Monday, 30 July 2012
arrogant = disagrees with me.
biased = biased in the wrong direction.
bishops = Church of England bishops
called upstairs (has recently been called upstairs) = died
character = if a place has character, or still has character, or you wouldn’t want it to lose its character, character means evidence of working class or ethnic life
character = integrity and a sense of duty, according to the Wikepedia entry on Cyril Connolly and prep schools
colourful past, well-known Soho character = criminal, gangster, Mr Big
hysteria about climate change = people saying man caused climate change
idyllic = like “tranquil”, it means far from crowds
key worker = public sector worker
lapsed Catholic = implies that you can't quit the Catholic church
poor impulse control = drinks, smokes, eats fattening food, beats wife, sleeps around (impulse = impulse to do the wrong thing.)
restructuring = firing staff
role model = attempt to mould next generation into useful citizens
social capital = network of powerful friends
social skills = social conventions
talky = of films, means “there’s some dialogue”.
the weather is settling down = we’re getting some sun
volatility = prices may suddenly shoot up, stock market may fluctuate wildly
worthy = dull, preachy, left-wing
More euphemisms here, here, and here. Also here, here, here, here, here and here.