Monthly Archives: April 2012

Constituent

con·stit·u·ent, n.

  1. A constituent part; a component. See Synonyms at element.
  2. A resident of a district or member of a group represented by an elected official.
  3. One that authorizes another to act as a representative; a client.
  4. Grammar A functional unit of a grammatical construction, as a verb, noun phrase, or clause.

constituent, adj.

  1. Serving as part of a whole; component: a constituent element.
  2. Empowered to elect or designate.
  3. Authorized to make or amend a constitution: a constituent assembly.

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One with everything

This is a great video of a reporter trying to tell a (rather well-known) joke about Buddhist to the Dalai Lama himself. Unfortunately, the joke is lost on Tenzin Gyatso (civil name of current Dalai Lama). Priceless.

The joke goes like this:

The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop and says:

“Can you make me one with everything?”

imageThe key phrase is one with everything, as it is a double entendre

  1. one pizza with everything, meaning every ingredient on the menu
  2. to be one with everything is an allusion to the concept of being in the harmony with the universe, being one with everything

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Pique–urazit, vyprovokovat

pique, n.

A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride.

pique, tr.v. piqued, piqu·ing, piques

1. To cause to feel resentment or indignation.

2. To provoke; arouse: The portrait piqued her curiosity.

3. To pride (oneself): He piqued himself on his stylish attire.


[French, a prick, irritation, from Old French, from piquer, to prick, from Vulgar Latin *piccre, ultimately of imitative origin.]

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Miscellaneous

This amazingly difficult-to-spell word comes from Latin verb miscere (to mix), Italian miscella… and I always have trouble remembering how it is written.

miscellaneous, adj

  • composed of or containing a variety of things; mixed; varied
  • having varied capabilities, sides, etc.

Synonyms: varied, assorted, heterogeneous

You can often see miscellaneous abbreviated as misc, and given its difficult spelling, it might catch on in various scenarios, like naming a folder on a computer with various different files that you couldn’t fit into other folders…

miscellany or miscellaneousness, noun

  • Made up of a variety of parts or ingredients.
  • Having a variety of characteristics, abilities, or appearances.
  • Concerned with diverse subjects or aspects.

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Opposable thumb – úchopový palec

Popravdě nevím, jak spojení opposable thumb přeložit do češtiny (update: prý protilehlý palec, díky). Thumb je pochopitelně palec, a slovo opposable značí fakt, že je postaven proti ostatním prstům a lidé tak mohou pevně uchopovat předměty do ruky.

Věřím ale, že pojem opposable thumbs už nikdy nezapomenete, zvlášť když se podíváte na tuhle reklamu:

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Madeleine Albright Interview

Jon Stewart, the host of the popular Daily Show, interviewed Madeleine Albright, and it is excellent. And not only because she introduces the American audience to interesting aspects of Czech history.

Watch the two parts of the interview here and here:

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Own petard

Phrase: Hoist with your own petard

Meaning:
Injured by the device that you intended to use to injure others.
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Synonyms: backfire, backlash, recoil, boomerang

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