Tuesday, June 13, 2006

ENG words

revenant \REV-uh-nahng (the final "ng" is not pronounced, but the vowel is nasalized)\ noun
: one that returns after death or a long absence

Example sentence:
The play is about a family of revenants who come back to their ancestral home after years of political exile.
  • ancestral adj. 祖傳的
obloquy \AH-bluh-kwee\ noun
*1 : a strongly condemnatory utterance : abusive language
2 : the condition of one that is discredited : bad repute
  • utterance n. 發聲、表達
Example sentence:
The manager walked quickly back to the dugout as insults and obloquy rained down from the stands.
  • dugout 【棒球】選手休息區
kludge \KLOOJ\ noun
: a system and especially a computer system made up of poorly matched components

Example sentence:
"The original satellite contrivance was the asynchronous satellite downlink with a phone connection uplink. This was doomed to fail because it was a kludge." (John C. Dvorak, Boardwatch Magazine, February 2002)
  • contrivance n. 裝置
  • asynchronous adj. 非同期的
  • downlink n. 下行線路
  • uplink n. 上行線路
  • doom to 註定要...

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