English Is A Complex Language (v)

English is a complex language. Meanings of words are constantly changing and new definitions arise all the time. See if you can spot some new meanings in the alphabetic list below.

Accelerate [Verb.]
To chop celery quickly.

Debrief [Verb.]
To remove underwear.

Defer [Verb.]
To remove animal body hair.

Delay [Verb.]
To stop having intercourse.

Delight [Verb.]
To darken.

Deliver [Verb.]
To remove someone’s liver.

Desiccation [Verb.]
To recover from illness.

Desist [Verb.]
To kill someone’s sister.

Petition [Noun.]
Petite Greek man.

Zealousness [Noun.]
French jealousy.

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The official US State sport of South Dakota, Wyoming and Texas is Rodeo.

“Waltzing Matilda” is not about dancing, nor about a girl called Matilda. It is Aussie slang for drifting around the outback on foot with a bedroll – your ‘matilda’ – slung around your shoulder.

The Greeks introduced the olive to Italy around 600 BCE.

The 1982 American comedy series Police Squad!, which starred Leslie Nielsen and was produced by ABC, was cancelled after just six episodes. Then-ABC entertainment president Tony Thomopoulos said “Police Squad! was cancelled because the viewer had to watch it in order to appreciate it.” What Thomopoulos meant was that the viewer had to actually pay close attention to the show in order to get much of the humour, while most other TV shows did not demand as much effort from the viewer. In its annual Cheers and Jeers issue, TV Guide magazine quite rightly called the explanation for the cancellation “the most stupid reason a network ever gave for ending a series.”

Catherine the Great was famous for making five mistakes in a word containing only three letters. Not being a native Russian speaker, she once misspelled the word ‘eщё’ as ‘истчо’.

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Interesting Polish

słitaśny [adjective.]

  • cute, lovely; cutesy, suggesting a stereotypical teenage-girl aesthetic.

być (pronounced “bitch”) [verb.]

  • to be.

W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie i Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie

  • literally: ‘In Szczebrzeszyn a beetle buzzes in the reed, for which Szczebrzeszyn is famous.’

Portuguese Proverbs

É de pequenino que se torce o pepino.

“It’s when it’s small that the cucumber gets warped.”

  • Meaning: Bad habits acquired during early life last long; children should learn moral habits from a tender age.
  • Ganho, Ana Sofia; McGovern, Timothy Michael (2004). Using Portuguese: A Guide to Contemporary Usage. Cambridge University Press. p. 89.

A necessidade não tem lei, mas a da fome sobre todas pode.

“Necessity has no law.”

  • English equivalent: idem.
  • Mawr, E.B. (1885). Analogous Proverbs in Ten Languages. p. 60.

Muita palha e pouco grão.

“Much ado about nothing.”

  • English equivalent: Much bran and little meal.
  • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). “178”. Dictionary of European Proverbs. II. Routledge. p. 173. 

Quem não arrisca não petisca.

“He who doesn’t take a chance won’t nibble.”

  • Meaning: If you don’t try, or take the risk, you can’t have any profit.
  • English Equivalent: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  • Taylor, Martin (1970). A Portuguese-English dictionary: revised. University Press. p. 72.

English Is A Complex Language (iv)

English is a complex language. Meanings of words are constantly changing and new definitions arise all the time. See if you can spot some new meanings in the alphabetic list below.

Ballistic [Noun.]
Male chauvinism.

Discover [Verb.]
To remove a lid.

Extraneous [Adj.]
Outside a train.

Fallacious [Adj.]
Of a penis-like quality; Pertaining to the male reproductive organ.

Lunatic [Noun.]
Person who has visited the moon.

McMuffin [Noun.]
Scottish lady part.

Might [Noun.]
The possibility of power.

Ultimate [Noun.].
Best friend.

Womanhood [Noun.]
Sapphic ghetto.

Womanise [Verb.]
To become more effeminate.

Zealotry [Noun.]
French lottery.

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