Monday 15 April 2013

News & Science: Love, Smell And Sex

It's a sunny but hazy Monday morning in Hong Kong! Feeling tired about the first day of work? Let me give you a wake-up call and start the day with a little sex talk! No, I'm not going to teach those English words, I'm going to share some videos about love and sex from the Discovery News and the words appeared in the videos that you might like to learn.

Lots of medical terms here, my favourite!

If you are ready, here we go!

mate -- (n)[C] an animal's sexual partner:
pheromone party -- (n)[C] A pheromone party is a social event attended by singles, in an effort to find their mate through sniffing anonymous pieces of clothing.
scent -- (n) [C] a smell produced by an animal that acts as a signal to other animals:
trigger -- (vb)  to cause something to start:
subtle -- (adj) small but important:
creepily -- (adv) informal strange or unnatural and making you feel frightened:
one ... too many -- informal  you have done sth too many times

evolutionarily -- (adv) relating to the way in which living things develop over millions of years
primate -- (n)[C] specialized a member of the most developed and intelligent group of mammals, including humans, monkeys, and apes
flaccid -- (adj) 
in a nutshell -- in the fewest possible words:
dude -- (n)[C] a man; a guy (often as a form of address):
phallus -- (n)[C] is an erect penis, a penis-shaped object, or a mimetic image of an erect penis.
erect -- (vb)[T] formal to raise something to a vertical position:
vagina -- (n)[C] is a fibromuscular tubular tract which is a sex organ and has two main functions; sexual intercourse and childbirth
orgasm -- (n)[C or U] the moment of greatest pleasure and excitement in sexual activity:
myriad -- (n)[C] literary a very large number of something:
dong -- (n)[C] vulgar slang a man’s penis.
zoom -- (vb) [I + adv/prep] informal  to move very quickly:

pubs -- noun [C often plural]  one of the short, curly hairs that grow around the sexual organs after puberty
merkin -- (n)[C] is a pubic wig
bumper -- (n)[C] a horizontal bar along the lower front and lower back part of a motor vehicle to help protect it if there is an accident
friction -- (n)[U]  the force that makes it difficult for one object to slide along the surface of another or to move through a liquid or gas:
subconsciously -- (adv) of or concerning the part of the mind of which one is not fully aware but which influences one’s actions and feelings:
pheromone -- (n)[U]  is a secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species
genitalia -- (n)[C] a sex organ
Strep --(n)[U] Streptococcus is a genus of spherical Gram-positive bacteria belonging to the phylum Firmicutes and the lactic acid bacteria group.
Staphyl -- (n)[U] Staphylococcus --  is a genus of Gram-positive bacteria.
cellulitis -- (n)[U] is a localized or diffuse inflammation of connective tissue with severe inflammation of dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin.
pustule -- (n)[C] A pustule is a small elevation of the skin containing cloudy or purulent material usually consisting of necrotic inflammatory cells. These can be either white or red.
vulnerable -- (adj) able to be easily physically, emotionally, or mentally hurt, influenced, or attacked:
Herpes -- (n)[U] Herpes genitalis (or genital herpes) refers to a genital infection by Herpes simplex virus.
genital wart -- (n)[C] (or Condylomata acuminata, venereal warts, anal warts and anogenital warts) are symptoms of a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease caused by some sub-types of human papillomavirus (HPV). It is spread through direct skin-to-skin contact during oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected partner.
trim -- (vb) [T] to make something tidier or more level by cutting a small amount off it:

equitable -- (adj) formal treating everyone in the same way:
reversible -- (adj)  If something is reversible, it can be changed back to what it was before.
inhibition -- (n) [U] to prevent someone from doing something, or to slow down a process or the growth of something
snipping -- (n) from snip --(vb)[I or T] to cut something with scissors, usually with small, quick cuts:
scrotum -- (n)[C] (plural scrotums orformal scrota) specialized in most male mammals, a bag of skin near the penis which contains the testicles
forceps -- (n)[C] are a handheld, hinged instrument used for grasping and holding objects. 
Image from Wikipedia

clamp -- (vb)  [T + adv/prep] If you clamp something in a particular place, you hold it there tightly:
Band-Aid (n)/(vb) US trademark (UK plastersticking plastera small piece of sticky cloth or plastic that you use to cover and protect a cut in the skin
thicken -- (vb) [I or T] to (cause to) become thicker:
tear -- (vb)[I or T] to pull or be pulled apart, or to pull pieces off:
polyelectrolytic effect -- from Polyelectrolytes, see
icky -- (adj) informal unpleasant, especially to look at:
invasive -- (adj)  moving into all areas of something and difficult to stop:
IUD -- The modern intrauterine device (IUD) is a form of birth control in which a small 'T'-shaped device, containing either copper or progesterone, is inserted into the uterus.
Image from Wikipedia

hold-up -- (n)[C] a delay:
clinical trial -- (n)[C] are sets of tests in medical research and drug development that generate safety and efficacy data (or more specifically, information about adverse drug reactions and adverse effects of other treatments) for health interventions (e.g., drugs, diagnostics, devices, therapy protocols).
fertility -- (n)[U] (of animals and plants) the quality of being able to produce young or fruit:
pharmaceutical --(adj) connected with the production of medicines:
lobbying -- (n) [U] from lobby --(vb) [I or T] to try to persuade a politician, the government, or an official group that a particular thing should or should not happen, or that a law should be changed:
fishy -- (adj) informal seeming dishonest or false:
in full force --if a group of people are at a place in full force, all of them are there

Love Stinks: The Smell of Attraction @ Discovery News

Size DOES Matter  @ Discovery News

The War on Pubic Hair  @ Discovery News

The Male Birth Control You've Never Heard Of @ Discovery News

Pheromone party @ Wikipedia