Thursday, July 27, 2006

ENG Joke- Sunbathing

Joan, who was a rather well-proportioned secretary, spent almost all of her vacation sunbathing on the roof of her hotel. She wore a bathing suit the first day, but on the second, she decided that no one could see her way up there, and she slipped out of it for an overall tan.

She'd hardly begun when she heard someone running up the stairs. She was lying on her stomach, so she just pulled a towel over her rear. "Excuse me, miss," said the flustered assistant manager of the hotel, out of breath from running up the stairs. "The Hilton doesn't mind your sunbathing on the roof, but we would very much appreciate your wearing a bathing suit as you did yesterday."

"What difference does it make?" Joan asked rather calmly. "No one can see me up here, and besides, I'm covered with a towel."

"Not exactly," said the embarrassed man. "You're lying on the dining room skylight."

ENG words

ilk \ILK\ noun
: sort, kind

Example sentence:
Mr. Reynolds ran a tight, efficient business with hard-working employees, and so he had no patience for slackers like Charlie and his ilk.
  • slaker n. 偷懶的人、敷衍取巧者

Friday, July 14, 2006

ENG-Joke- Check Out Mate

A group of chess enthusiasts had checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.
  • tournament n. 錦標賽、聯賽
After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.
  • disperse v. 驅散、解散
"But why?", they asked, as they moved off.

"Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."
  • boast v. 自吹自擂、吹噓
  • foyer n. 門廳

Sunday, July 02, 2006

ENG words

festinate \FESS-tuh-nut\ adjective
: hasty

Example sentence:
"Even [the company's] successes . . . are vestiges of 1990s thinking. They may halt a festinate death, but you don't build a company around them." (Fritz Nelson, Network Computing, August 21, 2000)
  • vestige n. 遺跡、殘骸 vestige of ancient religion
    • (否定)一點兒、絲毫 not a vestige of truth
ensky \in-SKYE\ verb
: exalt
  • exalt v.
    • 使升高、高攀
    • 提拔、提高 exalted to the position of president
    • 讚揚
    • 使得意、使喜悅 be exalted by the news
    • 令人興奮、使人得意
Example sentence:
"Her first appearance in evening dress was a revelation to me; she was my idol, enskied and sacred." (Frank Harris, My Life and Loves)
  • revelation n. 出乎意料的事、天啟、神示
  • sacred adj. 神聖的
quirk \KWURK\ verb
: curve, twist

Example sentence:
David quirked his eyebrow in perplexity at his companion's curious remark.
  • perplexity n. 困惑、茫然

Saturday, July 01, 2006




因為從 0~23 歲大學畢業前,只要「記憶力」好,便可出頭天。