2005年02月28日

    “Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.”
       
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894); British novelist.


费译:把恐惧留给自己,和他人分享勇气。

2005年02月26日

 “The whole past is the procession of the present.”
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881); Scottish author, essayist, & historian.

费译:全部的过去就是不断前进中的现在组成的队列。

 “The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past.”
William Faulkner (1897-1962); US novelist.

费译:过去并没有结束,事实上过去并没有真正过去。

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
        Aldous Huxley, “Music at Night”, 1931; English critic & novelist (1894 – 1963)

费译:音乐是除了沉默之外最能表达无法用言语表达的感情的方式。


2005年02月24日

                  “The palest ink is better than the best
memory.”
                               Chinese proverb.

费译:好记性不如烂笔头。

2005年02月23日

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something".
Thomas Henry Huxley
(1825-1895); English zoologist.

费译:从普遍中学习特殊,从特殊中找到普遍。

SkyWalker :既广泛涉猎,又学有所长!


2005年02月22日

                  “Lessons are not given, they are taken.”
          Cesare
Pavese (1908-1950); Italian poet and novelist.

费译:教育不是老师单方面给予,而是学生主动获得。

2005年02月21日

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
Mark Twain

费译:最好闭上嘴让人们都以为你是一个傻瓜;一旦你张开嘴,所有你是傻瓜的怀疑都会被证实。

blur  弄脏
The boy blurred the picture by touching it before the paint was dry.
那男孩在颜料未干前用手碰,弄脏了画。

demolish  破坏
The slums were demolished before the town was extended.
此镇在扩展前,先扫除了贫民窟。
slum
n.贫民窟
vi.访问贫民区

lull  使人睡;使安静
The mother lulled the baby to sleep by singing a song.
母亲唱歌使婴儿入睡。

The Word of the Day for February 20 is:

aleatory   \AY-lee-uh-tor-ee\   adjective
     1 : depending on an uncertain event or contingency
     2 : relating to luck and especially to bad luck
    *3 : characterized by chance or random elements

Example sentence:
     The aleatory nature of a lottery drawing makes it
impossible to predict who is going to be the winner.

Did you know?
      If you’re the gambling type, then chances are good you’ve
come across “aleatory” in your travels. Deriving from the Latin
noun “alea,” which refers to a kind of dice game, “aleatory”
was first used in English in the late 17th century to describe
things that are dependent on uncertain odds, much like a roll
of the dice. The term now describes things that occur by sheer
chance or accident, such as the unlucky bounce of a golf shot
or the unusual shape of an ink blot. Going a bit further, the
term “aleatory music,” or “chance music,” describes a musical
composition in which certain parts are left for the performer
to concoct through improvisation.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.


The Word of the Day for February 19 is:


motley
• \MAHT-lee\ Audio iconadjective



*1 : variegated in color


2 : composed of diverse often incongruous elements

Example sentence:

Lenny went to the medieval festival dressed in the bright motley garb of a court jester.

Did you know?

“Motley” made its debut as an English adjective in the 14th century,
but etymologists aren’t completely sure where it came from. Many think
it probably derived from the Middle English “mot,” meaning “mote” or
“speck.” The word is also used as a noun identifying a multicolored
fabric, a garment made from such a fabric, or—perhaps the best known
sense of all—the fool who often wore such outfits in the European
courts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.



          “Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.”

              Confucius (551-479 a. C.); Chinese philosopher.

费译:能力永远追不上对它的需求。