The Butler

the butlerThis story by Roald Dahl is about a newly rich man who tries to buy his way up the social ladder. He employs an expensive butler and French chef and has many dinner parties. He also buys some of the world’s best wines and learns a lot about wine but not how to enjoy it. The butler takes advantage of this, and puts an end to the rich man’s high society plans.

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acid(n: acid pl acids) A substance with a pH of less than 7 that can react with other substances, often burning or dissolving them. (กรด)
(adj: acid or acidic) 1. Containing acid, or having similar qualities to an acid. (ซึ่งมีคุณสมบัติเป็นกรด) 2. Sharp, strong, and critical in tone. He made some very acid comments. (ช่างเสียดสี) 3. (of food such as lemons and limes) Having a sharp or sour taste. (รสเปรี้ยว)

(v: acquire, acquires, acquired, acquiring) To get (something); to come to own or have (something). (ได้รับ; ได้มา) 4000

bowing(v: bow, bows, bowed, bowing) To bend the upper part of the body forwards in greeting someone or showing respect etc. (โค้งคำนับ) 3000

butler(n: butler pl butlers) A male servant who has charge of wines and service at the table, and is usually the head servant in a wealthy person's household. (ทนายหน้าหอ) 6000

ceiling(n: ceiling pl ceilings) The inside surface at the top of a room. (เพดาน) 3000

cellar(n: cellar pl cellars) A part of a building that is below or partly below the ground, often used to store coal or wine. Also called 'the basement'. (ห้องใต้ดิน) 4000

chef(n: chef plural chefs) A professional cook who works in a restaurant or wealthy person's home. (หัวหน้าพ่อครัว) 4000

cocktail(n: cocktail pl cocktails) A mixed alcoholic drink consisting of one or more liquors (such as brandy, whiskey, vodka, gin, etc.) and other ingredients (such as fruit juices). (ค็อกเทล) 5000

grape(n: grape pl grapes) A green, dark red, or purplish-black berry that is used to make wine or is eaten as a fruit. (องุ่น) 4000

nod(v: nod, nods, nodded, nodding) 1. To move your head up and down as a way of answering 'yes' or of showing agreement, understanding, or approval. 2. To move your head up and down as a signal to someone or as a way of saying hello or goodbye to someone. (พยักหน้า) 3000

nonsense(n: nonsense, noncount) Foolishness; words or ideas that are foolish or untrue. (การพูดสิ่งไร้สาระ) 3000

olive oil(n: olive oil, noncount) A yellow to yellowish-green oil that is made from olives and used in cooking, in salad dressings, in medicine, etc. (น้ำมันมะกอก) 7000

pale(adj: pale, paler, palest) Having a skin color that is closer to white than is usual or normal, either because it is your natural color or you are sick or scared at the time. (ซีด) 3000

spark(n: plural sparks) A small piece of burning material that comes from a fire or is produced by rubbing or hitting two hard objects together. (ประกายไฟ) 2. A short, bright flash of electricity between two points. (แสงวาบของไฟที่เกิดจากเครื่องใช้ไฟฟ้า) 3000

suburb(n: suburb pl suburbs) An area of houses located outside a central city area from which many people travel each day to work in the city. (ชานเมือง)
(adj: suburban) Of or from the suburbs. (นอกเมือง) 5000

vinegar(n: vinegar pl vinegars) A sour liquid usually made from wine that is used to flavor or preserve foods or to clean things. (น้ำส้มสายชู) 5000