2016年9月28日 星期三

civility, pleasantry, good-humored

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The end of political civility
Winnipeg Free Press - 2 days ago
It was so bad, retired journalist Dan Rather wrote: "Ladies and gentlemen, whatever civility ...
《紐約時報》對一張蜜雪兒擁抱小布希的圖片這樣評論:「這幅畫面已經立即成為一種隱喻。有人看到已經在政治中消失的禮貌。」(Some saw the lost virtue of civility in politics.)
Civility在英語中的含義超出與人握手、擁抱的禮儀,意指一種與公民身分有關的文明性格。該詞源於拉丁文中「城市」與「市民」的概念,城市意味著文明,知禮才是公民。


Legroom on commercial flights is becoming a scarce commodity. Many airlines now accommodate XL-sized travellers by offering them a complimentary second seat. Shouldn't this civility be extended to the taller passenger, too? http://econ.st/1NTNnO0 ‪#‎econarchive‬ (2014)



Top Ten quotations from Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

By Hannah Furness, The Telegraph October 16, 2013
Top Ten quotations from Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

1. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. — Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Here are the top one-liners of all-time, according to Gyles Brandreth and the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations.
Brandreth’s top 10:
1. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
— Jane Austen (1775-1817)
2. (To Winston Churchill) If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee! Churchill: And if I were your husband I would drink it.
— Nancy Astor (1879-1964)
3. I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.
— Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
4. Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
— Mae West (1892-1980)
5. To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
— Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
6. If not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.
— P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)
7. If God had wanted us to bend over, He would have put diamonds on the floor.
— Joan Rivers (1933 -)
8. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
— Miles Kington (1941-2008)
9. If you lived in Sheffield and were called Sebastian, you had to learn to run fast at a very early stage.
— Sebastian Coe (1956 -)
10. The email of the species is deadlier than the mail.
— Stephen Fry (1957-)




Definition of civility in English:

noun (plural civilities)

[MASS NOUN]
1Formal politeness and courtesy in behaviour or speech:hope we can treat each other with civility and respect
1.1(civilities) Polite remarks used in formal conversation:she was exchanging civilities with his mother

pleasant
━━ a. 愉快な, 楽しい, 気持ちのいい; 快活な, 愛想のいい, 感じのいい; 晴れた.
have a pleasant time 愉快に[楽しく]過ごす.
make oneself pleasant 感じよくふるまう ((to)).

pleas·ant·ry (plĕz'ən-trē) pronunciation
n., pl., -ries.
  1. A humorous remark or act; a jest.
  2. A polite social utterance; a civility: exchanged pleasantries before getting down to business.
  3. A good-humored or playful manner in conversation or social relations.



good-humored (adjective) Disposed to please.
Synonyms:amiable
Usage:He was generally a good-humored, sensible man; but if his temper was a little out...nobody liked to come too near his fist, for he could deal a very heavy blow.


[French plaisanterie, from Old French plesanterie, from plaisant, pleasant. See pleasant.]

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