2016年11月22日 星期二

quibble, cavil, screwball, niggle, stir, bestir, "squeezed middle," weasel out

“Quibbling over translations is perhaps only amusing for translators and people who claim to be experts in the original tongue. We’ll try a set of comparisons, but first I’ll declare that the best new old fiction you’re going to read all year is between the covers of this book.”—reviewer Bob Blaisdell's endorses the new Pushkin translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky.


"Magic In The Moonlight" is a pleasant, scenic screwball comedy which takes several of Woody Allen's perennial concerns and folds them into a small, neat, prettily decorated parcel. And yet, unless you're in a forgiving frame of mind, it's hard not to be niggled by its faultshttp://econ.st/1uNYxMX


Weasel words

Meaning Ambiguous or quibbling speech.((略式))逃げ口上, 遠回しな言葉.

'Squeezed middle' Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year
Chicago Tribune
The Oxford English Dictionary has announced its 2011 Word of the Year — "squeezed middle," which is actually two words, but who are we to quibble? Though British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is credited with introducing the term describing the ...



Our Father, Who Art in Flagrante: Passion Pics Bestir Celibacy Debate

(By Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)


Insights into the surprising science behind traditional food preparation methods such as grilling, smoking, and stir-frying

When Sites Drag the Unwitting Across the Web

By SOMINI SENGUPTA
The social media site Klout has caused a stir with its culling of information about individuals, including children, from publicly available sources online.

Weasel words
weasel
('zəl) pronunciation
n.
  1. Any of various carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a long slender body, a long tail, short legs, and brownish fur that in many species turns white in winter.
  2. A person regarded as sneaky or treacherous.
intr.v., -seled, also -selled, -sel·ing, -sel·ling, -sels, -sels.
To be evasive; equivocate.

phrasal verb:
weasel out Informal.
  1. To back out of a situation or commitment in a sneaky or cowardly manner.
[Middle English wesele, from Old English wesle.]
鼬鼠/黃鼠狼

[名](複 〜s, ((集合的))〜)
1 《動物》イタチ
pop goes the weasel
ひょいとイタチが跳ねる.
2 ((略式))ずる賢く卑劣な人;((俗))密告者.
3 ((主に米))(雪上用)ウィーゼル車.
━━[動](自)((略式))(責任などを)回避する;約束を破る((out/of ...));逃げ口上を言う;あざむく
weasel out of one's responsibility
責任を回避する.








niggle Line breaks: nig¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈnɪɡ(ə)l/


[NO OBJECT]
1Cause slight but persistent annoyance, discomfort, or anxiety:Doreen wanted to discuss matters that niggled ather mind(as adjective nigglingniggling aches and pains
1.1[WITH OBJECT] Criticize or annoy (someone) in a petty way:people niggling me for doing too much work

NOUN

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A trivial criticism, discomfort, or annoyance:it is an excellent book except for my few niggleshe can only throw underarm at the moment because of a niggle

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'do in an ineffectual way'): apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian nigla. Current senses date from the late 18th century.
quibble
(kwĭb'əl) pronunciation
intr.v., -bled, -bling, -bles.
  1. To evade the truth or importance of an issue by raising trivial distinctions and objections.
  2. To find fault or criticize for petty reasons; cavil.
n.
  1. A petty distinction or an irrelevant objection.
  2. Archaic. A pun.
[Probably diminutive of obsolete quib, equivocation, perhaps from Latin quibus, dative and ablative pl. of quī, who, what (from its frequent use in legal documents).]
quibbler quib'bler n.
SYNONYMS quibble, carp, cavil, niggle, nitpick, pettifog. These verbs mean to raise petty or frivolous objections or complaints: quibbling about minor details; a critic who constantly carped; caviling about the price of coffee; an editor who niggled about commas; tried to stop nitpicking all the time; pettifogging about trivialities.

cavil


Pronunciation: /ˈkav(ə)l/



Definition of cavil in English:

verb (cavilscavillingcavilledUS cavilscaviling,caviled)

[NO OBJECT]
Make petty or unnecessary objections:they cavilled at the cost
bestir Pronunciation (verb) To cause to become active.
Synonyms:rouse
Usage:If nobody knows the address, you must still bestir yourself in trying to find it.





screwball

Line breaks: screw|ball
Pronunciation: /ˈskruːbɔːl
  
/

chiefly North American


NOUN


1Baseball A ball pitched with reverse spin as compared to a curve ball.
2INFORMAL A crazy or eccentric person:she was dating a real screwball

ADJECTIVE

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1Crazy; absurd:what possessed you to ask a screwball question like that?
1.1Relating to or denoting a style of fast-moving comedy film involving eccentric characters or ridiculous situations:a screwball comedy in which two different couples find themselves sharing a house



Derivatives




screwballer

NOUN

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