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Queen’s composer says fine mobile phone users at concerts | Reuters

June 21, 2011 2 comments
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Reuters – Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, has suggested that owners of mobile phones which ring during concerts should pay a fine. Speaking to the BBC, he described the problem as becoming so common that it was “a plague.” “I would just love to see something where people would be fined … and that the money went to the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund,” he told the BBC. Davies said he was “really upset” when two concerts he attended recently were interrupted by phones ringing.

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Strange Random Annoyance Quote:

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” – Isaac Asimov (Russian born American science-fiction Writer and Biochemist. 1920-1992)

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He is unlucky when he thinks

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How can I call someone stupid? Let me count the ways …

It started with one “simple” expression (pardon the pun), s/he is one sandwich short of a picnic, also known as one banana short of a bunch and other derivatives. At the Omniglot site you can find a whole page devoted to more expressions of this type in English and a variety of other languages.

What you find is that most languages have an expression to do with “missing” a screw or similar or that this object is loose. For example, in Croatian and Serbian you lack a plank, in Dutch, you don’t have all your 5 senses in a row and in German, you’re missing some cups in the cupboard. Only in Czech do you have something extra, an extra wheel - curiously, for the Italians, this is what you lack …

Another widespread idea is that of the attic or roof, for example having birds (Latvian), monkeys (Portuguese), rats (Danish) or even brownies (Swedish – no joke) in the attic or the roof being full of holes or just plain missing.

After that, there are the absolutely bizarre, probably-missing-something-in-translation, type of phrases. Our favourites follow …

Turkish takes the prize with no less than four phrases:

Kafadan kontak – The contacts in his brain are cut / Keçileri kaçırmıs – His goats fled

Kafayı yemiş – He has eaten his own brain / Tırlatmış – He purred

Our title for this post comes from Swedish:

Han har otur när han tänker – He is unlucky when he thinks

Croatian brings us the painful Vrane su mu popile mozak – Crows have drunk his brain, while a personal merit award goes to Czech for the bizarre Šplouchá mu na maják – It’s splashing on his lighthouse! I think we can all relate to that one …

Strange Random Stupidity Quote:

“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” – Harlan Ellison

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Welcome to the Exit Languages blog!

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment
Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, Sagrada Família
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Hello there! Our name is Exit Language Services and we provide business language services such as classes and translations to a number of satisfied customers in the Barcelona area.

We’ll be using this space to post articles, videos, exercises and opinions that we hope you’ll find interesting – of course, if you’d like to know more about what Exit Languages can do for your company, you can always visit our website .

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