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Topic: "heady, whiplash"
Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 1:29:59 PM
Hope that someone would help me by answering this question:

On Feb. 7, 2018, I read somewhere online that "heady, whiplash" in the following sentence was translated into 8 simple Chinese words, obviously meaning "exciting and painful". Is this translation correct?
"Still, it is the journey through heady, whiplash times that helps us understand where the nation is going."
(https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/books/review/road-to-sleeping-dragon-michael-meyer-nine-continents-xiaolu-guo.html)
Topic: "heady, whiplash"
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:17:43 PM
Thar, Thank you for the reply and for your help.

In fact, right now I am still not 100% sure about the meaning of the word, "heady", in that sentence, "Still, it is the journey through heady, whiplash times that helps us understand where the nation is going."
(Since there is a comma between "heady" and "whiplash", "heady, whiplash" does not mean "heady but whiplash", right?)
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At different websites (including the following),
https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/heady
https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/325952/heady-does-this-word-mean-what-i-think-it-means
https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/heady

, I found the following definitions of the word, "heady".
Then I found some examples.

(I)
Impetuous; rash; willful

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” (II Timothy 3:1-4, KJV)

(II)
tending to affect the mind or senses; strongly affecting the mind or senses
a heady smell, drink etc. is pleasantly strong and seems to affect you strongly
(of alcoholic drink) intoxicating


“There is a distinct difference in the quality. Well in India, we have a theory, which is very much accepted by the government bureaucracy and all those who matter, that poor people deserve poor solutions and absolutely poor people deserve pathetic solutions. This, combined with a Nobel Prize-worthy theory that the cheapest is the most economic, is the heady cocktail that the poor are forced to drink.”
(https://ted2srt.org/talks/joe_madiath_better_toilets_better_life)

(III)
extremely exciting; having an exhilarating effect
very exciting in a way that makes you feel as if you can do anything you want to


“In Tunisia as in many other brotherly and friendly countries, we are going through very heady but promising transitional times.”
(Page 3 of
http://www.who.int/nmh/events/un_ncd_summit2011/5th_plenary_meeting.pdf)

“Distinguished brothers and sisters, in the heady days of pan Africanism, when the furious winds of change blew across Africa, our African colleagues insisted that they did not want to be well governed or badly governed.”
(Page 65 of
https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/415875/files/A_54_23-EN.pdf)

“He had seen the movement swell to more than nine million members in the heady days after the August 1980 Gdansk Shipyard strike – and, like the rest of the movement’s leadership, had been interned when General Wojciech Jaruzelski declared martial law and banned Solidarity 16 months later.”
(https://www.neweurope.eu/article/mazowieckis-miracle/)

“In short, many central bankers who served in the heady pre-crisis years have much to answer for.”
(https://www.socialeurope.eu/the-changing-of-the-monetary-guard)

“Looking at the situation of civil society at the end of 2011, the United Nations representative of CIVICUS said that the heady optimism of the 1990s that had followed the fall of the Berlin Wall, and its promise of a global wave of democracy and freedom, were quickly followed by a decade of the war on terror used as an excuse to restrict freedom of information, expression and assembly.”
(Page 16 of http://archive.ipu.org/cnl-e/190/7(c)-r1.pdf)

“Against that background, it is hard to believe that we will quickly return to the heady growth in financial assets, credit, and risk we saw from the 1970’s to 2007.”
(http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/23167/)

“There is no doubt that gold’s heady rise to the peak, from around $350 per ounce in July 2003, had investors drooling.”
(http://www.businessinsider.com/rogoff-golden-slumbers-2013-7)

“More troubling still is that Libya’s violence reveals certain features of the Middle East that had been forgotten after the heady success in Tunis and Cairo.”
(http://www.almotamar.net/en/8628.htm)

#### I have one question:
In this sentence, may the word, “heady”, be used in front of “anti-war protest”?
“Understanding the politics of globalization means that it is wrong to simply dismiss the anti-globalization protests as the machinations of disgruntled ex-hippies nostalgic for the heady days of anti-war protest.”
(Page 6 of
http://www.internationalhumanrightslexicon.org/hrdoc/docs/globalizationsubcommission.pdf.)

(IV)
having, showing, or using intelligence or good judgment; intellectually demanding

“Lusophone culture sometimes runs the risk of being this cover up of a violent past, a political correctness with the rhetoric of heady interculturality, which gives us the sensation of being in a space truly concerned with the fundamental questions of how to live with the Other.”
(https://globalvoices.org/2011/01/21/lusophone-culture-buala-gives-voice-to-contemporary-african-cultures/)

“This is academic and heady stuff.”
(06:50 https://www.ted.com/talks/marc_kushner_why_the_buildings_of_the_future_will_be_shaped_by_you/transcript?nolanguage=no)

“a heady mix of Ph.D-level pure mathematics and ……”
(00:00 https://www.ted.com/talks/adam_spencer_why_i_fell_in_love_with_monster_prime_numbers/transcript?utm_source=facebook.com&awesm=on.ted.com_e0SEF&utm_medium=on.ted.com-facebook-share&utm_campaign=&utm_content=awesm-publisher&language=en)

"It was that sort of heady question about what counts that led me to ….."
(06:44
https://www.ted.com/talks/chip_conley_measuring_what_makes_life_worthwhile/transcript)

"heady stuff" is an idiom here meaning "intellectual".
https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/heady-stuff.563925/











Topic: "heady, whiplash"
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:08:29 PM
Could anyone please tell me what the term, "heady, whiplash times", means in this sentence?
"Still, it is the journey through heady, whiplash times that helps us understand where the nation is going."

(in the 2nd paragraph in this New York Times article:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/books/review/road-to-sleeping-dragon-michael-meyer-nine-continents-xiaolu-guo.html)
(When I googled "heady, whiplash", I found
"fresh and heady whiplash of a social satire ....."
on this page,
https://books.google.com/books?id=eNopJ3sO7IAC&pg=PA58&lpg=PA58&dq=heady,+whiplash&source=bl&ots=gl-YLGT6ih&sig=vt7a1Ib2eZ_DnP6EoAP_t2jdCjM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwigg-77saTZAhVH3GMKHfMGAj4Q6AEIOzAD#v=onepage&q=heady%2C%20whiplash&f=false .)

Thanks.
Topic: the word "fabricate"
Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:18:55 PM
In an online menu of a restaurant, I just read the following:
"Market Fish
wild caught and fabricated in house
"

Is it correct to use the word, "fabricate", in this way?
Topic: What exactly is a "spare set"?
Posted: Friday, July 17, 2015 5:40:51 PM
(continued)

I read an article about the performance of the "Peony Pavilion" at the Lincoln Center Festival and there was this sentence in that article: "The 'spare' set, consisting mainly of a square platform that rises and falls, ...".
Then I found some pictures at
http://lincolncenterfestival.staging.lc/2015/the-peony-pavilion
One of the pictures shows that this set is quite spare.

But I also found some pictures of some "sets" which don't look that "spare" to me, for example, this one at
http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/arts/columnists/nancy-churnin/20140315-fortress-of-solitude-grabs-the-heart-and-breaks-the-rules.ece
(Under this picture, Ms. Nancy Churnin wrote: On Eugene Lee’s eloquently spare set, it’s the magic ....)

So I was not sure about what "exactly" a "spare set" is and I posted that question.

Now that I looked at the picture posted by Thar, I understand that this second set (mentioned above) is "spare" if we compare it with some really "cluttered and elaborate" sets.

Thanks again.
Topic: What exactly is a "spare set"?
Posted: Friday, July 17, 2015 5:09:15 PM
Thank you so much to everyone for the help and reply.

Topic: What is a "spare set" on a stage?
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2015 2:53:33 PM
Could anyone please help me?

What is a “spare set” on a stage for any opera, ballet, etc.? ---- Why is it called a “spare set”? Is there any “set” that is not a “spare” set?

This term, “spare set,”, appears in

(1) Preview: Joffrey Ballet/Othello
...................................
George Tsypin’s spare set is a fittingly dark expression of the characters’ internal worlds and complementary to the modernism of musical score and choreography. ................ (http://newcitystage.com/2013/04/23/preview-joffrey-balletothello/)

(2) In the Hellerau production of Gluck's opera, it was Appia's spare set, with its right-angled arrangement of connecting staircases and directional lighting, that most impressed audiences.
(from the book, "German Expressionist Theatre: The Actor and the Stage")

And many other similar examples.
Topic: What exactly is a "spare set"?
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2015 2:42:58 PM
(I just noticed that I posted my question in the "English Grammar" section by mistake. (I have no idea about how I could have clicked the wrong one.))

I'd like to re-word what I intended to ask:

On a stage, what is "a spare set"? Is there any "set" that is not a "spare" set? Why is it called a "spare" set?

Topic: What exactly is a "spare set"?
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2015 4:16:36 AM
Could anyone please help me?

What exactly is a "spare set" in the following?

(1) Preview: Joffrey Ballet/Othello
...................................
George Tsypin’s spare set is a fittingly dark expression of the characters’ internal worlds and complementary to the modernism of musical score and choreography. ................ (http://newcitystage.com/2013/04/23/preview-joffrey-balletothello/)

(2) In the Hellerau production of Gluck's opera, it was Appia's spare set, with its right-angled arrangement of connecting staircases and directional lighting, that most impressed audiences.
(from the book, "German Expressionist Theatre: The Actor and the Stage")

And many other similar examples.
Topic: Anyone who can understand this?
Posted: Monday, June 22, 2015 1:19:26 PM
Hi Romany,

Thank you for your note. I did that reply solely for this reason:

I thought: Maybe, just maybe, "Leventgoktem" did that post also because he's confused about
"how and why W could provide synergy for determining what X is using in ....."
So I copied a string of words in his post ("The convergence of cloud, ....vision") to google, hoping to find the origin and figure out something so that I can help him a little more. (I have not yet closed "that window" for my googling; it's still open at my computer.)

Right away I found that whole book; but there are around 360 pages in it -- too many for me to read. Then I tried to "find" the word, "use," in it, hoping to find out "what X is using." But this word appears 756 times in this book. So I gave up and wrote that reply. I did the "W, X, .." thing because it is easier for me to write a clear reply by doing that.

I only tried to help "Leventgoktem" a little more. Really.

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