英语语法 学英语,练听力,上听力课堂! 注册 登录
> 英语语法 > Grammar Girl 语法女孩(2008年) >  列表

Grammar Girl 语法女孩(2008年) Zeroscape Versus Xeriscape(February 15, 2008)

所属教程:Grammar Girl 语法女孩(2008年)

浏览:

guoyuanyuan

随身学
扫描二维码方便学习和分享
http://online2.tingclass.net/lesson/shi0529/0008/8150/grammar095_xeriscape.mp3
http://image.tingclass.net/statics/js/2012

Episode 95: February 15, 2008

Grammar Girl here.

Today's topic is the word xeriscape.

This is kind of a self-indulgent podcast for me. I've been house hunting lately, and I swear if one more real estate agent tells me about a property's wonderful zeroscape, I'm going to rent for the rest of my life.

What is a Xeriscape?

The word is xeriscape. X-E-R-I-S-C-A-P-E. It comes from a combination of the word xeric, which means "having scant moisture," and the word scape, which in this case refers to a type of land. So a xeriscape is a type of landscape where the plants don't require a lot of water, and it usually doesn't require much other maintenance either. That makes it a wonderful thing in my book, and I can see why people get confused and think the word is zeroscape, because it requires zero maintenance, but according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word was coined by the Denver Water Department in 1981, and the word is xeriscape.

The root xeric in xeriscape come from the Greek prefix xer-, which means "dry." There aren't many English words that use the xer- prefix. Xeroderma is dry skin, xerography is a type of dry printing, xerophagy is eating dry food, and besides xeriscape there are just a few others.


\
Photo courtesy of Laura Herman, Tampa, Florida

Join the Grammar Girl community on Facebook or Twitter, where you can also submit a question. There's a good chance your question has already been covered in an episode, so be sure to use the search bar in the upper right corner of the QDT website to find out if it has.

You can also sign up for my free weekly newsletter, which offers exclusive grammar tips and bonus material.

That's all. Thanks for listening.

内容来自 听力课堂网:http://www.tingclass.net/show-8150-229892-1.html
用手机学英语,请加听力课堂微信公众号:tingclass123
用户搜索

疯狂英语 英语语法 新概念英语 走遍美国 四级听力 英语音标 英语入门 发音 美语 四级 新东方 七年级 赖世雄 zero是什么意思

订阅每日学英语:

  • 频道推荐
  • |
  • 全站推荐
  • 广播听力
  • |
  • 推荐下载
  • 网站推荐
0.093750