torch-and-pitchfork

(形容詞) 群情激憤的 (帶有想要報復的含意)。亦寫成 torches-and-pitchforks; fiery-torches-and-pitchforks。通常與 crowd 或 mob 連用:torch-and-pitchfork crowd/mob ( 群情激憤的民眾)。

torch 和 pitchfork 的原義分別為「火把」和「乾草叉」。最近美國AIG的「肥貓」拿政府紓困的錢大分紅利,引發美國輿論一片譁然,群情激憤,就連總統歐巴馬亦出面大肆抨擊,氣得連講話也噎到。站長已多次在CNN和BBC的新聞報導中聽到 torch-and-pitchfork mob 這個詞,甚至有主播拿出一把實體的乾草叉揮舞著,做出呼籲 torch-and-pitchfork mob 攻向AIG的動作。

引句:
President-elect Obama has signaled his disinterest in show trials of the sort proposed by House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Detroit. Obama argues persuasively that the new administration has bigger fish to fry, and better ways to let the world know there's a new sheriff in town.

Meanwhile, the outgoing president could pre-empt the torch-and-pitchfork crowd by issuing blanket pardons for Dick Cheney, ex-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and others.
—Brian Dickerson, "Give Cheney, others immunity," Detroit Free Press, January 18, 2009

Before the game was over, the howls had begun. That Delhomme was able to walk out of the stadium on his own two feet Sunday is the first testament to his resilience, since the torch-and-pitchfork crowd hadn't gotten him yet.
—Darin Gantt, "'Bad night to have a bad night'," The Herald, January 12, 2009

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golden coffin

(名詞/俚語) 金棺材:死亡給付或死亡撫卹金 (death benefits)。

引句:
On a related measure sponsored by The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Pension Plan Fund, voters defeated a proposal to end death benefits, also known as “golden coffins,” granted to top Disney executives.
—Nat Worden, "Disney shareholders defeat say-on-pay proposal," CNNMoney.com, March 10, 2009

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Twitterverse

(名詞) 推特 (Twitter -- 微網誌;微型部落格) 社交網路服務及使用該服務的人。這個字是由 Twitter 和 universe 拼綴而成,亦寫成 twitterverse, Twitter-verse

引句:
The Twitterverse is expanding.

Twitter, that microblogging tool that caught on with teens and twenty-somethings using it to tell loyal followers what they're doing at any given time — in 140 characters or less — is now becoming part of the business strategy for a wide range of brands, from Skittles to Fairfax County. ...

Shashi Bellamkonda, Network Solutions' social media swami (yes, that's his real title), organized the tutorial, attended by about 30 people. He's a more prolific Twitterer than most, posting anywhere from five to 15 tweets per day about anything from his daily routine to the news. Big companies such as Dell are active in the Twitterverse addressing customer service issues, he said.
—Kim Hart, "Firms Take to The Tweetable Business Model," The Washington Post, March 9, 2009

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ghost call

(名詞) 鬼電話;鬼打來的電話 -- 某人不慎撥錯或誤觸手機撥號鍵所打來的未出聲的電話。這個字亦可當動詞用,意為「打鬼電話」。
-- ghost calling (現在分詞/動名詞):打鬼電話。
-- ghost caller (名詞):打鬼電話的人。

引句:
One added problem for the emergency teams, particularly at this time of the year, is the inadvertent ghost call made on mobile phones.

Supt Bell said: "With lots of people getting new mobiles for Christmas it is important they know how to lock their keypad. It's easy when unlocked phones are in handbags or pockets to knock them and unwittingly make '999' calls.
—"Don't be a 999 ninny during the New Year," Evening Gazette, December 30, 2008

I am a priest and a woman in my church group was used to calling her husband three or four times a day or more. She is extremely jealous and basically uses the cellphone to track his movements. A while back he must have sat on his phone or something because he "ghost-called" his wife when having drinks with another woman. He was supposed to be at work.
—David Eddie, "Is having a drink with a woman cheating?," The Globe and Mail, March 6, 2009

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wedsite

(名詞) 情侶或夫妻張貼他們即將結婚或剛結婚之訊息的網站。這個字是由 wedding 和 website 拼綴而成,亦寫成 wed-site, wed site

引句:
FirstPhera is another name that thrives around the business of weddings, and is developed by Vikas Sabnani who started his venture a year ago in Ahmedabad. FirstPhera is into wedsites-websites that are used by the couple to invite friends and relatives, post pictures, and blogs related to pre and post wedding events. These wedsites also help clients share stories, and view posted greetings from friends' and relatives'.
—"Yes, I do: The business of weddings," The Economic Times, November 7, 2008

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walk-a-cise

(名詞) 走路運動。顯然地,這個字是由 walk 和 exercise 拼綴而成。

除 walk-a-cise 外,近年來還出現不少這種「某英文單字-a-cise」的運動名稱及同名網站,如 box-a-cise (拳擊運動),chair-a-cise (椅子運動 -- 坐在椅子上做一些特定肢體動作的運動),dance-a-cise (舞蹈運動) 等等。這些運動的目的都是在改善和強化運動者的體能 (fitness)。

引句:
Confusion ensues, slowing down the furious bikers and dragging into the mix City Hall-area office workers who are just trying to get in a little lunch break walk-a-cise but are now risking loss of limb.
—Robert Sullivan, "The wild bunch," The New York Times, March 8, 2009

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sleep hangover

(名詞) 服用某些藥物後在隔天所產生的全身無力、無精打采、昏昏沈沈的現象。hangover 意為「宿醉」。

引句:
Those medications can induce next-day grogginess—what some patients call “sleep hangovers.”
—Lindsay Lyon, "10 ways to get better sleep (and maybe cure your insomnia)," US News & World Report, March 3, 2009

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quo vadis haircut

(名詞) 剪短的頭髮;短髮。亦叫做 close-cut locks (lock 在此意為「頭髮」,通常用複數)。

引句:
And for all of his 16 years giving Mr. Obama his “quo vadishaircut—black parlance from the 1960s for close-cut locks—Zariff said he is not about to start ribbing Mr. Obama. “We do not tease about the gray at all,” he said.
—Helene Cooper, " For young president, flecks of gray," The New York
Times
, March 5, 2009

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exit guide

(名詞) 自殺導師;自殺指導員 (協助他人自殺的人)。

據外電報導,美國喬治亞州有一個名為 Final Exit Network 的激進組織,入會費只要區區 50 美元;會員所能獲得的「好處」是,但他決定要自殺時,該組織會派兩名「自殺導師」教導他如何使用兩個氦氣筒和一個塑膠頭罩自殺。

據當局表示,在 Final Exit Network 協助下自殺的人可能已多達 200 人。該組織於 2004 年成立,迄今會員、捐獻者和志工已達 3000 人。該組織表示,他們提供的是寶貴而且人道的服務。該組織在其網站上說,他們「致力於服務那些罹患無法容忍之疾病的人。他們只想幫助受病魔折磨的人解除痛苦。那些人正在受苦,如果他們承受的是難忍的痛楚,他們想要的只不過是解脫而已。」

引句:
After a multi-state investigation, four network members—“exit guides,” they call themselves—have been arrested and charged with helping 58-year-old John Celmer of Cumming commit suicide last June.
—Jay Bookman, " Time to pull suicide debate out of shadows," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , March 5, 2009

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e-discovery

(名詞) 上社交網站 (social networking sites) 蒐集犯罪證據。

日前外電報導指出,美國最高法院正進入 YouTube 時代。2009年2月間法院審理一件陳情案時,發出的第一張傳票不是要調閱口供或判例,而是索取一段 YouTube 影片的網站連結,以決定警方對拒捕男子採取的行動是否過當。律師表示,未來影片證據及其他電子證據可能成為法院判決的關鍵。

引句:
Many of the lessons learned from the increased use of electronic evidence in civil litigation–“e-discovery,” in the parlance of litigators–may be applied to the burgeoning use of social-networking sites to gather evidence in criminal cases.
—Wilson, J.S. (2008). MySpace, your space, or our space? New frontiers in electronic evidence. Oregon Law Review, 86, 1203. (此為APA 的期刊引用格式;後面的數字,前者為冊數 --斜體,後者為頁數)

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