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  • New words

    New words

    Donald Trump’s lexicon has had an impact on the English language which is reflected in the latest additions to oxforddictionaries.com, the online reference guide to current English. Additions including "clicktivism" (a pejorative word for armchair activists on social media), "haterade" (excessive negativity, criticism, or resentment), "otherize" (view or treat – a person or group of people – as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself) and "herd mentality" (the tendency for people’s behaviour or beliefs to conform to those of the group to which they belong) all emerged during the 2016 battle for the White House, said head of content development Angus Stevenson.

    current/actuel, ici branché – armchair/en pantoufles (qui n'est pas sur le terrain) – resentment/rancune, ressentiment – alien/étranger – herd/troupeau – head/responsable, chef

    Publié le 22/03/2017
  • Leaking


    Last month, WikiLeaks published thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency's Center for Cyber Intelligence. This release appear to provide an eye-opening look at the intimate details of America's cyberespionage toolkit. The dump of more than 8,000 documents could not immediately be authenticated by The Associated Press and the CIA declined comment but WikiLeaks has a long track record of releasing top secret government documents. Experts who've started to sift through the material said it appeared legitimate - and that the release was almost certain to shake the CIA.

    to leak/laisser filtrer, divulguer – purportedly/prétendument – release/publication - eye-opening/édifiant – toolkit/ici, arsenal – dump/ici, diffusion - track record/historique, antécédents - to sift through/passer au crible - to shake, shook, shaken/secouer, ébranler

    Publié le 22/03/2017
  • Life on mars?

    Life on mars?

    NASA has developed a new strategy for warming Mars up, so people could feasibly survive there. According to James Green, Director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, scientists are looking at using a giant magnet to transform the planet’s atmosphere into one that would be safe for humans. It would create an artificial magnetosphere that would then protect the planet from the sun’s harmful radiation. Mars was stripped of its atmosphere by solar radiation around three billion years ago, turning it into a desert landscape.

    to warm up/réchauffer (l’atmosphère de) – magnet/aimant – harmful/nocif – radiation/rayonnement - to strip/ici, priver – landscape/paysage

    Publié le 22/03/2017
  • Mystery solved

    Mystery solved

    For decades, seemingly healthy children in the Bihar region of northern India had been suffering sudden seizures and loss of consciousness, always during the scorchingly hot summer months of May and June, before the arrival of the annual monsoon rains in July. Almost half of the affected children died, baffling doctors. Research published last month has finally claimed to have solved the mystery, suggesting the children were not ill, but had been poisoned by eating too many lychees on an empty stomach.

    to solve/résoudre – decade/décennie – seemingly/en apparence – healthy/en bonne santé - to suffer/souffrir-être victime de – seizure/crise, convulsion – loss/perte – consciousness/conscience; ici, connaissance – scorching/torride, caniculaire – almost/presque, quasi - to baffle/déconcerter - to claim/affirmer - to poison/empoisonner – empty/vide

    Publié le 23/02/2017
  • Who’s laughing now?

    Who’s laughing now?

    A London based artist has sculpted a reputation for upsetting almost everyone he carves into clay. Wilfrid Wood, 48, originally from Wadhurst in Sussex, hilariously brings out the often hidden emotion in the faces of the rich and famous. Not afraid to offend his models whether they be friends or celebrities, Wilfrid describes his work as witty interpretations of people and never attempts an accurate replica.

    to laugh/rire - to sculpt/ici, se faire - to upset, upset, upset/contrarier, vexer - to carve/sculpter – clay/argile – hilarious/hilarant, humoristique - to bring, brought, brought out/dégager, faire ressortir - to hide, hid, hidden/cacher, dissimuler - to be afraid/craindre - to offend/offenser, offusquer – whether/ici, que (ici, whether they be [...]/qu'ils soient [...]) – witty/humoristique - to attempt/tenter, entreprendre – accurate/précis, exact, juste; ici, parfaitement réaliste

    Publié le 23/02/2017
  • Delays


    Delays caused by overcrowding on London Underground have soared in the last five years, new figures show. Passengers wasted almost 400,000 hours because of delays to their journeys in the last 12 months because of overcrowding. Information obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon revealed the amount of time passengers spent battling through crowds at Tube stations and onto trains, including queues at the barriers.

    delay/retard – overcrowding/affluence, nombre trop important de voyageurs (crowd/foule) - (the) Underground/métro londonien - to soar/augmenter (fortement) – figure/chiffre – passenger/passager - to waste/ici, perdre (aussi, gaspiller) – journey/trajet, déplacement - amount of time/temps (amount/quantité) - to spend, spent, spent/passer (temps) - (the) Tube/métro londonien

    Publié le 23/02/2017
  • May the force be with you

    May the force be with you

    George Lucas has chosen Los Angeles as the location to build his long-planned $1 billion museum of narrative art. The museum will display the director's vast collection of 10,000 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia, including pieces from his own Star Wars films, and work by acclaimed artists such as Norman Rockwell; now set to be housed in a newly constructed building in LA's Exposition Park. Lucas had originally chosen San Francisco, being the home of Lucasfilm HQ, but was forced to look towards other locations after he failed to agree on a location with officials. Lucas himself has stated he will dedicated $1 billion in funding to the project, including building costs.

    to display/exposer - memorabilia/souvenirs (objets) - acclaimed/célèbre - to be set to/être prévu, devoir - to house/abriter, accueillir - HQ = headquarters (inv.) QG, siège - official/(haut) responsable - to state/déclarer - funding/financement

    Publié le 30/01/2017
  • Where’s Waldo?

    Where’s Waldo?

    A British man wanted for a driving offence couldn’t help taunting cops as he eluded them, posting pics of himself dressed up as the Where’s Waldo? character and declaring himself the hide-and-seek champion for 2016-17. J.J. McMenamin, 30, dressed up as Waldo and posted photos to his Facebook account, after turning his pursuit into a game. He eventually turned himself into police — while wearing Waldo’s familiar red-and-white toque and sweater, plus his black-framed glasses. “One of my mates had sent me a picture of Where’s Wally on Facebook and I superimposed my face on Wally’s body and made it my profile picture,” he told the UK Sun. “I thought I’d wear the Wally costume one last time.” McMenamin decided to have a little fun with the cops after they spent the weekend looking for him when he failed to turn up for a court date in North Yorkshire on a driving while disqualified charge. The cops used sniffer dogs and a helicopter, according to the BBC, but had no success. He posted a few pics to Facebook of him wearing the Waldo gear and even included a video that features the Lionel Richie song Hello, laughing at the line “Is it me you’re looking for?” Eventually, the cheeky bugger was persuaded to give himself up.

    Where's Waldo?/Où est Charlie ? (série créée par Martin Handford où le lecteur doit retrouver un personnage, Charlie, à l'intérieur d'une image) – offence/délit, infraction - to taunt/narguer – cop/flic - to elude/échapper à - pic = picture - hide-and-seek/(jeu de) cache-cache - to turn oneself in to/se rendre à - black-framed/à monture noire – mate/copain, pote - to superimpose/superposer - to turn up/se présenter - driving while disqualified/fait de conduite alors que l'on est sous le coup d'une interdiction de conduire - sniffer dog/chien renifleur, de détection - cheeky/gonflé, qui se croit tout permis - bugger/ici, emmerdeur

    Publié le 30/01/2017
  • Gold!


    People usually associate purple with the late Prince, but it seems that gold might have been more accurate. The musician had a plethora of gold bars in his possession and was a prolific real estate investor, according to a file released last month by Carver County District Court, reported on by the Star Tribune. When Prince died last year, he was the owner of an estimated $25.4 million worth of real estate (and other personal property) and 67 10-ounce gold bars, according to estate documents. The bars have been estimated to be worth a combined $836,166.70, as gold is currently going for $1,180 an ounce. And that’s just a small part of what the legendary “When Doves Cry” singer left behind. The Bremer Trust, the special administrator going through Prince’s estate, still hasn’t determined the full value of Prince’s assets. Assets that include the iconic “Purple Rain” and “Graffiti Bridge” motorcycles as well as unreleased recordings and videos, musical instruments, jewelry and household furnishings. Not to mention the value of Prince’s trademarks and copyrights, which is also unknown at this time.

    Publié le 30/01/2017
  • 3, 2, 1… ignition!

    3, 2, 1… ignition!

    A team of British scientists launched a meat pie into space. The aim? To see if the meat-and-potato pastry's molecular structure is affected by its wobbly journey above the Earth, thereby making it a slightly less stodgy snack, and to find out how well it would be cooked by the friction from re-entry. According to the organisers, this giant leap for pie-kind reached a height of 29 miles, well into the "near space" region of the upper stratosphere, but short of the Kármán line at 100km where the Earth's atmosphere fizzles out and "outer space" officially starts. The entire voyage took around two hours and it eventually touched down 38 miles from its launch site, near the Forest of Bowland. Organisers have yet to release their analysis of the pie's post-landing structure and consistency.

    ignition/allumage - to launch/lancer, propulser - pie/tourte - aim/but, objectif - pastry/pâte; ici, tourte - wobbly/instable, chaotique - journey/voyage - thereby/de ce fait - slightly/légèrement - stodgy/lourd, bourratif - to find, found, found out/découvrir, savoir - leap/pas, avancée - pie-kind/réf. à mankind (l')humanité - to reach/atteindre - height/hauteur, altitude - mile = 1,609 km - upper/supérieur - short of/en deçà de - to fizzle out/disparaître - around/environ - eventually/finalement - to touch down/atterrir - [they] have yet to/[ils] doivent encore, n'ont pas encore - to release/rendre public - to land/atterrir

    Publié le 27/12/2016

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