2016年9月24日 星期六

whirlwind, option, on the rise, reap the whirlwind

Our scientific flowchart will help ease the decision-making process in this whirlwind era of retail riches.


"Authors so often find films of their books a mixed blessing. My novel Madame Doubtfire had been under option for more than 10 years when Robin Williams finally closed the deal. I heard on the grapevine that a child's easy access to the noncustodial parent was an issue close to his heart. He certainly put a vast amount of feeling and energy into the film"
Anne Fine: The author of Madame Doubtfire remembers 'a hypnotising whirlwind of manic energy'
THEGUARDIAN.COM

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By THOMAS J. FITZGERALD
Offering greater freedom and long-term savings, no-contract plans are on the rise, with many options available and a growing clientele.

on the rise,
崛起
option
Line breaks: op¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˈɒpʃ(ə)n /

NOUN

1A thing that is or may be chosen:choose the cheapest options for supplying energy
1.1[IN SINGULAR] The freedom or right to choose something:she was given the option of resigning or being dismissedhe has no option but to pay up
1.2A right to buy or sell a particular thing at a specified price within a set time:Columbia Pictures has an option on the script

VERB

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Buy or sell an option on:his second script will have been optioned by the time you read this

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin optio(n-), from the stem of optare 'choose'. The verb dates from the 1930s.
Phrases
keep (or leave) one's options open
Not commit oneself:he aims to keep his options open by also trying for the export market
not be an option
Not be feasible:travelling by road is not an option here

whirlwind

Pronunciation: /ˈwəːlwɪnd /


Definition of whirlwind in English:

NOUN

1column of air moving rapidly round and round in acylindrical or funnel shape.
1.1Used with reference to a very energetic person or a tumultuous process:a whirlwind of activity[AS MODIFIER]: a whirlwind romance

Phrases


(sow the wind and) reap the whirlwind

1
Suffer serious consequences as a result of one’s actions.
[with biblical allusion to Hos. 8:7]
粗略地意譯一下可能應該是「德國發動了戰爭,我們惡有惡報」(reap the whirlwind)
Reap the whirlwind is a term derived from the proverbial phrase "They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind", which in turn comes from the Book of Hosea in the Hebrew BibleHosea 8-7.

Historical use[edit]

It was famously used by Arthur "Bomber" Harris in response to the Blitz of 1940 when he said:
The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everybody else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At RotterdamLondonWarsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put that rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now, they are going to reap the whirlwind.[1]
The phrase was also used by Norman Tebbit in a 1985 lecture when he condemned the permissive society saying:
Bad art was as good as good art. Grammar and spelling were no longer important. To be clean was no better than to be filthy. Good manners were no better than bad. Family life was derided as an outdated bourgeois concept. Criminals deserved as much sympathy as their victims. Many homes and classrooms became disorderly - if there was neither right nor wrong there could be no basis for punishment or reward. Violence and soft pornography became accepted in the media. Thus was sown the wind; and we are now reaping the whirlwind.[2]

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