2016年9月30日 星期五


Busy with work schedules and wary of weekend traffic, some affluent homeowners are buying second homes in the same city as their primary residence.

Getting away from it all doesn’t have to mean actually getting away.

居家(鄉) 兼度假
A staycation (or stay-cation, or stacation) is a neologism for a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trips from their home to area attractions. Staycations have achieved high popularity in current hard economic times in which unemployment levels and gas prices are high.
Common activities of a staycation include use of the backyard pool, visits to local parks and museums, and attendance at local festivals. Some staycationers also like to follow a set of rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel  of a traditional vacation...
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Pronunciation: /steɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ 


holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.


Early 21st century: blend of stay1 and vacation.

2016年9月27日 星期二


Today, there are only about 29 velodromes in the entire United States.
A fun Friday night once meant going to the velodrome to watch cyclists collide.



1A cycle-racing track, typically with steeply banked curves.

Example sentences

1.1A stadium containing a banked cycle-racing track.


Late 19th century: from French vélodrome, from vélo bicycle + -drome (see -drome).

Indoor velodromes were also common particularly in the late 19th and early 20th century. For example, the Vélodrome d'hiver was built in Paris in 1909 and featured a 250 m (820.2 ft) indoor track with a wooden surface.

napalm, Molotov cocktail 1940, hell cannon 2013

Improvised weapons have a long and bloody history, from the Irish shillelagh to the Molotov cocktail. Their modern equivalents, such as the hell cannons of Aleppo, are far deadlier

Makeshift weapons are becoming more dangerous with highly sophisticated, commercially available kit

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Hell's kitchens
The Economist - 1 day ago
THE “hell cannons” of Aleppo pack a deadly punch. Cobbled together in Syria by militant ...

The hell cannon (Arabic: مدفع جهنم) is a general name used to describe a class of mortar-like improvised firearms in-use by insurgent forces during the Syrian Civil War, mainly in the Aleppo area. It was first noted in 2013 and a number of home-made cannon variants have appeared in Syria since.

Improvised artillery in the Syrian Civil War - Wikipedia, the free ...


This picture of nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc - a young girl, running naked and terrified down the road after a napalm attack - became one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War. (Credit: AP)
to napalm people who were resisting US....

First came the removal of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Nick Ut of a girl fleeing napalm in Vietnam, posted on the page of a Norwegian journalist. 


n. a highly flammable sticky jelly used in incendiary bombs and flamethrowers, consisting of gasoline thickened with special soaps.
attack with bombs containing napalm.
Etymology: 1940s: from na (phthenic) and palm(itic acid).
See the IntroductionAbbreviations and Pronunciation for further details.
  • [néipɑːm]
a napalm bomb
[naphthaleneとpalmitic acid]

凝固汽油彈英語napalm)是幾種武器用途的可燃液體之總稱,大多以膠狀汽油為主成份。準確地說,「napalm」一詞字面上指的是凝固汽油彈中用來與汽油混合以產生膠質燃劑的黏稠劑成份。此詞是由它的研發者─路易·菲塞(Louis Frederick Fieser)所領導的哈佛大學化學家團隊所命名,是naphthene(環烷烴)的鋁鹽palmitic acid(棕櫚酸)的混成詞,製造凝固汽油彈時會將這兩種成份加入可燃物質使其膠質化[1]1940s: from na(phthenic) and palm(itic acid).
Napalm is a flammable liquid used in warfare. It is a mixture of a gelling agent, and either petroleum or a similar fuel. It was initially used as an incendiary device against buildings and later primarily as an anti-personnel weapon, as it sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire.

Napalm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Molotov cocktail
  1. a crude incendiary device typically consisting of a bottle filled with flammable liquid and with a means of ignition.

Molotov cocktail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Molotov cocktail is a breakable glass bottle containing a flammable substance such as petrol or a napalm-like mixture, with some motor oil added, and usually a source of ignition such as a burning cloth wick held in place by the bottle's stopper. The wick is usually soaked in alcohol or kerosene, rather than petrol.


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Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton 51 times during the first presidential debate, ...

past tense: mansplained; past participle: mansplained
  1. (of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
    "I'm listening to a guy mansplain economics to his wife"

Mansplaining is a portmanteau of the words man and explaining, defined as "to explain something to someone, typically a man to woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing."[1][2] Lily Rothman of The Atlantic defines it as "explaining without regard to the fact that the explainee knows more than the explainer, often done by a man to a woman",[3] and feminist author and essayist Rebecca 

The word is thought to have been first used in 2008 or 2009,[16] shortly after Solnit published her April 2008 blog post. In it, she did not use the word mansplaining, but described the phenomenon as "something every woman knows."

subtext, subtopia, suburbia

In Suburbia, Doubts Persist About Trump

Undecided women in Philadelphia’s suburbs, a crucial voting bloc, said Mr. Trump had not only failed to win them over but in many cases had repelled them.

The latest round of the battle started with Microsoft’s boss, Steve Ballmer, sending a stern warning to Yahoo!’s board to begin discussing a deal or face a hostile takeover. Yahoo! responded with a letter whose subtext was, “keep it friendly, please, we’re only holding out for more money”. At the same time, Mr Yang was planning another tactic: to stall, by making everything really, really complicated.



  • [MASS NOUN] Unsightly, sprawling suburban development.
    ‘I shall doubtless feel no more alien than anybody else in the prevailing subtopia because nobody will be working out of doors’


1950s: blend of suburb and utopia.

subtext  1950
noun [C]
a hidden or less obvious meaning:
The political subtext of her novel is a criticism of government interference in individual lives.

Full Definition of suburbia

  1. 1:  the suburbs of a city
  2. 2:  people who live in the suburbs
  3. 3:  suburban life

jukebox, "jukebox musical"

The term "jukebox musical" dates at least to 1962,[2] following jukebox (1939), though the general genre – motion pictures consisting largely of hit recordings – dates to the 1940s and 1950s.[citation needed] Examples are Jam SessionAn American in Paris (1951), Rock Around the Clock (1956), Juke Box Rhythm (1959), and A Hard Day's Night (1964).



Washington Post
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had a case of the sniffles during the first presidential debate on Sept. 26 – so we put them all in one supercut, with a few of his interruptions for good measure.



  • A compilation of a large number of short video clips, typically showing examples of a repeated or clichéd action or phrase in films or broadcasts.
    ‘a supercut of all of Woody Allen's stammers, clocking in at a whopping 45 minutes’


Early 21st century: from super- + cut.

2016年9月25日 星期日

woofer, subwoofer

"The noise is always there, with the stereo subwoofer vibrating. It's so hot where we live, but we can't open our windows," said Zhang Fuzhen, who lives in the building.

A Small Subwoofer With Case-Busting Bass
Sunfire has turned the normal formula of high fidelity, which says more bass requires bigger speakers, on its head with the Atmos.



  • A loudspeaker designed to reproduce low frequencies.


1930s: from the verb woof + -er.

Definition of woofer


a loudspeaker designed to reproduce low frequencies
woof • er
woofers (複数形)

Definition of subwoofer


a loudspeaker component designed to reproduce very low bass frequencies.