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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MV: Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince

In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Voldemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis.

Words and Phrases:

... into the cause of the Millennium Bridge disaster
  • Millennium Bridge: footbridge steel suspension bridge crossing the River Thames, London
  • disaster: something very bad that happens and causes a lot of damage or kills a lot of people
Traffic has been halted as police search for survivors.
  • to halt: to stop moving, or to stop a person or vehicle from moving
  • survivors: someone that still exists after an event that could have killed
Bit of a tosser, really
  • tosser: a stupid or annoying man
Couple nights ago, I could've sworn I saw a picture move
  • "I could've sworn...": very sure that something happened but maybe it didn't
Thought I was going around the twist.
  • "...going around the twist.": to become crazy
You've been reckless this summer, Harry
  • reckless: not thinking about the possible bad effects of your actions
Takes my mind off things
  • to take [someone's] mind off [something]: to make you stop thinking or worrying about something
Rather unpleasant to behold, isn't it?
  • behold: to see
The tale is thrilling, if I say so myself
  • thrilling: exciting
Welcome to the charming village of Budleigh Babberton
  • charming: very attractive and pleasant
Actually, sir, after all these years, I just sort of go with it.
  • to just go with it: to accept events as they happen without worrying
Wands out, Harry
  • wand: a thin stick that is used for doing magic
No need to disfigure me, Albus
  • to disfigure: to spoil the appearance of someone or something, to damage
It's all in the upholstery, I come by the stuffing naturally.
  • upholstery: cloth or leather that is used for covering chairs and sofas
  • stuffing: soft material that is used for filling something such as a toy or a seat
Harry, I'd like you to meet an old friend and colleague of mine...
  • colleague: someone who works in the same organization or department
What's with all the theatrics, Horace?
  • theatrics: ways of behaving or of doing something that are intended to make people notice you instead of to achieve a particular aim
All right, the Death Eaters have been trying to recruit me for over a year.
  • to recruit: o get someone to work in a company or join an organization
Well, I think we should put it back in order for them, don't you?
  • to put [something] back in order: to reorganize [something] that has been unorganized
Do you mind if I use the loo?
  • loo: {British} bathroom, toilet, wash room
Absolutely and unequivocally, no
  • unequivocally: clearly, definitely, and without doubt
She was exceedingly bright, your mother.
  • exceedingly: extremely
  • bright: smart, intelligent
Please don't think I'm prejudiced.
  • prejudiced: to have an unreasonable opinion or feeling about someone or something
Always takes my owl, should I wish to register an opinion on the news of the day.
  • register: to make your opinion known publicly or officially
I do love knitting patterns
  • knitting patterns: knitting instructions to make specific styles of clothing, etc.
I think I know a lost cause when I see one, regrettable.
  • lost cause: someone or something that will never succeed or improve
  • regrettable: to feel sad or sorry because something happened that you wish hadn't

I would have considered it a personal triumph had you consented to return

  • personal triumph: personally proud or excited that you get when you have been successful
  • consented: to say yes to something

You're like my friend Mr. Potter here, one of a kind

  • to be one of a kind: to be unique

But I want Professor Merrythought's old office, not the water closet I had before.

  • water closet: {British} bathroom, toilet.

You would be his crowning jewel

  • crowning jewel: the best or most valuable thing that someone owns or has achieved

He's wandering about the house.

  • to wander: to travel from place to place without a particular direction or purpose

What a lovely surprise

  • lovely surprise: a very good surprise

Mum sort of lost it last week.

  • to sort: slightly, or in some ways
  • lose it: to suddenly become unable to behave or think in a sensible way

Anyway, Dad stepped in, told her she was being barmy...

  • to step in: to become involved in a discussion or argument, especially to make it stop
  • barmy: {British} crazy or silly

...and it took a few days, but she came around

  • to come around: to change your opinion because someone has persuaded you to agree


  • Rubbish!: things that someone says or writes that are not reasonable or sensible

Run along, Wormtail

  • to run along: used for telling children to go away

I've played my part well

  • to play a part well: to be involved in something, especially in a way that is important

It's just empty words

  • empty words: things that are said will be done but are not done

But when it matters most he'll just slither back into his hole

  • to slither: to slide like a snake

And if Draco should fail will you yourself carry out the deed the Dark Lord has ordered Draco to perform?

  • to carry out: to do something that you have said you will do or that you have been told to do
  • deed: something that someone does

Into the cauldron, handsome.

  • cauldron/caldron: a large round metal container used for cooking over a fire
  • handsome: endearing name for a man, also 'good looking'

It's none of your business.

  • none of [someone's] business: to tell someone rudely that you are not going to tell them about something because it does not affect or involve them

Fred reckons people need a laugh these days

  • to reckon: to believe that something is true

So, what was Draco doing with that weird-looking cabinet?

  • weird: strange, not normal

It's a creepy shop, He's a creepy bloke

  • creepy: unpleasant in a way that makes you feel nervous or frightened
  • bloke: a guy, man

Don't worry, when we get to Hogwarts, we'll sort it out.

  • to sort [something] out: to find out information that allows you to understand something

Relax, boys, It's probably just a first-year messing around

  • to mess around: to behave in a silly way, playing a joke on someone

I'd pitch myself off the Astronomy Tower...

  • to pitch [something/someone] off: to throw off, to commit suicide

Amused, Blaise?

  • to be amused: entertained or interested by something

Didn't Mummy ever tell you it was rude to eavesdrop, Potter?

  • to eavesdrop: to listen to other people’s conversation without them knowing that you are listening

...she was dead before you could wipe the drool off your chin

  • drool: uncontrolled saliva from the mouth

Could be construed as an offensive weapon

  • to be construed: to understand the meaning of something in a particular way
  • offensive weapon: a weapon used to attack (not defend)

I can vouch for Mr. Malfoy

  • to vouch: to say that you believe that someone is good and will behave well in future

Personally, I think you look a bit more devil-may-care this way...

  • devil-may-care: relaxed and happy, maybe taking risks and not worry about the future

Professor Slughorn, I'm happy to say has agreed to resume his old post as Potions Master

  • to resume: to start again after stopping for a time

...I'm reminded of a sobering fact

  • sobering: making you think about things in a serious way

..dark forces attempt to penetrate this castle's walls

  • dark forces: evil people
  • to penetrate: to force into [something]

Now, off to bed. Pip-pip

  • Now, off to bed: to go to bed/bedroom
  • Pip-pip: {British} used to express farewell

That is the girls' lavatory

  • lavatory: bathroom, washroom

Well, I'll head there straightaway

  • to head there straightaway: to go somewhere quickly without delay

Attention to detail in the preparation is the prerequisite of all planning

  • prerequisite: required before

But I'm dead awful at Potions, a menace, actually

  • dead awful: completely terrible
  • menace: someone or something that is dangerous and likely to cause harm

Nonsense, we'll sort you out

  • nonsense: not true

I prepared some concoctions this morning

  • concoction: an unusual drink or meal that is made by mixing things in a new way

It's a truth-telling serum

  • serum: a liquid that is put into someone’s blood to help them to fight an infection or a poison
  • And that would be Polyjuice Potion
  • potion: a drink that is believed to be magic, poisonous, or useful as a medicine

It's terribly tricky to make

  • to be tricky to make: to be difficult or complicated to make

One tiny vial of liquid luck to the student who, in the hour that remains...

  • vial: small round glass container for very small amounts of liquid

...manages to brew an acceptable Draught of Living Death...

  • to brew: process to make beer

But enough chitchat

  • chitchat: small talk, talking about things not important

You must be wondering why I summoned you here tonight

  • to summon: to ask or order someone to come to you

This morning, I'm gonna be putting you all through a few drills...

  • to be putting [someone/something] through: to test someone or something in order to make sure everything is working correctly

..just to assess your strengths

  • to assess: to judge and come to a conclusion

Shut it!

  • Shut it!: Shut up! Shut your mouth! Be quiet!

Really? Strapping guy like you?

  • strapping guy: big, strong guy

Wouldn't mind getting on a first-name basis, know what I mean?

  • first-name basis: know someone well enough to call them by their first name, usually in a romantic way

He's vile

  • vile: extremely unpleasant

And if you had a shred of self-respect, you'd hand that book in.

  • shred: a very small amount of something

The binding is fragile.

  • binding: the edge of a book where all the pages are joined together
  • fragile: easily broken

There we go, that settles it, then

  • that settles it: used for saying that you have made a decision because you have enough information, or because you do not want an annoying or unpleasant situation to continue

A chum of mine was sledging down Claxby Hill

  • chum: {British} friend
  • sledging: to ride on a sled

Slick git

  • slick: clever and good at persuading people but probably not honest or sincere
  • git: an insulting word for a stupid or annoying person

And snogging

  • to snog: {British} to kiss and hold each other for a period of time

All hands on deck, Granger

  • all hands on deck: get ready, pay attention

...I used to throw together the occasional supper party...

  • to throw together: to quickly organize something but with little thought or effort

I'd be delighted, sir. Splendidl

  • delighted: very happy
  • splendid: very good, excellent

What are you playing at?

  • to be playing at [something]: to do something without being very serious about it

I know Katie. Off the pitch, she wouldn't hurt a fly

  • off the pitch: off the playing field

That is a very serious accusation, Potter

  • accusation: a claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong

Your evidence?

  • evidence: facts or physical signs that help to prove something

You astonish with your gifts, Potter

  • to astonish: to surprise someone very much
  • your gifts: your talents

Gifts mere mortals can only dream of possessing

  • mortals: human beings
  • "can only dream": to think of something that couldn't happen

Yeah, well, he was running his hands all over my sister, wasn't he?

  • to run [someone's] hands all over: to touch someone everywhere in a sexual way

Well, no, I mean, I'm just saying it could be a contributing factor

  • contributing factor: one of the things that help to make something happen

Him and Dad don't get on. Probably because me dad says potions are rubbish

  • to get on: to be friendly
  • rubbish: trash, something of no value

Says the only potion worth having is a stiff one at the end of the day

  • stiff one: a small glass of strong liqueur

They tend to people's teeth

  • to tend: take care of

I was just admiring your hourglass

  • hourglass: a glass container that uses sand to measure one hour

A most intriguing object

  • intriguing: very interesting, especially because of being strange or mysterious

The sand runs in accordance with the quality of the conversation

  • accordance: in a way that follows a rule, system, or someone’s wishes

If it is stimulating, the sand runs slowly

  • stimulating: making you feel interested

When I first met Mr. Riddle, he was a quiet albeit brilliant,

  • albeit: used for introducing a comment that slightly changes or reduces the effect of what you said before it

I'm counting on you, Ron

  • to count on [someone]: to depend on [someone]

I'm resigning, After today's match,

  • to resign: to officially quit

McLaggen can have my spot

  • to have [someone's] spot: to have [someone's] position or job

You look dreadful, Ron

  • dreadful: very unpleasant

if she's got her knickers in a twist

  • to get [someone's] knickers in a twist: {British} to get angry, annoyed, or upset

Point is, I'm a free agent

  • to be a free agent: a person not in a relationship with another person romantically

That's Romilda Vane. Apparently she's trying to smuggle you a love potion

  • to smuggle: to take someone or something into or out of a place against the rules

Okay, sorry, Um, kidding

  • kidding: joking, not telling the truth in a humorous way

I sleepwalk, you see.

  • to sleepwalk: to walk while sleeping

I mean, left Cormac under the mistletoe

  • mistletoe: small bushy plant that is hung up at holidays and anyone under it gets a kiss

I thought it would annoy Ron the most

  • to annoy: to make someone feel slightly angry or impatient

He's got more tentacles than a Snarfalump plant

  • tentacles: arms of an octopus with sticky suction cups for grabbing

I think she just went to powder her nose

  • to powder [someone's] nose: to use the toilet (women) or to reapply makeup.

Slippery little minx, your friend

  • minx: a young woman who is good at persuading men to do what she wants

You've just bought yourself a month's detention, McLaggen

  • detention: a punishment where they have to stay at school after the others have gone home

I just discovered this boy lurking in an upstairs corridor

  • to lurk: to wait, sometimes hiding, in order to frighten, annoy, or attack someone

Okay, okay. I was gatecrashing, Happy?

  • to gatecrash: to come to a party uninvited

You attempt to conceal it, but it's obvious, let me assist you

  • to conceal: to hide

I'd worked that much out for myself, funnily enough

  • to work that much out: to solve a problem by considering the facts

I'll take your word for it

  • to take [someone's] word for it: to believe someone without proof

You're blinded by hatred

  • to be blinded: to be unable to see reality

We place our trust in a handful of people

  • handful: a few

Tricky contraptions though, very temperamental

  • contraptions: a machine or piece of equipment that looks strange or complicated
  • temperamental: something that often goes wrong or does not work in the way that you expect

Now I want you to persuade him to divulge his true memory...

  • to divulge: to give information about something, especially something that should be kept secret

He and I don't exactly see eye to eye, sir

  • to see eye to eye: to agree with someone, or to have the same opinion as them

Myself, I always strive to live within the light

  • to strive: to make a lot of effort to achieve something


  • divine/heavenly: extremely good or pleasant

I'd have thought you could whip up a remedy for this in no time, Harry

  • to whip up: to make/create [something] quickly

Oh, not at all, All water under the bridge, you know? Correct?

  • All water under the bridge: used for saying that you should stop thinking about something bad that happened in the past and you should forgive people who did bad things

There you are, old boy, Bottoms up

  • bottoms up: to drink until the glass is empty

You need a pick-me-up

  • pick-me-up: something to give you more energy

I was completely boggled, wasn't I?

  • to be boggled: to be so surprised or shocked that you are unable to believe something

My own interests are purely academic, of course

  • purely academic: irrelevant to real life and of no real consequence.

Personally, these plants always kind of freaked me out

  • to be freaked out: become so angry, surprised, excited, or frightened that you cannot control yourself

Surely you realize I can't allow you to go roaming the grounds by yourself

  • to go roaming: to move or travel with no particular purpose

That would be counterproductive, sir

  • counterproductive: having a result that is the opposite of the one you intended

They unnerve some folk

  • to unnerve: to make nervous

Not to mention the pincers

  • pincers: a large strong part on some insects and shellfish that moves like scissors, used for holding things and attacking enemies

Always have a ampoule or two about my person for just such occasions as this

  • ampoule: very small glass container for holding chemicals or drugs

And your human friends find solace in the loss they have sustained

  • solace: something that makes you feel better when you are sad or upset
  • to have sustained: to experience loss, injury, damage, etc.


  • poof: used for saying that something happened suddenly, or that someone or something disappeared suddenly

Wondrous to behold

  • wondrous to behold: wonderful to see

Because she refused to step aside

  • to step aside: to leave an official position or job, especially so that someone else can take your place

Has it ever crossed your brilliant mind that I don't want to do this anymore?

  • to cross [someone's] mind: to think of something but often not for very long or very seriously

Whether it has or hasn't is irrelevant

  • irrelevant: not important or not relevant to what you are discussing or doing

Forgive my mawkishness, Harry

  • mawkishness: emotional in a silly and embarrassing way

You are not to indulge these requests

  • to indulge: to do something

Go to your houses, No dawdling

  • to dawdle: to go somewhere, or to do something, so slowly that people become annoyed with you

Whatever happens, it's imperative you stay below

  • imperative: extremely important and urgent

He doesn't have the stomach, just like his father

  • to have the stomach: to have enough determination to do something unpleasant or dangerous

But sometimes, you can be really thick

  • to be thick: to be stupid

2009 - Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince - PDF download

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

MV: The Proposal

2009 - The Proposal

For three years, Andrew Paxton has slaved as the assistant to Margaret Tate, hard-driving editor at a New York publisher. When Margaret, a Canadian, faces deportation for an expired visa, she hatches a scheme to marry Andrew - he agrees if she'll promise a promotion. A skeptical INS agent vows to test the couple about each other the next Monday. Andrew had plans to fly home that weekend for his grandma's 90th, so Margaret goes with him - to Sitka, Alaska - where mom, dad, and grams await. Family dynamics take over: tensions between dad and Andrew, an ex-girlfriend, Andrew's dislike of Margaret, and her past color the next few days, with the INS ready to charge Andrew with fraud.

Words and their sentences:

Here you go. Your regular lattes.
  • latte: very strong coffee with a lot of steamed milk in it
Literally saved my life.
  • literally: exactly
Hey. Don't watch CSI: Indianapolis tonight.
  • CSI: Indianapolis: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as CSI) is an American crime drama television series in cities Las Vegas, Miami and New York (not Indianapolis)
Frank, the truth is all A-plus novelists do publicity.
  • publicity: information given out through the media that gets the attention of the public.
Frank. Can I tell you what else they have in common? A Pulitzer.
  • Pulitzer: annual prize awarded for outstanding journalists, authors, playwrights, and composers.
Yankees, Boston, this Tuesday, 2 company seats for your shirt.
  • company seats: season tickets bought by a company for company functions and visitors
I told her that if she doesn't get her manuscript in on time you won't give her a release date.
  • manuscript: writing prepared by the author before it becomes a printed article or book
  • release date: date in which a book will be on sale in shops
He said it's imperative...
  • imperative: very important; urgent.
Cancel the call, push the meeting to tomorrow and keep the lawyer on the sheets.
  • push (the meeting): move (the meeting) time to a later time
Oh, and get a hold of PR, have them start drafting a press release.
  • PR: Public Relations Department
Is that a coincidence?
  • coincidence: the chance happening of two events at the same time.
That would be pathetic.
  • pathetic: miserably ineffective or inadequate.
Now remember, you're just a prop in here.
  • prop: a person who is to be seen but not participate
Ah. Our fearless leader and her liege.
  • liege: old word meaning a person in service to a lord or lady.
Oh. Beautiful breakfront. Is it new?
  • breakfront: A piece of furniture, such as a cabinet or a bookcase, with a central section that projects beyond the sections to either side
  • witty: showing or characterized by clever humor.
Well that is interesting, because I just got off the phone with him, and he is in.
  • 'he is in': meaning someone is in agreement to join a venture
And then you can tell everyone you resigned, OK?
  • resigned: to officially leave a job or position.
You poisonous bitch.
  • bitch: a person (usually but not necessarily a woman) who is thoroughly disliked
Sandbagging me on this Oprah thing just so that you can look good to the board?
  • sandbagging: someone who underperforms (usually deliberately) in an event
Just because you have no semblance of a life outside of this office...
  • semblance: outward form; appearance.
Because you know what you're gonna have on your deathbed?
  • deathbed: the final hours of life.
I fired you because you're lazy, entitled, incompetent and you spend more time cheating on your wife than you do in your office.
  • entitled: to someone's belief that one is deserving of some particular reward or benefit.
  • incompetent: lacking necessary knowledge or skills.
  • cheating on: to be sexually unfaithful or untrue
Another word and you're going out of here with an armed escort.
  • escort: a person accompanying someone so as to protect, guard, guide, or show courtesy.
You're actually saving me from a weekend of misery anyway, so it's good talk, yeah.
  • misery: great unhappiness; extreme emotional distress
Listen, I've worked too hard for this promotion to throw it all away, OK?
  • to throw it all away: to give up everything done on a particular thing
I'm sure that Dad is pissed...
  • pissed: angry
Yes, I did. We were going to lose DeLillo to Viking.
  • DeLillo: Don DeLillo is an American author, playwright and occasional essayist
  • Viking: Viking Press is an American publishing company
I told her you were otherwise engaged.
  • otherwise engaged: to be unable to do something because you have already arranged to do something else
I understand the predicament that we are in.
  • predicament: a difficult or dangerous situation with no obvious or satisfactory solution.
But, wouldn't be the first time one of us fell for our secretaries.
  • to fall for: to fall in love with
So we can work this whole mess out. Right?
  • to work out: to solve by making special efforts.
But don't worry, after the required allotment of time, we'll get a quickie divorce and you'll be done with me.
  • allotment: part of an amount of something that is given to someone, especially time
  • quickie divorce: a divorce done as quickly as possible
  • to be done with: to have finished dealing with something, so that you do not have to think about it any more
But until then, like it or not, your wagon is hitched to mine. OK?
  • your wagon is hitched to mine: meaning "your future is dependent on my future"
Are you both committing fraud to avoid her deportation...
  • fraud: the use of lies or tricks to cheat or take advantage that is often against the law.
Bob is nothing but a disgruntled former employee.
  • disgruntled: disappointed and annoyed about something
Gammy's 90th birthday, and the whole family's coming together.
  • Gammy: grandmother
Sitka, Alaska
  • Sitka: 4th largest city in the US state of Alaska, located on the west side of Baranof Island
We will pretend like we're boyfriend and girlfriend, tell your parents we're engaged.
  • pretend: to behave in a way because you want someone to believe that something is true when it is not
I guess I will pop for you to fly first class.
  • to pop for: meaning to pay for
But make sure you use the miles.
  • miles: a system where people who often travel by air can get airline tickets free or at a reduced price depending on the miles traveled
Oh, and please confirm the vegan meal, OK?
  • confirm: to prove that something is true
  • vegan: does not contain anything made from animals or fish, eggs, milk, and cheese
Genius. Genius.
  • genius: used for telling someone that you are very impressed with something that they have just done or said
He completely fell for it.
  • to fall for it: to believe something that was presented as true.
It really has been a little slice of heaven.
  • slice of heaven: a piece of great happiness
Would you please, with cherries on top, marry me?
  • please with cherries on top: an extra extra wish for someone to do something.
OK. I don't appreciate the sarcasm, but I'll do it.
  • sarcasm: saying the opposite of what you mean with an angry or disgusted tone of voice
So, these are the questions that INS is gonna ask us.
  • INS: Immigration and Naturalization Service
And the full spectrum of human emotion.
  • full spectrum: meaning 'all' of something
Tribal ink?
  • tribal ink: tribal tatoo
Because I live at Central Park West.
  • Central Park West: street in NYC with expensive hotels and apartments
And you probably live at some squalid little studio apartment...
  • squalid: dirty and unpleasant
  • studio apartment: a small apartment that has only one main room
We are beginning our descent into Juneau.
  • descent: moving down to a lower place or position
  • Juneau: state capital of Alaska, population 31,000
  • whoa: stop
You're suffocating him, Grace.
  • suffocating: not allowing someone to breath
Now, do you prefer being called Margaret or Satan's Mistress?
  • Satan: another name for the devil, meaning evil
She's one of those... she's a feminist.
  • feminist: someone who women don't need a man's help
Come on, sweetie.
  • sweetie: used for talking to someone who you like or love
You see the shoes that broad was wearing?
  • broad: an insulting word for a woman
This is the last of 'em.
  • 'em: short for 'them'
Is that a crime?
  • crime: wrong (slang)
Put your back into it.
  • to put your back into it: to try harder
Why didn't you tell me you were some kind of Alaskan Kennedy?
  • Kennedy: Kennedy family was a wealthy and was prominent in American politics and government
OK, know what? Timeout, OK?
  • timeout: break in the discussion or argument
This bickering Bickerson thing has got to stop.
  • bickering: to argue about things that are not important
I can pretend to be the doting fiance.
  • doting: to love someone very much, often so much that you do not notice their faults
  • huh: what?
That's a hell of a first impression, Dad.
  • impression: opinions that you form immediately, before thinking thoroughly
  • hell of a: used for emphasizing what you are saying
Can we wait 2 seconds before we throw the kitchen sink at each other?
  • to throw the kitchen sink: meaning to argue almost the most intensely
Just never figured you for a guy who slept his way to the middle.
  • to sleep your way: to get a promotion by having sex with the boss or supervisor
She's your meal ticket, and you brought her home to meet your mother.
  • meal ticket: a person or thing that is used as a source of regular income
Would you care for some hors d'oeuvres?
  • hors d'oeuvres: a small dish of food
Come on down here, pumpkin.
  • pumpkin: name of endearment
Brilliant timing.
  • brilliant timing: usually said when something was said or done at completely the wrong time
Oh. How a man proposes says a lot about his character.
  • character: personality
'Cause I think we should just sit in rapture.
  • 'cause: short for 'because'
  • rapture: (бахдал) feeling of intense pleasure or joy
So I started leaving him little hints here and there...
  • hints: a small pieces of indirect information
...because I knew he wouldn't have the guts to ask, but...
  • to have the guts: to have the courage
This woman's about as subtle as a gun.
  • subtle: not obvious, and therefore difficult to notice
Oh. The decoupage box that he made...
  • decoupage: decoration of the surface of an object with cut out paper then varnished
...and out fluttered these tiny, little hand-cut heart confettis.
  • to flutter: to move like birds in flight
  • confettis: small pieces of colored paper thrown during a celebration such as a wedding.
Real Humphrey Bogart-type stuff.
  • Humphrey Bogart: (1899–1957), U.S. actor who often played sophisticated characters
  • masculine: man-like qualities
That is quite a story.
  • quite: used before a noun for emphasizing that something is unusual or interesting
Wow. Exquisite bed. Exquisite.
  • exquisite: extremely beautiful
Oh, sweetie, we're not under any illusions that you two don't sleep in the same bed.
  • to be under any illusions: to not know the truth of reality
Oh, great, 'cause we love to snuggle.
  • snuggle: settle into a warm comfortable position, especially with another person
We just rescued him from the pound, and he's still in training. Sorry.
  • to rescue: to save something from death or injury
  • the pound: short for 'dog pound', a place where lost animals are taken and kept for a short time but that are killed if no one comes to claim them.
Just be sure you don't let him outside, or the eagles will snatch him.
  • to snatch: to quickly grab something, especially from someone else's hands
She's just pulling your leg, isn't she?
  • to pull [someone's] leg: to fool [someone] by not telling the truth
We'd better turn in.
  • to turn in: to go to sleep
Looks like I won't be getting much sleep with the sun streaming in.
  • to stream in: to flow into something with great force
I pressured you into doing Oprah, but...
  • to pressure [someone]: to verbally force someone to do something they don't want to do
I think it would be a mistake to back out.
  • to back out: to change one's mind about an agreement or commitment
And I think that we should all be privy to.
  • to be privy to: to know [something] private or secret
Oh, oh. Oh, oh. OK. OK, gotcha.
  • gotcha: meaning "I've got it" or "I've got you."
I don't want to sell you on anything, but this is your legacy, this book.
  • legacy: something of value left behind after leaving a position or after death
Come on. Hug time.
  • to hug: (тэврэх) to squeeze [someone] tightly in one's arms to show affection
I will cut your balls off in your sleep. OK?
  • balls: (slang) man's testicles
We clear on that?
  • We clear on that?: Do you understand?
They dissolve in water.
  • dissolve: to become part of the water
Anyway, she, uh... is a little peeved.
  • peeved: annoyed, irritated
I think I've been more than understanding about your goofing off in New York.
  • to goof off: to be lazy or do less than their fair share of work
OK, pluck my eyes out. OK.
  • to pluck [something] out: to take hold of [something] and quickly remove it from its place
...and said he wanted to elope...
  • to elope: run away secretly in order to get married, especially without parental consent
Well, cheers to you guys.
  • cheers: expressing good wishes
Why is Andrew out there hollowing out that old stupid canoe again?
  • to hollow out: to remove material from something to create an open space
  • canoe: small narrow boat with pointed ends that moves by using a paddle
I just had a frank conversation with him about his future.
  • frank: honest and truthful, many times about a subject that is difficult to talk about
I like the Psychic Network.
  • Psychic Network: channel where all the programming is concerned with psychics - people who claim to have special psychic powers like seeing the future, talking with the dead, knowing the truth
I think Brian Dennehy is sexy.
  • Brian Dennehy: an actor who is rough and overweight
They're swallows.
  • swallow: swift-flying songbird with forked tail & long pointed wings, feeds on insects in flight
Just processing.
  • to process: to understand
Just spoon me, spoon me...
  • to spoon [someone]: to lie close together sideways, front-to-back with knees bent
Cinnamon rolls.
  • cinnamon rolls: bread rolled with cinnamon (шанц) and butter put between layers, usually served with brown sugar or icing on top
OK, you just have to focus, Margaret. Just focus.
  • to focus: to concentrate on a specific activity or action
This is a business deal.
  • deal: two people make an agreement about something they both profit from
You're a freak.
  • freak: a person considered to be strange because of unusual behavior
Oh, sorry. I'm a bit chesty to begin with and I happened to be knocked up when I wore this.
  • chesty: to have large breasts
  • to be knocked up: to be pregnant
Oh, let's see if we can find your boobs.
  • boobs: (slang) breasts
Maybe they shrunk up in the cold Alaskan air.
  • to shrink up: to become smaller, to contract to a smaller size
They were quite a scandal, you know.
  • scandal: an event where someone does something that shocks (to feel surprised & upset) people
You're not screwing it up.
  • to screw [something] up: to cause [something] to fail or go wrong
...admitting this marriage is a sham...
  • sham: false, not true
So I blackmailed him to come up here and to lie to you.
  • to blackmail [someone]: to make [someone] do something by using threats
  • threat: statement of intention to do harm
Turns out it's not easy to ruin someone's life...
  • to ruin: to destroy completely
You'll never see eye to eye.
  • to see eye to eye: to agree, to have the same opinion
I heard about your lady bailin'.
  • to bail: to escape from a situation someone doesn't want to be in anymore
Why are, why are you panting?
  • panting: breathing quickly with noisy breaths
3 days ago, I loathed you.
  • to loathe [someone]: to dislike [someone] intensely
I'm gonna take you down.
  • to take [someone] down: to defeat [someone]

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Words Words Words: Construction

Added new dictionary/glossary links for Construction

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

MV: Up

Story: Carl Fredrickson, a little boy and a dreamer who idolizes the adventurer Charles Munts. When he meets Ellie, who also worships Munts, they become close friends. However Charles Munts falls into disgrace, accused of forging the skeleton of the monster of Paradise Falls. He travels in his blimp to South America to bring the monster back alive but is never seen again. Eventually he Carl grows up and marries Ellie. They promise each other that they would travel together to Paradise Falls and build a house there. Many years later, Ellie dies and Carl, who's lonely, refuses to move from their house despite the offers of the owner of a construction company. When Carl accidentally hits a worker that damaged his mailbox, he is sentenced to move to a retirement home. However, he uses many balloons to float his house in order to travel to Paradise Falls. Adventure ensues.


What you are now witnessing is footage never before seen by civilized humanity, a lost world in South America.
  • to witness: to see or hear something that happened.
  • footage: a portion of movie or video film
  • humanity: the race of human beings; people.
Lurking in the shadow of majestic Paradise Falls, it sports plants and animals undiscovered by science.
  • to lurk: to be hidden
  • to sport: to show off, to display
Who would dare set foot on this inhospitable summit?
  • inhospitable: of a place with no shelter
The beloved explorer lands his dirigible the Spirit of Adventure, in New Hampshire this week, completing a yearlong expedition to the lost world.
  • beloved: deeply loved
  • dirigible: an airship that can be steered or guided, such as a blimp
This lighter-than-air craft was designed by Muntz himself and is longer than 22 prohibition paddy wagons placed end to end.
  • prohibition: period from 1920 to 1933 during which there was a legal ban on the production, transport, sale, or possession of alcoholic beverage in the USA
  • paddy wagon: police van for transporting prisoners
It's a veritable floating palace in the sky, complete with doggy bath and mechanical canine walker.
  • veritable: true; authentic; real
  • canine: having to do with dogs
And, Jiminy Cricket do the locals consider Muntz the bee's knees.
  • Jiminy Cricket: an old term for not saying Jesus Christ when swearing
  • the bee's knees: an old term for excellent - the highest quality
And, golly, what a swell monster this is!
  • golly: an old term used as an exclamation of mild surprise, wonder, puzzlement, or the like.
  • swell: an old term that means fine; excellent; nice.
But what's this? Scientists cry foul.
  • to cry foul: to say something is unfair
The National Explorer's Society accuses Muntz of fabricating the skeleton.
  • fabricating: to make from parts or materials
Bon voyage, Charles Muntz, and good luck capturing the monster of Paradise Falls!
  • bon voyage: french for 'good voyage" "good travels"
He hurdles Pikes Peak.
  • to hurdle: to jump over
Hard to starboard!
  • hard to starboard: to turn to the right (nautical term)
Hold together, old girl.
  • 'old girl': ships are often referred to as being female
Rudders 18 degrees towards the south.
  • rudder: a movable vertical blade at the end of a ship or airplane, used to control direction.
Enter the weather in the logbook.
  • logbook: any book for keeping records of events, navigation details on ships & planes
Don't you know this is an exclusive club?
  • exclusive: keeping out all others
Only explorers get in here, not just any kid off the street with a helmet and a pair of goggles.
  • helmet: protective covering for the head
  • goggles: special glasses worn to protect the eyes from dust, wind, water, or bright light.
I ripped this right out of a library book.
  • to rip right out: to remove quickly using a tearing motion
I'm gonna move my clubhouse there and park it right next to the falls.
  • gonna = going to (slang)
You can take us there in a blimp!
  • blimp: aircraft that flies because it is filled with lighter than air gas; dirigible.
Tell your boss over there that you boys are ruining our house.
  • to ruin: to destroy or damage something.
  • to proceed: to continue on
But skip to the end!
  • skip to the end: to move to the end bypassing other parts
You ever heard of a snipe?
  • snipe: an imaginary creature created to fool kids, who are often sent to 'hunt snipes' as a way of getting them to leave
Beady eyes.
  • beady: watching someone or something very carefully
Every night it sneaks in my yard and gobbles my poor azaleas.
  • to gobble: to eat in a fast, greedy, and sometimes noisy way.
  • azaleas: a type of flower
I'm elderly and infirm.
  • elderly: old person
  • infirm: weak or ill, as from old age.
You don't seem like a public menace to me.
  • menace: something or someone who is a danger or threat
Is this how you steer your house?
  • to steer: to make something move in a certain direction
We're gonna get blown to bits!
  • blown to bits: destroyed by an explosion into many small pieces
It was a cinch with my Wilderness Explorer GPS.
  • cinch: old term that means easy
  • GPS: abbreviation of "Global Positioning System," a public satellite navigation system designed and controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense that provides an accurate global time reference and is used to determine a precise location on Earth.
Now, when you get up there, go ahead and hoist me up!
  • to hoist: to use a rope to lift or move higher
For the love of Pete! Go on into the bushes and do your business.
  • for the love of pete: 'for the love of Pete' or 'God' are exclamations of surprise
  • to do your business: a polite way to say to go pee or shit
No, stop! That tickles.
  • to tickle: to touch or poke so as to cause a tingling feeling or laughter.
Beat it! Vamoose! Scram!
  • to beat it: to go away
  • to vamoose: to go away (in Spanish)
  • to scram: to go away
I am a great tracker.
  • tracker: someone or animal that can follow something by a sense of sight or smell
Find the scent, my compadres, and you too shall have much rewardings from Master for the toil factor you wage.
  • compadres: good friends (Spanish)
  • toil: long or difficult work.
  • to wage: to carry on or engage in (a war, conflict, or campaign).
Mayhaps you desire to challenge the ranking that I have been assigned by my strength and cunning.
  • mayhaps: misconstruction of mayhap after maybe and perhaps.
You might wanna ask him.
  • wanna = want to (poor english)
His fool's errand will keep him most occupied. Most occupied indeed.
  • fool's errand: a task that cannot be accomplished it is a joke because it is impossible to finish
Don't wanna wake up the traveling flea circus.
  • 'traveling flea circus' = referring to a 'dog' which can move and sometimes has flea's
Cross your heart?
  • to cross your heart: to ask if someone is telling the truth
Maybe Russell won't notice.
  • to notice: to see or observe
That is the darnedest thing I've ever seen.
  • darnedest: an old term that means the most unexpected (and amusing or interesting)
I'd be happy to oblige.
  • to oblige: to do a kind act or service.
These people are no longer intruders!
  • intruders: someone who enters when not invited or welcome.
He and I fell into a habit of playing gin rummy in the evenings, and did he cheat!
  • to fall into a habit: to create a habit without knowing or being aware
  • gin rummy: (gin for short) is a simple and popular two-player card game
So, how are things stateside?
  • stateside: in the United States
I'd hate to impose.
  • to impose: to make demands or rules
  • to hate to impose: to be sorry for making demands without asking
They called me a fraud, those...
  • fraud: a person who uses tricks or lies to get something;
I've tried to smoke it out of that deathly labyrinth where it lives.
  • to smoke it out: to use smoke to cause some animal to come out of hiding
  • labyrinth: a difficult complicated network of pathways or passageways
And here they come, these bandits, and think the bird is theirs to take.
  • bandit: a robber who robs people while they are traveling.
Epsilon here makes a delicious cherries jubilee.
  • cherries jubilee: a dessert made of vanilla ice cream topped with a sauce of black cherries and served on fire with brandy.
I always get chocolate and he gets butter brickle.
  • butter brickle: toffee ice cream flavoring
Then we sit on this one curb right outside,
  • curb:the border or edge of a street, usually made of concrete and raised higher than the road.
Wait up, you overgrown chicken.
  • overgrown: larger than normal
I'll unleash all my Wilderness Explorer training!
  • to unleash: turn loose or free from restraint
Don't jerk around so much, kid!
  • to jerk: to pull or twist suddenly; yank

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Words Words Words: Dermatology

Added new dictionary/glossary links for Dermatology (Medicine)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

As World Focuses On Gaza, Grim Lives Go On

A Palestinian boy sits next to bags of flour at a United Nations food aid distribution center in Shati refugee camp in Gaza City in January. More than half the population relies on food aid after Israel's three-year blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, according to the U.N.

June 4, 2010              [download English MP3]

An Irish humanitarian aid ship steamed Friday toward the Gaza Strip in the latest attempt to try to defy an Israeli naval blockade. Israel says the vessel Rachel Corrie will be stopped, and the blockade will continue as a matter of Israeli security.

On Monday, Israeli commandos raided a Turkish aid ship, an incident that left nine activists dead and reignited international debate over the blockade.

In Gaza itself, life remains difficult for the 1.5 million Palestinians living under Israeli sanctions for the past three years.

Turkish flags fly from Palestinian boats in the Gaza port as Gazans show solidarity with the Turkish activists who were killed Monday trying to break Israel's blockade.

Not far away, in the offices of the Islamist Hamas movement that runs Gaza, officials also cheered on the Turks, a nation of moderate, Western-leaning Muslims that Hamas once scorned as insufficiently faithful.

Now, Hamas official Ahmed Yousef compares Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan to Egypt's legendary pan-Arab leader Gamal Abdel Nasser of the mid-20th century.

"When I look to Erdogan talking, I remember Abdel Nasser. That's the approach to gain the Arab hearts and minds: Palestine, Jerusalem, al-Aqsa. So Turkey, to the people, is like the salvation," Yousef says.

Life Of Constant Struggle

But most Gazans don't have time to sing Turkey's praises. They are too busy looking for work or standing in line for charity.

At the Zeitoun distribution center by the U.N. relief agency serving Palestinians, Samia, a tall woman in a black abaya and scarf, says most everyone she knows relies on emergency food aid.

"This is where we get the food: white flour, sugar, cooking oil, some canned meat and rice. The majority of Gazans are depending on this food, because in so many of our families no one has a job," she says.

At Gaza's central market — where songbirds provide the Muzak — there is ample evidence to support Israel's assertion that food is not lacking in Gaza. Fruit, vegetables, fish and canned goods fill the stalls on both sides of the street.

Shop owners in Gaza say there is enough food in the market but few buyers, owing to Gaza's soaring unemployment rate.

But shop owners say few Gazans can afford to buy.

Salem Abu Assef, 75, is old enough to have lived through much of the Arab-Israeli conflict, so he may be exaggerating when he says people in Gaza have never suffered like this before.

But he says what worries him most is the sense of hopelessness that is poisoning the young generation. His own clothing shop is well stocked with shirts and pants, but not because of Israeli largess.

"None of these things came from Israel. All of it was smuggled through the tunnels from Egypt," Assef says.

Other shop owners make sour jokes about how Israel is Gaza's new diet consultant. One week, pasta is banned — why, they ask, will Hamas make tiny rockets out of penne? — and the next week, coriander might be blocked as a "luxury item."

Long List Of Challenges

Christer Nordahl, deputy director of the U.N. agency in Gaza, enumerates the reasons that the United Nations believes Gaza is facing a humanitarian crisis: 40 percent unemployment; 50,000 homeless; 800,000 dependent on food aid; 80 percent of the population living below a poverty line of $2 a day.

He says 100 new schools are needed urgently, with no construction materials to build them because Israel fears they could be used by Hamas for military purposes.

Nordahl argues that preventing Gazans from rebuilding their shattered infrastructure does nothing to enhance Israel's security. As for the militants, they have other means of rearming.

"The tunnels that exist between Gaza and Egypt do allow anything to be smuggled in. If somebody wants to bring in something that shouldn't be here, there is no problem for them to do that," he says.

Meanwhile, Gaza construction workers are left to pulverize rubble and rocks, trying to create enough material to rebuild a tiny fraction of what the Israeli military destroyed in past conflicts. It's back-straining work, and it leaves little time at the end of the day to wonder if this international uproar will be the one that finally changes things for the better.

Original posted at: NPR.org

Friday, June 4, 2010

My students like 'Ozomatli'

Ozomatli is a seven to ten piece band playing primarily Latin, hip hop, and rock music, formed in 1995 in Los Angeles. They are known both for their vocal activist viewpoints and their wide array of musical styles - including salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, and others.

In a 2007 NPR interview, band members Jiro Yamaguchi and Ulises Bella describe Ozomatli:

You drive down Sunset Boulevard and turn off your stereo and roll down your windows and all the music that comes out of each and every different car, whether it's salsa, cumbia, merengue, or Hip Hop, funk or whatever, it's that crazy blend that's going on between that cacophony of sound is Ozomatli, y'know?

Current members
  • Wil-Dog Abers: Bass, marimbula, background vocals
  • Raúl Pacheco: Guitar, tres, jarana, vocals
  • Justin 'El Niño' Porée: Percussion, rap vocals
  • Asdrubal Sierra: Trumpet, lead vocals, piano
  • Ulises Bella: Saxophone, background vocals, requinto jarocho, keyboard, melodica
  • Jiro Yamaguchi: Tabla, cajon, assorted percussion and background vocals
  • Mario Calire - Drums
Official site
Ozomatli videos rehearsals.com
Ozomatli on Jambase
2008 Ozomatli Interview at Bandega.com
Austin City Limits Performance (11/13/2004)
Ozomatli on State Dept. tour in the Middle East, August 2007

Reference: Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

UB Post News 2010.06.02

Links to articles in the UB Post, Ulaanbaatar's English-language newspaper
Website: http://ubpost.mongolnews.mn/

Most Toys in Mongolia Toxic
Government Ban Construction at Bogd Khan Mountain Range
NGO Filed Petition to UB Mayor Against Children’s Park Land “Stealers”

Mongolia May Opt Broad Gauge Rail Line
Shenhua Battles Global Rivals for Tavan Tolgoi Coal Mine
Tavan Tolgoi Draft Submitted to Parliament

Chinese Premier Visit to Boost Mongolia-China Ties
G.Zandanshatar Meets German Foreign Minister
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Meets Mongolian Ambassador

Exhibition Opens in Khan Bank Art Gallery
Exhibition of Chingunjav Kicks-off
The Natural History Museum of Mongolia organized a fair of house plant themed “One Window - One Flow"

Modeling Contest for Kids
Children’s Day Celebrations in Sukhbaatar Square
Camerton Mongolian Boy Band Leave for US

The Decay
Policy and Rate
Mongolia’s Mining Wealth is Cause for Concern

Italian Officials Visit - Beginning of Cooperation & Investment
US$50 Million Investment Needed for Zamin-Uud
February Economic Update: of Mongolia

We Are About to Repeat the Greek Track
Joint Project of Government and Central Bank to Increase Capital
Central Bank May Declare Bankrupt of Anod Bank

Kh.Tsagaanbaatar Wins Gold on Final Day of Judo World Cup
Ts.Munkhzul Bags Bronze in Fort Benning Shooting World Cup
Mongolia Wins Three Gold, One Silver and Three Bronze in IJF World Championships

International Travel Mart Wrap-up
International Travel Mart at the Misheel Expo Center
The Culmination of The Mongolian National Revolution of 1911 or The Enthronement of Bogdo Jebtsundam

On Food
South Pacific
We All Need a Bit of Drama in Our Lives…
Mongolia’s very Own Central Park