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BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL, exp.

In a difficult position, in a predicament (e.g. I'm behind the eight ball with the Tax Department. I deducted college tuition fees from my taxable income, but I didn't pay the fees!)

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EVANGELIZE, v.
Literally, to preach the gospel to someone. In common use - to be very enthusiastic about something and tell people how good it is (e.g. The Communication team makes sure market influencers know who we are what makes us great. They do this by creating communications programs that drive awareness with key influencers and evangelize our brand in he market).
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FRANGIBLE, adj.
Readily or easily broken (e.g. The gun fires a 20-millimeter round at an incoming mortar after triangulating its trajectory through radar. Hopefully the bullets hit, otherwise they self-destruct. They are also frangible, which means they degrade into a gazillion tiny pieces, minimizing the risk of harming a civilian).
wildernesscat: (noanimals)
KULLU WAJA3, exp.
Arabic (كله وجع) - everything hurts. Said sarcastically about hospital patients who complain too much (e.g. - ".. and then I had this little pain in the neck that spread down, and I couldn't move my left arm, and I had an itch under my armpit, and my right leg became numb all of a sudden, and.." - "wallahi, kullu waja3! slow down a bit!")
wildernesscat: (ilves)
HERD CATS, exp.
To attempt to control the uncontrollable. Implies a task that is extremely difficult or impossible to do, primarily due to chaotic factors. ( For example, in a long thread of emails where nobody knows who is responsible for solving a bug, someone finally grabs the initiative. The topic starter is happy - "Are you herding the cats for this situation?" )
wildernesscat: (danny_and_daddy)
i figli
("children" in Italian)



Not what you thought, huh?

wildernesscat: (shootdog)
JUGAAD, n.
Jugaad are locally-made motor vehicles that are used mostly in small villages as a means of low cost transportation in India. Jugaad literally means an arrangement or a work around, which has to be used because of lack of resources. In Hebrew this is what we call "combina".
wildernesscat: (shootdog)
SHANZHAI, n.
Refers to Chinese imitation and pirated brands and goods, particularly electronics. Literally "mountain village" or "mountain stronghold", the term refers to the mountain stockades of regional warlords or bandits, far away from official control. "Shanzhai" can also be stretched to refer to people who are lookalikes, low-quality or improved goods, as well as things done in parody.
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INSIDIOUS, adj.
Working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way. (e.g. "Thank you, my love. But i did not explain to you the other insidious aspect of writing. There is no way to stop. Writers go on writing long after it becomes financially unnecessary... Because it hurts less to write than it does not to write." - The Cat Who Walks through Walls, Robert Heinlein)
wildernesscat: (Default)
Without searching the net, can you guess what the word "תשנית" (tashnit) means?

wildernesscat: (maniac)
WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, expr.
When people fight, when the fighting begins, when the going gets tough (e.g. "The workers are demanding a fair wage. When push comes to shove, we may have to call the police").


wildernesscat: (Default)
SKIVE, v.
(British English) To avoid one's assigned work or duty. To slack off.


wildernesscat: (noanimals)
Ana ameer uinte ameer, umeen bisuq il-7ameer?
(I am a prince, and you're a prince, but who's gonna drive the donkeys?)

wildernesscat: (fpga)
DENIER, n.
A unit of measure for the linear mass density of fibers. It is defined as the mass in grams per 9,000 meters (e.g. "With an evening dress one wears 10 denier stockings").


wildernesscat: (maniac)
Does American English use the verb "to own" in a similar way to Russian "иметь"? (a euphemism for "fuck", in the broad sense of the word?)

wildernesscat: (Default)
تَنْزِيل [tan'zeel] - download (of software, ring tones, MP3s, etc).

wildernesscat: (shootdog)
TANK, v.
To suffer rapid decline, failure, or collapse (yesterday in "Desperate Housewives" Lynette talks to Tom about his dream to start a pizza parlor: "90% of the restaurant businesses tank in their first year").


wildernesscat: (tailwag)
RECOMBOBULATE, v.
To get your act together; to repair something that is broken or in some other way discombobulated (e.g. "She looked into his eyes and fell in love -- then she shook her head in a feeble attempt to recombobulate before she actually spoke to him").


wildernesscat: (tailwag)
CUT AND DRIED, adj.
Simple, not complex, not needing much thought or discussion (e.g. "For me, the choice was cut and dried. I chose the Peugeot").


wildernesscat: (wildsip)
RED HERRING, n.
Something that distracts attention from the real issue (e.g. "this log entry might be a bit of a red herring, but we might as well check it"). From the practice of drawing a red herring across a trail to confuse hunting dogs.


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