2016年10月4日 星期二

buckle, buckler, hack, party hack, olla, scrap, lentil, lenticular, made away, blackening

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed that Taiwan wouldn’t buckle under the pressure China has ratcheted up on the island, though she pledged to avoid confrontation and urged Beijing to hold talks with her government.

Strange-looking lenticular clouds form over Cape Town, South Africa.

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, some buckle under the weight of these great acting clans. In 2010 Danjuro’s son, Ebizo Ichikawa XI, was beaten up in a Tokyo nightclub brawl. The incident led to his suspension from kabuki and the blackening of the family name. For weeks afterwards, Ebizo had to endure the sort of media circus that accompanies Hollywood scandals, and repeated questions about whether his nirami would survive the assault. His career has yet to recover completely.

Perhaps more significantly, eight million people in the United States looked up their congressional representatives through Wikipedia and, it is claimed, went on to protest about Sopa and Pipa. Wikipedia paints a picture of jammed switchboards at Capitol Hill and servers buckling under the weight of email from protestors.

The designers Margherita Maccapani Missoni, left, and Angela Missoni greeted guests last week at a Target store in New York.
Thomas Concordia/Getty Images for Target

Missoni’s Line Crashes Target’s Web Site

Target’s web site buckled Tuesday under the demand for a limited-edition line by designers Margherita and Angela Missoni, seen above at a Target store in New York.

When one watches some tired hack on the platform mechanically repeating the familiar phrases -- bestial atrocities, iron heel, bloodstained tyranny, free peoples of the world, stand shoulder to shoulder -- one often has a curious feeling that one is not watching a live human being but some kind of dummy: a feeling which suddenly becomes stronger at moments when the light catches the speaker's spectacles and turns them into blank discs which seem to have no eyes behind them.

buckler Pronunciation(noun) Armor carried on the arm to intercept blows.
Usage:As soon as he deflected his opponent's blow with his buckler, he went on the offensive, slashing away with his sword.


blackened (過去形) • blackened (過去分詞) • blackening (現在分詞) • blackens (三人称単数現在)
1 …を黒くする;…を暗くする.
2 〈人格・名誉などを〉汚す, 中傷する.
3 〈魚・肉を〉香辛料をまぶして外側を強火で焼く. ▼内側は柔らかい.

  1. A clasp for fastening two ends, as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other.
  2. An ornament that resembles this clasp, such as a metal square on a shoe or hat.
  3. An instance of bending, warping, or crumpling; a bend or bulge.

v., -led, -ling, -les. v.tr.
  1. To fasten with a buckle.
  2. To cause to bend, warp, or crumple.
  1. To become fastened with a buckle.
  2. To bend, warp, or crumple, as under pressure or heat.
  3. To give way; collapse: My knees buckled with fear.
  4. To succumb, as to exhaustion or authority; give in: finally buckled under the excessive demands of the job.
phrasal verbs:
buckle down
  1. To apply oneself with determination.
buckle up
  1. To use a safety belt, especially in an automobile.
[Middle English bokel, from Old French boucle, from Latin buccula, cheek strap of a helmet, diminutive of bucca, cheek.]

Urban Dictionary: Party Hack


Someone who blindly agrees with and supports their political party simply because of their refusal to accept that they themselves may have been mis...

hack2 (hăk) pronunciation
  1. A horse used for riding or driving; a hackney.
  2. A worn-out horse for hire; a jade.
    1. One who undertakes unpleasant or distasteful tasks for money or reward; a hireling.
    2. A writer hired to produce routine or commercial writing.
  3. A carriage or hackney for hire.
  4. Informal.
    1. A taxicab.
    2. See hackie.

(ŏl'ə, ō') pronunciation
  1. Southwestern U.S. A rounded earthenware pot or jar, used especially for cooking or for carrying water.
  2. An olla podrida.
[Spanish, from Old Spanish, from Latin, variant of aula, aulla, pot, jar.]
REGIONAL NOTE The unglazed earthenware olla, a large crock or jar, was used for generations in southwestern parts of the United States where Spanish language and culture predominate, particularly in south Texas and California. The olla was usually used to store water on a patio and was wrapped in burlap to keep the water cool.



《堂吉訶德》楊絳譯 台北:聯經,1988
《堂吉訶德》屠孟超譯 南京:譯林,1995




IN a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to
call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that
keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a
greyhound for coursing. An olla of rather more beef than mutton, a
salad on most nights, scraps on Saturdays, lentils on Fridays, and a
pigeon or so extra on Sundays, made away with three-quarters of his



小扁豆學名Lens culinaris)又名兵豆濱豆,屬一年生草本莢果,種子可作食用,每株約40公分(16英寸)高。

  1. 1.
    shaped like a lentil, especially by being biconvex.
    "lenticular lenses"
  2. 2.
    relating to the lens of the eye.