2016年9月7日 星期三

eschew, tweak, pricey, freshen, oddment off-the-cuff

Apple Moves to a Wireless Future, a Tweak at a Time

What was lacking in Apple’s product showcase was a new, can’t-miss hit. But if you like tweaks to products you may already have, the company had plenty to offer.

At one recent Wharton session, Mr. Toyoda cracked jokes and eschewed a formal presentation for an off-the-cuff talk. He seemed “very much a part of the younger generation,” Professor MacDuffie said.



And, previously one of the biggest recruiters of MBAs on college campuses, Google is eschewing such pricey new hires, although it is still bringing on new engineers.




The Los Angeles Times calls the event "an odd balancing act": Biden's been a Senator for 35 years, so Obama had to tweak his message. "He has brought change to Washington, but Washington hasn't changed him." A separate LAT profile of Biden states unequivocally that this is actually the case. Biden commutes out of Washington via AMTRAK every night, and he eschews most D.C. fundraisers and social events.

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A Diplomatic Success That Defies the Critics
By STEVEN LEE MYERS
North Korea’s declaration of its nuclear activities is a triumph of the sort of diplomacy that President Bush and his aides once eschewed as American weakness.


Hotel-Room TV Tries to Freshen Itself Up
LodgeNet completed the acquisition of Ascent for $380 million in cash and stock. The merger brings together the two leading U.S. providers of paid-for entertainment in hotel rooms. 2007

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In late November, the museum broke ground on its new home on a decrepit strip of the Bowery on the Lower East Side. And while some of the design details are still being tweaked, it is now razor-clear that the building will do more to freshen the bond between Manhattan's art and architecture communities than any building since Marcel Breuer's Whitney Museum of American Art opened on Madison Avenue four decades ago.



This week Shinzo Abe fired off “three new arrows” for Abenomics, his plan to revive Japan’s economy. His domestic audience will welcome talk of economic growth, social security and financial support for families. But his existing programme of structural reform has so far disappointed http://econ.st/1MvZNMD

ALL summer Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has battled to pass...
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Daily Highlights Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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Platform 9 ¾, the Sorting Hat and quidditch were introduced to the world 10 years ago this week, with the first publishing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The Manichaean bildungsroman, which was later translated into American English, launched a billion-dollar empire. The final book will be published on July 21 and promises to answer questions such as "Will 'The Boy Who Lived' die?," "Is Snape good? " and "What is a Deathly Hallow?" The fifth movie will be released 2 weeks earlier. The amusement park doesn't open until at least 2009.
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'Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words and here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!' — Albus Dumbledore in Philosopher's Stone

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says his goal is to let volunteers improve search technology collectively, the way Wikipedia lets anyone add or change entries, regardless of expertise.
"That reduces the sort of bottleneck of two or three firms really controlling the flow of search traffic," said Wales, chairman of Wikia Inc., the for-profit venture behind the search project.
Engineers at Google and other search companies continually tweak their complex software algorithms to improve results and fight spammers — those who try to artificially boost the rankings of their own sites. Search companies have not disclosed many details to avoid tipping off competitors and spammers. dumping (rubbish),tipping



The noun oddment has 2 meanings:
Meaning #1: a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold
Synonyms: endremainderremnantscrap
Meaning #2: something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
Synonyms: curiocuriosityodditypeculiarityrarity

n. - 零頭, 零碎物件, 碎屑

日本語 (Japanese)
━━ n. (普通pl.) 残り物; がらくた; 【印】付き物.



tweak 
verb [T]
1 to pull and twist with a small sudden movement:
Standing in front of the mirror she tweaked a strand of hair into place.

2 to change slightly, especially in order to make more correct, effective, or suitable:
The software is pretty much there - it just needs a little tweaking.
You just need to tweak the last paragraph and then it's done.

NOUN

1A sharp twist or pull:an affectionate tweak
2informal A fine adjustment to a mechanism or system:no tweaks were required

freshen
v.-ened-en·ing-ensv.intr.
  1. To become fresh, as in vigor or appearance: freshened up after the day's work.
  2. To become brisk; increase in strength. Used of the wind.
  3. To lose saltiness.
  4. To calve and therefore begin to produce milk. Used of a cow.
v.tr.
  1. To make fresh.
  2. To add to or strengthen (a drink).
freshener fresh'en·er n.

v. intr. - 變得新鮮, 變強, 變得精神煥發, 變涼爽
v. tr. - 使新鮮, 使清新, 使精神煥發
idioms:
  • freshen up 使精神飽滿, 梳洗一番

日本語 (Japanese)
v. - 強くなる, 新鮮にする, 一新する

off-the-cuff

adj.
Not prepared in advance; impromptu: an off-the-cuff remark.



pricey (pricier, priciest), pricy 
adjective INFORMAL
expensive:
It's a bit pricey but the food is wonderful.

es・chew



 ━ vt. 避ける.
es・chew・al ━━ n.

eschew

verb
[T]


formal

to avoid something intentionally, or to give something up
We won't have discussions with this group unless they eschew violence.




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