2016年9月26日 星期一

advert, beige, 'Fauxmance', intexticated, # grow the beard, greige

The message was clear: decorating your home this way will make it more valuable.


In the early 2000s, the mortgage crisis and HGTV gave us a new use for our houses: flipping them.
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Russian officials have put Facebook on a list of "banned websites".

The social network now has three days to remove "violations" such as adverts for smoking mixtures suspected of being drugs, or access to it will be blocked, said Vladimir Pikov, a spokesman for Federal Service for Supervision in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Communications.

Are you a Russian user of Facebook? How do you feel about a possible ban?

 

'Fauxmance' gets dictionary entry

Photographers at a film event Fauxmances are concocted to generate press coverage for celebrities
New words from celebrities, politics and TV have entered the latest edition of Collins English Dictionary.
Fauxmance, a fake romance between actors, and tweetheart, a person admired by others on social networking site Twitter, were included.
Simples!, an advert's catchphrase, and Cleggmania, referring to interest in Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, joined them
Dictionary staff said the TV, adverts, and celebrity "continue to be a predominant preoccupation" in Britain.
But the British public are also abreast of politics, with bigotgate among the new words entering the dictionary.
It refers to then Prime Minister Gordon Brown calling a voter a bigot during the election campaign - and the ensuing fallout.

Collins English Dictionary new entries

  • greige: a colour between grey and beige
  • grow the beard: to show a marked improvement in quality
  • intexticated: (of a driver) distracted while writing or reading a text message on a mobile phone
  • fauxmance: a fictitious romance between two celebrities concocted in order to gain press coverage
The government's coalition setup is referred to as Con-Lib, and current Prime Minister David Cameron's "broken society" phrase is defined as a perceived or apparent general decline in moral values.
Meanwhile, funemployment is a noun meaning the condition of enjoying being unemployed.
Among the television influences on language to enter the dictionary was BGT - short for the show Britain's Got Talent.
Simples, said by a meerkat on an advertisement for a price comparison website, is defined as "an expression used to suggest that something can be done or understood without any difficulty".
The world of Twitter also contributed "tweet tooth", which describes "a strong desire to send a tweet". Twitter itself first appeared in the 2009 edition of the dictionary.
The words form part of the 2.5 billion-word database, developed by compiling written material from websites, newspapers, magazines and books and spoken material from radio, TV and everyday conversations.
"The popularity of television, advertising, and the phenomena of celebrity continues to be a predominant preoccupation with the British public.
"Never far from the headlines, it is unsurprising that a barrage of media has infiltrated the minds of the UK - to the point where coined words BGT, simples! and fauxmance have been warranted inclusion," said Elaine Higgleton, editorial director of Collins English Dictionaries.

beige (bāzh) pronunciation
Beige is a very pale yellowish-cream color.
The term originates from beige cloth, a cotton fabric left in its natural color. It has since come to be used for a range of light tints chosen for their neutral or cool appearance.
Beginning in the 1920s, the meaning of the term beige expanded to the point where it is now also used for a wide range of pale brown shades, some of more notable of which are shown below.


beige
beɪʒ,beɪdʒ/
noun
  1. a pale sandy fawn colour.
    "tones of beige and green"
advert
n. Chiefly British
An advertisement.

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