2018年5月7日 星期一

Frolicsome, romp, “romptious”, jumper, shudder, crotch, bloomer, jump rope late bloomer, debilitating

Al-Jazari's peacock fountain for hand-washing, a late 12th-century example of water-powered automata. Flowing water triggers little figures to offer the washer first a dish of perfumed soap powder, then a hand towel.
See more medieval automata in our essay "Frolicsome Engines: The Long Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence": https://buff.ly/2knhpRU

The children's author, who would have turned 100 today, considered growing up a repugnant business and adults “dangerous creatures”. Never mind that he wrote some of his best work in later life—he saw himself as a champion of children in a world that didn’t much care for them

A reveller in mess and mischief, Roald Dahl was born on September 13th 1916
From the archive

But, yes, I do know I have things to do, and although the sun is shining and the birds are calling to me, I shall chain myself to my desk this morning and get some work done. If I can focus I will be able to reward myself with an afternoon romp in the gardens smile 表情符號

"Respighi's 'Pines of Rome' is or are divided into four continuous movements, each one named for certain aspects, or areas, of the city of Rome. The first movement is called The Pines of the Villa Borghese -- the Villa Borghese being a famous park in the middle of Rome, a park famous, among other things, for the hordes of children who always seem to be playing there. And so this opening movement is a romp, full of the squealing of high-pitched young, voices, of yelling and teasing, and of the kids' tunes that go with games."

Wolf Hall: not a merry Tudor romp

The long-awaited adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s book is upon us, so it’s time to get down with the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell

Google is getting into the spoon business.

'The Good Lord Bird'

James McBride's new novel, narrated by a freed slave boy who passes as a girl, is a romp about John Brown's violent crusade against slavery. 


"I just woke up to the fact that I have a mind of my own. Talk about a late bloomer."
JUDITA GROSZ, 69, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., after recovering from a debilitating depression.

Published by TMZ, the grainy photos — which appear to have been taken on a camera phone — show the prince in what the celebrity news site claims is a game of “strip billiards” at his VIP suite at the Wynn Resort, Las Vegas.
In one of the photos, Harry is seen covering his crotch while an unknown female, also dressed in her birthday suit, stands behind him.

9. Prince Harry: Naked Photos Surface Online
By Judith Welikala The apparently authentic photos show the prince engaged in a game of 'strip poker' in a Las Vegas VIP suite.

Financial markets got a jolt Thursday after a relatively calm summer, when European leaders ratcheted up pressure on Greece and new reports on economies in Europe, the U.S. and China pointed to global weakening.

A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean, about 80km (50 miles) off the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.
A tsunami warning was initially issued, but later lifted. There are no reports of major damage or casualties.
The Japan Meteorological Agency gave the strength as 6.9 while the US Geological Survey put it at 7.3.
Japan is often hit by earthquakes. In 1995, a magnitude-7.2 quake in the port city of Kobe killed 6,400 people.

The latest tremor occurred at 0531 on Saturday (2031 GMT on Friday).
BBC News website reader Ivan Brackin, who lives on Yoron Island, said it was the biggest quake he had felt in his 40 years in Japan but there had been no visible effects in his area.
"We're 30 yards [metres] from the sea and no sign of a tsunami," he said.
"I woke up to violent shudders that lasted about six seconds then a pause followed by a couple of sharp jumps. Jumpers are the most dangerous so that sent me under the desk."

Americans once owned the sport of jump-roping, but recently the Japanese have surged past U.S teams. Now, just as U.S. car makers cribbed from Japanese rivals in the 1980s, some 


  1. lively and playful.

jump rope

〔米〕 縄跳び, そのひも.U.S. jump-rope teams are borrowing from Asian competitors.

━━ n. ジャンパー ((作業衣)); 〔米〕 ジャンパードレス[スカート]; 〔米〕 (ブラウスの上に着る)セーター; 〔英〕 (プルオーバー式の)セーター; (pl.) =rompers.
━━ n. 跳躍, ひと跳び(の長さ); 【スポーツ】ジャンプ; 障害物; (物価の)暴騰; 躍進; ぎくり(とすること); 【コンピュータ】ジャンプ ((プログラムのある部分から他の部分に処理を移ること)); 〔話〕 (the 〜s) (アルコール中毒による)震え病 (D.T.), 神経質な震え, 舞踏病; (議論の)飛躍, 急転; (チェッカーでの)飛び越し(取り); (本などの)飛ばし読み; 短い旅.

  • 発音記号[ʃʌ'dər]
1 震える, (…を考えると)ぞっとする((at ...)). ⇒SHAKE[類語]
shudder at the thought of ...
2 激しく震動する, がたがた揺れる.
1 (恐怖・寒さなどのための)身震い, ぞっとする感じ
give a person a shudder
with a shudder
2 激しい震動, 揺れ.
[副]ぶるぶる震えて, ぞっとして.

 (rŏmp) pronunciation
intr.v., romped, romp·ing, romps.
  1. To play or frolic boisterously.
  2. To run or advance in a rapid or easy manner.
  3. Slang. To win a race or game easily.
    1. Lively, merry play; frolic.
    2. Lively or frolicsome play that encompasses lovemaking.
  1. One, especially a girl, that sports and frolics.
  2. A rapid or easy pace.
  3. Slang. An easy win.
[Alteration of RAMP2.]


[no object]
  • (especially of a child or animal) play roughly and energetically:the noisy pack of children romped around the garden
  • [with adverbial] informal proceed without effort to achieve something:the Vikings romped to victory
  • informal engage in sexual activity, especially illicitly:a colleague stumbled on the couple romping in an office


  • a spell of rough, energetic play:a romp in the snow
  • a lighthearted movie or other work:an enjoyably gross sci-fi romp
  • informal an easy victory:the 45-28 romp over the Owls yesterday at Alumni Stadium
  • informal a spell of sexual activity, especially an illicit one:three-in-a-bed sex romps


early 18th century: perhaps an alteration of ramp
  1. [動](自)
  2. 1 〈子供たちが〉はしゃぎ回る,遊び騒ぐ((about, around)).
  3. 2 〈馬・人が〉(競馬・競走で)快走する((along));楽勝する
    • romp through ...
    • ((略式))…を楽々とやってのける.
  1. ━━[名]
  2. 1 ((略式))(追いかけっこ・取っ組み合いなどの)騒々しい遊び,(子供の)大騒ぎ;((おどけて))(性的な)お楽しみ
  3. 2 わんぱく;(特に)おてんば娘,おきゃん.
  4. 3 (競馬・競走の)楽勝,快走
    • win in a romp
    • 楽勝する.
  5. 4 どたばた劇,痛快娯楽作品.
 (rŏm'pər) pronunciation
  1. One that romps.
  2. rompers A loosely fitted, one-piece garment having short bloomers that is worn especially by small children for play.
Roald Dahl. A man who wrote “romptious” prose that revels in mess and mischief.

A very well-toned, and shapely booty. Denotes certain deliciouness. Can refer to male or female.
"Did you see Becky leave the room? That, my friend, is a rumptious."


  • 発音記号[krɑ'tʃ | krɔ'tʃ]
1 (人体・ズボンの)また, (指の)また;(木などの)また.
2 ((俗))陰部
crotch rot
crotched〔krtt | krtt〕

  1. The angle or region of the angle formed by the junction of two parts or members, such as two branches or legs.
    1. The area on a pair of pants, underpants, or shorts where the two leg panels are sewn together.
    2. A piece of material sewn into a pair of pants, underpants, or shorts that joins the legs.
  2. The fork of a pole or other support.
[Possibly alteration of CRUTCH and partly from Middle English croche, crook, crosier (from Old French croche, hook, shepherd's crook, feminine of croc, hook; see crochet).]
crotched crotched (krŏcht) adj.

Definition of bloomer

[usually in combination]
  • a plant that produces flowers at a specified time:fragrant night-bloomers such as nicotiana
  • [with adjective] a person who matures or flourishes at a specified time:he was a late bloomer

Definition of bloomer

British informal, dated
  • a serious or stupid mistake: he never committed a bloomer


late 19th century: equivalent to blooming error

Definition of bloomer

  • a large loaf with diagonal slashes on a rounded top.


1930s: of unknown origin

[名]1 ((〜s))((古風))ブルーマー;ブルーマー型のズボン[下着].2 ブルーマー服.[それを率先着用した女権論者Amelia Bloomer(1818-94)から]

1850s fashion bloomers
Bloomers is a word which has been applied to several types of divided women's garments for the lower body at various times.


Fashion bloomers (skirted)

1851 caricature of fashion bloomers
[名]1 花を咲かせる植物 an early bloomer早咲きの花.2 才能が開花する人 a late bloomer晩成型[遅咲き]の人.
[名]((英俗))大失策, どじ, へま.


Definition of debilitating

  • (of a disease or condition) making someone very weak and infirm:debilitating back pain
  • tending to weaken something:the debilitating effects of underinvestment