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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

random word of the day: IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE

random word of the day: IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE – to wcale nie jest takie trudne (It’s not that difficult.)

(1) It's not rocket science to drive a car. People on this message board seem to make a big deal of it. Any monkey can drive a car safely as long as they follow a few common sense rules.

to make a big deal of/ out of something – wyolbrzymiać (to make something seem more important/serious than it is)
common sense – zdrowy rozsądek (the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way)

(2) If you're not a professional makeup artist, chances are you've twisted your arms and poked your eyes trying to get a smooth, even line but only end up with a jerky, crooked line instead. Applying eyeliner isn't always simple but it's not rocket science either. Practice makes perfect (…).

(the) chances are – możliwe, że  (it  is likely)
to poke one’s eye/ yourself in the eye with something – wkładać sobie coś do oka (to push something quickly into someone’s eye)
smooth – gładka (having a surface free from irregularities, roughness, or projections; even)
even – równa, gładka (regular, smooth)
jerky – nierówna   (uneven)
crooked – krzywa (not forming a straight line; having many sharp bends)
to apply – nakładać (to put on)
either – też  (also, too)

(3) My husband and I have three children and he has changed almost as many diapers as I have. Women are not born with diaper changing skills, but, come on, it's not rocket science. Women can also learn to change the oil in the car and I would wager that there are some women who can perform a better oil change than some men just as there are some men who change diapers better than some women. 

a diaper – pielucha (a nappy)
a skill – umiejętność (something you can do after you have learnt it)
to wager – założyć się (to bet, used to say that you are certain that something is true or will happen in the future)
to perform – wykonywać (to do)

(4) Interviewer: There’s a well-known phrase, “It’s not exactly brain surgery”, that people use when someone [wants to make hard work seem easy]. What’s it like when people say it to you?
Brain surgeon: The way I see brain surgery is that it is like any other job. If you’re a mechanic or a plumber or a general surgeon, you learn the trade. I feel privileged and lucky to do what I do, and I (…) use [the phrase] “It’s not rocket science”.

brain surgery – chirurgia mózgu (operating on the brain)
It’s not (exactly) brain surgery – It’s not (exactly) rocket science
a surgeon – chirurg (a doctor who is specially trained to perform medical operations)
a plumber – hydraulik (a person whose job is to supply and connect, or repair water pipes, baths, toilets, etc)
 a trade – zawód, fach (a profession, a job)

Here’s a quote for all the movie lovers out there. It comes from Gran Torino (2008)

(5) Walt Kowalski: Now go out and talk to him, and it ain't rocket science for Christ's sake.
Thao Vang Lor: Yeah, but I don't have a job, a car, or a girlfriend.
Barber Martin: Jesus. I shoulda blown his head off when I had the chance.
Walt Kowalski: Yeah. Maybe so.

for Christ's sake – na miłość boską
I shoulda – I should have
a barber – a hairdresser
to blow someone’s head off – odstrzelić głowę (to shoot somebody in the head)



  1. Nice one :-D

    1. Thank you :)

      Glad you enjoyed it :)

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