sexta-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2014

Word of the day: Curdle

Curdle: coagular, coalhar, engrossar, solidificar, estragar, azedar,causar horror
Definition: to thicken and separate into liquids and solids, to form curds, to go bad or wrong

“Too much heat will make the custard curdle.”

“Too much heat will curdle the custard.”   (

Electronics (picture dictionary)


(picture dictionary)



integrated circuit 
integrated circuit





A selection of new words...

A selection of new words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online

 jorts, pl. n.: denim shorts.

 LDR, n.: a long-distance relationship.
me time, n. (informal): time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others, seen as an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy.
 MOOC, n.: a course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people.
omnishambles, n. (informal): a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.
 pear cider, n.: an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of pears.


quinta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2014

Word of the day: Blemish

Blemish: marca, mancha, defeito, manchar, marcar, desfigurar,macular, sujar, difamar

Synonyms: taint, darken, mar, poison, spoil, stain, tarnish, touch, vitiate

“A series of burn marks blemish the table's surface.”

“The incident blemished his reputation.”    (


off balance - confuso, não preparado
off base - impreciso, errado
off duty - de folga, que não está trabalhando
off guard - despreparado, de guarda baixa (This economic situation caught me off guard. I don’t know what to do.)

off limits - proibido (The old barn was off limits for the kids.)

Pete Seeger - This Land Is Your Land

Pete Seeger - This Land Is Your Land

This land is your land,
This land is my land,
From California to the New York Island,
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters,
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway,
I saw below me that golden valley,
This land was made for you and me.

I roamed and I rambled, and I followed my footsteps
To the sparking sands of her diamond deserts,
All around me a voice was sounding,
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, then I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving, and the dust clouds rolling,
A voice was chanting as the fog was lifting,
This land was made for you and me.

One bright sunny morning, in the shadow of the steeple,
By the relief office I saw my people,
As they stood there hungry, I stood there wondering if,
This land was made for you and me.

Was a big high wall there that tried to stop me,
Was a great big sign that said, "Private Property,"
But on the other side, it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking my freedom highway,
Nobody living can make me turn back,
This land was made for you and me.

[Additional verses by Pete Seeger:]

Maybe you've been working as hard as you're able,
But you've just got crumbs from the rich man's table,
And maybe you're thinking, was it truth or fable,
That this land was made for you and me.

Woodland and grassland and river shoreline,
To everything living, even little microbes,
Fin, fur, and feather, we're all here together,
This land was made for you and me.

[And a Native American verse:]

This land is your land, but it once was my land,
Until we sold you Manhattan Island.
You pushed our Nations to the reservations;
This land was stole by you from me


quarta-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2014


jump the gun - começar antes da hora devida

jump to conclusions - tirar conclusão precipitada  (Please don’t jump to conclusions. It’s too early for us to know what really happened)

Word of the day: Flay

Flay: esfolar, tirar a pele de, descascar, pelar, criticar severamente, descompor, roubar, espoliar, esbulhar, tosquiar, defraudar

Synonyms: baste, bawl out, berate, call down, castigate, chastise, chew out, dress down, scold, hammer, jaw, keelhaul, lecture, rag

“Her husband flayed her constantly for her incessant shopping.”

“…flayed their kill right there in the forest, taking both the meat and the skin home…”    (

terça-feira, 28 de janeiro de 2014

Word of the day: Chipper

Chipper: tagarelar, chilrear, vivo, alegre, esperto, ladino
Synonyms: blithe, blithesome, bright, buoyant, cheery, cheerful, eupeptic, gay, a piece of equipment that is used to cut wood (such as tree branches) into small pieces
“My, you're looking chipper this morning.”
“She greeted me in a chipper voice.” (

Simple truth

Simple truths  (proibido para menores):

Lovers help each other undress before sex.
However after sex, they always dress on their own.
Moral of the story: In life, no one helps you once you're screwed.

When a lady is pregnant, all her friends touch the stomach and say, "Congrats".
But, none of them come and touch the man's penis and say, "Good job".
Moral of the story: "Hard work is never appreciated."


jump all over (someone) - criticar, ralhar, culpar alguém
jump at - agarrar com vontade a oportunidade para se fazer algo
jump bail - não comparecer ao julgamento depois de pagar fiança e assim perder a mesma
jump on - ralhar, criticar ou culpar alguém logo após o fato

jump out of (one’s) skin -  reagir fortemente e com surpresa, assustar-se (geralmente acompanhado de “almost”: She almost jumped out of her skin when she saw…)

segunda-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2014


jack around, jerk around -  perder tempo, ficar sem fazer nada
jack-of-all-trades - pessoa que é capaz de fazer muitas e diferentes coisas, “homem dos sete instrumentos”

jack up - levantar algo / elevar os preços

Word of the day: Whimsy

Whimsey / whimsy: ideia ou noção esquisita, esquisitice, capricho, veneta, extravagância

Synonyms: bee, caprice, crank, fancy, freak, humor, kink, maggot, megrim, notion, vagary, vagrancy, whim

“The designer's new line showed a touch of whimsy.”

“ …a bit of decorative whimsy…”   (



The picture on a deep blue field is a scene painting. You see a tall pine tree, a cow and sheaves of wheat. The Green Mountains are in the distance. Pine boughs extend around a shield. The name "Vermont" and the state motto "Freedom and Unity" are displayed on a crimson banner. At the the top of the shield is a stag's head.

domingo, 26 de janeiro de 2014

Myrtle: murta, mirto

Myrtle:  murta, mirto
 Vinca minor
widely cultivated as a groundcover for its dark green shiny leaves and usually blue-violet flowers
spanish myrtus

French myrtus

German Myrte

Italian myrtus

Russian мирт

Spanish myrtus

Chinese 桃金娘 [táo jīn niáng]
myrtle ; Vinca minor

2013 New Words:

2013 New Words:
zenware - software designed to have a calming effect
Their inventions so far include [...] scores of pieces of ‘zenware’ designed to block distractions, with names such as Isolator and StayFocusd and Shroud and Turn Off The Lights.
[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 11 May 2013]
naysayer - someone who refuses to accept a belief or opinion that is held by most other people
But how many storms, how many scientists weighing in, how much new information will it take to — at a minimum — convince the editors that permitting naysayers to have a voice for “balance” is not just factually wrong but also flat-out immoral?
[Washington Post (US broadsheet) 24 May 2013]
yolo - abbreviation for “you only live once” (used to justify doing something that is expensive or not sensible, or to encourage someone to do something)
The Jenners on the other hand, were totally living the YOLO life. Those crazy kids were cliff jumping, waterskiing, and doing some crazy fun looking wind surfing thing.

[ 29 July 2013]


Gladiolus  - gladíolo
any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly colored funnel-shaped flowers; widely cultivated
spanish gladiolo

French glaïeul

German Gladiole

Italian gladiolo

Russian гладиолус

Spanish gladiolo

Arabic دلبوث

sábado, 25 de janeiro de 2014

Crônica do dia: São Paulo, meu amor (Homenagem a São Paulo)

Crônica do dia: São Paulo, meu amor (Homenagem a São Paulo)



A deep blue field contains the seal of Virginia with the Latin motto " Sic Semper Tyrannis" - "Thus Always to Tyrants". Adopted in 1776. The two figures are acting out the meaning of the motto. Both are dressed as warriors. The woman, Virtue, represents Virginia. The man holding a scourge and chain shows that he is a tyrant. His fallen crown is nearby.


sexta-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2014

Word of the day: Cleave

Cleave: rachar-(se), fender(-se), partir(-se), dividir(-se),transpassar, perfurar, penetrar, abrir caminho, aderir, ser fiel
Synonyms: slice, cut, slash, smite, hew, chop, sever, split,
stick, hold on, cling, link, embrace

“ A phenomenon in which winds and currents cleave cavities big enough to swallow tankers.”
Obs.; (Pret e part: cleft, cleaved or clove, cleft, cleaved or cloven)