七月 28, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 五花八門大雜燴, 英文新字新詞

(名詞) 將傳統上屬於男性的事物與典型的女性特質、觀點或想法產生關連,以使它們更有趣或更吸引女性。亦寫成 pink-ification

Even the market has latched on to the 'pinkification' of several products to make them more appealing to girls as young as six and to women in their 20s and 30s — from Barbie dolls to cellphones to laptops to accessories, just name it.
—Haimanti Mukherjee, "Why colour pink is stereotyping," Wonder Woman, March 2, 2010

Yet, examples of tech's pinkification persist.

In February, at a Harvard event designed to get women interested in computer science, sponsor Goldman Sachs handed out cosmetic mirrors and nail files.
—Kristen V. Brown, "How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink," The San Francisco Chronicle (California), July 6, 2014



七月 25, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 健康醫療製藥廠, 英文新字新詞

(名詞) 在等候醫療檢驗 - 尤指核磁共振 (MRI) 或電腦斷層掃瞄 (CT) - 結果出爐之前內心的焦慮和煎熬。亦寫成 scan-xiety。這個字是由 scan + anxiety 拼綴而成。

And as traumatic as it can be, scanxiety is better than the alternative: being dead, so there's nothing to test, and no odds to wonder about.
—Xeni Jardin, "Scanxiety, or how waiting for cancer tests makes you crazy," BoingBoing, March 8, 2013

In mid-April, she had another cancer-free checkup with her oncologist. She will now have MRI scans to look for new tumors every year instead of every six months.

"It's an amazing step in our healing journey, as it can be nerve wracking to go through the 'scanxiety' every six months," says Teicher.
—Erin Ellis, "Mother finds unique way to share her cancer story with others," The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), April 26, 2014


Atheists are disqualified from holding office or testifying as witness.

Men are not allowed to ask women to dance during the month of July.

It is illegal to call a child Zabradacka.
叫小孩 Zabradacka 是違法的。(若有人知道 Zabradacka 的意思,煩請告知)

A voter is only allowed five minutes to mark his ballot.

Arkansas must be pronounced "Arkansaw"
Arkansas 必須發「阿肯色」的音。(譯註:Arkansas 大多發「阿肯色」的音,即重音在第一音節,最後一個 s 不發音;但實際上,有些美國人是將重音放在第二音節,而且最後一個 s 有發音)。

The Arkansas River can rise no higher than to the Main Street bridge in Little Rock.

Alligators may not be kept in bath tubs.

A law provides that school teachers who bob their hair will not get a raise.

A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.

Fayetteville - 費耶特維爾市

It is against the law to make bats and owls into burgers.

It is unlawful to walk one's cow down Main Street after 1:00 PM on Sunday.

It is illegal to kill "any living creature".

Dogs may not bark after 6 PM.

Little Rock - 小岩城

No one may suddenly start or stop their car at a McDonald's.

It is an offense to eat cheese on a Friday unless it is accompanied by a large bottle of beer.

Flirtation between men and women on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30-day jail term.

No person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 P.M.

couch-cushion change

七月 16, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 五花八門大雜燴, 英文新字新詞

(名詞) 微不足道或非常少的錢。亦寫成 couch cushion change

His Department of Environment and Natural Resources has repeatedly thwarted efforts by environmental groups to hold Duke Energy responsible for its malfeasance in several such spills. For example, the DENR "punished" Duke for the Asheville-Riverbend spillage by fining it all of $99,111, or as some environmentalists have called the fine, "couch-cushion change."
—"C. Mosby Miller: Legislators ignoring spillage," The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), February 21, 2014

Squirt a little water on an opponent after a whistle? Well, if the target's Crosby, that's a $5,000 fine. Probably more if the players union hadn't negotiated a maximum that amounts to couch-cushion change.
—Rick Carpiniello, "Officiating is dragging down the Stanley Cup playoffs," USA Today, May 23, 2014



七月 14, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 健康醫療製藥廠, 英文新字新詞

(名詞/形容詞) 灰姑娘整形手術 (的) - 為了讓雙腳在穿上高跟鞋時顯得更好看或者能穿上特定款式的名牌鞋所動的「削足就履」手術,包括改變腳趾的長度、除去腳趾的囊腫等。

For Dr. Sadrieh (who was wearing made-to-order Gucci brogues), foot surgery is a fusion of medicine and fairy tale. At his practice, you don't have a bunionectomy; you have a Cinderella procedure.

"I had never met a patient who asked for a hallux valgus correction with osteotomy and screw fixation," he said. "So I decided to create a name that captures the result of the procedure, without all the Latin. The point of the Cinderella: being able to put a shoe on that didn't fit comfortably before."
—Laren Stover, "Make Them Fit, Please!," The New York Times, April 22, 2014

Women of the world, you probably know this moment, too: You ask the polite shoe salesman to bring you that snakeskin lace-up stiletto or navy ballet flat in a 9 or 7 or whatever, and he brings a shoe that's two sizes too small, purring a coy, "It's the only size left, do you want to just trrrrrry it?" It’s a valiant effort, but inevitably you gawk, like, "What, am I supposed to just cut off my toes to fit into that?"
—Natalie Matthews, "This 'Cinderella' Foot Plastic Surgery Is Terrifying," Cosmopolitan, April 25, 2014


(as) quiet as a mouse

七月 11, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 英語成語園地-動物篇

(指人) 非常安靜;悄然無聲。


  • Ivy was as quiet as a mouse. I didn't even know she'd come in. (艾薇非常安靜。我甚至不知道她已經進來)
  • My husband was as quiet as a mouse last night. (我先生昨晚一言不發,安靜得很)


You can’t walk through a hotel lobby with spurs on.

Elephants must have a bell around their necks to warn swans of their approach.

Children are not allowed to sing nursery rhymes after 8 pm.

It is illegal to sing in a public place while wearing a swimsuit.

Bullfrog hunting season has been permanently closed.

It is a class 2 misdemeanor if one places a mark upon a flag which is likely to provoke physical retaliation.

It is illegal to manufacture imitation cocaine.

When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person possesses.

There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.

It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.

Hunting camels is prohibited.

Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.

Committing a misdemeanor while wearing a red mask makes it a felony. This goes back in the days of the Wild West!

Glendale - 格蘭戴爾市

Cars may not be driven in reverse.
汽車不可倒著開 (不可倒車)。

Globe - 格洛伯鎮

Cards may not be played in the street with a Native American.

Hayden - 海頓鎮

If you bother the cottontails or bullfrogs, you will be fined.

Maricopa County - 馬里科帕郡

No more than six girls may live in any house.

Mesa - 梅莎市

It is illegal to smoke cigarettes within 15 feet of a public place unless you have a Class 12 liqueur license.

Mohave County - 莫哈維郡

A decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash himself with it until it is all used up.

Nogales - 諾加利斯市

The wearing of suspenders is prohibited by city ordinance. Women can be fined up to $500 – Men up to $2000.
市法規禁止穿吊帶和背帶。違反者女性可能被處以高達五百美元罰款 – 男性可能被罰高達兩千美元。

Prescott - 普里史考特市

It is illegal to ride a horse up the stairs of the county courthouse.

Tempe - 坦佩市

It is illegal to eat grass from any area where sheep or cows are grazing.

You must be 18 years old to buy spray paint.

Tombstone - 墓碑市

It is illegal for anyone over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling.

Tucson - 土桑市

Women are forbidden from wearing pants in public.

homeless deterrent

七月 7, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 五花八門大雜燴, 英文新字新詞

(名詞) 防止遊民睡在某一特定地方的實體障礙或設計。
homeless-deterrent (形容詞)

It has been encouraging to see the outrage over the London spikes. But the spikes that caused the uproar are by no means the only form of homeless-deterrent technology; they are simply the most conspicuous.
—Robert Rosenberger, "How Cities Use Design to Drive Homeless People Away," The Atlantic, June 19, 2014

Although it hasn't been stated that the spikes are intended to be a homeless deterrent ('cause why state the obvious?), that hasn't stopped people from speaking out against them.
—Brittany Greenquist, "PHOTOS: Spiked Sidewalks, Slanted Benches and Other Inhumane Homeless People 'Repellents'," RYOT, June 10, 2014


rubber, eraser

七月 4, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 容易混淆的字, 英美英文異趣-異字同義

(英) I need a rubber to erase away any mistakes. (我需要一塊橡皮擦來擦掉任何錯誤)
(美) I need an eraser to erase away any mistakes. (我需要一塊橡皮擦來擦掉任何錯誤)

(英) rubber:橡皮擦;板擦。
(美) eraser:橡皮擦;板擦。


time confetti

六月 30, 2014 Author: admin | Filed under: 五花八門大雜燴, 英文新字新詞

(名詞) 一個人一天中零零碎碎的短暫休閒時間。

What are the most frequent contributors to your time confetti? If you could convert all of your confetti into leisure time, would you feel guilty?
—"Reading Group Guide: Overwhelmed," Book Keeping, January 31, 2014

I wrote a few paragraphs of this column between school drop-off and an appointment. I sent a bunch of emails between making dinner and taekwondo. Bedtime reading with the kids, then more writing at 1 a.m., after a few hours of sleep. Then back up at 4 a.m. to write and sign up for summer camp.

There's a name for this. It's called "time confetti."
—Petula Dvorak, "Welcome to the land of Overwhelmia," The Sydney Morning Herald, March 17, 2014



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