2017年10月19日 星期四

gap, gap year, generation gap , gawk, gawp, eccentric, gaping absence

These wild stories will give you a little glimpse into how Liszt got his reputation for being larger than life.
Liszt was a performer and showman just as much as he was an ace…
“Freedom of expression is the basis of human rights, the source of humanity and the mother of truth. To block freedom of speech is to trample on human rights, to strangle humanity and to suppress the truth.”
President Obama and the First Lady announce their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017, taking a gap year after her high school graduation next month.

Among the tombs that archaeologists have identified from ancient Egypt there remains one gaping absence. Could opening a sealed door reap the biggest discovery ever made? Our report from August

“Even our charity is essentially patronising. Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Give him a fishing rod and he can feed himself. Alternatively, don’t poison the fishing waters, abduct his great-grandparents into slavery, then turn up 400 years later on your gap year talking a lot of shite about fish.”

Debate around reparations is threatening because it upends the usual narrative of development. The impact of colonialism cannot be ignored

In a Divided America, It’s Old vs. Young
We are a country of contrasting groups: rich and poor, red and blue, secular and religious. But one division — the generation gap — has been largely overlooked.

ONE year ago bears on China were a rare species. People scoffed at Jim Chanos, a well-known short-seller, who predicted that China would end up “like Dubai times 1,000, or worse”. Nor did they heed Hugh Hendry, the eccentric boss of Eclectica Asset Management, who posted a homemade video of himself wandering Chinese streets and gawking at abandoned skyscrapers on YouTube.

Sheltering Under Grand Central’s Ceiling of Stars
From an astrological ceiling mural to gleaming gold chandeliers and the famous information booth, there is plenty to gawk at in this landmark building.


知道當中的那個字嗎? Please Stop XXking. Go-Home watch it on TV.

eccentric (STRANGE), handlebar stems, quill

Delta 2190-LHP Waterfall Collection Two-Handle Bar Faucet Less Handles

My family has an unhealthy love of books. They attach themselves to us like pets, and our apartment has so many volumes that I worry about the entire eccentric library crashing suddenly through the floor and resettling itself on the neighbor downstairs.

eccentric (STRANGE)
strange or unusual, sometimes in an amusing way:
eccentric behaviour
eccentric clothes

noun [C]
My mother's a bit of an eccentric.


1 [U] the state of being eccentric:
His eccentricity now extends to never washing or changing his clothes.

2 [C] an eccentric action:
Her eccentricities get stranger by the day.

The stem is the component on a bicycle that connects the handlebars to the steerer tube of the bicycle fork. Sometimes called goose necks[1], stems belong to two systems, quill or threadless, each compatible with respective headset and fork designs:
  • Quill: the stem inserts into the steerer tube which is threaded and which does not extend above the headset.
  • Threadless: the stem clamps around the steerer tube which is not threaded and which extends above the headset.
Quill stem
classic single-piece type 
Threadless stem
shown with cable hole


発音  変化《複》quills カナクイル、クウィル

━━ n. 大羽根 ((翼・尾などの強くて丈夫な)); 羽軸 (quill feather); 羽根ペン (quill pen); ...
「EXCEED英和辞典」 の定義を確認

  • 他動
  • 1. 管状{かんじょう}にひだをつける
  • 2. 〔糸を〕糸巻きに巻く
  • 1. 〔鳥の〕羽柄{うへい}
  • 2. 〔筒形の〕糸巻き{いとまき}◆【同】bobbin
  • 3. 〔魚釣りの〕浮き
  • 4. 〔楽器{がっき}の弦をはじく〕ばち
  • 5. 《機械》中空軸{ちゅうくう じく}
  • 6. 羽ペン


A cylindrical, straight or curved steering bar, usually fitted with handles at each end, as on a bicycle. Often used in the plural.

Bicycles with Deda Forza Handlebar Stems Recalled by Deda Elementi Due to Crash Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Deda Forza Bicycle Handlebar Stems
Units: About 400
Manufacturer: Deda Elementi S.r.l., of Italy
Hazard: The top of the bicycle handlebar stem can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a crash hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Deda Elementi has received four reports of incidents involving the handlebar stems. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recall involves bicycles with Deda Forza black carbon fiber handlebar stems in gloss finish. “Deda Forza” is printed on the handlebar stem. Deda Forza black carbon fiber handlebar stems in matte finish are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Bicycle retailers nationwide from January 2008 through June 2008 on bicycles selling for between $4,300 and $8,700. The handlebar stems were also sold separately for about $400.
Manufactured in: Taiwan and Italy
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the bicycles equipped with the recalled Deda Forza handlebar stems and return them to the place of purchase to receive a free replacement handlebar stem.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Deda Elementi toll-free at (866) 514-5522 anytime, visit the firm’s Web site www.dedaelementi.com, or email the firm at dedusa@dedaelementi.com


    In the professional or career world, a gap year is a year before going to college or University and after finishing high school or taking a year off before going into graduate school after completing a bachelor as an undergraduate.

    Gap year - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


generation gap

A difference in values and attitudes between one generation and another, especially between young people and their parents.
A broad difference in values and attitudes between one generation and another, especially between parents and their children. For example, There's a real generation gap in their choice of music, restaurants, clothing--you name it. [1960s"

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verb [I] ( UK ALSO gawp) INFORMAL
to look at something or someone in a stupid or rude way:
Don't sit there gawking like that - give me a hand!
UK They just stood there gawping at me.

gawk pronunciation

IN BRIEF: To stare in a stupid way.

pronunciation Many drivers slowed down to gawk at the stalled cars on the side of the road.

An awkward, loutish person; an oaf.
intr.v., gawked, gawk·ing, gawks.
To stare or gape stupidly. See synonyms at gaze.
[Perhaps alteration (influenced by gawk hand, left hand) of obsolete gaw, to gape, from Middle English gawen, from Old Norse , to heed.]

gawker gawk'er n.
v. intr. - 癡呆地看, 張口瞠目
n. - 笨人, 笨拙的人, 呆子
日本語 (Japanese)
n. - 気のきかないやつ
v. - ぽかんと見とれる