What is PC?
Unit One English Usage
What is wrong with the following
Political correctness: the avoidance of
forms of expression or actions that exclude,
make little of, or insult certain racial, cultural,
or other groups.
Eg. For the sake of political correctness,
let’s change the word “spinster” into “single
For the sake of culture sensitivity, let’s
address that black as an Afro-American.
political correctness covers a wide area in the use of
language and concepts and is most evidently at work in
a multicultural society. The concept of political
correctness may have evolved from the idea of
democracy and equality: all human beings, regardless
of their gender, color or faith, whether they are unborn
babies, lawful citizens or convicted criminals, have
inalienable human rights, should be treated equally, and
should not be discriminated against in any form. A
sound concept originally, political correctness has been
abused by various extremists(individuals and groups)---
as they have done with many other good
concepts( women’s liberation, human rights, to name a
few)--- to such an extent that the concepts are less
respectable and credible than they used to be.
What is euphemism?
euphemism: a pleasanter, less direct word used
instead of one thought to be unpleasant.
The term early retirement is nearly always a
euphemism for forced unemployment.
Other examples of euphemism:
dead -departed; to die；to have passed
away/gone away/ gone to her/his reward
To urinate- to pass /make water
excerpt (n/ v) :a short part taken from a speech, book, film,
tackle: to take action in order to deal with
balanced: fair, just, reasonable
a balanced judgment
a well-balanced article
a well-balanced meal/diet
a well-balanced individual
sarcastic (adj): saying things that clearly mean the opposite of what is felt, especially in
order to be unkind or offensive in an amusing way
Eg. She has a sarcastic tongue (she is very sarcastic).
sarcasm: “you have been working very hard”, he said with heavy/ biting sarcasm as he
looked at the empty page.
ironic: poignantly contrary to what was unexpected or intended（irony）
Sarcastic suggests sharp taunting and ridicule that wounds表示苟刻伤人的讽刺和嘲笑：
“a deserved reputation for sarcastic, acerbic and uninhibited polemics” (Burke Marshall).
Ironic implies a subtler form of mockery in which an intended meaning is conveyed
“a man of eccentric charm, ironic humor, and—above all—profound literary genius”
excessive (adj) : too much; too great; going beyond what is reasonable or
right.( excess .n /excessively. adv)
run counter to: to be the opposite of; to conflict with
discourse: connected language in speech or writing
as (conj) : in the way that someone says or that something happens, or in the
condition something is in
The hotel is quite comfortable as such establishments go. 就设备而言，这个旅馆相
She was late as usual (=in the way that she usually was).
The sun is hot, as everyone knows.
She is tall, as is her mother.
As（ relative pronoun): It introduces an attributive clause, and the precedent may be
a word, a phrase, or a sentence.
She is late, as is often the case.她迟到了，这是经常的事。(先行词是整个主句)
As is often the case with children, ……
As can be seen in the text, his sarcastic ….does not run counter to his
A: his sarcastic treatment to excessive PC;
B: his support for respectability in discourse;
C: A and B don’t run counter to each other;
D: this can be seen in the text.
respectability: the quality, state, or
characteristic of being respectable or being
respectable: (of person) of good character
and good social position deserving respect
respectful: showing respect.
respective: belonging to each of those in
Fill in blanks with respective, respectable,
It is hardly ______ to attend a funeral in heavy
When the professor entered the auditorium,
everyone stood up and kept a ______ distance.
Earning a ______ income is everyone’s dream.
Candidates will be elected for the committee
according to their ______ strengths.
How does the author introduce the topic of
What is wrong with the original translation of
Maryland’s state motto?
The original motto suggests a preference for
males and a bias against females; it implies that
manly deeds are righteous and desirable
whereas womanly words are cowardly and
unpleasant. The new translation is accepted by
all because it successfully avoids gender-related
Why is everyone satisfied with the
fatuous: very silly without seeming to know it.
sexist (derog): showing the belief that one sex is not as good as the other, especially,
when this results in unfair treatment of women by men.
motto: (~s/es) a short sentence or phrase that expresses a principle of good or correct
manly: having the qualities which people think a man should have (feminine)
emboss: to decorate (metal, paper, leather, etc.) with (a raised pattern)
stationery: materials for writing; paper, ink, pencils, etc.
stationary: standing still, not moving
engrave: to cut (words, pictures, etc.) on (wood, stone, or mental)
legislator: a person who is involved in making or passing laws( legislation, legislate)
hit on/upon: to find by lucky chance or have a good idea about (hit/hit)
Compare: emboss/ engrave
The mayor’s tombstone was _____ with a
The coins are _____with letters and
ingenious: (of people) showing cleverness or skill; (of things) skillfully made
ingenuous: inexperienced, simple, trusting and honest (ingenuousness)
Fill in blanks:
He is so ______; he can make the most remarkable sculptures from the most
I don’t think she lied at all. I believe she is an ______ person.
compromise： A settlement of differences in which each side makes
rather than: （prep） in preference to sb/sth; instead of (Oxford)
be to do sth: will do sth. This structure is used to talk about planned
arrangements or indicate duty, necessity, etc.
Everyone went to bed happy.
Everyone is satisfied with the translation and can go to sleep with peace of
would that: (fml. or lit) (expressing a strong wish) if only
would introduces a subjunctive that-clause to express an unfulfilled wish or a desired
Would that we had seen her before she left.
Would that I came to last week’s lecture!
Exercise II: Translation
sensitive: Responsive to external conditions or stimulation, to the attitudes, feelings,
or circumstances of others.
sensitivity: quality of being sensitive/ sensitive/insensitive/sensitize.( 敏感, 灵敏)
Due to the obvious sensitivity of the issue the police would not reveal any details
about the suspect.
John, shortly built, is very sensitive about his height.
all issues of sensitivity: matters that need to be dealt with carefully because they
are likely to cause disagreement, embarrassment, or anger
sensible (adj): having or showing good sense; reasonable; practical
sensibility: power of feeling (esp. power of receiving or feeling delicate emotional
Artistic sensibility is essential for all artists. 鉴赏力
Sense and sensibility
Fill in blanks:
He was very _____ about his scar and
thought everyone was staring at him.
Extreme fatigue has rendered him ______
He didn’t appear to be very ______ of the
difficulty that lay ahead.
Everyone with taste and ______ would
buy the book.
Negative word+ words in comparative
degree/negative words +so …as: This
structure indicates a superlative degree.
Nothing is so easy as this.
Nothing is easier than this. = This is the easiest
If only all sensitive problems concerning the use
of language could be solved as easily as the
legislators in Maryland solved the problems of
the motto by providing it with a new translation.
Unfortunately, other problems will not be so
polarity: the state of having or developing two opposite qualities
a polarity exists between the opinions of the government and those of
the trade unions.
pole: either of two completely opposite or different opinion。
polar: polar distance; polar diameter.极距；两极的直径
all-embracing: including or covering everything
consisting or made only of: all-male club an all-wool dress
for the whole of: an all-day event an all-night cafe
having all the stated qualities: all covering
coin: To devise (a new word or phrase) (coinage. n.)
coin a new word
coin a phrase
inescapably: in a way that is impossible to avoid
Your son was the only person there when the theft
happened, so the inescapable inference is that he stole
…., But not until about 1990 did it…..(inverted sentence)
take on sth: to assume, or to put on (a quality, a certain
Once cooked, the shrimp will take on a shade of red.
A chameleon takes on the color of its surroundings.
pejorative (adj): (fml) (of a word, phrase, etc.) expressing
disapproval or suggesting that someone or something is
of little value or importance
devote … to …: Devote is a verb that tells us what we do
and at what level we do it.
How much of our time are we willing to devote to this
I'm willing to devote all of my time to help you to learn
acres of space : (hyperbole )A figure of speech in which
exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could
sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.
refer to Exe 111(p18)
range from …to: (not in progressive forms) to vary
between limits; reach from one limit to another.
for the most part: on the whole; usually; mostly
Japanese TV sets are, for the most part of excellent
derisive: of noise, expressions, or remarks that express
The speaker’s remarks were greeted with bursts of
deride (v): laugh at
I was derided for making such a stupid suggestion/
deride a person‘s ignorance
antagonistic: (of a person) being opposed to another,
esp. actively (antagonist: opponent)
He is extremely antagonistic towards all critics. (show
unwillingness and opposition)
The antagonists in this dispute are quite unwilling to
What did Henry Beard and Christopher
distill down to(vi) : to boil down to; to be able to be
This long article can be distilled down to the writer’s
general distrust of globalization.
distill sth from sth: draw or derive sth from sth
useful advice distilled from a lifetime’s experience
Pure water and salt can be distilled from salt water.
Shanghai (vt): (infml) to trick or force someone into doing something
We were shanghaied into agreeing to their demands.
Taken from Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 speech to Congress, the
"Four Freedoms“: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship,
Freedom from Want, and Freedom from fear.
The Bill of Rights 1791: Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution ... or
abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the
people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a
redress of grievances. ...
Compare: valued/ valuable
burden sb with sth: give sb a heavy load of sth
burden a horse with a load
ludicrously: in a way that is so foolish as to cause or deserve disrespectful
laughter (ludicrous: ridiculous, causing laughter)
The Milan Fashion Show saw many models dress ludicrously.
sanitize (vt): to make completely clean and free from bacteria
This lavatory has been sanitized for your protection.
(derog) to make less unpleasant, dangerous, strongly expressed, etc,
in order not to offend people (sanitary, adj, sanitation, n)
Some acts of genocide have been sanitized by calling them 'war', including
the aerial bombardment of civilians.
The military wants to allow only a sanitized report/version of the incident to
Poor sanitary conditions keep potential tourists from visiting China.
The city government ought to spend more on public sanitation.
civilized: if a society or country is civilized, it has a
highly developed system of government, culture, way of
The terrorist attack on September 11th has shocked the
If a person or their behavior is civilized, they are polite
and behave in a reasonable way.
I had a civilized conversation with your mother.
neologism: a new word or expression, or a new
meaning to an older word. neologism.
The neologism Dinks stands for Double Income No Kids.
make capital out of : to use to one’s advantage, use
sth to obtain an advantage for yourself.
The opposition parties are sure to make political capital
out of the government’s difficulties.
absurdity: something that is against reason or common
sense; something that is clearly false or foolish
The absurdity of this evening party invited heated
satirical: having the quality of showing the foolishness or bad
effect of some person, organization or practice in an amusing way.
His book ______ small-town politics.
Wearing a police uniform did not ______ a working man from
This dictionary is designed for advanced learners of English.
These measures are designed to reduce pollution.
free of /from:
He dedicated his life to freeing the world from famine and disease.
taint: trace of some bad quality, decay or infection.
Is this beef free from taint?
bias: tendency to be in favor of or against sth or sb without knowing
enough to be able to judge fairly; prejudice
When eating out, I have a bias towards fish and shrimp.
hirsute: (fml. tech.)(of a man) hairy in a different way.
custody: the state of being guarded, esp. by the police.
took the robbery suspect into custody.
suite: a complete set of rooms including a bedroom, living room
and a bathroom, esp. in a hotel
custody suite: prison cell, usu. small and for one-person only.
inconvenienced: being in a state of difficulty, discomfort or
inconvenience: To cause inconvenience to; trouble:
(inconvenienced， inconveniencing， inconveniences)
The snow inconvenienced the holiday travelers.
It often causes a lot of inconvenience when buses come late.
chemically inconvenienced: (for sb)in an uncomfortable or difficult
state because of chemicals
intoxicated: (tech.) (to be) drunk (intoxicate) (v); (intoxication).
The audience was utterly intoxicated by the singer’s beautiful voice.
Alcohol and love intoxicate, so does flattery.
Success intoxicated him.
He was intoxicated by success.
alternative: different from what is usual (a/n).
It is always nice to have an alternative.
I’m afraid I have no alternative but to ask you to leave( that is
what I have to do).
dentation: the state of having teeth
alternative dentation: sth that is used to replace a tooth or
carrier (n.): a person who carries things
1）to prepare or arrange sth by putting different things together
Could you make up a list of all the things that need to be done?
2）to apply cosmetics
3）to devise as a fiction or falsehood; invent
trouble to do sth: to take pains
They trouble over every detail.
scan: to look at quickly, without careful reading,
often looking for a particular thing. (scanner)
terminology: (a system of) specialized words
and expressions used in a particular science,
profession, activity, etc.
medical terminology/ linguistic terminology
if :(used before adj to introduce a contrast) although
It was thoughtless if well-meaning.用意虽好，考虑欠周。
He’s a real gentleman, if a little arrogant at times.
if anything: (used to express a tentative opinion or after a negative
statement to say that the opposite is true.)
If anything definite can be said, this is it. 若能有把握地说出来，其实是这样的。
I’d say he was more like his father, if anything. 若非要说出来像谁不可，我倒
He is not thin---- if anything he’s rather on the plump side.他可不瘦， 按说还
fundamentally: in every way that really matters or is
important (fundamental, adj /n)（compare with
Although a few of your facts aren’t right, your answer is
She is fundamentally unsuited for office work.
There’s a ______ difference in attitude between those
A good daily routine will lay a solid ______ for a
If the boys are going to camp for 10 days, they will need
to know the _____s of cooking.
excuse: to forgive sb
Please excuse me for arriving late. The bus was delayed.
You must excuse me from the rest of the meeting as I’ve just
received a telephone call which requires my immediate attention.
pointless: (often derog) meaningless; useless, without purpose, sth
that it is a waste of time doing it.
As there is no audience, it would be pointless to perform the play.
It’s pointless to try to negotiate with them because they will never
change their minds.
entry: a piece of information that is written or included in a list, a
She made an entry in her diary to remind herself of the meeting.
entrance: A means or place by which to enter. (exit)
pick up: To acquire (knowledge) by learning or experience
pick up French very quickly
transmit (vt): to send or pass from one person, place or thing to
another (transmission, transmitter, 传送者，发报机，话筒)
He transmitted his keen enjoyment of singing to the audience.
gospel: the Gospel means the first four books of the New
Testament containing the teaching of Jesus Christ;( fig. And in
lower case) sth that is believed to be true, doctrine
What I told you about doing business is gospel.
The gospel of individualism is that one’s own will alone determines
NT: four gospels (Matthew马太福音, Mark马可福音, Luke路加福音,
John约翰福音) and Acts(使徒行传)
refer to: mention or speak of sb/sth (reference);
concern sb or sth. (referred, referring)
Don’t refer to this matter again, please.
grotesque: strange and unnatural so as to cause fear,
disbelief or argument
a grotesque appearance
concoct: to making sth by mixing or combining parts;
To devise, using skill and intelligence
John concocted an elaborate excuse for being late.
curious: strange and unexpected, (peculiar)
A curious thing happened to me yesterday.
How curious! When I went to the door, no one was there.
padding: material that is used to make (a sentence,
speech, story, etc) longer by adding unnecessary words
These are the kind of phrases that politician put in their
speeches for a bit of padding.
involuntarily: (made or done) without conscious effort or intention
Involuntary/ voluntary/voluntarily/ volunteer (n/v)
Another surge of pain in my ankle caused me to give an involuntary
Various local authorities and voluntary organizations run workshops
for the disabled.(非官办，自愿的)
The basketball player claimed that he would only leave voluntarily if
there was a big chance to play abroad.
She now helps as a volunteer in a local school three days a week.
He volunteered for the army in 1939.
domiciled: (fml or law) having one’s official place of residence.(定
Frank is presently domiciled in Berlin.
involuntarily domiciled: living in a place not out of one’s own
vocally: involving the use of the human voice, esp. in singing.
challenged: (AmE. Politically correct euph.) disabled, esp. in the
vocally challenged: disabled in voice, mute
visually challenged: disabled in eyesight, poor in eyesight, blind
vertically challenged: disabled in height, short
Intellectually challenged: disabled in intellect, stupid
musically challenged: playing badly, out of tune
Academically challenged: having problem in learning academic
genuine: real, not false
This suitcase was made of genuine leather.
Do you think you can ever trust a salesperson to be
genuine ?(of person) honest, sincere.
contrive: devise; to invent or fabricate
contrive ways to amuse the children
He contrived a new machine for flying.
How could you contrive to make such a mess of things?
contrived: unnatural and forced
I quite like the story, but the ending is rather contrived.
justify: to prove to be just, right, or valid (vt);
It’s pointless to reason with Mike, he always
justifies his conduct.
The teacher demands justification from all
absent last week.
justifiable: right, reasonable or just; that can be
Many analysts assert that the violence of the
revolutionary years was justifiable on the
grounds of political necessity.
A justifiable explanation, action, use of homicide,
(killing in self-defense)
grounds: [ plural] a good reason for doing, believing, or saying
on grounds of
She is suing the company on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
Flying was ruled out on grounds of cost.
'You're under arrest.' 'On what grounds?‘
on the grounds that
We have the grounds to believe that you have been lying to us.
He refused to answer on the grounds that he was unfairly
We oppose the bill, on the grounds that it discriminates against
inexactitude: the quality or state of being imprecise, not
completely truthful, etc.（exactitude）
terminological inexactitude: not exact in the use of words.
jargon: language that is hard to understand, especially
because it is full of special words known only to the
members of a certain group(行话)
This article is full of sociological jargon.
cessation: (fml) a short pause or a stop
cessation of arms [hostilities]停战[停止敌对行动]
cession: action of ceding sth, ep land or rights.
hostilities: acts of war; fighting (hostile/hostility)
The authorities have urged people to stock up on fuel in
case hostilities break out.
hostile forces; hostile acts；a hostile remark.
Many citizens felt hostile to the idea of increased taxation.
truce: (an agreement between enemies or opponents for)
the stopping of fighting or arguing, usually for a short
otherwise: if conditions were different; if not
Seize the chance, otherwise you will regret it.
otherwise: In other respects; In another way; differently:
be quite otherwise engaged
He is noisy, but otherwise a nice boy.
He reminded me of what I should otherwise have forgotten.
otherwise: it is also used to refer to the general condition of sth after
you have given an exception to this general condition; in a different or
The police believe he is the thief, but all the evidence suggests
otherwise (that he is not).
I’ll assume that you want to come on Saturday, unless you let me
know otherwise (that you don’t want to come).
verify (vt): to make certain that a fact, statement, etc., is
correct or true (verification)
The defendant’s statement was verified by several
These details are impossible to verify.
Verification is needed before we can process your loan
ridiculous: (derog) silly or unreasonable (ridicule, v/n)
What an absolutely ridiculous decision.
Why did you ridicule me in public?
barbed: (of sth spoken or written) sharp and unkind,
especially in judging a person or their ideas.
barbed criticism; barbed statements.
scattered: far apart in space or time; widely and
irregularly separated. (scatter)
The weather forecast says we’ll have scattered
Don’t scatter the cards on the floor.
remove (removal): to take sth away from a place.
She angrily asked him to remove himself from the
He was removed from the office (dismissed from
an official position).
No more than: (adv.) only
I am no more than a worker.
There are no more than ten tickets left.
Not more than: (n.) at most
The experiment was done by not more than 5 persons.
There are not more than five books in the case.
He has learned not more than 100 words.
No less than: 不亚于
There were no less than a thousand people at the meeting. 到会的
Not less than：不少于
There were not less than one thousand people at the meeting.到会
worthy: deserving respect, admiration or support.
Two points in this report are especially worthy of notice.
ridicule (n): unkind words or actions that make someone or something
appear foolish or worthless
v. to laugh unkindly at; to declare the foolishness of
You lay yourself open to ridicule by suggesting such a plan.
Her paintings, which were once held up to ridicule, are now widely
acknowledged as masterpieces.
They all ridicule my suggestion.
He was ridiculed for his ideas.
name: to choose
Whisky or beer, you name it; I’ve got it.
Just name the time and I’ll be there on time.
sphere (n): an area or range of interest or activity
He is a well-known personality in the sphere of broadcasting.
The government was criticized for trying to extend its sphere of influence to
cover all aspects of citizens’ lives.
questionable (a): perhaps not true, right, or honest or
wrong in some way.
The business manager was suspected of highly
questionable behavior in money matters.
out of the question: impossible, not to be discussed at all.
beyond/ without question: certainly, without doubt Jane’s
honesty is beyond / without question.
to call sth in question: to express doubt about sth.
We need to call George’s integrity in question: he couldn’t
have completed this essay by himself.
presently: In a short time; soon
thoughtful: or characterized by careful thought (thoughtless)
It was thoughtful of you to bring flowers.
dismissive (adj.): considering a person, idea, etc., to be not worthy of
attention or respect -- dismiss (v.) -- dismissal (n.)
eg. He might have been less dismissive of their talents if he could
have seen their latest achievements.
Mr. Jones was dismissive of the report, saying it was riddled with
Dismiss all thoughts of distraction and concentrate on your exams!
The clerk was dismissed / was given a dismissal for being rude to
harrumphing (n.): the noise of clearing the throat, (fig.) mild
harrumph (v): to express annoyance and disapproval, often not by
speaking but by making noise.
eg. He didn’t hear what he said---- he harrumphed and walked off.
As soon as the speech turned into personal attack, harrumphing from
the front row was heard to alert the speaker.
Don't just harrumph; fire away your opinion please.
feeble (adj.): (of a joke, idea, story, etc. ) weak; silly; not well thought out
eg. This argument is too feeble to be convincing.
waitrons and womenus: both are playful coinages. Waitron is based on
matron (a woman who is in charge of women and/or children in a prison or
police station). "Waitress" derives from "waiter", whereas "waitron" would
have no masculine connection. In a similarly playful way, "womenus" would
replace men-us, because since men have menus, women should have
their own "womenus“
paraphrase:..., but it seems to me that this is a matter that deserves rather
more in the way of thoughtful debate and less in the way of dismissive
harrumphing or feeble jokes about waitrons and womenus.
..., but I think we should give this matter more thought and discussion,
rather than laugh about ridiculous examples like waitrons and womenus
and dismiss the matter as unimportant.
overlook: not to notice, or to forgive or pretend not to notice
When planning your holiday, make sure not to overlook your travel
We’ll overlook your bad behavior this time, but don’t do it again.
root: An essential part or element; the basic core
I finally got to the root of the problem.
A primary source; an origin.
bias-free (adj.): free of bias, without bias
[ Word Formation]
-free: (suffix) without the item mentioned
eg. trouble-free salt-free duty-free rent-free
commendable (adj.): worthy of or deserving praise
eg. Mr. Sparrow has acted with commendable speed.
The tone of Mr. Kinnock's speech was commendable.
commend: to formally praise sb / sth
The judge commended her for her bravery.
sentiment (n.): (fml.) thought or judgment caused or influenced by feeling
eg. I must agree with the sentiment expressed by him.
Public sentiment rapidly turned anti-American.
demean (vt.): to cause to become less respected
eg. Don't demean yourself by answering meaningless questions./telling such
The hotel required their residents to ask permission to have overnight guests.
The residents found this demeaning.
vulnerable (adj.): (of a person or his feelings) easily harmed, hurt, or wounded;
eg. John's parents divorced when he was at a very vulnerable age.
People with high blood pressure are especially vulnerable to diabetes.
vulnerability (n.) invulnerable (adj.) --invulnerability (n.)
raw: outspoken; crude
a raw portrayal of truth.
argue for: To put forth reasons for or against something
argue for [against] a proposal
argued for dismissal of the case; argued against an immediate counterattack.
nigger (n.): (taboo, slang, considered extremely offensive) a black person
chink ( n. ): ( taboo, derog., slang) a Chinese
spaz ( n. ): ( short for a spastic person) ( taboo, derog. , slang) one who
suffers from a medical condition characterized by spasms(short, jerky
motions over which the individual has no control)
Note: In the late 1950's there were a number of very amusing but quite cruel
visual jokes involving spastics. Such jokes are considered very rude and
fag ( n. ). ( short for faggot) (AmE, derog. , slang) homosexual; ( BrE.derog. ,
slang) an unpleasant or silly person
subtle: so slight as to be difficult to detect or analyze
intolerance (n.): the state of not being able or willing to accept ways of
thinking and behaving which are different from one's own
eg. He created a large number of enemies because of his intolerance of
any opinion other than his own.
intolerant (adj.) ~ intolerable (adj.) --tolerate (vt.) ~ tolerable (adj.)
--tolerance (n.) --tolerant (adj.) toleration (n.)
1. allowing people to do, say, or believe what they want without criticizing
or punishing them, having or showing tolerance.
1. a situation that is tolerable is not very good, but you are able to accept it;
2. fairly good; passable
The apartment is really too small, but it's ______
for the time being.
I’m a ______man but your behavior is more than
I can bear.
The heat in this room is barely ______.
Luckily, my parents were ______ of my choice of
We had a very ______ lunch.
Her own mistakes made her very _____ of
contempt (n.): a total lack of respect due to feeling that
someone or something is completely worthless, unimportant
eg. Take no notice of them ~ treat them with the contempt they
His contempt for most of his fellow politicians is clearly
expressed in his book.
contemptible (adj.) --contemptuous (adj.)
Fill in blanks:
For a person in a position of such responsibility, her behavior
He was ______of “popular” writers whom he described as
talentless and worthless.
A ______ manner/laugh/remark/expression
consensus (n.): a general agreement; the
opinion of most people in a group
eg. Can we reach a consensus on this issue?
The consensus among the world's scientists is
that the world is likely to warm up over the next
fall to pieces: to come apart (by itself)
eg. Do you wear your old clothes until they fall
Her simple question caused the speaker's
argument to fall to pieces.
roundup (n.): a gathering or bringing together of scattered things, animals or people
eg. There's been a police roundup of all the suspects.
The President ordered the roundup and imprisonment of all corrupted politicians.
note: to make mention of; remark
noted the lateness of their arrival.
backlash (n.): a strong but usually delayed movement against a growing belief or
practice, esp. against social or political movements
eg. The continual rise in violent crime eventually provoked a backlash against the
liberal gun-control laws.
The accident has provoked a backlash among local people who claim that the road is
underway (adj.): (something) already started ; happening now
eg. A thorough investigation is underway to determine/discover how the disaster
happened and who is responsible.
The conference gets underway later today with a debate on the family.
The project is already well underway.
Your peace will be shattered when the tourist season gets underway (=starts).
Plans are underway to build a new stadium in the city.
Could you give an example of
institutionalize (vt.): to cause or allow (a person) to gradually begin to behave in a
way that people behave when they are kept in a prison, hospital, etc. for a long time.
eg. They describe corporal punishment in schools as "institutionalized violence."
What was once an informal event has now become institutionalized.
availability ( n. ): the state of being able to be had, obtained, used, seen, etc.
eg. The easy availability of guns in that country has led to a great deal of violence.
diverse (adj.): different (from each other); showing variety
eg. The program deals with subjects as diverse as pop music and ancient Greek
censure (vt.): (fml.) to express strong disapproval of (someone or their behavior)
eg. The ethics committee's choice is between admonishing him or censuring him.
（admonish: give mild but firm warning to sb）
The government survived a censure motion(质询提案)
The directors were censured for their lack of decisiveness during the crisis.
mouse (n.): (infml.) a quiet nervous fearful person, esp. a girl or woman as quiet as
a mouse: without making a sound
eg. He sat there as quiet as a mouse waiting for his mother to return.
Are you a man or a mouse (coward)?
adversary: an opponent; an enemy.
adversity: a state of hardship or affliction; misfortune.
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That students should be encouraged to
investigate the availability of racially diverse
dolls in a racially diverse society seems to
me not the least bit silly.
I do not think it silly at all for students in a
country with a population consisting of different
races to be encouraged to look for dolls that
represent these different races.
compel (v.) to make a person or thing do something, by force, moral
persuasion, or orders that must be obeyed
eg. Her mother was compelled to take in washing to help support her
(take in: accept work to do in one’s house for payment)
Local housing authorities have been compelled by the housing crisis to
make offers of sub-standard accommodation.
measure (n.): an amount or quantity
Measure of sth: degree of sth, some 程度，地步
eg. He has not become rich, but he has had a certain measure of
The colonies were claiming a larger measure of self-government.
She achieved a measure of success with her first book.
perceive (vt.): (fml.) to have knowledge of (something) through one of
the senses (esp. sight) or through the mind; to become conscious of or
eg. A key task is to get pupils to perceive for themselves the
relationship between success and effort.
"Precisely what problems do you perceive?" she asked.
courtesy (n.): politeness, respect, and consideration for others
eg. He did not even have the courtesy to reply to my fax.
Westerners show their courtesy to a speaker by not talking to others and
by not reading books or newspapers.
counsel ( n. ): one or more lawyers acting for someone in a court of law
eg. The defense counsel moved that the judge should stop the trial.
bub (n.): (very infml.) (used as an often insolent term of address) brother,
dickhead ( n. ) ( taboo, slang) a stupid fool
overweening (adj): (fml. derog) too proud and too sure of oneself
eg. “Your modesty is only a cover for your overweening conceit,” she said.
fearful: causing or capable of causing fear; frightening:
a fearful blunder; fearful poverty.
It was a fearful accident.
What a fearful mess!
subjective (adj. ):based on personal opinions
and feelings rather than on facts
eg. We know that taste in art is a subjective
The way they interpreted their past is highly
subjectively (adv) ~ subjectivity (n.)
minefieid ( n. ): an area of land or water in
which a special kind of bomb has been placed.
(fig.) something that is full of hidden dangers.
eg. English grammar is a minefield of
paraphrase: But that, of course, is no more than my opinion, which
is the overweening problem with any discussion of bias-free usage -
- it is fearfully subjective, a minefield of opinions.
What I say represents only my personal opinion. However, when it
comes to discussing language usage that is free of any bias, the
discussion almost always creates the impression that I am being
too proud or too sure of myself. This kind of discussion depends a
great deal on the opinion of the individuals, and consequently, is
filled with danger.
paraphrase: What follows are, necessarily and inescapably, mine.
The following discussion consists of my own opinions: they are of
course my personal opinions and may be dangerous (for my
Mine might be another pun of this text.
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pervasive (adj.): present or noticeable through a
thing or place; wide-spread (pervade)
eg. Many young adults live with a pervasive sense
of self-indulgence. 放纵, 任性
The influence of Freud is pervasive in the
subsequent development of psychiatry.精神病学,
unarguable (adj.): obviously true or correct, with
which nobody can disagree (unarguably) (adv.)
eg. He is making the unarguable point that our
desires and preferences have a social component.
He is unarguably an outstanding man.
master: the male in control; the male who has learned a
mistress (n.): a woman with whom a man has a sexual
relationship, usually not a socially acceptable one
bachelor (n.): a man who has never married; a person
with a first degree in a university subject
spinster (n.): (usu. derog. ) an unmarried woman,
usually one who is no longer young
governor (n.): a person who controls any of certain
types of organization or area
governess (n.): (especially in former times) a female
teacher who lives with a family and educates their
children at home
courtier (n.): (in former times) a noble who attended at the court of a
king or other ruler
courtesan (rt.): (especially in former times) a woman who takes
payment for sex from noble and socially important people, a high-class
denote (vt.): to mean (denotation. n)
Connote (vt.) (connotation. n. )
eminence ( n. ): the quality of being famous and of a high rank,
especially in learning, science, arts, etc. (eminent)
counterpart (n.): a person or thing that has the same purpose or does
the same job as another in a different system
submissiveness (n.): the quality of being willing to take orders from
others (submissive) (obedience)
inconsequence (n.): the quality of being
consequence: effect; something that
logically or naturally follows from an action
or condition; importance in rank or position
convention ( n. ): ( an example) of
generally accepted practice, especially with
regard to social behavior
to each his own: used when discussing a difference between
people/behavior implying that the speaker accepts either reluctantly
or grudgingly or philosophically that people are different/have
different standards. The speaker would not necessarily behave in
eg. 1 ) -- I'm French, true. But I prefer American cooking.
To each his own.
2) -- His children are strange. The boy likes playing with dolls, but the
girl likes guns !
-- To each his own.
tilt (n.): an act of raising one end (to make a slope)
underestimate: to make too low an estimate of the quantity, degree,
or worth of. (overestimate)
be not to do sth : this structure indicates a necessity, a duty, or an
All the guests are to be back to the hotel before 12.
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gender-specific (adj.): with a clear and particular reference to one gender or the other
gender (n.): (tech. or euph. ) the division into male or female sex
specific (adj.): particular, fixed, determined
contort (vt.): to ( cause to) twist violently out of shape
flout (vt.): to treat without respect or consideration; to go against
precedent (n.): a former action or case that may be used as an example or rule for present
or future action
unprecedented (adj.): never having happened before
longstanding (adj.): having existed in the same form for a long time
utility (n.): (fml.) the degree of usefulness
utilities ( n. ): useful services for the public, such as supplies of water, gas, and
electricity to the home.
castle (n.): a large strongly-built building or set of buildings built in former times as
a safe place that could easily be defended against attack
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venerability (n.): (often apprec. ) the quality (of an old
person or thing) of deserving great respect or honor,
because of character, religious or historical importance,
Paraphrase: venerability is no defense.
The fact that some words have been used for a very long
time and are widely accepted cannot be regarded as
sufficient for their continuing use (if they are politically
moron ( n. ): (derog.) a very stupid person; adult with the
intelligence of an average child of 8 to 12 years old.
unexceptionable (adj.): (fml.) too good to be found
lacking in any way; quite satisfactory
precise (adj.): exact in form, detail, measurement, time,
designation ( n. ): ( fml. ) a name or title
acuity (n.): (fml.)(of thought or the senses) fineness or
sharpness, especially of the mind or the senses of sight
banish (vt.): to send away by official order, often but not
always out of one's own country, as a punishment
polite society: people who consider themselves or who are
considered by others to be socially superior and who set standards of
behavior for everyone else
eg. People of the polite society will never eat at the roadside stalls.
in respect for, also out of respect for: out of consideration or care
eg. Out of respect for the wishes of her family, the cause of the
victim's death was not reported in the newspapers.
Out of respect, he took off his hat.
in respect of: as regards to sth, with special reference to sth
Price rises in respect of gas and water.
with respect to sth: concerning sth针对
With respect to your enquiry, I enclose an explanatory leaflet.
subnormal (adj.): less than normal, average, etc., especially in power
unselfconsciously (adv.): not having or
expressing knowledge or understanding about
oneself or itself; without self consciousness
bandy (about) (vi.): to spread ( especially
unfavorable ideas) about by talking
The story being bandied about is completely
piss (vi. & n. ): (usually vulgar) to pass waste
liquid from the body of a person or animal; the
waste liquid thus passed out; to criticize strongly
in a way not appreciated by the speaker
cretin ( n. ): (slang) a very stupid person
antiquity (n.): the state of being very old, of great age
antique: (adj) valuable because of old and rarity;（n）
object, eg a piece of furniture or a work of art.
An antique shop 古玩店
confer (on, upon) (vi.): to give
eg. conferred a medal on the hero; conferred an
honorary degree on her.
An honorary degree was conferred on him by the
Never imagine that rank confers genuine authority.
immunity (n.): being under the state of special
protection -- immune (adj.)
eg. The police are offering immunity to witnesses who
help to identify the murderer.
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populace (n.): all the common people of a country, especially as
being without social position, wealth, political understanding, etc.
eg. Panic had spread among the populace as a result of the rumors.
populous: Containing many people or inhabitants; having a large
China is one of the most populous country in the world.
India is a highly ______ country.
Tibet is sparsely ________.
Henan is densely ________.
the Roman Catholic Church: the branch of the Christian religion
whose leader the Pope rules from Rome (Vantican)
revise (vt.): to change (opinions, intentions, etc. ) because of new
information or more thought (revision)
eg. I see I'll have to revise my ideas about Tom -- he is really quite
bright after all.
Our original forecast of this year's profits has now been revised
nonsexist (adj.): not showing the belief that one sex, especially the
male is better, cleverer, etc. than the other; especially not resulting in
unfair treatment of women by men
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non-: (prefix) (especially in adjectives and nouns, showing a
eg. nonalcoholic / nonexistent / nonfiction / nonintervention
It's a class move, allowing new and old to blend seamlessly.
seamless (adj.): having no breaks or gaps in something, or continuing without
stopping; perfectly consistent -- seamlessly (adv.)
eg. It was a seamless procession of wonderful electronic music.
incorporate ( vt. ): to make (something) part of a group or of something larger;
eg. The new cars will incorporate a number of major improvements.
The party vowed to incorporate environmental considerations into all its
I daresay, also I dare say: ( esp. BrE. ) I suppose (that), perhaps
eg. I daresay that the computer would provide a clear answer to that.
I daresay you are right.
scrupulously (adv.): doing only what is right; in a painstakingly honest
eg. The room is scrupulously clean and tidy.
The politician scrupulously avoided any topic likely to arouse suspicion as to
scrupulous ( adj. ) ~ unscrupulous ( adj. ) -- unscrupulously ( adv. )
eg. You are being overly scrupulous, but to what end?
Never do business unscrupulously.