2016年12月21日 星期三

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  The Air Force’s top officer said the service needs to expand by more than 30,000 active duty servicemembers to meet its security obligations.

“We’re at a risk level I’m not comfortable with."
Eight Filipino servicemen live on this forsaken ship. Their job? To keep China in check. Yes, China: http://nyti.ms/1chw3UV


 Summers Pulls Name From Consideration for Fed Chief


Facing growing opposition in Congress, Lawrence H. Summers, the former Treasury secretary and a top contender for Federal Reserve chairman, told President Obama that he didn't want to be considered for the job.


Knell, NPR's Chief, to Leave for National Geographic Society


The departure of Gary Knell was unwelcome news at NPR, which had experienced a series of leadership shake-ups before his arrival in 2011.


The High Master never pulled rank. No style of leadership could have been further removed from the traditional conception of the headmaster as a distant authority figure; James's talisman was his own personality.

At AT&T Stores, No Welcome Mat for BlackBerry



Safety Agency Blasts Grinches Who Spoil Fun
Safety Agency Blasts Grinches Who Spoil Fun


Gifts That Keep Giving (if Not Exploding)

Today's science kits lack the free-play style and sometimes dangerous materials of yore, but many argue that they can still spark a lifelong interest in inquiry.


The Tokyo of Yore

Kawagoe does such a good job evoking the Tokyo of yore that it is affectionately called Little Edo, a reference to the ancient name for Tokyo. The city's center is filled with a well-preserved collection of century-old kura, or warehouses, that still double as stores, workshops and homes.

If pubs are either dying or transforming back to what some of them once were — places offering food and bed, like the old coaching inns (the inn of yore being the pub of today) — it’s reassuring to find that so much charm has been preserved, that the ale is as good as ever, and that you can get a tremendous meal besides.


Time long past: days of yore.
[Middle English, long ago, time long past, from Old English gēara, geāra, long ago, from genitive pl. of gēar, year. See year.]

Practical to Career-Oriented to Just Plain Fun

A brief history of chemistry sets: Utilitarian tools of the trade made way for skill-building sets and, later, zany approaches to "kitchen chemistry."

The boy's golden hair is considered lucky by the Chinese, who cannot resist touching it. "I was a walking talking talisman," he writes. This, plus his status as a gweilo ("ghostly man," or Caucasian), allows him to walk undeterred into Hong Kong's brothels and opium dens to befriend coolies, Triad gangsters and the real-life model for Hiroshima Joe....have to serve as his epitaph, ensuring that he will remain forever young.)

This is not a total surprise. Linguistic evidence pointed that way already. But, in a study just published in Public Library of Science Biology, Dr Trejaut and Dr Lin nail the question down with that talisman of modern research, genetics.
Mission in Afghanistan
A broken talisman brings a young serviceman unwelcome thoughts.

Dynasts of the Daily Press

Megan McKinney's "Magnificent Medills" and Amanda Smith's "Newspaper Titan" chronicle the escapades of Joseph Medill and the power and zaniness of his prominent press family.

pull rank

take unfair advantage of one’s seniority: someone pulled rank and took my place

(') pronunciation
n., pl., -nies.
  1. A ludicrous, buffoonish character in old comedies who attempts feebly to mimic the tricks of the clown.
  2. A comical person given to extravagant or outlandish behavior.
adj., -ni·er, -ni·est.
  1. Ludicrously comical; clownish.
  2. Comical because of incongruity or strangeness; bizarre.
[French zani, from Italian dialectal zanni, from Zanni, variant of Italian Gianni, nickname for Giovanni, John, the name of servants who act as clowns in commedia dell'arte.]
zanily za'ni·ly adv.
zaniness za'ni·ness n.

  • [zéini]

[形](-ni・er, -ni・est)ばかげた, おどけた.
━━[名](複 -nies)
1 《歴史》道化師.
2 ばか, あほう.
3 道化者.


  • 発音記号[éskəpèid]

1 とっぴな行為, 向こう見ずな[むちゃな]いたずら[冒険]
childish escapades
2 (拘束・制約からの)脱出, 逃避;脱線行為.

(tăl'ĭs-mən, -ĭz-) pronunciation
n., pl., -mans.
  1. An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
  2. Something that apparently has magic power.

 those rings, so fresh and gleaming, were their talismans a dolphin talisman would ensure a safe journey on land or at sea  
figurative  he called me his good luck talisman
[French talisman or Spanish talismán or Italian talismano, all from Arabic ṭilasm, from Late Greek telesma, from Greek, consecration ceremony, from telein, to consecrate, fulfill, from telos, result.]

[名](複 〜s)
1 お守り, 魔よけ(石, 指輪, ウサギの後ろ足など), 守り札, 護符.
2 霊験あらたかなもの.
tàl・is・mán・ic, tàl・is・mán・i・cal


出典:『Wiktionary』 (2009/12/02 17:26 UTC 版)



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈwɛlkəm/
Translate unwelcome | into French | into German | into Italian | into Spanish


  • (of a guest or new arrival) not gladly received:guards kept out unwelcome visitors
  • not wanted:unwelcome attentions from men




Syllabification: (serv·ice·man)
noun (plural servicemen)
  • 1a man serving in the armed forces.
2a person providing maintenance on machinery, especially domestic machinery.