Month: January 2008

Mi fa male la gamba destra

Mi fa male la gamba destra My right leg hurts Literally: ‘To-me (it) does/makes bad the leg right’. Listen to the audio file The other night I was woken up several times by painful leg cramps. I spent most of

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look askance

View with mistrust.

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Di solito esco di casa alle sette e mezza

Di solito esco di casa alle sette e mezza. I usually leave home at half past seven. Literally: ‘Of usual (I) go-out of house/home at-the seven and half’. Listen to the audio file Morning transport is bad, but I found

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gambol

To leap about playfully; frolic.

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Mi sento un po’ Cenerentola

Mi sento un po’ Cenerentola I’m feeling a bit like Cinderella Literally: ‘Myself (I) feel a bit Cinderella’. Listen to the audio file Went to a party organised by a friend, a big corporate do hosted by Alex Zane, saw

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doughty

Marked by stouthearted courage; brave.

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Non capisco cosa è successo

Non capisco cosa è successo I don’t understand what happened Literally: ‘Not (I) understand what is happened’. Listen to the audio file Yesterday Facebook matched my ex boyfriend’s email to his profile, so I added him as a friend. I

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days: Feed Count | WordPress Plugin WordPress plugin that displays the number of subscribers to your feedburner feed. Tasks Jr. | web-based task manager ‘Tasks Jr.

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moil

To toil; slave.

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Minimela e maxifragola

Minimela e maxifragola Mini-apple and maxi-strawberry Literally: ‘Mini-apple and maxi-strawberry’. Listen to the audio file I’ll admit it: this was the smallest apple I could find in my bag of Tesco value odd-sized ones (not glossy enough to be marked

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eldritch

Strange or unearthly; eerie.

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7 things I did not know last week

Firefox offers no option to temporarily disable Flash, but you can do that with add-ons (Adblock or Flashblock). The BBC’s definition of ‘licence fee payer’ includes not only licence holders, but also ‘any other person in the UK who watches,

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Oggi mangiamo uova e pancetta per colazione

Oggi mangiamo uova e pancetta per colazione Today we are having eggs and bacon for breakfast Literally: ‘Today (we) eat eggs and bacon for breakfast’ Listen to the audio file Do you want to get rid of that little bit

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maunder

To talk incoherently or aimlessly. To move or act aimlessly or vaguely; wander.

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Mi vergogno di essere italiano

Mi vergogno di essere italiano I am ashamed to be Italian Literally: ‘Myself (I) shame of being Italian’. Listen to the audio file An Italian senator who announced he wanted to switch back to support the government (after his party

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flummery

Meaningless or deceptive language; humbug.

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Andiamo in vacanza con gli amici

Andiamo in vacanza con gli amici We are going on holiday with friends. Literally: ‘(We) leave in holiday with the friends’. Listen to the audio file Yesterday I booked a cheap weekend in Madrid (never been, love Spain, very excited!)

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mulct

To acquire by trickery or deception. To defraud or swindle.

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La mia pancia è piena di gas

La mia pancia è piena di gas My belly is full of gas Literally: ‘The my belly is full of gas’. Listen to the audio file I happen to be quite lucky because I love fruit. I dig vegetables too,

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caterwaul

To cry or screech like a cat in heat. To make a shrill, discordant sound. To have a noisy argument.

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They look like rechargeable AA batteries to me

We had to replace our beard trimmer because I dropped it and even after getting a replacement head it does not work properly. As in, it pulls your facial hair instead of trimming it, and often stops half-way through. I

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Oggi non so cosa dire

Oggi non so cosa dire Today I don’t know what to say Literally: ‘Today not (I) know what to-say’. Listen to the audio file I do not feel very inspired today. It is only Tuesday morning and already I feel

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germane

Related to the matter at hand. Pertinent. To the point.

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Iniziamo un’altra settimana

Iniziamo un’altra settimana Let’s begin another week Literally: ‘(We) begin an other week’ Listen to the audio file And so another week begins. Christmas is already a distant memory, although the last item (Isaac Asimov’s The Gods Themselves) was finally

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days: Slamdot | easy web hosting and domain registration Slamdot takes the pain out of web hosting. You can manage your website, domain registration, billing details,

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snifter

A pear-shaped goblet with a narrow top, used especially in serving brandy. Slang. A small portion of liquor.

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Oggi sono un po’ in ritardo

Oggi sono un po’ in ritardo Today I am a bit late Literally: ‘Today (I) am a little in lateness’ Listen to the audio file Dr B. was disappointed not to find a new Italian phrase upon waking up. Well,

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Stopping my Jiglu experiment

A week ago I installed Jiglu (automatic website tagging) and wrote about it. It has been fantastic to see how thorough can a free auto-tagging plugin prove to be, and I am definitely interested in the functionality that highlights words

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slake

To satisfy (a craving); quench. To lessen the force or activity of; moderate. To cool or refresh by wetting or moistening.

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Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

Just back from seeing the Cirque du Soleil‘s Varekai at the Royal Albert Hall. And I feel really rotten. I did enjoy the show, a lot actually. Their mix of acrobatics, dance and storytelling is perfectly captivating. And yet, and

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