2017年6月2日 星期五

hucksterish, haggle, active volcano, pitchman, seedling, far-out (STRANGE)

 Research competitors' prices, say no when the shopkeeper offers you tea, and don't forget to enjoy yourself. An experienced haggler shares his tips with The Economist’s 1843 magazine

A bit of game theory comes in handy
Lawyers’ biggest customers are discovering that they can haggle (Jan 2014) 2 - See more at: http://www.economist.com/#sthash.3hLjFtm6.dpuf

Google gives everyone an endorsement deal MarketWatch
Google is the latest Internet giant to turn its users into unpaid pitchmen, using recommendations of one person to sell products to their friends and connections.
Lassen Volcanic National Park, in Northern California, consists of more than 100,000 acres of wilderness and woodlands surrounding Lassen Peak, a volcano named for a pioneer and huckster who guided migrants through the area, that last blew its top in 1915, before anybody knew it was an active volcano.


  12 Things You Should Always Haggle Over
By Martha C. White

You know the saying "Everything is negotiable"? It's true.

'Dealings: A Political and Financial Life'

Felix Rohatyn, the investment banker who saved New York City from bankruptcy, recalls less hucksterish days on Wall Street.

Political Haggling Thwarts Merger of Aerospace Giants

EADS and BAE Systems said that they had reached agreement on the terms for a merger, but had not been able to win government support for the deal.


The rise of haggling: Let's make a deal

Cash-strapped consumers are haggling their way to big savings

With a far-out approach to customer service, Saturn hopes to run rings around the competition. Originally conceived by General Motors engineers in 1982, Saturn began operations in 1985 with a fresh vision of a people-focused car company. Saturn aimed to simplify the car buying experience with no-hassle, no-haggle pricing while also simplifying the relationship between carmaker and autoworker. A subsidiary of General Motors, Saturn makes a range of compact and midsize cars, including the Vue and Outlook compact SUVs, Astra sedan, and Sky roadster.

July 22, 2008 -- 2:38 p.m. EDT
FCC Haggles Over XM-Sirius Deal
The FCC's review of XM-Sirius merger continues, with one FCC commissioner voting against the deal and two FCC members supporting it. Two others have yet to vote.

When I heard this story as a child, I rejoiced at the successful securing of the pillows, and remembered the lesson of the haggling procedure: if you don't offer a deal, you won't get one.

Haggling was once common before department stores began setting fixed prices in the 1850s. But the shift to bargaining in malls and on Main Street is a considerable change from even 10 years ago, Ms. Koehn said, when studies showed that consumers did not like to bargain and did not consider themselves good at it. “Call it the eBay phenomenon,” Ms. Koehn said.
“The recession is helping to push these seedlings to the surface,” she added. “It’s a real turnabout on the part of the buyer and the seller.”

far-out (STRANGE)
adjective SLANG
strange and unusual:
I've seen the video - it's pretty far-out.

verb [I or T] ━━ v. (しつこく)値切る; 押し問答をする; 切り刻む.
━━ n. 値切る事; 口論.
to attempt to decide on a price or conditions which are acceptable to the person selling the goods and the person buying them, usually by arguing:
It's traditional that you haggle over/about the price of things in the market.

turnabout, active ingredients

(180°の)転回, 転向, 寝返り.

seedling PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
noun [C] ━━ n. 実生(みしょう)(の草木); 苗木, 若木.
a very young plant which has grown from a seed:
Raise the seedlings in the greenhouse, and transplant when the weather becomes warmer.


Syllabification: hag·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈhagəl/


[no object] Dispute or bargain persistently, especially over the cost of something: the two sides are haggling over television rightsMore example sentencesSynonyms
Lawyers’ biggest customers are discovering that they can haggle (Jan 2014) 2 - See more at: http://www.economist.com/#sthash.3hLjFtm6.dpuf
Lawyers’ biggest customers are discovering that they can haggle (Jan 2014) 2 - See more at: http://www.economist.com/#sthash.3hLjFtm6.dpuf


Syllabification: (huck·ster)
Pronunciation: /ˈhəkstər/


  • a person who sells small items, either door-to-door or from a stall or small store.
  • a mercenary person eager to make a profit out of anything.
  • North American a publicity agent or advertising copywriter, especially for radio or television.


[with object] North American
  • promote or sell (something, typically a product of questionable value).
  • [no object] bargain; haggle.



Pronunciation: /-izəm/


Middle English (in the sense 'retailer at a stall, hawker'): probably of Low German origin

  • 発音記号[hʌ'kstər]

1 ((古風))呼び売り商人;行商人.
2 (販売・選挙運動などの)宣伝屋, ひろめ屋.
3 金目当ての人.
4 ((略式))
(1) 押し売り.
(2) ((米))広告業者.
1 (…を)呼び売りする;(…を)行商する.
2 (…を)値切る.
3 (…に)混ぜ物をする.


huckster +‎ -ish

[edit] Adjective

hucksterish (comparative more hucksterish, superlative most hucksterish)
  1. Like a huckster in some way; showy, fraudulent, etc.  [quotations ▼]


From Middle English hukster, from Middle Dutch hokester, itself from hoeken (to peddle); compare hawkster.

[edit] Noun

huckster (plural hucksters)
  1. A peddler or hawker, who sells small items, either door-to-door, from a stall, or in the street
  2. Somebody who sells things in an aggressive or showy manner.
  3. Somebody who writes advertisements for radio or television.

[edit] See also

pitchman - definition of pitchman by the Free Online Dictionary ...

A hawker of small wares, as on the streets or at a carnival. 2. One who makes aggressive selling or promotional efforts. 3. One who delivers commercials on ...

[edit] Verb

to huckster (third-person singular simple present hucksters, present participle huckstering, simple past and past participle huckstered)
  1. (intransitive) To haggle, to wrangle, or to bargain.
  2. (transitive) To sell or offer goods from place to place, to peddle.
  3. (transitive) To promote/sell goods in an aggressive/ showy manner.

[edit] Derived terms

[edit] References

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967