Saturday, June 10, 2006

ENG words

spiel \SPEEL\ noun
: a voluble line of often extravagant talk : pitch
  • voluble a. 健談的、口若懸河的
  • pitch n. 叫賣、推銷
Example sentence:
We let the time-share salesman give us his opening spiel, but when he got to the high-pressure sales tactics, we cut him short and made it clear that we were not interested.
caesura \sih-ZYUR-uh\ noun
1 : a break in the flow of sound usually in the middle of a line of verse
*2 : break, interruption
3 : a pause marking a rhythmic point of division in a melody

Example sentence:
"Without so much as the caesura of a drawn breath I was first shouting in joy, then screaming in shock." (E.L. Doctorow, World's Fair)
  • drawn breath 喘口氣

1 comment:

Julie said...