九月 10, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 五花八門大雜燴, 英文新字新詞

(名詞) 互相監視 (surveillance)。亦寫成 co-veillance

The use of technology to support a wide array of social, economic and political interactions is generating an increasing amount of information about who, what and where we are. Through self-documentation (sousveillance), state sponsored surveillance, and documentation of interaction with others (coveillance) a vast store of information — varied in content and form — about daily life is spread across private and public data systems where it is subject to various forms of processing.
—"Info 290. Surveillance, Sousveillance, Coveillance, and Dataveillance," UC Berkeley School of Information, June 24, 2013

In this version of surveillance —a transparent coveillance where everyone sees each other — a sense of entitlement can emerge: Every person has a human right to access, and benefit from, the data about themselves.
—Kevin Kelly, "Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It," Wired, March 10, 2014


the real McCoy

九月 5, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 英語成語園地-其他篇



  • Those other paintings are copies, but this one is the real McCoy. (其他那些畫作都是仿製品,但這幅是真品)
  • You only paid $50 for a Birkin bag? Well it's definitely not the real McCoy. (妳只花了 50 美元就買了一款愛瑪仕的柏金包?那肯定不是真貨)



九月 3, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 商業經濟金銀島, 英文新字新詞

(名詞/動詞) 購併雇用 - 購併的目的是為了取得被併公司的人才 (員工的技術和才能),而非其產品或其他資產。亦寫成 acqui-hire, acqhire。這個字是由 acquisition (購併) + hire (雇用) 拼綴而成。

Apple has kept the stakes low in recent years. Several of the companies it has bought had as few as one or two people, like SnappyLabs, a one-man developer of a camera app. The founder, John Papandriopoulos, an electrical engineer, had developed an app to make the iPhone's camera take high-resolution photos at a faster frame rate than Apple's built-in camera software. Apple bought the company this year and made Mr. Papandriopoulos a software engineer.

These tiny acquisitions, made in large part to add the skills of an individual as much as the company, are known as acquihires in Silicon Valley.
—Brian X. Chen, "For Hints at Apple's Plans, Read Its Shopping List," The New York Times, February 23, 2014

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but the pieces fit together like that of a smaller purchase/acquihire: the Directr product will live on (now free) under its own branding, but the team behind it is joining YouTube's video ad team.
—Greg Kumparak, "Google Acquires Directr, An App For Shooting Short Films On Your Phone," TechCrunch, August 6, 2014


A law created in 1925 makes it illegal to wiggle while dancing.
1925 年制訂的一項法律規定,跳舞時扭腰擺臀是違法的。

Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
禁止動物在酒館、學校或做禮拜 (或拜神) 的場所方圓 1,500 英尺內公然交配。

Bathhouses are against the law.

Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.

In an animal shelter, lizards and snakes are treated under the same guidelines as cats and dogs.

It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.

It is an offense for residents to appear on reality TV shows.

It is illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license.

Many animals are illegal to own as pets, including snails, sloths, and elephants.

No more than 6 people are allowed to stay in a hotel room where payment has been paid for just 1 person.
在只付一個人住宿費的旅館房間,最多只允許 6 個人逗留。

No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
無人駕駛的車輛時速不可超過 60 英里 (譯註:近 100 公里)。

Old women must hide their faces when in the vicinity of virgins. The penalty for disobeying this law is 5 years in prison.
在處女附近的老女人必須藏其臉。違反這項法律的罰則是入獄 5 年。

On some beaches it is still illegal for females to surf.

Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.

Women may not drive in a house coat.

Alhambra - 阿罕布拉市

You cannot leave your car on the street overnight without the proper permit.

Arcadia - 阿卡迪亞市

Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.
孔雀有通過任何街道 - 包括私人車道 - 的先行權。

Baldwin Park - 包德溫公園市

Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

Belvedere - 貝爾維德爾市

City Council order reads: "No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash."

Blythe - 布來瑟市

You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.

Burlingame -伯靈格姆市

It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds.

Carmel - 卡梅爾市

Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. (Repealed when Clint Eastwood was mayor)
站在人行道時不可吃冰淇淋 (柯林伊斯威特當市長時已廢除)

Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.

Cathedral City - 大教堂城

It is prohibited to sleep in a parked vehicle.

One may not bring their dog to school.

Persons may not ride their bicycles through the "Fountain of Life".

Cerritos - 喜瑞都市

All dog waste must be removed from any yard within seven days.

Chico - 奇科市

Bowling on the sidewalk is illegal.

Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine.
在市界內引爆核彈處以 500 美元罰鍰。

Driving a herd of cattle down a street is against the law.

It is illegal to own a green or smelly animal hide.

It is illegal to plant a garden in any public street.

One must obtain a permit from the city to throw hay in a cesspool.

Dana Point - 達納點市

One may not use one's own restroom if the window is open.

To be continued (未完待續) …


八月 27, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 五花八門大雜燴, 英文新字新詞

(名詞) 非母親的女性身份;所有非母親的女性。

We have gone without definition or visibility for too long. I am offering "Otherhood" as a name for our misunderstood group of women doing our best to live full and meaningful lives despite the frustrations of some of our most cherished Iongings. We, the Otherhood, who have yet to find our rightful, equitable, requisite place in society, deserve one. Our otherhood denotes our state. Our condition, our character, our nature, and our tribe.
—Melanie Notkin, Otherhood, Seal Press, February 25, 2014

Among the salient findings of the study, women of the "otherhood" are "thriving career-wise," and 75% of them had some college education or above, compared to 67% of women with kids, according to a report on the research.

Indeed, "otherhood is a sign of social progress ... and empowerment," said Hannah Seligson, a contributor to The New York Times who has become a voice for Millenials and collaborated on the study, during a recent panel discussion in New York on the topic.
—Barbara Thau, "Amid The Mother's Day Marketing Blitz, A Look At An Ignored Demographic Gold Mine: The 'Others'," Forbes, May 10, 2014



八月 25, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 五花八門大雜燴, 英文新字新詞

(名詞) 團體自拍 (由團體中某個成員為該團體所拍攝的合照)。亦寫成 ussie。這個字是由 us (我們) + selfie (自拍) 拼綴而成。

When you take a photo of yourself, a "selfie" (I really don't like that word), or with two or more people, an "usie" (I like that one even less), remember to stretch that arm out as far as it will go and hold the phone or camera up so you have to look up. Just don't tilt your head back, or you'll have a photo of your nostrils.
—Bonnie Bing, "Bonnie Bing: Forget laugh lines — now, there's 'tech neck'," The Wichita Eagle, July 1, 2014

What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course!

As in "us." Pronounced uss-ee, rhymes with fussy.

"Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies," said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco who studies consumer behavior. "It's magical capturing moments we share with other people."
—"Remember that Ellen DeGeneres group 'selfie' at Oscars? That was really an 'usie'," The Times-Picayune, July 30, 2014


march to (the beat of) a different drummer

註:march to (the beat of) a different drummer 主要為美國成語,字面意思為「隨著不同鼓手的節拍行進或齊步走」。英式英語是以 march to a different tune 來表達相同的意思。


  • Ida has had a lot of great new ideas since she started marching to a different drummer. (自從艾達開始標新立異以後,她一直有許多很棒的新點子)
  • James is marching to the beat of a different drummer, and he doesn't associate with us anymore. (詹姆士逐漸獨樹一幟,現在不再跟我們來往了)


virtual mobbing

八月 19, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 英文新字新詞, 電腦網路百寶箱

(動名詞) 虛擬圍攻 - 利用網路媒介和技術來攻擊或聯合起來對付某人。
virtual mob (名詞):虛擬暴民。

He uses his book to describe how one can die by Twitter. He calls his experience a virtual mobbing.
—Tim Harper, "Tom Flanagan clawing back from a virtual mobbing," The Toronto Star, April 27, 2014

The background against which the inquiry took place was an increasing number of situations in which people were committing criminal offences using social networks — particularly Facebook and Twitter. The committee examined instances of cyber bullying, revenge porn, trolling and virtual mobbing to try and determine whether or not they were criminal offences and if they were, whether new legislation was required to deal with them.
—Katie Collins, "Crime on social media covered by existing UK law, Lords conclude," Wired UK, July 29, 2014


The world's best Scrabble players are squaring off for the title of Scrabble champion, with the winner to be crowned in Buffalo.


The 25th National Scrabble Championships began on Sunday with 525 players from 11 countries competing for the $10,000 top prize. The winner will be named on Wednesday.

第 25 屆「全美拼字錦標賽」上周日開始,來自 11 國的 525 位選手競爭一萬美元的頭獎。贏家本周三揭曉。

By the time it is over, contenders in five different divisions will have played 31 games each over five days, with rankings based on win-loss records and the number of points by which they outscore opponents.

錦標賽結束時,五組之中的每位競爭者已在五天裡完成 31 場比賽,排名的根據是個人的勝負紀錄,以及他們贏過對手的點數。

The player to beat is five-time champion Nigel Richards, an Australian who lives in Malaysia. Will Anderson, an editor from Hudson, New York, was hoping to spell out a serious challenge after finishing third last year.


"He's like the Michael Jordan of our game," said Anderson. "He's in a class by himself and his command of the dictionary is unbelievable.... We're all kind of looking up at this guy in awe."

安德森說:「他就像拼字世界的喬丹。他自成一個等級,他把字典掌握得滾瓜爛熟... 我們都帶著敬畏仰望這位老兄。」(美聯社/聯合晚報)

app poverty line

八月 14, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 英文新字新詞, 電腦網路百寶箱

(名詞) app 貧窮線 - 程式設計師能夠靠開發 app 謀生的最低收入。

As I continue to meet with large numbers of app developers and publishers, I can't deny that many of them acknowledge the need for a good solid QA process. But examples like the above explain why in a market full of demanding consumers many developers live below the 'app poverty line', unable to make back their development costs.
—Martin Wrigle, "The App Fails of the Last 12 Months and What We Can Learn From Them," App Quality Alliance, May 28, 2014

Though the app stores continue to fill up with ever more mobile applications, the reality is that most of these are not sustainable businesses. According to a new report out this morning, half (50%) of iOS developers and even more (64%) Android developers are operating below the "app poverty line " of $500 per app per month.
—Sarah Perez, "The Majority Of Today's App Businesses Are Not Sustainable," TechCrunch, July 21, 2014



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