dimarts, 9 d’agost de 2011

Those who stumble on a plain… what will they do when going uphill?


Val. «Qui entropessa en lo pla, en costera què farà?»

Significa que aquells que s’atorrollen o s’abaten davant la mínima dificultat en la vida, segurament ho tindran molt difícil per a superar situacions realment difícils que se li puguen presentar.

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It means that those who get anxious at the slightest difficulty will surely find it hard to overcome difficult times that might come in the future.

To go to Garcia’s place


Val. «Anar a ca Garcia»

«Anar a ca Garcia» és una manera jocosa de comunicar a les persones al nostre voltant que ens n’anem a fer de ventre, o siga, a defecar; és una mena d’eufemisme i alhora un joc de paraules, perquè la frase conté amagada la paraula tabú: ca Garcia.

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Go to Garcia’s place is a humorous way to say you’re going to the toilet to have a bowel movement, that is, to defecate, or in other words, to do a number 2. Ca means in Catalan ‘somebody’s place’, and Garcia is just a common Spanish surname (in this case, the owner of the place). You may think that this has nothing to do with the fact of defecating, but it makes sense because there is a play on words in the sentence. It comes from the fact that the Catalan word for ‘to shit’ is cagar, a taboo word that, if you pay attention, is hidden inside the sentence: ca Garcia.