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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Digs: Can't take My Eyes OFF OF You

How are you today? :)

I have to admit that I am a little bit frustrated. Why? Because I have been planning to write this post for quite some time now and I've been thinking: wow, the idea behind the post is so cool, so magnificent that it's going to blow everybody's mind. The post is going to get big. The blog is going to get huge and next thing you know is me receiving an award for outstanding blogging.

(Yeah, I know what you're all thinking: Not happening!!!)

But now I can't even write a proper intro.

So let's just say that I'm going to write something mildly interesting and you're going to be troopers about it and read the whole post ;).

Getting back to the subject...

The inspiration for the post was a beautiful love song performed by Lauryn Hill – Can't take my eyes off of you. You can listen to it below. (WARNING: people going through a love crisis might want to skip it.)

The first 20 seconds give me a shiver every single time. That's how amazing this song is!

Let's focus on the linguistic aspect of the song though – the off of bit to be precise, which is not common and not even correct to use, but still you can hear native speakers use it in everyday speech. What I have learnt from short online research and my own experience is that

  • phrases containing off of belong to colloquial and highly informal speech and are often considered incorrect by English language purists;
  • the of part is almost unnoticeable, but saying off of definitely takes longer that just saying off
  • in most contexts, off of means: from but you can't always replace it with from.

A few examples:


'Garage Sale Gal' makes money off of junk '

Why can't she just be REAL and say she makes money off of that?

Obviously, she makes money off of her TV work. She does not have a large amount of money by any means, but she is not poor either.


Dr. House is based off of Sherlock Holmes.

The Chevrolet emblem is based off of a wallpaper design from Paris.

The sequel, The Pacific, is based off of several veterans' memoirs.


Sick Grandma and Little Red Riding Hood



However, when I print anything off of the internet (through Mozilla Firefox) the print is miniaturized.

My router keeps kicking me off of the internet.

I've ordered off of the internet many times, this seemed to be the easiest.


We sit down to eat off of the plastic plates that do not all match and drink tea from glasses."

I got it off of a friend of mine.

Get off of me, you freak.

I can't get my mind off of my ex?

Ok, I guess that's it for now.

Bye ;)

magnificent – wspaniały
to blow somebody's mindpowalić na kolana (If something blows your mind, you find it very exciting and unusual)
outstanding – wybitny
an intro – wstęp (introduction)
mildly – umiarkowanie
to be a trooper (about something) – być dzielnym, wytrwałym, a trooper – żołnierz
performed by – w wykonaniu
to skip something – pominąć
a shiver – dreszcz
linguistic – językowy
research – badanie
highlybardzo, znacznie
to be considered incorrect – uważana za niepoprawną
purists – puryści
unnoticeable – niezauważalny
junk – śmieci
be real – być szczerym
obviously – wyraźnie, oczywiście
not by any means/ by no means – wcale (not at all)
an emblem – symbol, znak
memoirs – wspomnienia
Get off of me! – Zejdź ze mnie!
get your mind off of somebody/ something – zapomnieć o kimś, starać się nie myśleć o kimś

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

English in Pics - 12 Cold Weather Must Haves

Hello everybody!

How's your life been treating you lately?

I hope you are all OK and have started this week on a good note.

Me? I'm feeling kinda bad about not updating this blog for a week. Therefore, I would like to extend my apologies to all the readers. Yes, all two of you ;).

Today I'm going to discuss different ways in which you can protect yourselves from the cold in the winter time. I know what you are going to say: there is still loads of time before the winter starts, but trust me – it's going to get freezing before you can say Quidditch and didn't your mum always tell you to wrap up well way before December anyway?


This is my favourite type of winter hats. Wear it to show others that it might be cold outside but you are the one who is the coolest.


If you are not a woolly hat kind of person, at least consider wearing earmuffs or a headband.



This is not a regular scarf. Why? Because it never ends. Wrap it around your neck as many times a you can and you are bound to look more stylish than if you wore a regular boring scarf with two ends.



If you like trapper hats, you will love mittens. These will keep your fingers warm and snugly.


If you insist on tapping away on your phone while outside, you might want to invest in a pair of fingerless gloves.


However, you will have the best of both worlds if you wear glittens. You can text when you want, and if your fingers get cold, just put on the retractable part.


When it comes to clothes, layering is putting on almost everything you own in order to keep yourself warm. You start with a simple spaghetti strap top and finish off with a big sweater.


Those can be very fashionable too. Just make sure your look is more BOHO than HOBO-inspired ;).


Although I associate leg warmers with fitness exercises and fashion victims who wear them in the summer, I think they may come in handy in the winter time. Plus they look cute and girly.


Even if you don't really know how to ski, you can still wear them.


Make sure that your winter boots are not only stylish and fashion-forward, but they can also keep your toes warm.


If you have seen the Holiday (please, don't judge) starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, you might remember the drink that the Cameron Diaz character is offered when she visits her lover and meets his daughters for the first time – home-made cocoa with marshmallows. It was that or hot chocolate. I can't remember now. But there were definitely marshmallows there and the right portion seems to be five marshmallows per serving!


Just kidding ;).

Because you can drink coffee all year round!

Hope you enjoyed.

Stay warm! ;)))


How's your life been treating you lately? – Jak się miewasz/ miewacie?
to update – aktualizować
to extend my apologies – przeprosić (extend – offer)
loads (of time) – mnóstwo czasu
freezing – b. zimno, lodowato
Wrap up well! – ciepło się ubierz
way before – na długo przed
anyway – i tak
woolly/ wooly – wełniana
at least – przynajmniej
to consider – tut. rozważać
to wrap something around something – owinąć
snugly – przytulnie
be bound to do – na pewno coś zrobić (bound – certain, extremely likely)
to insist on doing something – upierać się przy czymś
to tap away on (your phone) – uderzać, wystukiwać, klepać
to text – wysyłać smsy
retractable – wysuwana
layering – ubieranie się na cebulę, warstwami
a spaghetti strap top – bluzka na cienkich ramiączkach
chunky – gruby, grubo tkany
oversized – (wydaje się) za duży
boho (bohemian) – boho (a style in fashion)
to associate something with something – utożsamiać
to come in handy – przydawać się
lined/ thermo-padded (boots) – ocieplane
cocoa – kakao
marshmallows – pianki
starring – w którym występuje/ją
a character – postać
per serving – na jedną porcję
overpriced – za drogi, przedrożony
overrated – przereklamowany

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Story of My Life: Pet Peeves


Let's talk pet peeves, shall we? If you have never heard of them, pet peeves are minor annoyances – small things that irritate you in other people – their activities and often habits that are annoying, uncalled-for or plain stupid.

I consider myself an easy-going person, but there are times when I can get pretty cranky and small things can get on my nerves.

Some of my pet peeves are:

  • when people describe their dreams to me. (Come on! The only two people in this world interested in you dreams are yourself and your shrink!)
  • when people put a sad face in their status and then when you ask them what's wrong, they say they would rather not talk about it.
  • when people make negative comments on what unhealthy food or drinks I consume. (As long as I can move around with nobody's help, it's my friggin' business what I eat or drink. End of story.)
  • when people talk loudly on their phones in public places. (I can't focus on my own thoughts, Mr Important!!)
  • when people tell me I should listen to music on my phone rather than on my mp3 player because it's more convenient this way. (No, it isn't!!)
Ok, enough of bitching for now :))

Now take a look at some of other people's pet peeves. You can find them all and many more at

  1. Noisy eaters
  2. Kids who tease dogs through a fence.
  3. Couples who sit on the same side of the booth when there is no one on the other side.
  4. People who don't use coasters

  5. People who sit next to you on public transportation even when there are other seats available.
  6. Road maps that aren't folded correctly.
  7. Couples that own a dog together and call themselves mommy and daddy.
  8. Guys who leave the toilet seat up.
  9. Dining with a picky eater (they can never order off the menu without customizing every aspect of the meal).
  10. When somebody tosses something toward a garbage can, like they think they're a basketball star, then leave it on the ground after they miss!
  11. Uncomfortable chairs.
  12. Anyone – male or female who says “We’re pregnant”. Are they sharing a uterus?
  13. Clipping your nails at work. 

  14. Rappers who thank God at award ceremonies.
  15. The noise styrofoam makes when you rub it together.
  16. People who dress their pets.
  17. People who make you take off your shoes when you go into their house.
  18. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time.
  19. Emails with no subject.
  20. People who don't hold the elevator for you.

backwash – saliva and food particles that get into a drink after someone 
has drunk from it and then stay at the bottom of the bottle.


minor – drobne
uncalled-for – niestosowny, nie na miejscu (describes a criticism, insult, remark or action that is unfair, rude or hurtful and therefore considered to be unnecessary)
plain – zwyczajnie, po prostu (complete) 
cranky – tut. drażliwy, rozdrażniony (easily annoyed or upset)
to get on somebody's nerves – działać komuś na nerwy
a shrink – psychoanalityk
convenient – wygodne
to bitch (about something) – zrzędzić, narzekać
to tease – drażnić
a fence – płot
a booth – boks (in a restaurant)
a coaster – podkładka, podstawek
to fold – składać, zginać (to bend something, especially paper or cloth, so that one part of it lies on the other part, or to be able to be bent in this way)
picky – wybredny (describes someone who is very careful about choosing only what they like )
to customize – dostosowywać do potrzeb klienta, zmieniać pod siebie itp. (to make or change something according to the buyer's or user's needs)
to toss – rzucać
a garbage can – śmietnik
to miss – spudłować
a uterus – macica
to clip (nails) – obcinać
styrofoam – styropian
to point at – pokazywać na, wskazywać na
a wrist – nadgarstek
an elevator – winda
saliva – ślina
particles – cząsteczki

Friday, November 11, 2011

How Do I say It in English: załatwiać

Hi everybody!

I hope you all enjoyed 11 11 11 and experienced some of its magic. Today's post (and hopefully the whole new section) is going to be written from a different angle, namely focusing on situations when you want to say something in English and wonder if it is a word or a phrase a native speaker of English would use in that very context.

The Polish word of today is załatwiać in two different contexts:

(1) Muszę załatwić kilka spraw przed wyjazdem służbowym.
I need to take care of a few things before my business trip.

(2) Mam znajomą, która może ci załatwić pracę.
I've got a friend who can fix you up with a job.

These two phrases can be easily found in a Polish- English dictionary.

If, however, you would like some more options, then read on.

RUN/ DO ERRANDS (run/do an errand)

In context (1) you could also say:

I need to run a few errands before my business trip.

Some other examples:

I've got to run a few errands and then stop by my mother's house.

Sometimes when I just need some peace and quiet, away from the husband and kids, I tell my husband I need to do some errands. But, I really drive to a quiet spot, listen to talk radio and enjoy the alone time

Here's a list of what people mean when they say: “I need to run some errands.”

1.Shopping-usually groceries;
2. Bill paying (paying bills);
3. Picking up or dropping off the kids;
4. Paperwork;
5. I don't want to talk to you right now, but I may want to later, so rather than offend you, I will tell you that I am busy.

HOOK somebody UP WITH something

In context (2) you could also say:

I've got a friend who can hook you up with a job.

Some other examples:

Could you hook me up with some pot.
Do you think you can hook me up with some tickets for tonight?
Can you hook me up with one of those?

In the past, this phrase (hook somebody up with something) was only used in the context of illegal and forbidden items but now it has a broader usage.

an angle – strona, aspekt, punkt widzenia
namely – mianowicie
in that very context – w tym samym kontekście (exact)
read on – czytaj dalej
to stop by – wstąpić, wpaść (to visit someone for a short time, usually on the way to another place)
peace and quiet – cisza i spokój
talk radio – a radio show centred around interviews
to mean – mieć na myśli
groceries – artykuły spożywcze (food)
to pick somebody up (from school) – odbierać ze szkoły
to drop off (my children at school) – podwozić dzieci do szkoły
pot – trawka (marihuana)
forbidden – zakazane (zakazywać – forbid-forbade-forbidden)
a usage – zastosowanie


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Digs: Pics or It Didn't Happen


When it comes to the internet, there are roughly two kinds of people – those whom you can email or facebook and they message you back on the same day and those who never get back to you because they are never online to check their email or message box.

Members of the former group might often live by the motto: If it's not on the internet, it doesn't exist, which shows how strongly they feel about the internet and information that can be found there.

However, there are times when they doubt information they find on the net, especially when the story they hear is unlikely, unbelievable or far-fetched:

Guy 1: Dude, I drank four bottles of bourbon last night, then hooked up with 4 chicks at the same time, then Donald Trump came to my house and gave me a million dollars!
Guy 2:
Pics or it didn't happen.

Gamers also tend to doubt each other, especially when one of them is bragging:

Gamer 1: I got 73 kills in a single game on Call of Duty 4 and it wasn't even on Shipment.
Gamer 2: Pics or it didn't happen.

To save time and space, the acronym is often used:

Forum story: Topless shoplifter arrested in Texas.
Reply: POIDH.

Ocassionally, instead of photos (pics), the inquisitive internet user might ask for a screenshot or a video:

Person 1: I cussed my boss and quit work.
Person 2:
VOIDH. (Video or it didn't happen).

Guy 2: Screenshot or it didn't happen. (also SOIDH)

The phrase pics or it didn't happen and its variations have become very popular among the internet community and have now a status of a meme (an internet catchphrase).

roughly – mniej więcej (approximately)
to facebook somebody – wysłać komuś wiadmość na Facebooku
to get back to somebody – odpowiedzieć komuś na wiadomość, telefon, smsa
the former (group) – pierwsza wspomniana (grupa)
to doubt something/ somebody – wątpić
far-fetched – naciągana (very unlikely to be true, and difficult to believe)
to hook up with somebody – to have a kissing session OR have sex with somebody
to brag (about something) – przechwalać się
inquisitive – dociekliwy (wanting to discover as much as you can about things, sometimes in a way that annoys people )
to cuss – przeklinać, tut. obrzucać wyzwiskami
a variation – odmiana
a community – społeczność
a catchphrase – utarty zwrot, hasło