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October 29, 2012

Eight food idioms that are right under your nose !

Filed under: B.Tech, Crap, Fun, IIT, Inspira, Junk, Life, Lit, Tec — Tags: , , — Vivek R @ 11:25 PM
1. Nutshell  [nuht-shel]
The term “in a nutshell” refers to a shortened description, or a story told in no more words than can physically fit in the shell of a nut. But the origin of the term tests those limits with the most longwinded of tales. The ancient Roman encyclopaedist Pliny the Elder claimed that a copy of Homer’s The Iliad existed that was small enough to fit inside a walnut shell. Almost 2000 years later in the early 1700s the Bishop of Avranches tested Pliny’s theory by writing out the epic in tiny handwriting on a walnut-sized piece of paper and lo and behold, he did it!
2. Beans  [been]
English speakers have been using the word “spill” to mean “divulge secret information” since 1547, but the spilling of beans in particular may predate the term by millennia. Many historians claim that secret societies in ancient Greece voted by dropping black or white beans into a clay urn. To spill those beans would be to reveal the results of a secret vote before the ballots had been counted. Kidney he lives, pinto he dies!
3. Pie  [pahy]
As many of us know from experience, it is not so easy to make a pie. A buttery crust can fall apart in the deftest of hands and around Thanksgiving many pumpkin “pies” might be more accurately deemed pumpkin “soups.” On the other hand (or for our purposes) anyone can become an expert at eating a pie. Popularized in the U.S. in the late 1800s, the most notable use of pie to mean “simple and pleasurable” appears in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Part of our next food idiom makes a home in many pies, especially in America.
4. Apples  [ap-uh lz]
Apples and oranges refers to two incommensurable items, i.e. a comparison of things that cannot be compared. Though they are both fruits, apples and oranges are separated by color, taste, juiciness and 89.2 million years of evolution. The idiom first appeared as apples and oysters in John Ray’s 1670 Proverb collection, and equivalent terms exist in many languages: “grandmothers and toads” in Serbian to “love and the eye of an axe” in Argentine Spanish. What other funny fruits turn unusual phrases?
5. Bananas  [buh-nan-uh z]
Not only does going bananas mean “to go crazy,” the term can point to things for which you’ve gone bananas, or obsessions. According to lexicographer E.J. Lighter, going bananas refers to the term going ape often used in American popular culture in the second half of the 1900s. Apes were seen as crazy by the mid-century media, and what do apes eat? Bananas! For example, here at Dictionary.com, we’re bananas for grammar but we go bananas when people end sentences with prepositions.
Cheese  [cheez]
Perhaps the savoriest idiom on this list, the word cheese can refer to a person or thing that is important or splendid as well as to the delicious dairy product. The usage is thought to have origins in Urdu, from the Persian chiz meaning “thing.” In common usage, “the big cheese” is a person of importance or authority, and cheese is often associated with smiling, based on the “say cheese” method of posing for pictures.
Tea  [tee]
Though English is spoken all over the world, there are certain idioms that recall its, well, Englishness. Popularized in British Edwardian slang, cup of tea originally referred to something pleasant or agreeable. The negative usage as in not my cup of tea arose during World War II as a more polite way to say you didnt like something. “You dont say someone gives you a pain in the neck,” explained Alister Cooke in his 1944 Letter from America. You just remark, he’s not my cup of tea.'”
Eggshells [eg-shel]
Our final idiom is also our most delicate: walking on eggshells or taking great care not to upset someone. The term is thought to have originated in politics when diplomats were described as having the remarkable ability to tread so lightly around difficult situations, it was as though they were walking on eggshells.
In a nutshell, we hope you go bananas with these food idioms. Whether or not they’re your cup of tea, these terms are easy as pie to use and they’ll make you the big cheese of any conversation! So go ahead and spill the beans, it’s just like apples and oranges.
(Got the above content in a mail from one of my friends, whom I adore a lot.)

August 11, 2011

Ubuntu Freshie !

Filed under: IIT, Junk — Tags: , , , — Vivek R @ 10:50 PM

So, Here I come again after long Gap. Reasons aside , Very Recently I shifted to Ubuntu. So here is my dose of App’s . Remember, I am a newbie.

Gnome Do
Cairo Doc
Compiz – As CCSM

I found them as `must try’ ones. Check them out with your Synaptic.

May 16, 2011


Filed under: B.Tech, Crappy Junk, Fun, Junk, Life, YouTube — Tags: , , — Vivek R @ 12:16 AM

A Peppy movie that I watched today, though with lot of crap, offered me this food for thought. So, now, lets share it 🙂 .

With awesome saucy first half, this movie convinced me for yet another time that ‘MOVIE can be TOTAL CRAP’. You conclude later statement after watching second half. So, beware of the movies. There can be absolute bloomers, which can get you headache.. (# Second half).

So, without further ado, here is a scene which made me ROFL for quite some time.

According to Freud psychology, Infatuation is only an attraction between male and female and is a state of being completely carried away by unreasoned passion, foolishly extravagant feeling and unappreciated, often Completely unwarranted emotion. This………… is called …….. Infatuation.

A fast one, this movie, relieved my past week’s travel’s tensions. As this is a youth entertainer, all of us had some good time… but, I tell you, this one is not some serious stuff which you might expect !  😛

August 14, 2010

New Gal in the city!

Filed under: Crap, Fun, Junk, Life, YouTube — Tags: , , , , — Vivek R @ 1:12 AM

Speaker`s ON…!

Recently I have watched Wake up Sid after being bugged lots of times by one of my dearest friend.

Particularly the theme which he wanted to convey really touched me., which, more or less is a story of  BOY.

This impressive song goes like this:

Lyrics here.And Summary here.

Though the ending of the movie was quite predictable,the director treated the movie in a little serious and philosophical manner which not many youth in the audience appreciate these days. The movie is very symbolic and one can only really appreciate it if they can strongly relate to what the director is trying to talk about in the movie. This is a must watch for everyone who is or was in the Grey stage of growing from a boy to a man. A beautiful movie which deserves to be watched with an open perspective. 🙂

(Konkona Sen Sharma & Ranbir Kapoor , Karan Johar )

(Dedicated to.. the One who inspired me to post this)

Bottom Line: Not every one is perfect, there cannot be pure good, pure bad people, it has its own shade of Grey, that is what Sid the character is all about. Then, once you realize this, you go out and try and find what you love doing, and do that. Everything else will fall in place.That`s how the system works!

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