‘His sister said, “real artists don't use a ruler”. David said, “bugger what a real artist would do”.’ Thomas Dilworth on David Jones, infant draughtsman extraordinaire. Watch the full video: lrb.me/qpk
As a historian of French satire, I thought back over the writers who had aimed their wit against power and bigotry: Rabelais, Bussy-Rabutin, Beaumarchais, Chamfort…and above all, Voltaire. Outrageous satire flourished as far back as the 1640s, when Paul Scarron mocked Louis XIV’s chief minister, the Cardinal Mazarin, with these notorious lines:
Bougre bougrant, bougre bougré,
Et bougre au suprême degré….
[Buggering bugger, buggered bugger,
And buggered to the supreme degree….]
This is from October 1968: 'Deep in him lies a homosexual butch, who has to rape and bugger everything in sight. This desire to mount above, to be righter than right, to come off best, is complemented by a sort of craving for affection that belongs to the other homosexual partner, though at the first sign of sentiment the butch in him cracks the whip.' This one-man gay couple is Tom Maschler, Fowles's long-time editor at Cape.
After flyers failed to stop litterbugs, the frustrated mayor of a Malaysian town told his officials to blow the whistle on offenders — literally.
As Whole Foods CEO John Mackey faces the fallout over his online message-board posts, few people close to him say they were surprised that he tooted his own horn and blasted critics. Their only surprise was that he did it .
這家公司的CEO多年來在 Yahoo 的 message-board 上
匿名寫(anonymously)評論專欄 多捧自己公司 偶爾攻擊對手
事發 引起喧囂反應 這牽涉到到操守問題
Sweden adopts controversial bugging law
The Swedish parliament has approved a controversial law that permits
the monitoring of all e-mails and telephone calls across the
country's borders. It will allow Swedish intelligence to scan
international phone calls, e-mails and faxes without a prior court
order. The bill was approved on Wednesday after two days of heated
debate. It will become law in January. Critics have called the
proposal an attack on civil liberties that would create a "Big
Brother" state. Its supporters say it is necessary for national
a very small device fixed on to a telephone or hidden in a room, that allows you to listen to what people are saying without them knowing
verb [T] -gg-
She suspected that her phone had been bugged (= that a listening device had been hidden inside it).
- A true bug.
- An insect or similar organism, such as a centipede or an earwig. See Regional Note at
- A disease-producing microorganism: a flu bug.
- The illness or disease so produced: “stomach flu, a cold, or just some bug going around” (David Smollar).
- A defect or difficulty, as in a system or design.
- Computer Science. A defect in the code or routine of a program.
- An enthusiasm or obsession: got bitten by the writing bug.
- An enthusiast or devotee; a buff: a model train bug.
- An electronic listening device, such as a hidden microphone or wiretap, used in surveillance: planted a bug in the suspect's room.
1 the radioactive dust in the air after a nuclear explosion(1950):
Cancer deaths caused by fallout from weapons testing could rise to 2.4 million over the next few centuries.
2 the unpleasant results or effects of an action or event:
The political fallout of the revelations has been immense.
verb [I or T]
to make a short sound or series of short sounds, especially with the horn of a car as a warning:
The driver tooted (her horn).
The waiting taxi gave a toot on its horn.
1 [I or T] to explode or destroy something or someone with explosives, or to break through or hit something with a similar, very strong force:
A tunnel was to be blasted through the mountains.
They heard the guns blasting away all night.
FIGURATIVE Their latest record blasted (its way) up the charts (= moved very quickly because of its popularity).
See also sandblast.
2 [T] INFORMAL to criticise someone or something severely:
The government was blasted by the opposition for failing to reduce inflation.
v., bugged, bug·ging, bugs. v.intr.
To grow large; bulge: My eyes bugged when I saw the mess.
- To annoy; pester.
- To prey on; worry: a memory that bugged me for years.
- To equip (a room or telephone circuit, for example) with a concealed electronic listening device.
- To make (the eyes) bulge or grow large.
bug off Slang.
- To leave someone alone; go away.
- To leave or quit, usually in a hurry.
- To avoid a responsibility or duty. Often used with on or of: bugged out on his partners at the first sign of trouble.
put a bug in (someone's) ear Informal.
- To impart useful information to (another) in a subtle, discreet way.
[Origin unknown.]bugger bug'ger n.
Definition of self-made
- having become successful or rich by one’s own efforts:a self-made millionaire
buggerPronunciation: /ˈbʌgə/vulgar slang, chiefly BritishTranslate bugger | into German | into Italian | into Spanish
Origin:Middle English (originally denoting a heretic, specifically an Albigensian): from Middle Dutch, from Old French bougre 'heretic', from medieval Latin Bulgarus 'Bulgarian', particularly one belonging to the Orthodox Church and therefore regarded as a heretic by the Roman Church. The sense 'sodomite' (16th century) arose from an association of heresy with forbidden sexual practices; its use as a general insult dates from the early 18th century