Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Medical & Vocabulary: New Words from House Finale


Image from Fox
I must say, nothing really interests me these days. I try really hard finding other interesting topics other than the Galaxy SIII, but still, I could only find Galaxy SIII interesting. Until I remember, I had been avoiding the finale of House which was stored on my computer's hard disk. Why was I avoiding it? Guess I didn't want it to end. But in the end, I watched it, and I didn't regret watching it because it was a skilfully filmed episode. It was deep and I like deep.

Image from Fox
The lighting, the angles, the transitions, the philosophy, the battle within his great mind. It was really a nice episode, but if I were to ask for more, I wanted to see more round-ups for House's colleagues. Fake death, has typical Sherlock Holmes written all over it. The funeral was a little too rush and too short, there seemed to be too little time to build up the atmosphere of sombreness.

Image from Fox
What House offered me is more than just lots of medical terms and knowledge, but lots of beautiful sarcastic lines as well as vocabulary. The other day, a student asked me which show he should watch to improve his English, and I said, if you are advanced enough, then watch House, because it will take you to an even higher level.

I have included the vocabulary in the list below, some of them are highly useful!

For really cool quotes of House, don't forget to visit TV & Quotes: House M.D. Season 8 Finale & The End (With Cool Quotes).

Vocabulary:
finale -- (n) [C usually singular]  the last part of especially a musical or theatrical performance, which is often very exciting or emotional
sombreness -- (n) seriousness, sadness and without humour or entertainment
carpe diem -- (saying) seize the day
perjure yourself -- [R] legal  to tell a lie in a law court, after promising formally to tell the truth
white lie -- (n)[C] a lie that is told in order to be polite or to stop someone from being upset by the truth
dock (my pay) -- [T] to remove part of something, especially money
smack-addled -- (adj) -- smack slang  heroin (= a strong illegal drug) addled [T] mainly humorous  making someone feel confused and unable to think clearly
baritone -- (n)[C] a man with a singing voice that is lower than a tenor but not as low as a bass, or a musical instrument with this range
evasive -- (adj) answering questions in a way that is not direct or clear, especially because you do not want to give an honest answer
facile -- (adj)  describes a remark or theory which is too simple and has not been thought about enough
take the fall -- (slang)  to get arrested for a particular crime. (Especially when others are going unpunished for the same crime. 
overplay your hand (with sb) -- to spoil your chance of success by saying or doing too much
(had sb as) a backstop -- (n)[C] (in baseball) a high fence behind the player hitting the ball, which prevents balls from leaving the playing area if they are not hit or caught
bickering (with sb) -- (vb)[I] disapproving to argue about things which are not important


Resources:
TV & Quotes: House M.D. Season 8 Finale & The End (With Cool Quotes) @ Locky's English Playground
http://lockyep.blogspot.hk/2012/04/tv-quotes-house-md-season-8-finale-end.html

House — Episode 7 (Season 8): “Dead & Buried” @ Polite Dissent
http://www.politedissent.com/archives/8224

Choriocarcinoma @ Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choriocarcinoma

hCG @ Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_chorionic_gonadotropin

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/platitude?q=platitudes#platitude__3

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/finale
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/sombre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpe_diem
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/perjure-yourself
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/white-lie
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/dock_4
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/smack_3
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/addle
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/baritone
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/evasive
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/facile
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/take+the+fall
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/overplay-your-hand#overplay-your-hand__1
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/backstop_2
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/bicker

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