niedziela, 30 czerwca 2013

About a goose - czyli a niech to wszystko gęś kopnie!

Today our topic is: A goose  /ɡuːs/
A goose is a large water bird similar to a duck but larger, or the meat from this bird.
It looks like this:

snow goose

The female bird is called a goose and the male bird is called a gander.
Singular: a goose
Plural: geese
A goose also means a silly person.

Goose step - a special way of marching with the legs lifted high and straight (krok defiladowy)
Hitler's soldiers used to do (the) goose step.

goose step

To goose to encourage or cause something or someone to be more active.
A golden goose - something that gives you an advantage, especially a financial advantage (kura znosząca złote jajka)

To kill the goose that lays the golden eggto destroy something that makes a lot of money for you

golden egg

a wild-goose chase - a search that is completely unsuccessful and a waste of time because the person or thing being searched for does not exist or is somewhere else: After two hours spent wandering in the snow, I realized we were on a wild goose chase. (szukać wiatru w polu)

wild goose chase

Goosebumps / goose pimples - small raised areas that appear on the skin because of cold, fear, or excitement (gęsia skórka)
You're cold - look, you've got goosebumps!


to goose - to press or take hold of someone's bottom - INFORMAL (uszczypnąć kogoś w tyłek, gęsi też czasami szczypią)

gooseberry - a small green fruit covered with short hairs, which grows on a bush and has a sour taste: Gooseberries are used for making pies and jam. (agrest) 


what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander - said to emphasize that if one person is allowed to do something or to behave in a particular way, then another person must be allowed to do that thing or behave in that way, too (wszyscy są równie ważni, przeciwieństwo polskiego powiedzenia: co wolno wojewodzie...)

not say boo to a goose - informal to be very nervous and easily frightened

one's goose is cooked - one is finished; one has been found out and is in trouble. It's over. His goose is cooked! If I get caught, my goose is cooked. (po ptakach) P.S. Parę dni temu oglądam sobie "Ciemną stronę nauki" (ang. "Dark Matters - Twisted but True"), a tam naukowiec, który został napromieniowany w reakcji łańcuchowej jądra bomby atomowej na łożu śmierci stwierdził: "My goose is totally cooked", co zostało przetłumaczone jako "jestem kompletnie ugotowany". Też dobre tłumaczenie ;)

cook sb's goose - to do something that spoils someone's plans and prevents them from succeeding: Just tell her we can't - that'll cook her goose.
- to damage or ruin someone. I cooked my own goose by not showing up on time. Sally cooked Bob's goose for treating her the way he did.