04-22-12, 07:57 PM #441
"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
I had heard the similar conversation in English movies many times,
I think it is Okay to speak in this way?
04-22-12, 08:04 PM #442Peruvian authorities are still trying to unravel the mystery of why hundreds of dolphins ended up dead on beaches in the country over the past 2 1/2 months.
Hundreds of dolphins have at times turned up dead on beaches in various parts of the world, though the number of dolphins counted in northern Peru was particularly high. Quijandria said the country hasn't seen such a large die-off of dolphins in recent years.
die-off = a sudden, natural perishing of large numbers of a species, population, or community. Is it normally linked to unknown causes?
04-22-12, 08:10 PM #443Isabel Mercedes Celis Missing: Police Scour Tucson For Missing 6-year-old Girl
1. a : to rub hard especially with a rough material for cleansing
b : to remove by rubbing hard and washing
archaic : to clear (a region) of enemies or outlaws
: to clean by purging : purge
: to remove dirt and debris from (as a pipe or ditch)
: to free from foreign matter or impurities by or as if by washing <scour wool>
: to clear, dig, or remove by or as if by a powerful current of water
None of these definitions mean to search for something.
04-22-12, 08:13 PM #444Hawke said investigators were looking into all potential scenarios, including the possibility that Isabel got up and wandered out of the home she shares with her parents and two brothers or that she was kidnapped.
Investigators also were examining every door and window of the house for signs of a break-in, Hawke said.
Both parents live in the home, so police had no indication a child custody dispute was involved but weren't completely ruling it out.
"Because of the possibility existing that this child could have been abducted, we're treating it as if it's that significant," Hawke said Saturday afternoon. "We don't want to be caught behind the ball by not exploring that possibility."
caught behind the ball = ?
04-23-12, 09:24 AM #445
04-23-12, 09:39 AM #446
. . . to unravel the mystery of hundreds of dead dolphins appearing on the beaches . . .
. . . to find the mysterious reason why hundreds of dead dolphins ended up . . .at times = at intervals; occasionally: to be specific, how many months or years do we consider it is "at times"?die-off = a sudden, natural perishing of large numbers of a species, population, or community. Is it normally linked to unknown causes?
04-23-12, 12:23 PM #447
kidnap, abduct, do both mean the same? No difference at all?caught behind the ball = ?
Having to make a tough decision with no good choices: You're "behind the eight ball."
04-24-12, 04:06 AM #448
You have no balls!
Does it mean you are a person showing cowardice?
Is it derogatory?
Can anyone shed any light on the phrase "No Balls"? When used in a sentence such as " you won't do that because you have not got any balls".
What is the true meaning of the phrase, what is its origin?
My understanding is that is means "a lack of courage", though some of my colleagues claim the remark can be construed as sexist. I disagree. Can anyone help?
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04-24-12, 08:10 AM #449
04-24-12, 09:47 AM #450
Is it derogatory?In Malaysia, if you are a man and people say you have no balls (testes), it means you are a coward.
Men in their late teens and early twenties have higher hormone production than women and us older guys, and in addition their psychological maturation is not complete so they typically don't have a good grasp on vitally important concepts like anger management and deferred gratification. So they are more likely to take unreasonable risks and perform deeds that comprise suboptimization (making things slightly better for themselves by making them much worse for other people). This is why they're the ones who are chosen to fight wars.
These are the guys who are most likely to tell the rest of us that we have no balls. And we'll see them (and their oversized testicles) in their graves.
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04-24-12, 09:55 AM #451
04-24-12, 11:31 AM #452
It's been around a long time, but I would guess that it's still considered impolite, if not outrageously bad. I wouldn't recommend using it at a business meeting, or in church, or when you go to meet your girlfriend's parents.
04-24-12, 07:46 PM #453
04-24-12, 08:32 PM #454
04-25-12, 07:53 AM #455
If you spend a lot of time with a certain group of people and you find that they use these words, then it might be okay for you to use them, especially if you've been accepted socially as a member of the group. This may be true even if it includes ladies. However, a wise and gallant thing to do is to pay close attention to the way the ladies speak. If they don't use these words, but merely tolerate them when the men use them, you could end up being their favorite man in the whole group if you show them the respect of avoiding these words yourself.
"Shag" is a slang word for having sexual intercourse with someone. So of course this rule applies to it.
Although fifty years ago it was a slang word for delivering architectural blueprints to a building site by motorcycle. There were no computers and no internet so everything was on paper. Motorcycles cut through traffic more quickly than cars, so a motorcyclist could deliver the documents faster than if he used a car. I knew one shagger who put 100,000 miles/160,000km on his motorcycle every year. Naturally it was a BMW.
There is a category of language we sometimes call "commercial speech." Of course the purpose of any speech is to communicate, but the specific purpose of commercial speech is to communicate with us in such a way that we will want to buy the company's products. Using clever language entertains us. People who have been entertained are in a happy mood, and when people are in a happy mood they spend more money.
I suppose that this quote is from a product review rather than from an advertisement published by the company. But the reviewer also has a product to sell: his writing. By making it more humorous he encourages his readers to come back and read tomorrow's review, to get more laughs.
04-25-12, 12:20 PM #456Unique may be the most over-used and misused word in the English language. Something that is unique is just that -- the only one. Unique cannot be used with a modifier. An object or person may be quite extraordinary or exquisitely rare. But to hear or read something or someone described as "very unique" sets my teeth on edge more than any fingernails on a blackboard.
sets my teeth on edge more than any fingernails on a blackboard = means what?
Shakespeare used the expression in Henry IV, Part I, 1596:
And I am glad of it with all my heart:
I had rather be a kitten and cry mew
Than one of these same metre ballad-mongers;
I had rather hear a brazen canstick turn'd,
Or a dry wheel grate on the axle-tree;
And that would set my teeth nothing on edge,
Nothing so much as mincing poetry:
'Tis like the forced gait of a shuffling nag.
04-25-12, 02:56 PM #457
On the old blackboards, sometimes when a person was writing fast he'd accidentally put his fingernail too close to the surface. Then it would come in contact with the slate, and as he moved his hand it would drag on the slate against great friction. This made a terrible screeching noise, so loud that the astronauts in space could hear it.
"Nails on a blackboard" is a metaphor for any loud screeching noise that makes you scream for mercy.
04-25-12, 03:08 PM #458
^ I'm cringeing just at the thought of nails on a blackboard... the sound just pierces straight through one's core.
Saint, to "set one's teeth on edge" means that something disturbs you physically such that you wince, the same way that acid or cold may cause someone with sensitive teeth to wince. Or something very sour.
And this is the same thing that the sound does to many people, of someone dragging their nails down a blackboard... a squeaky, scrapey sound... such as this (although this isn't actually too bad).
04-25-12, 03:23 PM #459
04-25-12, 07:26 PM #460Fed stands pat but says will act if needed
pat can be an adjective word:
1. Trite or glib; superficially complete or satisfactory:
e.g. "A pat answer is not going to satisfy an inquisitive audience."
Policymakers nodded to "some signs of improvement" in the housing sector and, while repeating that they expect moderate economic growth in coming quarters, said the recovery should then "pick up gradually."
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