Journey in Life: 11/26/14

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Biggest frog in the puddle" nghĩa là gì?

Waiting for a fly to croak :). Photo courtesy Karunakar Rayker.

'Biggest frog in the puddle (vũng nước)' = 'biggest toad (con cóc) in the puddle' = 'big frog in a small pond' nghĩa là người quan trọng trong một nhóm nhỏ những người không quan trọng.

Ví dụ
The trouble with Tom is that he's a big frog in a small pond. He needs more competition.
The people in my office don't care about doing their work; mostly they compete over who will be the biggest toad in the puddle.

With the success of Oregon football this season, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and fail to notice some of the life lessons that abounded this past week in college football. The vaunted SEC West, for example, once again proved the value of being a big frog in a small pond.

There are other well-known industries that continue to thrive. Among them is Hutchinson Industries, a maker of vehicle parts for more than 150 years. Besides other products, the company manufactures what it calls a runflat, a wheel component for military vehicles that enables the vehicle to keep moving when the tires have been shot out... “It’s always nice to be a big frog in a small pond,” Mele said.

Phạm Hạnh

"A frog in one's throat" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Susan E Adams.

'A frog in one's throat' có từ frog là con ếch, và throat là cuống họng. Cụm từ này chỉ cảm giác khản giọng hoặc cảm thấy cổ họng như nghẹn tắc lại (thường nhắc đến như dấu hiệu sợ hãi)

Ví dụ
I feel like I'm getting a frog in my throat when I have to speak in public.
She says she gets a frog in her throat when she is nervous.

Mother almost gets a frog in her throat... after finding creature in a bag of Tesco salad: Sara Eason was looking forward to a healthy lunch – until it croaked (kêu ộp ộp). The TV worker was surprised to find a live frog in her bag of Tesco Mixed Seasonal Baby Leaf Salad. Mrs Eason, 37, said she had been putting the contents of the bag on to her plate when her fingers touched something slippery (trơn, trượt)...

Her voice is a bit annoying (khó chịu). She is judging (đánh giá) people on the voice that can hit higher notes, and sing way better. She can't sing… her voice reminds me of a annoying aunt that has a frog in her throat.

Poor old Marian Finucane had a frog in her throat during her radio show on Saturday. The veteran RTÉ presenter was overcome by coughing just as she was joined on the line from London by singer Daniel O'Donnell, who's taking a break from music following his wife Majella's battle with cancer...

Phạm Hạnh

Enjoy the interval

Young girl runs and jumps into the pool. Photo courtesy N@ncy N@nce.

There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval.
~ George Santayana

Assignment: Today, as often as you remember: enjoy the interval.

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Feeling grateful

Photo courtesy Simply CVR.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
~ Albert Schweitzer

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Create our own “normal”

Frittilary. Photo courtesy Lida.

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
~ Maya Angelou