lunedì 7 maggio 2018

What I've Learned This Week |Twelve| English Version

Three weeks in at the new job and I've definitely learned a bunch of useful stuff.

But the English bit still surprises me. How do I not know this things already!?

In any case, blame me or not, here they are:

One. Expressions
"(I)can't be arsed!" Literally "I can't be bothered", because to do some thing you have to get off your arse. Oh my Brits. How I love thee. 
Especially if you came from Manchester and were the biggest boy band in the 90s.

"To make decisions in a vacuum" To make decisions without considering the outside circumstances and therefore consequences. In a vacuum, i.e. in total isolation.
I always wrongly though it meant to make decision in a rush way. Go figure!

Two. Pronunciation.
Chase <> Cease
to chase, (chās), v, pursue in order to catch, -inseguire.  to cease, (sēs),v, bring to an end, -cessare.

Contempt <> Content 
contempt, (kənˈtɛm(p)t/) ,n, the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath worthless consideration , -disprezzo
content, (kənˈtɛnt/) ,n+v, the feeling of peace and happiness, to satisfy, -contento.

Three. Words
plinth : n, a heavy base supporting a statue or vase, -piedistallo
hosiery : n, stockings, socks, and tights collectively, -intimi, calzetteria

Four. #Brits
you know how they say Eskimos have 20 different words for ice?
In England, in a menu you could find:

3.chips on only potatoes 

and they would all refer to the same, wonderful, delicious vegetable. 
Potatoes. Even dipped in Chardonnay vinegar!

1 commento:

  1. Grazie per la condivisione! e' stato molto utile anche per me Carlotta! :)
    (cmq non riusciro' mai ad ordinare le patate nel modo corretto: sbaglio ogni.santa.volta.) ;)