n. [a minor show or exhibition in connection with a principal one, as at a circus.]
ps. 在美國指的是在馬戲團、展覽會、嘉年華會主要的表演之外的一些小表演。像是吞火、吞劍、丟飛鏢、睡釘床。sideshow是中可以看human oddities(奇人show)的像矮人，最高的人等。sideshow也有引申成minor or less significant event的意思。
ex. The president's the speech is just a sideshow, the reporters want to ask about the scandal.
v. [to avoid something by going around it or by not discussing it, as if to step aside]
ex. With planning, you can sidestep some of the costly fees.
v/n.圍攻; 圍城 [surrounding of a town, fortress, etc by armed forces in order to capture it or force it to surrender ]
ex. Growing human populations and improved fishing technology have placed marine animals under siege across the world's oceans.
ex. a siege of bad luck, a siege of spam.
ps. besiege, beleaguer(p. 54)
etymology: early 13c., "a seat"
v. [to pass through a sorting device like a screen to sort, separate or carefully examine. to put through a sieve]
ex. Sift the flour and baking powder into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
ex. Police officers have continued to sift through the wreckage following yesterday's bomb attack.
ex. Sift through them and run a few rigorous web searches to see if you need all of them.
ps. gold is sifted from sand.
Gold Panning made easy. 40 + years experience
ex. a traffic signal; a signal to leave.
ex. specific wavelengths are especially important 'waking' signals.
v. [to make a signal to.]
v. [be a sign of (sth); mean; indicate]
ex. She signified her approval with a smile.
ps. Faults in performance do not necessarily signify a dearth of skills or abilities, social scientists have found.
ex. The dollar has played a significant role in global trade and finance.
ex. a significant breakthrough to understand XXX phenomenon.
n.窗台 [window sill, a shelf along the bottom edge of a window, either inside or outside a building.]
n. [Silt is fine sand, soil, or mud ]
ps. Silt, deposited by annual floods along the Nile River, created the rich, fertile soil that sustained the Ancient Egyptian civilization.
n. [a person whose occupation is making and repairing articles of silver]
ps. blacksmith n.鐵匠
Theresa Nguyen - Artist Silversmith Workshop Studio
v.傻笑 [to smile in a silly manner]
n.傻蛋 [an ignorant, foolish, or silly person.]
v.模擬 [reproduce (certain conditions) by means of a model, etc, eg for study or training purposes]
ex. The computer program simulates conditions on the sea bed.
ex. Going underwater is one way to simulate weightlessness.
在page 425講過的 semblance ex. a semblance of cheerfulness
ps. SimCity 5
adj.同時的 [occurring, or operating at the same time; concurrent]
ex. Simultaneous events will be held in Taiwan and Japan.
ps. simultaneity n.
Simultaneity - Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity
adj. [genuine; real]
ex. a sincere friend, a sincere thanks.
ex. he is a good man, decent and sincere.
n. [an office or position that requires little or no work and that usually provides an income]
ex. being aspired to the sinecure of tenure.
ex. These jobs are usually lifetime sinecures, with employees dismissed only for gross negligence. ...a 'Golden Rice Bowl' for Civil Service (from news)
etymology: sine cura "benefice without care" (of souls), from L. sine "without" + cura, ablative sing. of cura "care"
Word of the Day: Sinecure