While some state media echoed Wang's sentiment, many netizens questioned his every statement from the death toll to the cause and called him the face of a ministry mired in allegations of corruption and ineptitude.
The quick sacking of three top local railway officials in Shanghai — who were in charge of the affected rail lines — failed to placate the public, either. The announced new Shanghai railway chief prompted more scorn than applaud, as the replacement — the railway ministry's chief dispatcher — was once demoted for his role in another fatal train accident in 2008 that killed 72 people.
Back online, many users — already jittery about safety in their daily life — now view China's high-speed rail, long considered a symbol of the country's fast rise, as a metaphor of its troublesome approach to development.
• finagle │ My initial interest in Frontier (a computer language) is to finagle some easy way to randomly rotate ads through a web page.
• gumption │ you've mustered the gumptions to do her…
• lemon │ that car turned out to be a lemon.
• highfalutin │ Not that the stars [actors] buy all the highfalutin analyses of their work.
• bamboozle │ “The potential for being bamboozled,” writes Brand, “is total.”
• hooligan │ hood, hoodlum, ruffian, thug
• gripe │ …European vacations, accompanied by a younger spouse who gripes about their erratic driving. │ You know, a guy by the name of Mark has recently posted a series of gripes to this group. After all, we all got gripes of one form or the other, don't we?
• big-wig │ …written by Larry Tesler (former Xerox big-wig, now Apple big-wig).
• dud │ Other countries have replaced small bills with more durable coins — the British pound is one exmple. But the $1 Susan B. Anthony coin — introduced in 1970 — was a dud with U.S. audiences. [Time Mag?].
• snooty │ She was, they said, too remote, too snooty.
• tony │ All will offer revolving credit at rates expected to rival American Express' less tony rivals.
• kaput │ … the film had not begun shooting. Last week, in fact, it looked kaput.
• flip-flop │ now that he may have to flip-flop on the issue, he doesn't want to look as if he's flip-flopping.
• wishy-washy │ That bookstore sells wishy-washy new-age stuff.
• fizzle │ One hates to see ambitious artists [filmmaker] fail, even if their fizzles can be more provocative than the minor films that become major hits.
• cluck │ the critics cluck.
• grill │ he is grilling a suspect.
• swig │ …then began cheering and toasting one another with swigs from champagne bottles.
• bird-dog │ …to bird-dog Congress for funds.
• cutups │ one of the cutups.
• boondoggle │ Nobody's calling it a boondoggle now. (referring to Hubble Space Telescope)
• spiel │ I made my spiel about how I could add to this company.
• gaga │ …doing what he does best — rationalism gone gaga.
• scream │ This scene from the [movie] Mask is a scream.
• chuck │ finally it looks like the IBM world will chuck DOS.
• scad │ There are scads of curve-fitting techniques.
• raft │ asked a raft of questions.
• one-up │ ENTPs [a type of personality] are the most able of all types to maintain a one-up position with others.
• one-upman ship │ … this offends their joy in being masters of the art of one-upmanship.
• no-frills │ …because of competition from the no-frills (airline) carriers.
• wheel-and-deal │ Her world was far from the wheel-and-deal politics that her future husband cut his teeth on.
• bandwagon │ Why is everyone suddenly jumping on the antismoking bandwagon?
• iffy │ …although this sort of timetable tends to be iffy.
• blowhard │ Unless they adjust to the new medium, professional writers can come across as self-important blowhards in debates with more nimble networkers. (about the clash of writing style of writers and internet writers)
• fritz │ repairing VCRs that went on the fritz.
• powwow │ has convened a celestial powwow of her most talented psychic colleagues.
• fishbowl │ she came to terms with bringing up (her children) in the proverbial fishbowl
• grit │ every gangster, gunslinger and G.I. used cigarettes to emblematize their suavity, maturity, grit.
• daffy │ Who the heck is the author? The developers seem okay, but she [author] seems quite daffy.
• go-go │ How can you not love and hate a city (Las Vegas) so crazily go-go that … [Time Mag.]
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