atoll:

> A ringlike coral island and reef that nearly or entirely encloses a
lagoon.

> Paradise lost - 'for the good of mankind'. quote:

"In 1946, the US government sent the 167 natives of Bikini Atoll into exile while it set about destroying their island with 23 nuclear tests."

> Atoll Formation:

"The famous English geologist, Charles Darwin, best describes atoll formation. His theory is based on volcanic subsidence. As the volcano subsides into the sea, small fringing reefs start developing around it. In time the fringing reef develops and further subsidence increases reef formation.
The fringing reef later develops into a larger barrier reef. Eventually when the volcano subsides completely, rings of reefs will be seen around the atoll leaving a lagoon in the middle. Thus an atoll is formed. "

 


 

flak:

> Antiaircraft fire, criticism, verbal abuse, german antiaircraft guns

> 1. Publicity agent; press secretary; public relations officer 2. reactions, repercussions or publicity, usually poor, to some action, decision, etc.

>> little repercussion to important issues?

 


 

landfill:

> a system of trash and garbage disposal in which the waste is buried between layers of earth to build up low-lying land -- called also sanitary landfill

>> sweeping the trash under the carpet concept. how we never resolve our problems.. environmental, personal, socio-political ones... we just hide them "under the carpet".. just cover it and never try to work it out.?

 


 

jitter:

> be nervous, be fidgety, be tense and jumpy

> rapid variations in a signal due to eletric disturbance

> interference on an analog line caused by a variation of a signal from its reference timing slots. Jitter can cause problems in the receipt of data and any subsequent processing of that data.

>> how we are disconected to the world and things that surround us for unimportant reasons?

 


 

humdrum:

> boring, monotonous, dull, repetitious

>> not important.. never pay attention? hehe

 


 

gargle:

> rinse out the mouth with a mouthwash

> to utter with a gargling sound

> a drink, usually alcoholic

 


 

jaws of hell:

> "The Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army is preparing to send its troops, is likened by its Palestinian residents to the "jaws of hell", waiting to swallow up an invading force."

 


 

vouchers:

> vouch:

1 : an act of vouching
2 a : a piece of supporting evidence : PROOF b : a documentary record of a business transaction c : a written affidavit or authorization : CERTIFICATE d : a form or check indicating a credit against future purchases or expenditures

> vouching:

1 : to summon into court to warrant or defend a title
2 archaic a : ASSERT, AFFIRM b : ATTEST
3 archaic : to cite or refer to as authority or supporting evidence
4 a : PROVE, SUBSTANTIATE b : to verify (a business transaction) by examining documentary evidence
intransitive senses
1 : to give a guarantee : become surety
2 a : to supply supporting evidence or testimony b : to give personal assurance
synonym see CERTIFY

 


 

kneejerk:

> automatic, occuring without thought; of the reflex movement that occurs when struck below the kneecap.

>> doing things without thinking. rash action.?

 


 

strafe:

> To rake (as ground troops) with fire at close range and especially with machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft

> bombard, torture; to prove something by force.

 


 

succubus:

> demoness that according to legend has sex with men during their sleep; Satan, the devil, whore, prostitute.