen as offering Yahoo's embattled boss, Jerry Yang, a way to escape Microsoft's clutches.

The audience members were considerably younger than most of those at Avery Fisher Hall, the orchestra’s home. A man in his 20s wore a T-shirt, a young woman in a fur-collared coat holding his arm. Several people wore stylish leather jackets. Sober suits were the uniforms for a clutch of city and local Communist Party officials.

Marathon glory for runners">
Runners from the eastern region who pushed themselves to the finish in the London Marathon to help raise money for a clutch of charities.
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第廿七屆倫敦馬拉松正式登場,吸引了超過三萬五 千位來自世界各地的長跑好手到這裡來共襄盛舉。 來自肯亞的「馬丁雷爾」四年內第三度奪下男子組冠軍, 女子組則是德國選手「米琪登科」封后。 氣笛聲響起,所有的選手開始往前衝,向著四十二點一九 五公里外的終點出發。 ...
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英國週日舉行倫敦馬拉松賽。這場堪稱世界募款規模最 大的運動會,吸引三萬五千名跑者參加,除了101歲的 人瑞之外,遠從非洲坦尚尼亞而來的馬賽戰士也來參與, 希望募款改善家鄉飲水、疾病和飢荒的狀況。 喇叭響起,101歲的老爺爺馬汀跟著長髮美女和非洲飛 毛腿一起起跑 ...

Let them drink Hefeweizen
Bavarian businesswoman Petra Wetzel defied all the odds when she left her
regular job to set up a German-style brew-pub in Glasgow, Scotland. The
36-year-old had never brewed beer before and was in a city better known for
its traditional lagers than exotic Hefeweizen wheat beers. Five years
later, however, her West beers are being sold in a clutch of trendy bars
and restaurants throughout the UK.

Scheduled for release in late spring 2010, "Oxford Dictionaries Online will give users Oxford's largest modern English dictionaries, thesauruses, and usage guides at their fingertips," iFactory said in a press release. "It is positioned to be the go-to resource for definition-seekers, business professionals, writers, copyeditors, linguists, academics, students, teachers, non-native speakers, puzzle enthusiasts, and 'wordies.' Key features and benefits of the service will include a quick search, an innovative A-Z wordwheel, and audio pronunciations. Users will be able to select US or World English, giving users the context they need in a single click."

What was striking, though, was the behaviour of the Chinese students in the audience. When the speeches were over a clutch of them introduced themselves very articulately, and continued the debate in impressively fluent English. The Japanese students, by contrast, hovered silently on the margins, half-unseen.

Definition of spit

  1. 1:  a slender pointed rod for holding meat over a fire
  2. 2:  a small point of land especially of sand or gravel running into a body of water


  1. a person with a fierce temper.


1 かんしゃくもち, (特に女の)短気者.A quick-tempered or highly excitable person.
2 火を吐くもの(火山・大砲など).
3 ((S-))スピットファイア:第二次世界大戦中の英国の戦闘機.English

 噴火戰鬥機英國二次世界大戰期間最出名,也是最主要的單發動機戰鬥機。從1936年第一架原型機試飛開始不斷地改良,期間並且使用兩種不同的液冷式發動機,不僅擔負英國維持空權的重大責任,轉戰歐洲北非亞洲等戰區,提供其他盟國使用,戰後還到中東地區參與當地的衝突。噴火與德國空軍Bf 109並列為歐洲戰區最重要的兩大機種,也是兩架從大戰初期較勁到結束的敵人。


Line breaks: med|evac
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛdɪvak/
(also medivac)
North American

[mass noun]
  • The evacuation of military or other casualties to hospital in a helicopter or aeroplane: we radioed Pleiku and asked for medevac [as modifier]: three big medevac choppers

verb (medevacs, medevacking, medevacked)

[with object] 
  • Transport (someone) to hospital in a helicopter or aeroplane: I was medevacked out of Freetown


1960s: blend of medical and evacuation.
Line breaks: medic
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛdɪk/


  • 1 informal , chiefly British A medical practitioner or student.
    2US A paramedic in the armed forces.


mid 17th century: from Latin medicus 'physician', from mederi 'heal'.

Spina Bifida(脊椎披裂)之研究開啟胎兒手術之門
Spina Bifida Research Opens Fetal Surgery Door
Spina Bifida

  • [spáinə bífidə]
Spina bifida is a birth abnormality in which the spine is malformed and lacks its usual protective skeletal and soft tissue coverings.
(spī'nə bĭf'ĭ-də) pronunciation
A congenital defect in which the spinal column is imperfectly closed so that part of the meninges or spinal cord protrudes, often resulting in hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders. Also called schistorrhachis.
[New Latin spīna bifida : Latin spīna, spine + Latin bifida, feminine of bifidus, split in two.]



[mass noun] Geology A coarse-grained metamorphic rock which consists of layers of different minerals and can be split into thin irregular plates.go-to
(gō tū')
Being a player on an athletic team who is relied upon to make important plays, especially in clutch situations: the team's go-to receiver.


Syllabification: go-to


informal, chiefly North American
  • 1Denoting a person or thing that may be relied on or is regularly sought out in a particular situation: a relentlessly hands-on manager who is the go-to guy for any issues related to the 17-day festival
  • 1.1 Sports Denoting a member of a sports team who can be relied on to score points if given the opportunity.


Being a player on an athletic team who is relied upon to make important plays, especially in clutch situations: the team's go-to receiver.


1 1回に抱く卵;ひとかえりのひな.
2 同種の多数の人[物].

v., clutched, clutch·ing, clutch·es. v.tr.
  1. To grasp and hold tightly.
  2. To seize; snatch.
  1. To attempt to grasp or seize: clutch at a life raft.
  2. To engage or disengage a motor vehicle's clutch.
  1. A hand, claw, talon, or paw in the act of grasping.
  2. A tight grasp.
  3. Control or power. Often used in the plural: caught in the clutches of sin.
  4. A device for gripping and holding.
    1. Any of various devices for engaging and disengaging two working parts of a shaft or of a shaft and a driving mechanism.
    2. The apparatus, such as a lever or pedal, that activates one of these devices.
  5. A tense, critical situation: came through in the clutch.
  6. A clutch bag.

adj. Informal
  1. Being or occurring in a tense or critical situation: won the championship by sinking a clutch putt.
  2. Tending to be successful in tense or critical situations: The coach relied on her clutch pitcher

1 …を(手・つめで)ぐいとつかむ;…をしっかり握る.
2 ((俗))〈人・関心などを〉捕らえる.
1 (…に)つかみかかる, (…を)つかもうとする((at ...)).
2 (自動車などの)クラッチを入れる.
3 ((米俗))ぎょっとする, ろうばいする, あがる((up)).
1 《機械》クラッチ;クラッチ操作装置[ペダル]
let in [out] the clutch
2 ((しばしば〜es))(つかもうとする)手, つめ;((〜es))把握[支配]力, 手中
fall into the clutches of ...
3 ((a 〜))(ぐいと)つかむ行為, ひっつかむこと;把握;((米俗))抱擁
make a clutch at ...
4 物をつかむ装置[道具].
5 ((米略式))重大な局面;《スポーツ》ピンチ, 最大の山場
in the clutch(es)
come through in the clutch
6 (ひもや持ち手のない)クラッチバッグ(clutch bag).
ride the clutch
1 〈ハンドバッグなどが〉下げひも[持ち手]のつかない
a clutch bag
2 〈コートが〉ファスナーつきでない.
3 ((米俗))危機を切り抜ける;(特にスポーツで)ピンチ[チャンス]に強い.

clutch (HOLD)
verb [I or T]
to take or try to take hold of something tightly, usually in fear, anxiety or pain:
Silent and pale, she clutched (onto) her mother's hand.
Clutching the money to his chest, he hurried to the bank.
He collapsed, clutching his stomach.

plural noun HUMOROUS
sb's clutches the control of someone:
He is in/has fallen into the clutches of that woman.

clutch (GROUP)

Group noun [C]
1 a small group of eggs produced by the same bird, especially in a nest

2 a small group of people or things:
a fresh clutch of students

adj. Informal.
  1. Being or occurring in a tense or critical situation: won the championship by sinking a clutch putt.
  2. Tending to be successful in tense or critical situations: The coach relied on her clutch pitcher.
Definition of clutch

[with object]
  • grasp (something) tightly:he stood clutching a microphone figurativeMrs Longhill clutched at the idea


  • 1a tight grasp:she made a clutch at his body
  • (someone's clutches) a person’s power or control, especially when regarded as inescapable:Tom had fallen into Amanda’s clutches
  • 2a mechanism for connecting and disconnecting an engine and the transmission system in a vehicle, or the working parts of any machine: she let the clutch in and the car surged forward
  • the pedal operating the clutch in a vehicle.
3North American a clutch bag.


verb [T]to intentionally disobey a rule, law, or custom:
Many motorcyclists flout the law by not wearing helmets.
The orchestra decided to flout convention/tradition, and wear their everyday clothes for the concert.


Syllabification: (flout)
Pronunciation: /flout/

[with object]
  • openly disregard (a rule, law or convention):these same companies still flout basic ethical practices
  • [no object] archaic mock; scoff:the women pointed and flouted at her


mid 16th century: perhaps from Dutch fluiten 'whistle, play the flute, hiss (in derision'); German dialect pfeifen auf, literally 'pipe at', has a similar extended meaning

 (skĭt) pronunciation
  1. A short, usually comic dramatic performance or work; a theatrical sketch.
  2. A short humorous or satirical piece of writing.
[Origin unknown.]


Pronunciation: /ˈgɑːlə, ˈgeɪlə/

Definition of gala
  • a social occasion with special entertainments or performances: [as modifier]:a gala performance by the Royal Ballet
  • British a special sports meeting, especially a swimming competition: we met at a swimming gala


early 17th century (in the sense 'showy dress'): via Italian and Spanish from Old French gale 'rejoicing'


Pronunciation: /spam/

Definition of spam
[mass noun]
  • 1irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc..
  • unwanted or intrusive advertising on the Internet: [as modifier]:an autogenerated spam website
  • 2 (Spam) trademark a tinned meat product made mainly from ham.


[with object]
  • send the same message indiscriminately to (a large numbers of Internet users).




1930s: apparently from sp(iced h)am. The Internet sense appears to derive from a sketch by the British ‘Monty Python’ comedy group, set in a cafe in which every item on the menu includes spam