2016年9月14日 星期三

spiff, well-dressed, spiffy troubadour, well-built


Grab your tux for Europe's top classical music festivals

Black tie is a must as some of them, and yes they can be as stuffy as they
sound. But these classical music festivals are worth getting spiffed up
for, says DW's Rick Fulker.

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“Over the years, this particular site in California has gone from 30 oil wells to five as it was exhausted of profitable fossil fuel reserves,” writes Google’s renewable energy principal Nick Coons in the company’s official blog. “The land sat for some time and today we’re ready to spiff things up.”


Renuzit Goes After Market Share by the Hunk
By STUART ELLIOTT
A campaign for a new air freshener is populated by well-built men. The intent, the maker says, is to draw attention to the product's attractive design.



HASTILY rebuilt after the Korean War, Seoul is shedding its once-gritty image to become one of Asia’s most glittering metropolises. Under its design-obsessed mayor, Oh Se-hoon, the city has been spiffed up with everything from sleek bus shelters to decked-out bridges. What’s more, it was named this year’s World Design Capital by an international design alliance. But that’s just the beginning. Seoul has a booming contemporary art scene, fashionable stores throughout the urban landscape, and a thriving pop and youth culture that now rivals that of other Asian capitals like Tokyo.

A Spiffy troubadour
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A Spiffy James TaylorA Spiffy James Taylor

In "Sweet Baby James," James Taylor writes, "Singing works just fine for me." And so does songwriting. His Sweet Baby James album, released in March 1970, was on the Billboard chart for 100 weeks. Taylor's string of hits got him a Time magazine cover in 1971. Through his songs, he told his listeners of many of the life-changing events that formed him. Taylor is credited with launching an era of "new troubadors" in the 70s, including singer/songwriters Carole KingJoni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. Happy 60th birthday to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Taylor.
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"If you feel like singing along, don't." — James Taylor


spiffy 
adjective US INFORMAL
stylish, attractive or pleasing:
a spiffy haircut/dresserlife-changing 改變生命的

Troubadour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 中世紀吟游詩人
troubadour was a composer and performer of songs during the European High Middle Ages. The troubadour school or tradition began in the eleventh ...




spiff
Informal.
tr.v., spiffed, spiff·ing, spiffs.
To make attractive, stylish, or up-to-date: spiffed up the old storefront.

n.
Attractiveness or charm in appearance, dress, or manners: "He may need more than spiff to get him through the bad patches ahead" (James Wolcott).

[Possibly from dialectal spiff, well-dressed.]

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