Notes

Dictionary – phrases

December 3, 2020
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3 min read

lack of everyday exposure to <something>

Their developer's lack of everyday exposure to language and its alphabet is also evident in the typeface designs.
Arcade Game Typography

there is a lot that’s been set on motion that we cannot undo

I am married to a marine biologist and there is definitely a lot that has been set on motion that we cannot undo.
Answering the "How screwed are we" question in How to Save a Planet podcast

step one's toes

to insult, or upset one.

to shed some light on <X>

to clarify something.

<doing something> in awe

walked to his job interview in awe.

being trapped in the web of <X>

Trapped in the web of desires.

push the boat out

🇹🇷 kesenin agzini acmak

intangibles that produce <x>

I am more interested in the intangibles that produce good writing

growing arsenal of <x>

Every profession has its growing arsenal of jargon.

throwing dust in the eyes of someone

Every profession has its growing arsenal of jargon to throw dust in the eyes of the populace.

<x> can carry <y>

A short sentence can carry a tremendous punch.

<x> is the anchor of <y>

Unity is the anchor of good writing.

being thick with <x>

Our daily landscape is thick with absurd messages.

distortion of reality


what holds the ectoplasm together?

What holds the ectoplasm together –what are your routines and beliefs?

x is one of the occupational hazards of y

hazard: danger or risk.
Jealousy is one of the occupational hazards of being a writer.

<doing x> from top to bottom

Kant reinvented moral philosophy from top the bottom.

you don't always chop with the sword of <x>

You don't always chop with the sword of truth.

futility of resistance

futile: incapable of producing useful result.
Finally realizing the futility of resistance, officials caved and left the traffic lights upside down.

paragon of <x>

paragon: a person or a thing regarded as a perfect example
At the time the video of the defeat device released, Volkswagen was thought as a paragon of corporate virtue.

guided by own lights

Working on a corporation putting self-interest over all values, Lord Browne was not guided by his own lights.

breathing down its neck

Your unconscious can't work when you are breathing down its neck.