2017年4月23日 星期日

stardust, fusty backwater, bland, jigger, scree, abut


Last year we asked French voters not to dismiss an untested political outsider. On Sunday they voted him through to the second round of the presidential election





Apart from a few years in the 1960s when the New York culture czar Henry Geldzahler tossed some stardust around, the Metropolitan Museum was a fusty backwater for contemporary art, and an object of scorn in the art world. New work seemed to arrive only in bland job-lot batches. Exhibitions kept being awarded to angsty British painters who had peaked before World War II.



With Europe's northern coastline abutting Russia's, helping to secure the reactors at Murmansk reduces the risk of potential contamination in European waters.


abut 
verb [T never passiveI + preposition] -tt- FORMAL
If a building or area of land abuts on something, it is next to it or touches it on one side:
Mexico abuts (on) some of the richest parts of the United States.
Their house abutted (onto) the police station.


━━ v. (-tt-) (隣)接する ((on, upon)); 寄り掛かる ((against)).
 a・but・ment ━━ n. 【建】隣接(点); 橋台; せり台 ((アーチの)).
 a・but・tals ━━ n.pl. 境界(地).



scree 是碎石嗎?

另外一種不容易傳達的是地理特性等
譬如說
{法國中尉的女人}大陸本將scree翻譯為碎石


"伍德拉夫小姐!"他舉起帽子,大聲說道,"您怎麼到這兒來呢?"
"我剛才看見您到這兒來啦。"
他踩著碎石向上走了幾步,靠她近了一些。她的帽子又是拿在手裏。查理斯發現,她的頭髮有點松亂,好象她在風裏站過,但剛才並沒有颳風呀。散亂的頭髮使她看上去有點野性,而她盯著查理斯時的神氣更增加了這種野性感。他不明白,自己先前為什麼沒相信她真的有點瘋呢?


scree 其實有專名:
 ━━ n. 【地学】がれ(場); 崖錐(がいすい).

是"不小的":

scree (看圖 那一是英國南方的......) Show phonetics
noun [C or U] SPECIALIZED
(an area on the side of a mountain covered with) large loose broken stones


Loose rock debris covering a slope.

A slope of loose rock debris at the base of a steep incline or cliff.


jigger (CHANGE)
verb [T] US
to change something, especially unfairly or illegally:
The ruling party jiggered the election results to be sure they would stay in power.EBay Rejiggers Fees for Sellers
EBay said it will cut by up to 50% the fees it charges sellers to list their goods online, and will instead take a bigger cut of completed sales.


━━ n. jigを踊る人; 【虫】スナノミ ((ノミ[ダニ]の一種)); (酒の)計量カップ(1杯の分量); 〔話〕 代物 ((とっさに名称が思い出せない時用いる)).
noun [C] US
a small round metal container which is used for measuring strong alcoholic drinks, or the amount of alcohol which this container holds 1. Also called a shot or shot glass, a jigger is a small drinking glass-shaped container that usually holds about 11⁄2 ounces, but can also be a 1- or 2-ounce size. It's generally used to measure liquor. 2. The term is also used to describe the quantity of liquid such a measure holds, as in "a jigger of whiskey."See also ponyshot.



stardust ,

n.
  1. A dreamlike, romantic, or uncritical sense of well-being.
  2. A cluster of stars too distant to be seen individually, resembling a dimly luminous cloud of dust. Not in scientific use.
  3. Minute particles of matter that fall to Earth from the stars. Not in scientific use.
idiom:
have stardust in (one's) eyes
  1. To be uncritically or unrealistically optimistic.



fusty
adj., -ti·er, -ti·est.
  1. Smelling of mildew or decay; musty.
  2. Old-fashioned; antique.
[Middle English, from Old French fust, piece of wood, wine cask, from Latin fūstis, stick, club.]
fustily fus'ti·ly adv.
fustiness fus'ti·ness n.


backwater,

bland
adj., bland·er, bland·est.
  1. Characterized by a moderate, unperturbed, or tranquil quality, especially:
    1. Pleasant in manner; smooth: a bland smile.
    2. Not irritating or stimulating; soothing: a bland diet.
    3. Exhibiting no personal worry, embarrassment, or concern: told a series of bland lies.
    1. Dull and insipid: a bland little drama.
    2. Having little or no distinctive flavor: bland cooking.
[Latin blandus, caressing, flattering.]
blandly bland'ly adv.
blandness bland'ness n.

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hanching chung 提到...

Wikinomics is even rejuvenating the fusty old state.