"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning."
— Mark Twain in a letter to George Bainton (15 October 1888)
In saying that Roman Catholics should not breed “like rabbits,” the pope set a new standard for the papal vernacular.
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Mr. Zumthor’s buildings do not share a common vernacular. They range from tall and circular to low-slung and boxy. For his Field Chapel to St. Nikolaus von der Flüe, completed in 2007, in Mechernich, Germany, Mr. Zumthor formed the interior from 112 tree trunks configured like a tent. Over 24 days, layers of concrete were poured around the structure. Then for three weeks a fire was kept burning inside so that the dried tree trunks could be easily removed from the concrete shell. The chapel floor was covered with lead, which was melted on site and manually ladled onto the floor.
Marketers and cellphone makers are only too happy to fill the newest generation gap. Last fall, Firefly Mobile introduced the glowPhone for the preschool set; it has a small keypad with two speed-dial buttons depicting an image of a mother and a father. AT&T promotes its wireless service with television commercials poking fun at a mom who doesn’t understand her daughter’s cellphone vernacular. Indeed, IDC says revenue from services and products sold to young consumers or their parents is expected to grow to $29 billion in 2010, up from $21 billion in 2005.
firefly, lightning-bug 螢火蟲
a very big spoon with a long handle and a deep cup-shaped part, used especially for serving soup:
a soup ladle
verb [T] (ALSO ladle out)
to put soup or other liquid food into bowls to give to people, using a ladle
verb [T usually + adverb or preposition] slung, slung
to hang something over something, especially in a careless way:
I usually sling my jacket over the back of my chair.
noun [C usually singular]
1 the form of a language that a regional or other group of speakers use naturally, especially in informal situations:
The French I learned at school is very different from the local vernacular of the village where I'm now living.
Many Roman Catholics regret the replacing of the Latin mass by the vernacular.
2 SPECIALIZED in architecture, a local style in which ordinary houses are built
3 SPECIALIZED dance, music, art, etc. that is in a style liked or performed by ordinary people
His lively vernacular style goes down well with younger viewers.
old stone vernacular buildings ━━ n. （the ～） 自国語; 地方語, お国ことば; （職業上の）専門語; （動植物の）俗名.
━━ a. （言語が）自国の; 方言の; （建築など）その地方特有の.
- pokes (複数形) • poked (過去形) • poked (過去分詞) • poking (現在分詞) • pokes (三人称単数現在)
6 ((略式))((ふつう〜 -selfまたは受身))〈人を〉（狭い場所に）閉じ込める((up/in ...)).
2 突き出る；はみ出る；広がる((out, up, into, through)).
3 おせっかいを焼く, 出しゃばる；（…を）詮索(せんさく)する((into ...))；ほじくる, あさる((around, about)).
4 のらくらする, ぶらぶらする, のろのろ進む((along, about)).
2 ((略式))のみこみのおそい人, のろま, ぐず.3 ((俗))性交.