-- What is the most inspiring thing I have ever said to you?
-- Don’t be an idiot. It changed my life. Whenever I’m about to do something I think, would an idiot do that? And if they would I do not do that thing.
a subject about which a person is ignorant or prejudiced I don't expect to be put on a pedal stool, but please, show a little respect! — I'm sorry, u don't expect 2 be put on a what? — On a pedal stool. — A pedal stool? — Oh, u know, you put women on it when you admire them, you know, the phrase. — Oh yeah, the famous phrase, "to be put on a pedal stool". "Pedestal"! "Pedestal" is the word! Did you really think there was such a thing as a pedal stool? — Shut up, everyone has blind spots!
а person who always needs 2 be in the "out" group What did u think of "Titanic"? — Horrible.
How about "Slumdog Millionaire"? — Overrated.
"Cocktail"? — Actually, not a bad film, one of the best films of its era!
Oh, please, you're just a contrarian!
1) a very exciting game, event, etc.
2) (полит.) зажигательная речь An old white man and his black friend watching a debate contest:
— Wow, this is a real barn burner! God, did I just say crossburner*?
— No, you did not!
— Oh, good.
*crossburner — an insulting term for a white person who dislikes people of other races. This is a reference to the Ku Klux Klan, which burns crosses in ceremonies celebrating their racial beliefs.
a fish that feeds on material at the bottom of a river, lake, sea, etc
also used in a figurative sense: Oh, he thinks I'm cheating on him, does he? With you? Of all the guys in the world he thinks my only option is to have an affair with someone like you! Does he think I'm that much of a bottom feeder? — Неужели он думает, что я настолько себя не уважаю?
colour me interested / uninterested / thrilled / bad / etc.
Presumably the phrase comes from the instructions in a children's colouring book and means to give an appropriate colour or description to something or someone.
оговорочка по Фрейду Shirly is shooting a film about Jesus. Britta, saying her lines unwillingly:
— Jesus, did you really die for our sins? That's dopey.
— Oh, uh, dope.
— Oops, freudian slip.
(Dopey — stupid, dope — cool)
an object that has been in a family for generations Dwight comes in the office wearing a tux:
— It's a nice tux.
— I know. It belonged to my grandfather. He was buried in it. So... family heirloom.
(The Office US)
A light bulb moment is when you have a sudden realisation about something, like the light bulbs used to indicate an idea in cartoons. ~ озарение, идея I've just had a light bulb moment!
What, light bulb moment?
for the sake of the etymological comment: It is suggested that hat makers who day by day handled mercury-soaked fabric risked mercury poisoning, a condition that affects the nervous system; hence the phrase 'mad as a hatter'.
a person who adapts his actions, responses, etc., to take advantage of opportunities, circumstances, etc.
лицемер, приспособленец, конъюнктурщик
Syn: timeserver, profit-seeker, advantage-seeker I should call her a treasonist but I'll settle for opportunistic bitch for now.
a clerk or bureaucrat who does paperwork; канцелярская крыса Leslie Knope, Deputy Director of the Parks Department:
— I'm not a paper-pusher, Ann. I need to be out in the streets planting trees and cracking skulls.
(c) Parks & Recreation
refers to female privates The VMA 2010 host Chelsea Handler appeared on stage in all her glory dressed in a Lady Gaga regalia with a house on top of her head while releasing white doves from her pikachu.
светский лев / львица; a person who is or seeks to be prominent in fashionable society It Happened One Night is a 1934 American comedy film with elements of screwball comedy, in which a pampered socialite tries to get out from under her father's thumb, and falls in love with a roguish reporter.
типичный, стереотипный, стандартный; классический (от названия агентства по подбору актёров в Голливуде) I'll remember the words of a sleazy music manager I was briefly associated with back in my rock'n'roll days. The guys was rights out of central casting. bald, middle-aged, pot-bellied and sucking on a cheap cigar.
susceptible or responsive to suggestion; внушаемый suggestible young minds We are a very suggestible lot, we humans. If we're told that we are competitive and that we live in a dog-eat-dog world, we comply with the suggestion.
goodbye I'm sure I'll be back online later on, but ta-ta for now.
In a week, though she knows nothing of the young man's character or disposition, she is ready to say to her parents: "I appreciate all you have done for me: I love you devotedly, but I have met such a nice fellow; he has asked me to marry him, and I have accepted; ta-ta!"
способствовать чему-л. Angela, showing off with her new boyfriend, the state senator:
— I don't know if you guys have had a chance to use the new parking meters that accept credit cards, but Robert was instrumental in that legislation.
means to not fight someone on everything. You can't afford to fight everything that you disagree with, but must select the battles that you do fight by taking into consideration what is most advantageous: whether you can win, whether you have the resources, whether it's an important argument, etc. (c) http://forum.wordreference.com Most of us have been in situations where we wanted to take a stand on an issue, but simply decided to choose our battles in order to protect our opportunities.
to warn, to give some information in advance
>> a heads-up — a tip-off or small amount of information given in advance I told her she can give me a heads-up later if it changes.
But I thought I better mention something to him, give him a heads-up.
Just a heads-up. Probably gonna be borrowing a few things.
if someone has a one-track mind, they seem to talk and think about one particular subject all the time, especially sex — I bet I know what you two were doing last night. — Oh, shut up, Sean, you've got a one-track mind.
You've got to have a one-track mind if you want to succeed in business.
to have control over smb; = to have smb by the balls If you are in a relationship right now and your woman thinks she's got you by the short curlies, you need to dump her and get a new girl.
As someone said, "God has you by the short curlies".
I think he's got the director by the short curlies over something.
жить за чужой счет, на "халяву": A skimp is a person who tries their hardest to mooch off of friends, family, etc. This act of 'skimping' may be completed in various different ways such as forcing people to give you rides, asking for people to pay for you and just never paying them back, and going to someone's house and eating all of their food.
выжидать, колебаться между двумя мнениями, сомневаться, сохранять нейтралитет Michael: Hey, Dwight, you saw Darryl move it, right?
Dwight: Let's just say I saw exactly what the two of you wanted me to see.
Dwight, a bit later: I know how to sit on a fence. Hell, I can even sleep on a fence.
— like the best sitcom ever "The Office (US)"
надеяться на чью-л. честность, порядочность (with); быть честным, честно следовать правилам конкурса, игры, даже если знаете, что никто не сможет этого проверить: Pictures should be from this Halloween. (We have no real way to discern that, though, so we're sticking with the honor system.) [Halloween costume picture contest]
Who in there right mind would stick to an honor system in a online video game?
to discourage; say or do something to discourage Oh, I love throwing cold water on young children's dreams.
Henry's father threw cold water on his plans to go to college by saying he could not afford it.
the golden/happy mean
the happy medium
a middle ground Finding that golden mean between the two is a big challenge.
It is necessary to strike the happy medium in the issue of fishery regulations.
Why can't people find a middle ground between organized religion and atheism?