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Saturday, September 10, 2016

random word of the day: a COWLICK

random word of the day: a COWLICK

ENG: bit of hair that always sticks out on someone's head

POL: sterczący kosmyk włosów

(1) A cowlick is that often annoying little sprig of hair that seems to grow in a different direction from everything else and just won't lie down
a SPRIG  –  dosł. gałązka, tu: kosmyk (a single small plant stem with leaves on it)

(2) I've finally learned how to tame my dreaded cowlick.
to TAME – poskromić (to control something dangerous or powerful)
to DREAD – lękać się, bać się (to be scared of something)
DREADED – przerażający, straszny (awful or scary)

(3) 10 Celebrities Who Have Overcome the Tyranny of the Cowlick.
to OVERCOME – pokonać (to beat somebody, to win a fight with somebody/ something)

(4) I've tried doing a side fringe, but because it's not how the cowlick naturally falls, it always goes back to the middle. What do you girls do?
a SIDE FRINGE – grzywka zaczesana na bok (bangs that point to the side)

(5) My niece has two cowlicks side by side on her crown, each going in opposite directions, so when she was a baby she had the cutest little natural mohawk that stuck straight up! Now her hair is very long, and you would never know.
SIDE BY SIDE – obok (next to each other)
the CROWN OF ONE’S HEAD – czubek głowy (the top part of a head)
a MOHAWK – irokez (a sometimes brightly coloured hairstyle, often worn in punk fashion, in which the hair is removed from the sides of the head and a central strip is made to point out from the head)
to STICK UP (STUCK-STUCK) – sterczeć pionowo (to point up above the surface of something and not lie flat)

YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW – Nikt by się nie domyślił. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

random word of the day: THAT'S A BIT RICH COMING FROM YOU

British word of the day: THAT’S A (BIT) RICH COMING FROM YOU

ENG: You are not being fair – you are as bad as me.
You are a hypocrite.
Look who’s talking.
You’re one to talk./ You should talk.

POL: I kto to mówi!

(1) A: Your driving terrifies the living daylights out of me.
B: Oh yeah? That's rich coming from you – your driving is rubbish.

to TERRIFY THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF SOMEONE – śmiertelnie kogoś przerażać (to scare someone very much)
RUBBISH – beznadziejny (bad at something)

(2) A: Are you chewing on a funny looking mushroom by any chance?
B: That's a bit rich coming from you. I've not heard anything productive or remotely related to reality from your corner yet.

to CHEW ON – przeżuwać (to bite something with your teeth)
REMOTELY – w najmniejszym stopniu, choć trochę (only a bit)

(3) RON: You know we are not supposed to do spells outside school.
HARRY: Bit rich coming from you. (staring at the floating car)
RON: Oh, this doesn’t count. We’re only borrowing this. It’s dad’s, we didn’t enchant it…

a SPELL – zaklęcie (a magic formula)
to STARE AT – przyglądać się (to look at something for a long time)
FLOATING – unoszący się w powietrzu (flying)
THIS DOESN’T COUNT. – to się nie liczy
to ENCHANT – zaczarować (to use magic on)

(4) A: Hey, can we give a thought to the little one here?
B: Ho, ho. That’s rich coming from you considering what the little one has seen and heard.

CONSIDERING – zważywszy, że (keeping in mind that)

(5) ROBIN: I’m not engaged anymore.
STRIKE: Why not?
ROBIN: This is rich coming from you.
STRIKE: What’s rich?
ROBIN: We don’t talk about personal… you don’t talk about personal stuff.
STRIKE: I seem to remember spilling my guts all over you in this very pub
ROBIN: Once.

to SPILL YOUR GUTS – zwierzać się ze swoich problemów (to tell someone all about yourself, especially your problems)
IN THIS VERY PUB – dokładnie w tym pubie (in this exact pub)

Friday, September 2, 2016

random word of the day: OVER MY DEAD BODY

random word of the day: OVER MY DEAD BODY

never, If you say something will happen over your dead body, you mean that you will do everything you can to prevent (stop) it

po moim trupie

(1) I know Dad wanted Gran to move in with us when she's better, but Mum said 'over her dead body', and that if Gran moved in, she'd move out.

to MOVE IN WITH SOMEONE – tutaj: wprowadzić się do kogoś (here: to start living in someone’s house)

(2) You want to take my kids away from me? Over my dead body!
*whips out a shotgun*

to WHIP OUT – błyskawicznie wyjąć (to pull out quickly)
a SHOTGUN – strzelba (a long gun which fires a large number of small metal bullets at one time, which is meant to be used for shooting birds and animals)

(3) [at his wife's funeral]
Daniel: When she first mentioned what's about to happen, I said, "Over my dead body." And she said, "No, Daniel, over mine... "

A FUNERAL – pogrzeb (a ceremony for burying or burning the body of a dead person)
to MENTION – wspomnieć (to talk about something for a short time)

(4) Over my dead body will I ever recommend anyone buy an appliance at Sears. Waiting over 2 weeks for a service call on my washing machine that has already had to be serviced 5 times now. Then receiving a call just now saying they have to reschedule to next week. Totally unacceptable customer service. Never again.

an APPLIANCE – urządzenie (a machine)
to RESCHEDULE – przełożyć na inny termin (to agree a new and later date for something to happen)

(5) I have raised him to be a great man and it's touching that he won't leave me, but over my dead body is he going to give up his dreams for me.

to RAISE – wychowywać (to take care of a person until they are completely grown)
TOUCHING – wzruszający (making you want to cry)
to GIVE UP – zrezygnować (to resign from)

(6) They’re trying to take you away from me. Over my dead body.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

random word of the day: to HAVE A FIELD DAY

random word of the day: to HAVE A FIELD DAY

POL: świetnie się bawić, zwłaszcza kosztem innej osoby

ENG: to take advantage of an opportunity to do something you enjoy doing, especially criticising others

(1) If there's one thing in this world that I love, it's a good Photoshop battle. There's something magical about being able to see how other people's brains work in a tactile way, whether it's super glorious or super messed up. When this picture was posted, Reddit users had an absolute field day. Here are some of the best edits!

TACTILE: namacalny (one that can be touched)

GLORIOUS: wspaniały, cudowny (beautiful, great)

MESSED UP – chory, szalony (sick, crazy)

(2) The Internet Is Having a Field Day With Tom Brady's Atrocious Courtroom Sketch. Naturally, the collective internet basically ignored the court proceedings and turned Brady's ridiculous courtroom portrait into an instant meme.

ATROCIOUS – potworny (especially ugly)

a COURTROOM SKETCH – szkic z sali rozpraw (an artistic depiction of the proceedings in a court of law)

COLLECTIVE – zbiorowy, działający wspólnie (working together)

COURT PROCEEDINGS – postępowanie sądowe (action taken in a court to settle a dispute)

RIDICULOUS – absurdalny, idiotyczny (absurd, idiotic)

(3) The press are going to have a field day when they get hold of this.

to GET HOLD OF SOMETHING – dostać coś w swoje ręce (to obtain, to find something)

(4) ANA: I was having such a nice dream.
CHRISTIAN: Dream about what?
ANA: You.
CHRISTIAN: What was I doing this time?
ANA: Trying to feed me strawberries.
CHRISTIAN: Dr. Flynn could have a field day with that.

(5) I'm sure my therapist could have a field day with this, but one of my favorite things about being a teacher is the power I have as the authority figure in the room.

an AUTHORITY FIGURE – osoba ciesząca się autorytetem (a person who inspires or demands obedience and emulation: Parents, teachers, and police officers are traditional authority figures for children)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

random word of the day: CAN’T/ COULDN’T FOR THE LIFE OF ME

random word of the day: CAN’T/ COULDN’T FOR THE LIFE OF ME

POL: nie jestem/ byłam w stanie ... jakkolwiek bym się nie postarała

ENG: I am/ was not able to ... however hard I tried

(1) I can't for the life of me comprehend how this work could possibly require two minds. Still, I suppose when you're working on something this awful you probably want to take a breather every few seconds to keep your brain from exploding.  

to REQUIRE – wymagać (to need)

to TAKE A BREATHER – zrobić sobie przerwę (to take a short break)

to KEEP SOMETHING FROM – zapobiegać (to stop, to prevent)

(2) I can't for the life of me remember where I read this; it may have either been a published article, or one of your posts ...

(3) I couldn't for the life of me think of this movie's title. God bless you, Google.

to THINK OF – przypomnieć sobie (to remember something)

 (4) This is a project I've been wanting to do for a while, but I couldn't for the life of me find yellow foil balloons in the city.

(5) My phone died and I couldn't for the life of me find the charger for it.

a CHARGER – ładowarka (a piece of equipment used for providing a battery with electricity)

(6) This looks really hard to use. I use Xbox and couldn't for the life of me adapt to PS3 controller. I’m gonna struggle with this one.

to ADAPT TO – przystosować się, przyzwyczaić się (to become familiar with a new situation, become adjusted to new conditions)

to STRUGGLE WITH – zmagać się, borykać się (to experience difficulty and make a very great effort in order to do something)