2016年10月28日 星期五

seashell, flail, gyrate, swanky, inside joke, open-kitchen, convoluted

Who owns what these days? We survey the increasingly convoluted media ownership landscape.

From the Archives: In January of 2005, at the annual Freshman Study Break in Annenberg Dining Hall, Harvard President Larry Summers worked the crowd, flailing his arms and gyrating his hips to the tune of Beyoncé.
從檔案: 在2005月, 在年度新人學習破門而入annenberg餐廳, 哈佛總統拉里·薩默斯工作的人群, flailing他的胳膊和搖擺他的臀部的曲調的碧昂.

Summers Storms Annenberg | News | The Harvard Crimson

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Third place went to JK Wedding Entrance Dance, which showed an convoluted dance routine featuring members of their entourage just before their wedding.

36 Hours in Turks and Caicos

Thanks to some of the swankiest names in hotels, the island chain is now firmly on the map for those seeking a beach vacation with heavy pampering and a splash of indulgence.

You can’t cook Chinese in Springfield without cooking cashew chicken.’ ”
“I fought it at first,” he said. “Now I eat cashew chicken three or four days a week.”
Kelly Knauer, a native, was eating an order of the same at Fire and Ice, a swank open-kitchen restaurant that once featured a pizza with fried chicken, cashews and mozzarella. “Cashew chicken is a kind of inside joke in Springfield,” he said. “But it’s also our daily bread, our defining food. And it starts with David Leong.”

Although the "open kitchen" concept became popular in restaurant design in California in the 1980s and has since spread throughout the country, these kitchens, which afford diners a peek into the inner workings of the restaurant, are usually organized according to the traditional French model, not the Japanese. Similarly, the rise in popularity in the 1990s of "chef tables"—dining tables actually located in the thick of the kitchen commotion—offer an up-close view of the fine-dining kitchen.

FROM his grand top-floor office in Berkeley Square, Lakshmi Mittal commands a westward view over London's West End to Kensington Gardens, where he lives in one of the city's swankiest houses.

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"... consumers don't associate them with sophistication sensual ity or any other swanky qualities we look for in a fragrance Among other things I convinced the company to replace ..."

U.S. investigators trying to pinpoint what is behind gyrations in the price of oil in the past year and a half are scrutinizing a series of moves by Dutch-Swiss physical oil trader Vitol Group.

The Bubble

The black-tie party at Washington's swank Mayflower Hotel seemed a fitting celebration of the biggest American housing boom since the 1950s: filet mignon and lobster, a champagne room and hundreds of mortgage brokers, real estate agents and their customers gyrating to a Latin band.
(By Alec Klein and Zachary A. Goldfarb, The Washington Post)

Banks and regulators globally face a tough test as Bear's collapse has left investors grasping at rumors, sending stocks gyrating.

work the crowd
to make (one's way) with effort  

gerund or present participle: flailing
  1. 1.
    wave or swing wildly.
    "his arms flailed as he sought to maintain his balance"
    synonyms:waveswing, thrash about, flap about, beat about, windmill, move erratically
    "he fell headlong, his arms flailing"
  2. 2.
    beat or flog (someone).
    "he escorted them, flailing their shoulders with his cane"

to behave or speak too confidently because you think that you are very important, in order to attract other people's attention and admiration:
Just because you won, there's no need to swank.
People around here don't swank about their money.

behaviour that is too confident:
In spite of all his swank, he's never really achieved very much.

1 INFORMAL very expensive and fashionable, in a way that is intended to attract people's attention and admiration:
We stayed in a swanky hotel.

2 DISAPPROVING behaving too confidently:
I'm sick of his swanky talk.
grasp at sth (OPPORTUNITY) phrasal verb
to try to take an opportunity:
Certainly if the job were offered me I'd grasp at the chance.


('rāt') pronunciation

intr.v., -rat·ed, -rat·ing, -rates.
  1. To revolve around a fixed point or axis.
  2. To move in spiral or spirallike course. See synonyms at turn.
  3. To oscillate or vary, especially in a repetitious pattern: Stock prices gyrated around last week's high.
adj. Biology.
In rings; coiled or convoluted.
[Late Latin g[ymacr]rāre, g[ymacr]rāt-, from Latin g[ymacr]rus, circle. See gyre.]
gyrator gy'ra'tor n.

verb [I]
1 to turn around and around on a fixed point, usually quickly

2 to dance, especially in a sexual way:
A line of male dancers gyrated to the music while the audience screamed their appreciation.

━━ vi. 回転[旋回]する.
gy・ra・tion ━━ n.
 ━━ a.

con·vo·lut·ed (kŏn'və-lū'tĭd) pronunciation

  1. Having numerous overlapping coils or folds: a convoluted seashell.
  2. Intricate; complicated: convoluted legal language; convoluted reasoning.
━━ a., v. 回旋状の; 巻く.
con・vo・lut・ed ━━ a. 渦巻き状の; (理論などが)難解な.
━━ n. (普通pl.) 渦巻き, とぐろ, ねじれ(合い); 【解】(脳の表面の)しわ.

convolute (verb) Practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive.
Synonyms:pervert, sophisticate, twist
Usage:Her lawyer had warned her that the prosecutor would convolute her testimony and use it to implicate her in the crime, but it still shocked her to see him do it so shamelessly.