Thursday, September 29, 2016

didactic & whatnot

Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11

Germaine Greer: [didactic; whatnot; goal post;] I think we can't do without Shakespeare. He just - we keep having to use Shakespeare, turn back to Shakespeare, treat Shakespeare in different ways  and I've developed this notion that Shakespeare keeps the British sane, because the plays are so difficult. It's difficult to decide what they mean, because they are not actually didactic in that sense, they're not telling you what to think. They're making you think rather than filling you with notions of, you know, the divine right of kings and whatnot. Everything is undermined in Shakespeare. The goal post move all the time. And so we returned to Shakespeare when we're trying to understand the things like would it be better to be authoritarian and punish people for eating sugar, or would it better to persuade them not to be so stupid as to keep eating so much sugar. 

Definitions:

didactic:
1. designed to teach people sth, especially a moral lesson;
2. telling people things rather than letting them find out for themselves.

whatnot:
used when you are referring to sth, but are not being exact and do not mention its name.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

outage & press conference

Quotations:


SA power outage: how did it happen?

-- "Essentially what happened is massive set of power was removed and when that happens it trips the system," he said in a press conference this evening.

Definitions:

outage:
a period of time when the supply of electricity, etc. is not working.

press conference:
a meeting at which sb talks to a group of journalists in order to answer their questions or to make an official statement. 



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

canteen & millennium

Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11


Sharman Stone: [sucrose; lactose; maltose; fructose; canteen] Sucrose is a little different to tobacco, because if we're talking about sugars, we've got lactose, maltose, sucrose, fructose, we'd have to make sure  the commercial, those who are going to make a fortune out of this don't simply slip in the fruit juice fructose and say what's your problem, it's not sucrose, you know, it's a purely nature sugars. So, we know for a fact when you raise the price of something you can curb  consumption. That happened with tobacco, we know it would happen with alcohol. So, we've got to be careful about this that we don't allow it to be played with like the traffic light system. Remember we had the problem the traffic lights where people had good fats and bad fats all mixed up and no one understood what fats really were, in terms of their health benefits and the total problems of obesity. But I think it deserves a very close look, salt as well as sugar, sucrose, look at where it's added where there's no nutritional benefit in a product food, look at our school canteens where they feed kids ...

Thomas Buttel: [millennium] My question is to Germaine. The 23rd of April will be the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. He's referred as the man of the millennium, but that was a last millennium, how relevant do you think he is in this millennium.  

Definitions:


canteen:
1. a place where food and drink are served in a factory, a school etc.
...

millennium:
1. a period of 1000 years, especially as calculated before or after the birth of Christ;
2. the time when on period of 1000 years ends and another begins;

Monday, September 26, 2016

spate & laceration

Quotations:


Ballina shark attack: Teenage surfer bitten at Lighthouse Beach:

-- The trial was announced last year as part of a $16 million State Government package in response to a spate of shark attacks in the region.

-- "[The victim] received lacerations and bite marks to his upper-thigh area, he was assisted into the shore and off-duty nurses treated him," Inspector Bruce said.

Definitions:

spate:
a spate of sth: a large number of things, which are usually unpleasant, that happen suddenly within a short period of time.

laceration:
a deep cut in someone's felsh




Sunday, September 25, 2016

spike & blackout

Quotations:


South Australia's enormous July power price spike sounds national electricity alarm: Grattan Institute:

-- "So we end up not achieving our emissions targets or, if we do, we do it at even higher costs than is necessary and in the meantime there could even be a risk of blackouts," report author Tony Wood said.

Definitions:

spike:
1. a sudden large increase in sth;
...

blackout:
1. a period when there is no light as a result of an electrical power failure;
...






Saturday, September 24, 2016

brace & floodplain

Quotations:


NSW weather: Evacuation order issued for Forbes ahead of Lachlan River peak

-- Forbes is bracing for major flooding, with the Lachlan River expected to peak at 10.65 metres about midday on Sunday.

-- That's not much, but when you consider just how wide and flat the floodplains are out there, that's a lot of water going through Forbes.

Definitions:

brace:
1. to prepare sb/yourself for sth difficult or unpleasant that is going to happen;
...

floodplain:
an area of flat land beside a river that regularly becomes flooded when there is too much water in the river.








Friday, September 23, 2016

sequence & genome

Quotations:


Tardigrades can live 30 years in a freezer and survive in space, and now we know why:

-- Tardigrades — also known as "water bears" — are microscopic animals that can live through almost anything: 30 years in a freezer, rapid dehydration, boiling and freezing temperatures, massive doses of radiation, baths in organic solvents, and a trip to open space. Today, scientists sequencing their genome have discovered clues to just how they do it — which may help us learn how to be just as tough ourselves.

Definitions:

sequence:
1. to identify the order in which a set of genes or parts of molecules are arranged;
...

genome:
the complete set of genes in a cell or living thing.



Thursday, September 22, 2016

tarmac & taxi

Quotations:


Chinese couple try to board plane they missed by running onto tarmac and squatting underneath aircraft:

-- The couple had arrived at their gate at Beijing International Airport after it had closed, and reportedly forced their way onto the runway with their luggage as the plane was taxiing.

Definitions:

tarmac:
1. the part of an airport where the planes stop and that people walk across to get on a plane;
...

taxi:
1. to move slowly along the ground before taking off or after landing;





Wednesday, September 21, 2016

incest & bail

Quotations:


Tiahleigh Palmer's foster brother Trent Thorburn feared he may have impregnated her, court told:

The foster brother accused of incest with slain Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer raised fears he may have gotten the 12-year-old pregnant, his bail application has heard.

Definitions:

incest:
sexual activity between two people who are very closely related in a family, for example, a brother and sister, or a father and daughter.

bail:
money that sb agrees to pay if a person accused of a crime does not appear at their trial. When bail has been arranged, the accused person is allowed to go free until the trial.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

maltose & fructose

Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11

Sharman Stone: [sucrose; lactose; maltose; fructose;] Sucrose is a little different to tobacco, because if we're talking about sugars, we've got lactose, maltose, sucrose, fructose, we'd have to make sure  the commercial, those who are going to make a fortune out of this don't simply slip in the fruit juice fructose and say what's your problem, it's not sucrose, you know, it's a purely nature sugars. So, we know for a fact when you raise the price of something you can curb  consumption. That happened with tobacco, we know it would happen with alcohol. So, we've got to be careful about this that we don't allow it to be played with like the traffic light system. Remember we had the problem the traffic lights where people had good fats and bad fats all mixed up and no one understood what fats really were, in terms of their health benefits and the total problems of obesity. But I think it deserves a very close look, salt as well as sugar, sucrose, look at where it's added where there's no nutritional benefit in a product food

Definitions:


maltose:
a sugar that substances in the body make from starch (= a food substance found in flour, rice, potatoes, etc.) 

fructose:
a type of sugar found in fruit juice and honey.


Monday, September 19, 2016

sucrose & lactose

Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11

Sharman Stone: [sucrose; lactose; maltose; fructose;] Sucrose is a little different to tobacco, because if we're talking about sugars, we've got lactose, maltose, sucrose, fructose, we'd have to make sure  the commercial, those who are going to make a fortune out of this don't simply slip in the fruit juice fructose and say what's your problem, it's not sucrose, you know, it's a purely nature sugars. 

Definitions:


sucrose:
the form of sugar that is obtained from sugar cane and sugar beet;

lactose:
a type of sugar found in milk and used in some baby foods.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

crusade & curb

Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11


Lisa Singh: [plain packaging; crusade] That's where it starts. Let's do the research and then decide whether it should be a tax on sugar. And of course the Labor party is not scared of making those public health policy moves as we did with plain packaging of cigarettes in this country, a leader in the world on that. I think Jamie Oliver has been a real crusade in the UK on this. 

Tony Jones: [curb] Sharman Stone, the question obviously gets to, at some point, is it logical to treat sugar as we treat tobacco, to tax it, and indeed to make sure there are a suite of measures as the questioner asked in place to try and curb the use of sugar in this country. 

Definitions:

crusade:

1. a long and determined effort to achieve sth that you believe to be right or to stop sth that you believe to be wrong;

...


curb:

to control or limit sth, especially sth bad.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

suite & plain packaging

Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11

Ilona Renner: [nanny-statism, suite;]The public health England report on sugar has established the scientific basis for a tax on sugary drinks, particularly when done in combination with restrictions on in-store promotions and on marketing of unhealthy food and drink. So are we still going to hear the usual corporate-sponsored discourse about personal responsibility, personal freedom of choice and the nanny-statism,in Australia, or will we step up the complex challenge of obesity and put our energy instead into drafting a suite of effective evidence-based public health policies as we did with tobacco. 

Lisa Singh: [plain packaging; crusade] That's where it starts. Let's do the research and then decide whether it should be a tax on sugar. And of course the Labor party is not scared of making those public health policy moves as we did with plain packaging of cigarettes in this country, a leader in the world on that. I think Jamie Oliver has been a real crusade in the UK on this. 

Definitions:

suite:

1. a set of rooms, especially in a hotel;

2. a set of matching pieces of furniture;

a suite of: a set of;


plain packaging:

Plain tobacco packaging, also known as generic, standardised or homogeneous packaging, refers to packaging that requires the removal of all branding (colours, imagery, corporate logos and trademarks), permitting manufacturers to print only the brand name in a mandated size, font and place on the pack, in addition to the health warnings and any other legally mandated information such as toxic constituents and tax-paid stamps. The appearance of all tobacco packs is standardised, including the colour of the pack. Australia was the first country to mandate plain tobacco packaging, as a result of laws that came into force in 2012.

Friday, September 16, 2016

inoperable & hitchhike

Quotations:


New England bride hitchhikes to wedding after limo fails her:

-- With her limo rendered inoperable along an infrequently traveled road in Brookline, Angelique Arsenault stuck out her thumb and hitchhiked to the wedding venue in nearby Milford on Saturday.

Definitions:


inoperable:
1. not working or capable of being used successfully;
2. describes a medical condition that has advanced to a stage at which surgical intervention would serve no useful purpose;
...

hitchhike:
to travel by asking other people to take you in their car, by standing on the side of a road and holding out your thumb or a sign.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

feline & courtesy of sb

Quotations:


London's Underground Ads Have Been Replaced With Cat Pictures:

-- The idea was ingeniously simple: Make one subway station a more pleasant place to be by switching out the aggressive ads with delightful feline photography.

-- All image courtesy of Glimpse.

Definitions:

feline:
1. a cat or an animal of the cat family;
2. like a cat;

courtesy of sb:
1. with the official permission of sb/sth and as a favour;
2. given as a prize or provided free by a person or an organization;
...







Wednesday, September 14, 2016

drone & sesh

Quotations: 

It's About to Start Raining Chipotle, Literally:

-- According to Gizmodo, Chipotle is teaming up with Google's parent company Alphabet to test out delivering by drone.

-- The possibilities for your middle-of-the-night study seshes are endless.

Definitions:

drone:
1. an aircraft whose flight is controlled from the ground;
...

sesh:
1.  An informal social get-together or meeting to perform a group activity;
2. a session, especially a drinking session.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

burrito & sci-fi

Quotations: 

It's About to Start Raining Chipotle, Literally:

-- Chipotle is about to start delivering burritos to you... by dropping them out of the sky. I know that sounds like some scene out of a sci-fi movie, but I kid you not.

Definitions:

burrito:
a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla filled with meat or beans;

sci-fi:
science fiction:
a type of book, film/movie, etc. that is based on imagined scientific discoveries of the future, and often deals with space travel and life on other planets.

Monday, September 12, 2016

stark & hoodie

Quotations:


Ice and the high price parents are paying to get their children off it:

-- ​For the Butters family of Bacchus Marsh, the choice was stark: come up with thousands of dollars to book their daughter into private rehab, or see her slide back into a cycle of addiction, which had seen her drifting from one dealer's house to another.

-- "They have got steel doors. They don't have to answer them if they don't want to. I just put my hoodie over my head, knocked on the door … they must have thought it was just a drug deal, so the door opened," he said.

Definitions:

stark:
1. real, unpleasant and impossible to avoid;
2. looking severe and without any colour or decoration;
...

hoodie:
a piece of clothing with a hood that you wear on the top part of your body, usually made of thick cotton. Some people think that young men wear hoodies because they are trying to hide their face when they carry out criminal activities.



Sunday, September 11, 2016

nothing short of & nanny-statism


Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11

#qanda: [ nothing short of ] Greer's lack of empathy or respect towards trans people is nothing short of appalling.

Ilona Renner: [nanny-statism, suite;]The public health England report on sugar has established the scientific basis for a tax on sugary drinks, particularly when done in combination with restrictions on in-store promotions and on marketing of unhealthy food and drink. So are we still going to hear the usual corporate-sponsored discourse about personal responsibility, personal freedom of choice and the nanny-statism,in Australia, or will we step up the complex challenge of obesity and put our energy instead into drafting a suite of effective evidence-based public health policies as we did with tobacco. 

Definitions:

nothing short of:(nothing less than)
used to emphasise forcefully that something truly, definitely, or amazing is as described.

nanny-statism:
nanny state:
Nanny state is a term of British origin that conveys a view that a government or its policies are overprotective or interfering unduly with personal choice.

Friday, September 9, 2016

sneak & nuance

Quotations:



15 years after 9/11, One World Trade Center may be for sale

-- It's also been hit with a few embarrassing security lapses, such as a teen who snuck past guards and up to the 104th floor.

-- "There are a lot of nuances that come into play that could stall a deal like this," Giacomo Barbieri of TIAA Global Asset Management told the publication. "One investment group may be concerned about the building's vacancy [rate], while another might be sensitive to the terrorism risk and then another might be concerned about lining up all the debt to buy something like this."

Definitions:

sneak:
1. to go somewhere secretly, trying to avoid being seen;
...

nuance:
a very slight difference in meaning, sound, colour or sb's feelings that is not usually very obvious;

Thursday, September 8, 2016

stress out & commercial

Quotations:


When depression gets in the way of motherhood:

-- Since the day I became a Mrs almost two years ago, one question has been following me, taunting me, and stressing me out.

-- About a year ago, something in my brain switched and since then, every time I am around babies, my uterus starts throbbing, glowing and playing songs from Huggies commercials.


Definitions:

stress out:
to affect somebody with emotional, mental, or physical stress, or be so affected.

commercial:
1. an advertisement broadcast on radio or television;
...



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

in lieu & hazy

Quotations:


A 7-inch Google tablet built by Huawei could be on the way:

-- Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said that his company intends to be "more opinionated" about phone design, and that opinion could translate into using the "Google" and "Pixel" brands in lieu of Nexus.

-- However there have been (surprisingly few) clues: Huawei took out a trademark on "Huawei 7P" earlier this year and Tech Times summarized some other tibits here — including some "hazy" speculation on possible specs.


Definitions:

in lieu (of sth):
in stead of something else already mentioned or that is usual in the current situation.

hazy:
1. not clear because haze;
2. uncertain or confused about sth;

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

clitories & labia


Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11

Germaine Greer: [genitals; outsize; clitoris; labia] Yeah. Other, I would agree. I mean one of the really interesting things that the EU has done. It's that the EU commission considered the issue of intersex children who are much more commonly born than people think and the normal thing that happens in hospitals all over the world is that a baby that presents with genitals that are considered to be inappropriate will undergo surgery. An out-sized clitoris will be reduced, if the labia are fused, they will be parted and so on and so forth,

Definitions:

clitories:
a woman's sexual organ just above her vagina that gives a lot of sexual pleasure when it is touched.

labia:
the plural of labieum
the outer folds of skin of a woman's sex organs.

Monday, September 5, 2016

genitals & outsize

Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11

Germaine Greer: [genitals; outsize; clitoris; labia] Yeah. Other, I would agree. I mean one of the really interesting things that the EU has done. It's that the EU commission considered the issue of intersex children who are much more commonly born than people think and the normal thing that happens in hospitals all over the world is that a baby that presents with genitals that are considered to be inappropriate will undergo surgery. An out-sized clitoris will be reduced, if the labia are fused, they will be parted and so on and so forth, 

Definitions:

genitals:
a person's sex organs that are outside their body;

outsize:
larger than the usual size; or designed for large people;

Sunday, September 4, 2016

fellow & the other day

Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11

Sharman Stone: [fellow] Yeah. I do. I do. Because we know about all sorts of things that happen physiologically with human beings which aren't done that path or this, there can be all shades of grey in between and I think we have to respect the individual and look after them as a society in terms of not allowing them to be discriminated against, and embrace them as part of our fellow humanity.

Sharman Stone: [the other day]  I flew into, I'm sure it was Nepal, the other day. You know how you fill in your arrival form and it said, sex, male, female, other. I thought good on you.

Definitions:

fellow:
1. used to describe sb who is the same as you in some way, or in the same situation;
...

the other day:
no long ago; recently;

Saturday, September 3, 2016

abduct & parole

Quotations:


Murder of James Bulger:

-- James Patrick Bulger (16 March 1990[1] – 12 February 1993) was a boy from Kirkby, Merseyside, England, who was murdered on 12 February 1993, at the age of two. He was abducted, tortured and murdered by two ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson (born 23 August 1982) and Jon Venables (born 13 August 1982)

-- In 2010, Venables was sent to prison for violating the terms of his licence of release, and was released on parole again in 2013.

Definitions:

abduct:
to take sb away illegally, especially using force.

parole:
permission that is given to a prisoner to leave prison before the end of their sentence on condition that they behave well.


Friday, September 2, 2016

preindustrial & transitional

Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11

Sharman Stone: [preindustrial; transitional] Some societies have - some preindustrial societies have very different ideas about transitional stage from being homosexual or gay to being heterosexual at another stage in their life. It's a culture-bound thing, but I think that we've got to treat the individual with utmost respect as to where they feel they belong in whatever sex or transsexually, they must not experience any discrimination, they must have absolutely protection in the law for who they are and what they need ... protect the person.

Definitions:

preindustial:
relating to a time before industrialization.

transitional:
temporary, or in the process of changing from one situation, form, or state to another.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

be bound up in & ladyboy

Quotations:

qanda_2016_ep11

Sharman Stone: [be bound up in; ladyboy] Yeah. I think that we've just - you used the word respect often then, Joseph and I think that's the right word. We've got to have respect for the way people feel as individuals. There's a lot of culture bound up in this too, if you think of Thailand and their lady boys and so on. Some societies ...

Definitions:

be bound up in sth:
very busy with sth; very interested or involved in sth;

ladyboy:
a transvestite or transsexual.