英语咬文嚼字: telethon, anodyne, fire sale, misfit

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英语咬文嚼字 The Crazy Logophile

telethon
noun [ C usually singular ]/ˈtel.ə.θɑːn/
a very long television program, typically one broadcast to raise money for a charity.
长时间电视节目,马拉松式电视节目(尤其指为募捐等播放的)

So far this week, viewers who’ve tuned in to the nightly telethon-style Democratic convention speeches have heard a lot about what a great guy Biden is, as a father and a husband, as a legislator and a vice president.(CNBC)

anodyne
adjective formal mainly disapproving /ˈæn.oʊ.daɪn/
intended to avoid causing offence or disagreement, especially by not expressing strong feelings or opinions (Cambridge)
(尤指通过不表达强烈的感情或意见而)不得罪人的,一团和气的;温和的
This is daytime television at its most anodyne. 这就是不痛不痒到了极点的日间电视节目。

While TikTok is best known for its anodyne videos of people dancing and going viral among teenagers, U.S. officials have expressed concerns that information on users could be passed on to China’s communist government. (Reuters)

fire sale
noun [ C ] (Cambridge)
1.a sale of goods at reduced prices, especially because the shop has been damaged by fire
火灾中受损物品大拍卖
2.a sale of a business or part of a business at a low price because it needs money or is bankrupt
(因破产或急需资金而)低价出售公司(或部分业务); 一场大甩卖

However, the move shows that ByteDance is seeking to deploy all the legal ammunition at its disposal as it tries to prevent the TikTok deal negotiations from turning into a fire sale. (Reuters)

misfit
noun [ C ] /ˈmɪs.fɪt/ (Cambridge)
someone who is not suited to a situation or who is not accepted by other people because their behaviour is strange or unusual
不适应环境的人;不为别人接受的人
I didn't really know anyone at the party, so I felt like a misfit. 聚会上我谁都不认识,所以觉得有点不适应。
I was a bit of a social misfit at college because I didn't like going out at night. 大学时我是个有些不合群的人,因为我不喜欢晚上外出参加社交活动。

Trump relies on grifters and misfits. Biden is bringing the A Team. The Democratic convention did a superb job of highlighting Joe Biden’s strengths — his empathy and decency, his perseverance through personal tragedies, his commitment to public service — while obscuring his weaknesses. (Washington Post)

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